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6 Minnesota Probate Mistakes Personal Representatives Make

The Personal Representative of an estate, sometimes called an executor, is in charge of administrating the deceased’s estate.  Probate, also known as Estate Administration, includes collecting and inventorying the assets, paying valid debts, filin…

Intestate Succession in Minnesota Part 2 – What if I Don’t Have a Will?

If you die intestate, that is without a will, in Minnesota, your assets will go to your closest relatives under state “intestate succession” laws. Part 1 of this post explained what assets go to what set of relatives. But… Who Are My Descendant…

Intestate Succession in Minnesota Part 1 – What if I Don’t Have a Will?

So by now, everybody knows that it doesn’t look like Prince had a will. What happens next? If you die without a will in Minnesota, your assets will go to your closest relatives under state “intestate succession” laws. As Prince’s estate has s…

How to be an Organ Donor

Most people are aware that organ donors are vital to save or improve the lives of millions of Americans. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one organ donor can save up to 8 lives! Thousands of people die every day because…

Lessons from Celebrity Wills – Part 2

Celebrity wills show common estate planning problems on a large screen.  Let’s look at some famous will controversies and see what lessons we can take away… Princess Diana left a “letter of wishes” asking her estate administrators to “div…

Probate - What is it anyway?

Probate is a legal process that manages a person’s property after they die.  Probate affects both people who die and have a will (testate) and those who don’t (intestate).   It includes: • proving in court that the will is valid or n…

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