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Estate Administration & Probate Archives

What should a person do when there is a dispute over a will?

In virtually every close relationship between St. Paul residents, issues are bound to arise over time. Family disputes are common, for example, whether they involve trivial matters or arguments that can last for years.

When is probate necessary?

There are few things more difficult for St. Paul residents than losing a loved one. The emotional toll that one experiences after a loved one's death can be immediate and deep. And yet, as the grieving process continues, there are matters that must be taken care of to deal with the deceased person's affairs.

Different estate planning concerns affect each family

Every St. Paul family is different. Families come in all different shapes and sizes, and they each have different characteristics and personalities. Accordingly, when it comes to estate planning, there is no one-size-fits-all strategy that works best for each and every family. Rather, each family needs to take an individualized look at their circumstances to determine what strategies may work best.

No two families are alike when it comes to estate plans

St. Paul families come in all shapes and sizes. Some families may consist of a husband and wife, others may have one or many children and others may have neither of these relationships. Other individuals may find themselves in closer relationships with friends, regardless of whether they have surviving family members or not.

What is a surviving spouse entitled to under Minnesota law?

Many St. Paul couples depend on one another in many different ways. Whether it is emotional support, financial support or otherwise, couples often build their lives around one another over the years.

How does estate planning differ for unmarried couples?

St. Paul families come in all different shapes and sizes. Whether by birth, marriage or otherwise, individuals have many different kinds relationships with one another, for many different reasons. While each of these different relationships holds value, the estate planning considerations can vary significantly depending on what relationship is involved.

What property is subject to probate?

When it comes to the legal system, it is common for St. Paul residents to have a general familiarity with certain legal procedures, without knowing the details unless and until they become personally involved in a legal proceeding. This is often the case with estate administration, as individuals may have a will or trust and be familiar with some basic issues underlying those documents, without having a detailed understanding of how their estate will be settled after they die.

Does a spouse always get all of the deceased spouse's estate?

For many St. Paul residents, there is nobody who shares a more intimate and personal relationship with the individual than his or her spouse. Many spouses share virtually everything, including the handling of the family's finances. Accordingly, it is no surprise that individuals often leave their estates to their surviving spouse when it comes to estate planning.

Who is responsible for paying a deceased person's taxes?

With the end of the year approaching, many St. Paul residents are taking care of a number of matters that must be closed by December 31st, particularly those in the business world. One of these matters may be taking care of tax issues, which will be consuming a great deal of time for many individuals in the weeks and months to come.