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How much of a person's estate is a spouse entitled to at death?

St. Paul residents who are married understand how dependent spouses can become on one another for all matters in life. Whether it is financial support, emotional support or otherwise spouses are an integral part of each other's life, which can make it all the more difficult when one spouse dies.

What happens when a child is accidentally left out of a will?

As discussed previously in this blog, it is important for St. Paul residents to make sure their wishes are followed after death by setting forth those wishes in an effective estate plan. On occasion, however, questions can arise about the effect of a person's wishes when certain individuals are left out of an estate plan.

Does a trust or will control the distribution of property?

As discussed previously in this blog, there are many different tools Minnesota residents can use in estate planning. However, each of these tools has a different purpose, and the use of one over the other can make a big difference on how a person's assets are handled.

How does a holographic will differ from other wills?

People write wills to make their wishes for after their deaths known. In order to avoid a will contest and ensure that the wishes are carried out, however, it is very important to ensure that a will is valid and meets the legal requirements for a will. In general, a will is presumed to be valid under the law until and unless someone challenges the will or rebuts the presumption of its validity.

When it comes to estate planning, everyone is different

From time to time, St. Paul residents have disagreements with their friends, family, coworkers or others. Even between those within the closest of relationships, there can be important differences of opinion, particularly when it comes to sensitive matters like financial issues.

Who handles the debts and assets of a person's estate?

Many Minnesota residents often prefer to handle sensitive matters by themselves when possible, such as making decisions regarding their finances. When it is necessary to rely on another person to perform these tasks, individuals do not trust just anyone to do the job right. Rather, individuals often turn to those they trust and confide in to handle the sensitive issues on their behalf.

Taking advantage of the basic will to express a person's wishes

Most Saint Paul residents would like to think they have many years remaining to live. At the same time, individuals understand that any day could be the last one for a person on Earth, as accidents and other incidents occur that can unexpectedly take a person's life.

Avoiding disputes between children after death

Any St. Paul resident who grew up with siblings or has multiple children understands that fights are a natural occurrence between family members from time to time. While most fights can be resolved in a reasonable manner, more serious disputes can linger between family members if the issues are not properly addressed.