After a person passes on, their estate must be settled in court. This process is called probate. During probate, property is inventoried, debts are paid, and remaining assets are divided amongst heirs according to the decedent’s will or, if there is no will, according to Minnesota law. Probate proceedings may be informal or formal and must be completed within three years.
Depending on the circumstances, probate may be anything but straightforward. Whether you were named the personal representative of a loved one’s estate, are an heir, or have any other relationship or claim to an estate, you may need legal counsel during the probate process.
Dolan, Besser & Geffre is here to help. Our Meeker County probate attorneys can offer honest advice, practical guidance, and dedicated representation through every stage of these proceedings to ensure your interests are protected.
We represent clients in matters involving:
- Will administration
- Trust administration
- Probate litigation
In Minnesota, estates worth more than $75,000 must generally go through the probate process. Real property must also be probated, although there are some exceptions, such as property owned in joint tenancy or that has been placed in a trust.
The following property is not subject to probate in Minnesota:
- Joint bank accounts
- Joint tenancy property
- Payable-on-death accounts
- Life insurance proceeds
- Pension benefits with designated beneficiaries
For estates valued at $75,000 or less, probate can only be avoided by filing an Affidavit for Collection of Personal Property. This can only be filed 30 days after a decedent has passed on.
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If you have questions about probate, what rights you have as a family member, or any related matter, our Meeker County probate lawyers are standing by to help.
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