Young and Ill, without Advance Directives

When you are a child, your parents serve as your decision makers. They have ultimate say in where you go to school, what extracurricular activities you partake in and where, and how, you should be treated in the event of a medical emergency. While most parents continue to play a huge role in their children’s…

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The Probate Process, Part II:The Will

  Last week I covered the definition of “probate.”  Probate is simply the process in which the court oversees the distribution of your assets as directed by your will (if you have one) and handles claims against assets.  This week I will explain how legal wills are “tested” by probate court and how to prevent having…

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What If You Die Without a Will?

My prior posts have explained the probate process and why you need a will. This post will address what may happen if you don’t have a will.  If you do not have a will, your possessions will be distributed by the court, in a probate proceeding, according to the Minnesota law governing intestate succession. Under current…

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