Helping You Through The Probate Process In The Twin Cities And Beyond
Losing a loved one is difficult. Coping with the loss, and addressing a loved one’s legal affairs can be overwhelming. Our team navigates the challenging probate process with knowledge, understanding, care, and support to promote family harmony whenever possible. Relax, we will take care of you.
Compassionate, Skilled Guidance In Trust Administration And Probate Issues
Confusing, complex, and frustrating best describe the Probate and Trust Administration process. Each situation is unique. Sometimes there is a will, but it might be old and could fail to reflect the desires or most recent life circumstances of the person who passed away. Sometimes, the emotional turmoil and grief at the loss of a loved one causes conflict among family members.
At rb LEGAL, LLC, we will guide you through every step of the Probate or Trust Administration process. Our probate lawyers and staff are sensitive to these common probate situations and issues. Our goal is to promote family harmony whenever possible as we ensure that assets are distributed as required by law. From our office in Golden Valley, we represent clients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, the Twin Cities metro area, and statewide.
What To Expect Of The Probate Process
When you work with us, our priority is to bring clarity to the process to help you make informed decisions through every step. Our attorneys will help you:
- Determine what type of probate process is appropriate
- Initiate the probate filing with the county
- Secure the appointment of a personal representative
- Collect the decedent’s assets
- Handle and negotiate debts and claims
- Sell the decedent’s real estate
- Prepare an accounting, if required
- Make disbursements and close the estate
- Handle trusts and work with accountants, financial advisors, and other professionals throughout the administrative process
Our experienced Probate Team provides compassionate and professional legal services to the both Minnesota and out-of-state clients. We will listen to your questions and concerns and make every possible effort to give you Peace of Mind and assist you through the completion of your loved one’s estate.
FAQs About The Probate Process
At rb LEGAL, LLC, we have helped our clients through emotional times and answered the most difficult legal questions after a loved one has passed. Below, we share other questions we have addressed at our Twin Cities office.
How is the distribution process handled during probate?
In Minnesota, the individual selected to serve as the personal representative follows the instructions set out in the will to distribute assets and property. If the deceased passed without leaving a will, state laws determine how the estate will be divided.
My deceased loved one had a will. What should I do next?
A will should go through the probate process. To start the process, you or your legal representative needs to fill out an application to the Minnesota county’s probate court where the decedent resided. The probate process may be informal or formal. The latter applies to more complex probate cases that require a judge’s supervision and decision-making. We recommend having an attorney guide you through the process to represent your best interests.
What exactly is probate?
Probate is the process through which a probate court validates a will and authorizes and oversees property distribution among the named beneficiaries. However, not all wills may go through probate. If assets typically subject to probate do not surpass $75,000 in value, then probate might not be necessary.
I was named a personal representative in a will. What are my duties?
Your duties include collecting and gathering the testator’s (the person who wrote the will) property, paying relevant taxes and debts, appraising property if required, and distributing property among the beneficiaries named in a will. These tasks can be overwhelming, so working with a knowledgeable attorney to guide you through the entire process is a good idea.
I want to draft an estate plan, but can I avoid probate?
Yes. You may transfer ownership of your assets through a living trust. An experienced estate planning lawyer can help you develop a strategy and explain what assets you may transfer through a trust. Your attorney can also explain circumstances where you might need a will.