Who Pays for Funeral Expenses?

By |2017-10-13T16:51:43+00:00October 13th, 2017|Estate Administration, Estate Planning|

Funerals can be expensive! The average cost of a funeral in 2015 was $6,500.00, according to the National Funeral Directors Association. The ever-increasing cost leaves many families wondering: Who is responsible for paying funeral expenses? The answer can vary. For example, the decedent may have already paid for her own funeral by funding a prepaid [...]

Who should I name as my Personal Representative/Executor?

By |2017-09-27T17:57:59+00:00September 27th, 2017|Estate Administration|

A Personal Representative, also known as an Executor, is the person you name in your will that carries out your wishes after you pass away. Your Personal Representative is not required to perform these duties just because you have named him, he must accept the appointment as part of the estate administration process. Discuss the [...]

Determination of Descent

By |2017-09-12T15:49:20+00:00September 12th, 2017|Probate and Trust Administration|

I Just Discovered an Inheritance from a Relative that Died a Long Time Ago. What happens when someone passes away but her property was never distributed to her heirs? Minnesota Statutes section 525.31 authorizes an “interested person” to petition the court to determine the deceased person’s heirs and distribute her property accordingly. An “interested person” [...]

How to reduce the risk of a challenge to your will or trust

By |2017-08-31T16:11:27+00:00August 28th, 2017|Probate and Trust Administration|

You’ve spent time and money putting together the perfect estate plan. Now make sure nobody can undo your hard work with a Contest Provision. A Contest Provision disinherits any individual that challenges or attempts to challenge your will or trust. You can define “challenge” to mean: 1) filing an objection to your estate’s administration; 2) [...]

Closing on a House for the Seller

By |2016-11-22T17:21:01+00:00January 12th, 2016|Real Estate|

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to sell your home. You’ve packed and cleaned and scrubbed until your house was in tip-top shape. You’ve found a buyer and settled on a purchase price…now what? Do you need to have a written agreement? What has to happen before the purchasers can move in and you can move [...]

Closing on a House for the Buyer

By |2016-11-22T17:21:01+00:00January 10th, 2016|Real Estate|

Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to buy a home! Maybe this is your first purchase. Maybe it’s your fifth, but it’s been years since your last closing. Either way you’ve got tons of questions. What is a closing? Do you need a lawyer? How much does closing on a house cost? Read on to find [...]