Probate is a court proceeding that takes place when someone dies owning assets in the deceased person’s name alone. In Minnesota, probate courts oversee the administration of individual estates after death. When someone dies, there often exists estate matters that need to be addressed, such as transferring title to property, paying off creditors and preparing tax filings. Probate is the process courts use to transfer the legal title of property owned by the one who died to heirs or beneficiaries after all the bills are paid.
If the estate contains property outside of Minnesota, it may be necessary to open another probate proceeding where the property is located in order to distribute that property to the proper heirs. This is a separate legal proceeding that is required in the state where the property is located.
If someone owing you money has died, you may have a creditor’s claim in probate court. It is imperative that your claim is in the correct court and on time so that proper notice is given to your claim to make sure it gets paid.
Probate can be very complicated and time consuming. Our offices can help during these difficult times with probate services, trust administration, estate and fiduciary tax return preparation, asset retitling and distribution and other estate administration services. We can assist and advise you in your responsibilities as personal representative and/or trustee. Our caring, professional approach allows our attorneys and staff to assist you every step of the way and provide the ideal level of service, i.e., we look for the cheapest, fastest route one can take to get the job done right.
With years of experience in probate court, our estate administration team knows how to open an estate, inventory and assemble the assets, manage the claims of creditors, and handle all other duties of the personal representative. Our goal is to get the assets transferred to the rightful heirs and beneficiaries as quickly as possible in accordance with Minnesota Probate or Trust Law. Our offices has experience in dealing with conflicts that can arise during the course of an estate administration and we work to resolve disagreements and potential family discord. Contact us today for more information regarding the probate process.