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Grandpa Was A Hoarder

Dealing With A Disorganized Estate

When a Loved One passes away, it can be a challenging time for many families. Let me tell you about a Minnesota family. A couple I will call Mark and Michelle live in Shakopee. Michelle's father Samuel was an old farmer who still had his family farm just outside Mankato.

How Can I Get My Money Back From The House I Own With My Ex?

Unmarried Couples Buying Houses Together

Over the past decade, thousands of unmarried couples purchased homes together. While they may have started off with high hopes, many of them broke up and decided to go their separate ways. However, what happens to the house, now that the two people are no longer together? Is there any way for a person to get their money back from their ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend?

Joint Accounts With Children Can Cause Big Family Problems

Sharing The Account With A Designated Child

When Mom or Dad is in failing health, the adult children may think it is a good idea to put one or more of them on the parent's account and make it a joint account. The idea is that the designated child can deposit the parent's income, pay their bills, and divide up the funds in the account between their siblings when Mom or Dad dies.

When Couples Separate But Do Not Divorce

Unique Circumstances For Separated Couples

Every year, millions of married couples decide to go their separate ways. While their reasons may vary, some couples choose to live apart but do not go through the divorce process. Regardless of the reason, couples who separate but do not divorce can face unique circumstances if one of them passes away.

What Should I Do After Someone Dies? Part 2

My Loved One Just Passed Away, What Should I Do?

This is Part 2 our my series "What Should I Do After Someone Dies". You can view part one (Steps 1-5) here. Though it may be hard to take action after a Loved One passes away, it is important to take care of certain matters to protect the estate and keep it safe from crooks.

Mom Is Not Taking Her Meds

Taking Care of Our Mothers

Many of us have elderly parents and grandparents who we care for. While it may be sending packages or phone calls from across the USA, or stopping by every day at lunch to check on them, we value our elderly mothers and grandmothers. It's no surprise that when we discover that our mother is not taking her medication, we can feel upset or helpless in this situation.

(Probate Issues 2 of 5) Isn't the Probate Attorney The Lawyer For The Whole Family?

A Very Common Misconception

A common misconception that many Minnesota families have during a probate proceeding is to assume that the lawyer hired by the executor is there to represent all family members. This is not so.

My Doctor Said I Will Die Soon-Should I Give Away My Possessions?

A Major Decision To Make

When a person is informed by their medical professional that he or she is going to die soon, one of the major issues that he or she has to face is how to handle their bank accounts, retirement plans, real estate, and other assets.

Is My Brother Misusing Money Belonging To Our Elderly Grandmother

Brother Takes Care Of Grandmother's Finances

Mary lives in Saint Paul with her grandmother Marjorie, whom she has taken care of for the past four years. Her brother, Richard, offered to take care of Marjorie's finances so the grandmother signed a power of attorney for Richard to take care of her assets and monthly bills. Things went well for several months.

Senior Woman Wants To Protect Her Estate After New Marriage

Senior Woman Meets New Man

Elizabeth is a senior woman. She is a very independent person and has been diligent in saving money throughout her entire life. Her husband Albert died five years ago. After his passing, Elizabeth was very lonely until she met Ronald, whose wife Audrey died three years ago.

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