Blended Families Are Quite Common
It's very common to see blended families here in Minnesota today. When I say blended family, I mean a family with children from different relationships. Because there are so many blended families, people should know that estate planning for these families requires special measures.
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.
Blended Families Dealing With Probate
Blended families are very common in Minnesota today. Since there are so many families with stepparents and stepchildren, it is important to understand that estate planning must be adapted to protect blended families.
The Probate Process In Minnesota
The Minnesota Probate process provides an orderly process to receive, evaluate, and accept (or reject) credit card or other debt claimed against the decedent. There are a number of exemptions that the executor and their attorney should carefully consider before paying any of the debts or bills of the decedent.
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Will The Court Look Into It?
When the executor of the estate delays on administration or does things which some of the heirs think is wrong, can the heirs call or write the court to have the court look into it? As a general matter, under Minnesota Law the court usually will not intervene in most probate cases.
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.
A Tale Of A Minnesota Stepfamily
Here is a tale about a Minnesota stepfamily, which can happen all too often in reality. After Dad passed away, Mom lived by herself for a while and eventually met someone new. Six years ago, she remarried; this time to a man who was very different from her first husband. Her two adult children, Jeff and Jenny, did not get along with their new stepfather Seth, Mom's second husband.
Probate Can Seem Slow
Sometimes the procedures of probate seem to move slowly. Add to this the emotions of dealing with a Loved One's affairs and it can be difficult to stay on top of the tasks required to complete the affairs. This can make it easy to forget that there are time deadlines in probate. If you miss these, you may lose your rights in Probate.