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Can Stepchildren Contest a Will?

Family dynamics can be complex, and this must be taken into consideration when it comes to estate planning. However, even when a decedent drafts a will in order to ensure their wishes are carried out, there may still be reasons family members may see… Read More
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Problems That Can Arise During Probate and Lead to Litigation

When a loved one passes away, their estate may be subject to probate — regardless of whether they had a will. Probate proceedings can be long and complicated, even without litigation. However, when disputes occur, the process can be even lengthier… Read More
Categories: Probate
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What Rights Do Trust Beneficiaries Have in Minnesota?

Being named a beneficiary in a loved one’s estate plan can be a significant gift. Although distributions from trusts are often made without issue, it’s important for beneficiaries to understand that they have certain legal rights. In addition to… Read More
Categories: Probate
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Can a Conservatorship Be Contested?

If your loved one has become incapacitated and is no longer able to manage their own finances or business affairs, a conservatorship might be necessary. Not to be confused with a guardianship — which gives authority to make medical and personal dec… Read More
Categories: Probate
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What is the Minnesota Guardianship Bill of Rights?

During the 2020 legislative session, Minnesota’s guardianship laws underwent several substantial changes. These recent reforms were meant to promote supported decision-making and provide less restrictive alternatives to guardianships in order to he… Read More
Categories: Probate
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When Does a Contested Guardianship Occur? 

If your loved one can no longer care for themselves, a guardianship can be crucial to ensure they are safe, and their daily needs are met. Not to be confused with a conservatorship — which only concerns financial decision-making — a Minnesota gua… Read More
Categories: Probate
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How Does the Minnesota Harmless Error Rule Impact Estate Litigation?

The COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on all aspects of the legal field, including estate and probate litigation. Many states — including Minnesota — adopted a “Harmless Error” rule which relaxed the formalities governing the execution and modi… Read More
Categories: Litigation
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Intentional Wrongdoing as the Basis for Nondischargeability in Bankruptcy

A debtor who files a petition for bankruptcy expects that certain debts will be discharged at the conclusion of the process. However, complex provisions of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code provide numerous exceptions to dischargeability. Several of those exc… Read More
Categories: Bankruptcy, Litigation
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Debtors’ Rights in a Bankruptcy Case

Bankruptcy is a legal process that enables a debtor to have some types of debts discharged, which relieves the debtor of liability for the debts and prohibits creditor collection efforts. When a debtor files a petition for bankruptcy, federal laws an… Read More
Categories: Bankruptcy
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Equitable Mootness Doctrine in Minnesota Bankruptcy Appeals

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit limits application of the doctrine of equitable mootness in appellate review of Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases in the Eighth Circuit, which includes Minnesota. The standard a… Read More
Categories: Bankruptcy