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Britney Spears Conservatorship: Probate Litigation to Fight Abuse

The 13-year saga of the Britney Spears conservatorship case has recently drawn increased news and social media scrutiny, due to Britney’s legal efforts to end the conservatorship. Coverage of the probate litigation focuses attention on conservators… Read More
Categories: Litigation, Probate
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How Does Minnesota Probate Court Handle Evidence in Lieu of the Dead Man’s Statute?

In probate and estate litigation, parties often wish to present evidence relating to communications with a decedent whose estate is the subject of the court action. Some states have laws known as dead man’s statutes that prohibit witnesses from tes… Read More
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Litigation: The Power of Process

The American civil court system provides individuals, businesses, and other entities with an exceedingly effective way to end disputes. The orderly litigation process provides a framework with the power to resolve irreconcilable conflicts when the pa… Read More
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What Is Bankruptcy Rule 2004?

If issues arise in a bankruptcy case that necessitate further inquiry, Bankruptcy Rule 2004 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure establishes a specific process for obtaining evidence. The process is referred to as a Rule 2004 examination, in… Read More
Categories: Bankruptcy, Litigation
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Decanting Assets of an Irrevocable Trust in Minnesota

In common usage, decanting refers to pouring the contents of one container into another vessel. In the Minnesota Trust Code revisions that took effect 2016, trust decanting has an analogous meaning. It refers to moving assets from one irrevocable tru… Read More
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Bankruptcy Court Jurisdiction Over Litigation

Bankruptcy court jurisdiction extends beyond litigation arising as adversary proceedings in the bankruptcy case itself. However, there are limits on the extent of that jurisdiction. Questions regarding the jurisdiction of bankruptcy courts often rais… Read More
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Award of Attorney’s Fees in Minnesota Estate Litigation

Under a Minnesota statute, a personal representative, nominee, or other interested person may receive reimbursement from an estate for attorney’s fees and other expenses relating to estate litigation, if certain criteria are met. Courts construe th… Read More
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Bankruptcy Clawback Cases: Financial Institution Safe Harbor Provision

In a 2018 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States settled a difference of opinion among federal circuit courts of appeal about interpretation of § 546(e) in the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. That section includes a safe harbor provision relating to… Read More
Categories: Bankruptcy, Litigation
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What Constitutes Trustee Breach of the Duty of Loyalty?

A trustee’s responsibilities in managing a trust include the duty of loyalty imposed by Minnesota law. Breach of the duty subjects a trustee to litigation, including potential removal as trustee. To shed light on how a court may consider allegation… Read More
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Estate Litigation: Authority of a Personal Representative to Settle Claims

The Minnesota Probate Code imposes substantial duties and authority on the personal representative of an estate, among them the ability “satisfy and settle claims.” Occasionally, exercise of that authority leads to a court challenge questioning t… Read More
Categories: Litigation, Probate