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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
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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
Unfair Inheritance: Contesting a Will

Unfair Inheritance: Challenging a Will in Probate Court

Family members sometimes feel disappointment in how they are treated in a loved one’s estate. But dissatisfaction of a beneficiary or a person omitted from a Last Will and Testament is not a sufficient legal basis for contesting a will in probate c… Read More
Categories: Litigation, Probate
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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
Categories: Litigation, Probate