Simplifying The Probate Process
If you have been named as the personal representative, executor or administrator of an estate, contacting a probate attorney is the best way to begin the probate process. Probate can be a lengthy, confusing process if you do not have experience in this area of law. At Kufus Law, LLC, we can probate Minnesota estates of all sizes, including high net worth estates. Because our practice also includes probate litigation, we understand how to avoid potential risk for disputes between heirs, beneficiaries, executors and other parties. You can rely on our knowledge and experience as we work with you and your family. Speak with one of our attorneys to learn how we can help you.
An Overview of Probate In Minnesota
In general terms, probate is the court process for distributing assets from a will or an intestate estate. If the decedent left a valid will, it will be proven and the assets distributed accordingly. If the person died intestate (without a will), the estate will be administered according to Minnesota law.
Our firm will take care of all the probate requirements, including:
- Notifying creditors and beneficiaries
- Gathering assets
- Filing petitions
- Preparing an accounting for the court
- Paying the estate’s final bills
- Filing the estate’s tax returns.
In many cases, attorneys’ fees are paid out of the estate, so executors do not have to worry about these costs. However, each case is unique, and we recommend that you discuss your case with us before assuming that legal costs will be paid from the estate.
It is important to realize that probate is, in general, the process for distributing assets that are left to beneficiaries in a will. Estate planning, specifically the creation of trusts, can help people avoid the probate process and allow for the distribution of assets and property not addressed in a loved one’s will.