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What is probate?

Probate is the legal process that happens after a person passes away in which the person's debts are paid and any remaining assets are distributed to his or her beneficiaries.

Probate may be necessary regardless of whether or not the decedent left a will distributing his property. 

At Dutcher & Paschka, we can help you sort through your difficult questions and help you understand this very complicated process.

You can schedule your free consultation online.

 

Do I need a lawyer?

 

In Minnesota you are not required to have a lawyer represent you in the probate process.

Typically, you will want to consider hiring an attorney if beneficiaries might disagree about the outcome, if real estate needs to be sold, or if the estate is complicated in some other way.

At Dutcher & Paschka, we can help you understand your rights and the probate process whether you are a personal representative or a beneficiary.  


If you need help with the probate process schedule a free consultation

 


 

What happens in probate?

 

The probate process varies depending on the nature of the estate that is being resolved.  Your attorney can help you with many tasks including:

  • Locating assets

  • Preparing and filing documents with the court

  • Collecting life insurance proceeds

  • Handling retirement accounts

  • Paying debts and managing the finances of the estate, and

  • Paying estate and income taxes.


If you need help with the probate process schedule a free consultation