The Trusted Guidance You Need In Probate Matters
After an individual dies, their estate must go through the legal court process of debt payment and property distribution, known as probate. This can be a difficult process for grieving family members who are mourning the loss of their loved one while having to deal with legal issues. If you are facing the probating of an estate, we can help.
At Radtke Law Offices, P.A., we understand how challenging the probate process and other estate planning issues can be. From our Roseville office, we work closely with clients in the surrounding areas, including Blaine and Anoka County, who have been named personal representatives or have been appointed as one by the courts. Our founding attorney, Stephen P. Radtke, uses more than 20 years of experience and his lifetime of Minnesota residency when working closely with personal representatives and other family members to ensure that the estate of the loved one who has passed is handled properly.
When Probate Is Required
If an individual lived in Minnesota when they passed away or they owned property in Minnesota at the time of their death, our state’s probate laws apply to the case. Determining whether or not the situation is to be probated can be assessed by our firm. There are factors that are to be considered, including the type of property and who the owners of the property are.
Also, probate must be opened if the deceased person’s personal property holds a value of more than $75,000. If it is less than this amount, there is the possibility that the legal heirs may be able to claim items without probate court involvement.
Does Having A Will Avoid Probate?
It is possible to avoid probate with a will, but this is not always the case. Part of the probate process involves determining if the will is valid or not. In the event that the estate property needs to be distributed or taxes need to be paid, a valid will does not avoid probate. If there is no will, the courts will decide who receives the estate’s property and assets.
Get Started With The Probate Process
The end of probate comes about once all taxes and debts are paid and assets are distributed properly. For more information on how our firm can help you through the probate process, call our office at 651-419-8500 or contact us online.