Simplifying The Probate Process In Minnesota

After more than 40 years of practicing law in Minnesota, I have learned many things, but the most important thing I have learned is how to simplify complex legal processes, including the probate process. As an attorney, I know how stressful the thought of going through probate can be for a non-lawyer, which is why I focus a large part of my practice on helping clients facing the probate process.

What You Need To Understand About Probate

The probate process is something most residents of the Minneapolis-St. Paul area will have to face at some point in their lives. In fact, an estate belonging to an individual who had no estate plan, only a will or assets outside of trusts that are subject to estate tax will have to go through probate, and most estates fall into one of these categories.

When clients come to me for assistance during the probate process, I first try to answer their questions. Two of the most common questions I am asked are the following:

  • How long will it take? The probate process takes, on average, about a year and a half. However, if an estate is fairly simple and the decedent had a clear estate plan, it can take considerably less time. Conversely, if an estate is complex, consisting of multiple properties, investments and valuable assets, the process can take much longer, especially if an estate plan did not exist or failed to include numerous assets.
  • How much will it cost? The cost of legal assistance during the probate process will vary depending upon the complexity of the estate in question and the length of time the process takes. I can only provide you with an estimate after a thorough review of your specific situation.

Learn How I Can Help You

If you are an immediate family member and you have an interest in an estate that needs to go through probate, you could benefit from having an attorney at your side. If you would like to learn more about how I can help you throughout the process, call 952-314-8582 or email me to schedule a free initial consultation at my law office in Bloomington.