Probate in Minnesota: a simple guide about the basics

What is Probate?

Probate is the legal process of safeguarding the assets of the estate, paying creditors, making tax filings, caring for the family, and ultimately distributing assets to the rightful recipients. This process places a significant responsibility on the court appointed representative. With the help of an attorney experienced in probate, the representative can make these decisions and fulfill his or her legal responsibilities while protecting the interests of family and friends.

This website provides a basic overview of the probate process in Minnesota.

When a loved one passes away, family and friends are called upon to make important decisions regarding the estate of the one who has passed away – decisions which will impact family members and friends who remain.

Immediate questions must be answered:

  • Who pays the bills for such things as funeral and medical expenses?
  • Who cares for the home, car, and other assets?
  • How do debts and taxes get paid?
  • How will the surviving spouse or children be cared for?
  • How does the estate’s property get transferred to the rightful recipients and when should that occur?
  • If there is a will, what should be done?
  • If there is no will, who gets the property?
  • What if there is a dispute among family members about how things should be handled?

These issues must be addressed correctly and probate may be required.