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When Is Probate Required?

Probate is the legal process of identifying the assets of someone who is recently deceased and distributing the remaining property.  Assets are distributed according to the deceased person’s wishes, as laid out in a Will, or in the absence of a Will, according to Minnesota law.  Minnesota law gives property to the closest relatives to [...]

2016-10-27T15:03:01-05:00Elder Law, Family Law, Probate Law|

Family Law: Preparing for mediation

Many times cases will be sent to mediation in order to see if the parties can work out a settlement between themselves.  Also, family law matters in Minnesota are frequently handled through mediation.  Because mediation requires the use of a third party to oversee the negotiations, both parties need to prepare themselves before going to [...]

2015-04-24T22:36:34-05:00Divorce, Family Law|

Do I need a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement is an agreement made between the two parties prior to marriage.  A prenuptial agreement lays out how money and other property that belongs separately to the spouses-to-be will be divided should the couple divorce in the future.  Many will complain that discussing a prenuptial agreement is not romantic.  While it may not [...]

2016-10-27T15:03:02-05:00Divorce, Family Law|

Grandparents’ Rights

Divorce is much more common today than it was 50 years ago.  When spouses divorce, custody decisions regarding the children in their marriage are made, including who will be the primary caretaker and where the children will live.  What about the rights of the grandparents to visit with their grandchildren after the divorce?  What if [...]

2016-10-27T15:03:02-05:00Family Law|

Termination Of Parental Rights

Courts in Minnesota may need to consider whether or not to terminate the parental rights of one parent.  These parental rights may come up during divorce proceedings or other cases before the courts, including criminal cases.  When a decision is made to terminate the parental rights of one or both parents, this means that all [...]

2016-10-27T15:03:02-05:00Family Law|