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 the deceased, typically a spouse and children.  If the deceased has no spouse or children, then the property passes on to any living grandchildren, parents, brothers and sisters and on down the line to more distant relatives.  If there are no relatives located then the