Probate is the legal process typically required after an individual’s death to settle and distribute the decedent’s estate. The probate process can be costly and complicated even without disputes; however, when a dispute turns into litigation, it can wreak havoc with the administration of the estate. The Grand Forks probate attorneys at German Law Group explain what to expect if you find yourself involved in probate litigation. Probate Basics Most people leave behind an estate when they … [Read more...] about What You Need to Know about Probate Litigation
If you recently experienced the death of a loved one, you are undoubtedly still grieving. If your loved one appointed you as the Executor of his/her estate, however, you must also concentrate on the legal and practical tasks required of an Executor. If you are acting as an Executor for the first time, the prospect of probating an estate may seem overwhelming at the moment. To help you get started, a Grand Forks probate attorney at German Law Group offers five … [Read more...] about Steps to Take When Probating an Estate
If you recently experienced the death of a loved one, you are undoubtedly still grieving. If your loved one appointed you as the Executor of his/her estate, however, you must also concentrate on the legal and practical tasks required of an Executor. If you are acting as an Executor for the first time, the prospect of probating an estate may seem overwhelming at the moment. To help you get started, a Grand Forks probate attorney at German Law Group offers five … [Read more...] about 5 Steps for the First-Time Executor
The loss of your mother, regardless of the circumstances nor your age when it happens, is often traumatic. Understandably, it can be almost impossible to focus on anything but your grief. If you are responsible for handling the legal ramifications of her death though, you must focus on doing so while still managing your grief. This can be even harder to do if you have never before administered an estate. To help you, a Minot estate planning attorney at German Law Group explains some of the … [Read more...] about My Mother Just Passed Away. Now What Do I Need to Do?
When a loved one passes away, the survivors are faced with grieving that loss. One of those survivors must also address the practical and legal consequences of the individual’s death. If you recently lost a loved one, and the decedent appointed you to be the Executor of the estate in his/her Last Wil and Testament, it is up to you to administer the estate. You may be wondering if you can avoid probate since the decedent left behind a Will. As you will learn, however, avoiding probate is not … [Read more...] about Do You Need to Go through Probate If There Is a Will?
One of the primary reasons why every adult should have at least a basic estate plan in place is to avoid leaving behind an intestate estate in the event of death. Even executing just a simple Last Will and Testament prevents the State from determining how your assets are distributed after you are gone. To better understand why you do not want to leave behind an intestate estate it helps to have a clear understating of the North Dakota rules of intestacy. Your Probate Estate The first thing you … [Read more...] about What Are the Rules of Intestacy in North Dakota?
Typically, when a loved one passes away you are able to work through the grief you experience on your own timetable. Even that small luxury is taken away if it turns out that the decedent named you to be the Executor of the estate in his/her Last Will and Testament. That appointment means that your loved one had the utmost faith and trust in your ability to efficiently and effectively. To help get you started, the Grand Forks probate lawyers at German Law Group offer a probate checklist for … [Read more...] about Probate Checklist for the First Time Executor
When a loved one dies, the period of time following that loss can seem as though it passes in a fog for the survivors. There are a seemingly endless number of practical and legal steps that must be taken during the probate of the decedent’s estate. Given the heightened emotional state that loved ones are in, mistakes are often made during the probate process. If you find yourself in charge of probating the estate of a loved one, you undoubtedly wish to avoid making any of those mistakes. To help … [Read more...] about Common Probate Mistakes
When a family member or close loved one passes away, most people start wondering (out loud or to themselves) what they will inherit from the decedent’s estate. Likewise, when there is controversy or conflict over an estate, it is most often the result of two or more heirs disagreeing over the inheritance to which they feel they are entitled. Believe it or not, however, beneficiaries don’t always want the inheritance left to them by a decedent or to which they are entitled under the state’s … [Read more...] about Can You Reject an Inheritance?
Did you recently lose someone close to you? Were you also notified that the decedent appointed you to be the Executor of the estate? If so, and you have never before served as an Executor, you probably have a number of questions and concerns about carrying out your duties and responsibilities as Executor. One of the first, and most important, questions on your mind is whether or not you need a probate attorney to help you probate the estate. Probate Basics Probate is the legal process that is … [Read more...] about Do I Need a Probate Attorney to Help Me Probate an Estate?