In Minnesota, if you pass away in direct possession of personal property, this property becomes probate property. Probate is the legal process of estate administration. The executor is empowered to administer the estate, but the administration is supervised by the probate court.
The process of probate in Minnesota is in place to provide protections, but there are also some drawbacks that go along with it. This is why people often choose to implement probate avoidance strategies.