Albert Lea Will Contest Attorneys
The attorneys at Hoversten, Johnson, Beckmann & Hovey, LLP, serve as legal advisors to the personal representatives and executors in Austin, Albert Lea and other communities in southern Minnesota in the administration of a decedent’s estate. We also represent executors and beneficiaries in probate litigation such as will contests.
Probate is the legal process of settling a person’s estate after death. In Minnesota, the person responsible for the probate process is called a personal representative if there was a will. If the person died without a will, the person in charge is called an administrator.
Our lawyers guide personal representatives, administrators and executors through all the steps involved in probate, including:
- Taking an inventory of the deceased person’s assets
- Handling creditor claims
- Paying applicable taxes
- Distributing the net assets to beneficiaries named in the will (or by Minnesota’s laws of intestate succession, if there was no will)
Minnesota probate can be simple or complex, depending on the decedent’s assets and the amount of planning that was done. Many assets can be distributed directly to beneficiaries, including life insurance benefits, stock accounts with beneficiary designations, real estate held in transfer on death deeds and assets held in trusts.
Our lawyers are experienced in complex probate issues such as multi-state probate, farm auctions and sales, and business succession. In addition to executors and administrators, our attorneys advise people who have been named successor trustees in family trusts.
We also supervise probate proceedings on behalf of beneficiaries who want to ensure that their interests are protected.