10 Really Complicated Informal Probate Steps

MN Informal ProbateThere are ten (10) informal probate steps in Minnesota.

Because everybody asks:  yes, there is a difference between an unsupervised versus a supervised informal probate process.

Also, selecting the right probate process is even more important if the person who died had no money.

If you are a personal representative and you need help creating forms or complying with the various informal probate steps, please contact this law office for help.

First 5 informal probate steps

Both an unsupervised and supervised informal probate starts the same.  The first five (5) steps are:

  1. Filing an application with the right court or venue,
  2. Having an informal meeting with the assigned Registrar (yes, the Registrar will review the application),
  3. Sharing the correct notice of appointment with every interested person,
  4. Fling an affidavit with the court, and
  5. Asking the court to issue letters appointing a personal representative.Informal Probate Steps

Next 5 informal probate steps: Unsupervised

The next five (5) steps for an unsupervised process are:

  1. Asset collection,
  2. Inventory preparation,
  3. Settling claims with creditors,
  4. Tax returns, and
  5. Estate distribution.

Next 5 informal probate steps: Supervised

The next five (5) steps for an supervised process are:

  1. Asset collection,
  2. Inventory preparation,
  3. Settling claims with creditors,
  4. Tax returns, and
  5. Seeking a court order.

What is the difference?

Although it might not appear obvious, the major differences between both types of an informal probate is liability.  Generally, very few people want to be held liable for debts owed to a creditor.

Yes, reducing liability owed to a creditor, taking the right steps to account for the assets of another person and distributing their assets accordingly to the rules of their will or a court is a responsibility imposed by law.

If you have time, consider reviewing these rules and laws to help your decision making process.

Need more help?

Whether you are a beneficiary or want to be a personal representative of an estate, please contact this law office for help.