Handling Your Loved One’s Estate

What is probate exactly? Simply put, probate is the legal process necessary to ensure your loved one’s assets are distributed legally or in the way they desired, after they pass away. If your loved one passed away with a will, they passed away testate. If they passed away without a will, they passed away intestate. This information helps the court determine how their assets should be handled. If an individual passes away intestate, North Dakota law has guidelines for how that estate should be administered and to whom. 

Personal Representatives

  • In all cases, however, it is necessary to designate an individual known as a Personal Representative. If your family member had a will, they probably picked someone to fill this important role. If they did not, North Dakota specifies who has the highest priority to be appointed, based on the type of relationship they had with the decedent. It is the Personal Representative’s job to make sure that everything is handled in a timely, legal manner. This is where we come in. Boppre Law Firm has assisted many Personal Representatives, from across the country, successfully administer their loved one’s estates in North Dakota.

  • And what if you’re not the Personal Representative? What if you’re an heir who doesn’t agree with how the estate is being handled or what if you are a business to whom the decedent owed money? We can help you with those needs as well to ensure your interests are protected.

Is it too late?

  • But what if your loved one passed away many years ago, probate was never done, and now real property cannot be deeded to their heirs? Is it too late? Although North Dakota law does have some restrictions on timelines, generally probate can be opened at any time to help your family deed land, minerals, or other assets—even many years after the individual has passed away.

Boppre Law Firm recognizes that probate can be one of the most stressful times for a family. After a loved one passes away, it can be overwhelming to begin the process to distribute their estate.  Sometimes, probate can be an expensive and lengthy process, especially when family members disagree about what should be done with assets. By ensuring that you have knowledgeable, experienced counsel, you can rest easy knowing that you will have guidance every step of the way.

Having a probate case handled for you during this time of need is essential. Contact us to schedule a consultation. Call our Minot office at 701-852-5224 or send us an email for skilled and quality representation today. We offer weekend and evening consultations by appointment.