Some Minnesota residents may not find out until a loved one's death that they have been named as the executor under the testator's will, while others learn this well ahead of time. An executor has a number of responsibilities that include paying creditors, filing tax returns and paying what is owed, locating assets and distributing them to beneficiaries. If there are debts, it might be necessary to sell some assets to pay them off. The executor also has a fiduciary duty to manage the estate effectively. The tasks can seem overwhelming, but an executor can seek assistance from professionals, such as a financial adviser and an attorney, if needed.
Minnesota parents may want to consider expanding their estate planning instructions if their children are minors. Wills offer parents the opportunity to appoint guardians for their kids. However, this still leaves a gap between what happens after the parents' deaths and when the legal guardian takes over.
The increase in the estate tax exemption to $11.18 million can be a good thing for Minnesota residents and others. However, there are ways for an individual to jeopardize his or her plan for what happens to assets after passing away. For instance, passing away intestate could mean that heirs have to spend time and money proving that they are owed a portion of an inheritance.
Minnesota residents should take time to review their estate plans as there are many things that can render all or parts of them ineffective. If the documents have not been reviewed since they were created or it has been some years since they were assessed by an attorney, it is highly likely that they have to be updated.
Anyone who has had a loved one pass away can attest to the fact that experiencing a loss is a tough situation to endure. Not only can the grief be difficult, but there is also the matter of dealing with the deceased's possessions, which can get messy without a will to clarify their last wishes. Consequently, it is imperative to tackle estate planning in a methodical and diligent way.