When the funeral is over, search for the Will of your loved one, secure his or her possessions and contact a lawyer.
If there is a Will, your loved one has nominated someone in his or her Will to be the personal representative for purposes of settling the estate. However, no one becomes the personal representative until the Minnesota Probate Court accepts the nomination.
If there is no Will, Minnesota law sets out procedures for naming someone as a personal representative. Again, court approval is necessary.
Did your loved one reside in their home alone at the time of their death? If so, secure your loved one’s home and possessions so that nothing is removed until it is legally appropriate to do so. Park or store the car in a secure area. Take steps to make the house appear “lived in” to help deter theft. Remove any snow from the driveway and keep the lawn mowed. » Read more..