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North Dakota mineral rights, mother owned, she died in Minnesota sister is executor of/estate. She wants to step down appoint me

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North Dakota mineral rights, mother owned, she died in Minnesota where she lived sister is executor of/estate. sister wants to step down and appoint me the executor. Do we need to go to court in SD? sister is in WI and I am in CO or is there a form we can fill out?

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  1. If she was appointed executor in Wisconsin, you likely will need to file motions to have you take her place in that state, but you should ask a Wisconsin attorney this question as they will know the process for that state. You likely will need to do ancillary probate in North Dakota for the mineral rights. You should post this question in those state's areas on the site. Hope this helps.

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  2. Please accept my condolences for the loss of your mother. Since your mother passed away in MN, you will probably need to file any probate case in MN, but like Colorado there may be ways around that. Probably not with mineral interests, though, but youi will need to confer with MN counsel. In Colorado a Personal Representative, what we call an executor or executrix here in Colorado, does not have to be a resident of that state, and I'm sure MN has like laws. You will still need to retain MN counsel. Good luck!

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