Johnson & Sundeen Attorneys at Law
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Probates and Heirships

Probate is a court process concerning the administration of a person’s estate after his or her passing. The main objective of probate is to collect the decedent’s assets, notify creditors, pay liabilities, and distribute remaining assets to the rightful heirs or devisees. Probate court acts as careful supervision of the processes that transfer property from the estate of the decedent to the beneficiaries. North Dakota law requires a probate when a deceased individual owned property in North Dakota.

The probate process can be quite lengthy and varies by state and by individual case. You may find different requirements, procedures, and documents needing to be gathered, so it is in your best interest to hire an attorney. The person administering the estate is required to do the following:

  • Locate and control assets
  • Identify and resolve any issues with creditors
  • Pay necessary taxes
  • Distribute assets according to decedent’s will
  • Fully account for all your actions

In addition to helping with these matters, our office has experience in the following probate related topics:

  • Personal representative appointment
  • Intestate probates
  • Testate probates
  • Heirships
  • Release of suspended oil and gas revenue
  • Challenging actions of personal representatives
  • Probate litigation
  • Will disputes
  • Tracing land and mineral ownership
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Partner: Dennis Johnson

Dennis has been practicing law, and specializing in oil & gas litigation, in Watford City since 1980.

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Partner: Ross Sundeen

In addition to practicing law with Johnson & Sundeen, Ross is the Assistant Dunn County States Attorney.

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Partner: Ariston Johnson

Ariston joined JSLO in 2011 and has an excellent track record arguing appellate cases before the North Dakota Supreme Court.

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Partner: Aaron Weber

Aaron also worked as a wildland firefighter for four summers while in college. He received various certifications and was on one of the largest fires in New Mexico state history, the Las Conchas Fire.

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