If more than three years have elapsed since the death of the decedent and no probate proceeding has been commenced, a determination of descent proceeding is typically required in order to transfer the decedent’s probate property. No personal representative is appointed. The court issues a decree ordering the property to be transferred according to the decedent’s will or Minnesota’s statutes. This procedure is often used when it is discovered that the decedent is still in title to real property long after his or her death and the property has not been transferred to the appropriate individuals.