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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Importance of LGBT Estate Planning


Q: Why do LGBT couples need estate planning?

After years of steady forward progress in the fight for equal rights, the LGBT community in America is now worried and anxious about its future and fears the possible loss of those hard- earned legal gains. It is absolutely critical that LGBT couples seek the help of a lawyer skilled in LGBT estate planning and its complexities.

Unlike heterosexual married couples whose marriages are universally- recognized virtually everywhere across America, the legal status of same-sex couples' relationships vary widely from state to state.
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Should You Add Someone Else to Your Bank Account?


A Minnesota Estate Planning Lawyer Explains Why This May Not Be Achieve Your Goals 

I recently met with a client who informed me that her daughter had financial power over her matters.  ”You mean she has a power of attorney?” I inquired.

She responded that “No.  She has signing authority on my accounts.”

After several more questions I discovered that her child was a joint account holder on mom’s checking and savings accounts.


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Monday, May 22, 2017

How to Avoid Probate


Estate Planning

Probate is the process of verifying your will, assets, and the distribution of your estate through the court system. It can be an expensive and time consuming process. That being said, there are ways that you can avoid assets going through the probate process thus saving your loved ones time and money. 

To effectively navigate around the probate process, you need an attorney with specialized knowledge about estate planning. Here at Unique Estate Law, we have the experience and legal skill set that make for highly effective estate planning counsel.


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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Who Owns Your Home?


Betty calls me because her husband, John, recently passed away and she needs help on what she should do now. We meet and I discover that John had a will leaving everything to Betty. Betty explains that their home is jointly owned as they bought it together.

After our meeting, I do further research and discover that Betty's name is NOT on the deed to their home. At the time they bought the home, only John's name was put on the deed.


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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Don’t Let Your Ex Get Your Money. A Recent Court Decision May Allow Your Ex to Get Your Money!

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit should cause anyone who has been divorced scrambling to ensure his or her beneficiaries are property listed on life insurance or retirement accounts. Namely, be sure your ex-spouse is NO LONGER listed as a beneficiary.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

You Inherit A Home, Now What?

When you inherit a house, your primary concern should be figuring out how to secure and maintain the home until you decide what to do with it. Can family or neighbors help? Do you need to install a security system? Can someone stay in the home? Maintaining the home will be important to protect its value.

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren Is On the Rise! Plan to Protect Both in an Emergency.


The number of children living with a grandparent continues to rise. A new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data? shows that 2.9 million children – a 6% increase from 2007 to 2008 – now live with a grandparent. Please take steps to ensure they can help in an emergency.


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Monday, January 30, 2017

Dear Gay Families: Protect Yourselves NOW!

With clear indications that the new administration will go after the rights of LGBTQ families, you must work now to protect your family. Read on to find out how you can do that!


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year's Resolution, Part II: What To Look For in Your Plan!

The first post in this series discussed the life events that may necessitate revising your estate plan. In this post, I explain what to look for within each specific document to ensure the plan still meets your needs.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Time for the 2017 Resolutions, Part I: Review Your Estate Plan!

Are you tired of the same old New Year’s resolutions? Not inspired by promises to lose weight, start exercising, and eat better? How about an original idea?  Resolve to review and update your estate plan!
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Is It a Good Idea to Transfer My Home to My Children?

Minneapolis Estate Planning and Probate Lawyer Warns Against Transferring Your Home to Kids

Most people know that probate should be avoided if at all possible. It is an expensive, time-consuming process that exposes your family’s private matters to the public and allows for easy challenges by others. It sounds simple enough to just give your property to your children while you are still alive so that it's not subject to probate upon your death.

This strategy may offer some potential benefits, but those benefits are far outweighed by the risks. With many other probate-avoidance tools available, such as living trusts, it makes sense to review the risks and benefits of transferring title to your property with


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