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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

MN Estate Planning: The Power of Joint Tenancy

Minnesota has two types of real estate ownership where there are multiple owners but only one avoids the lengthy and costly probate process...


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Who Really Owns Your Home
I’ve had numerous clients who believed their homes were owned jointly only to discover that only of them was actually listed on the deed. If the person listed on the deed was the one who died, we need to ask the court for help transferring the home to the surviving spouse. Don't let this happen to you.


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Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Estate Planning 101: What Do You Really Need?
Estate planning is much more than having a will. It involves planning for incapacity during life, the transfer of assets at death, and making sure all of the assets pass according to your plan.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

If You Die Without a Will, Does Your Spouse Inherit Your Entire Estate?

If you are married and you die without a Last Will and Testament, you may mistakenly believe that your spouse will still inherit your entire estate.  Not so fast.  Who will inherit your estate depends on several different factors.


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Thursday, March 03, 2016

You Need an Estate Plan!

It is a startling, though not surprising, fact that an overwhelming number of people have absolutely no documents in place to direct where their assets and estate should go upon their death.  Why?

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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

What if You Own Real Estate in Multiple States?
This question comes up a lot in the frozen tundra of Minnesota where many of my estate planning clients own a home here and in a warm climate like Arizona or Florida. These "snowbirds" face the likelihood that they will be involved in a probate proceeding in each such state.  

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Can You Make Changes Your Trust? Using a Trust Amendment.
A Trust Amendment is a legal document that changes specific provisions of a Revocable Living Trust but leaves all of the other provisions unchanged. The key to a Revocable Living Trust is that it is revocable. So, at any time while the Trustmaker is alive and competent, then he/she can change, modify and update – as well as completely revoke – the provisions of the Trust agreement.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Your Estate Plan Needs Maintenance
You need to keep your eye on your assets, insurance, Powers of Attorney, gifting program, distribution plan, successor trustees, beneficiaries, and so much more.  That’s why it’s important that you meet with your Minnesota estate planning attorney every few years. And by "few" I mean 3 not 11!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

It's A New Year: Resolve to Plan Your Estate!

Minneapolis Estate Planning Lawyer Continues Her Explanation on Why You Should Resolve to Get Your Estate Plan Done in 2016 
 

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 document to ensure the plan still meets your needs.


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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Need a New Year's Resolution? Check 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?  One that won’t take too long and will allow you to cross a resolution off your list pretty quickly?


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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Holiday Talks, Part 3: Discussing Your Parents’ Estate Planning Needs
As I discussed in Part I of this series, your parents may feel reluctant to discuss details of their estate plan.  For many personal matters such as finances and health care wishes are to remain private. But, it’s important to have this discussion so long as you are operating with the proper intentions.

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