Minnesota Estate Planning Attorney
Unique Estate Law provides comprehensive estate planning, probate and estate administration services to clients throughout Minnesota. Our practice is focused on the unique needs of individuals, couples, modern families, and small business owners.
Whether you need a basic will or have a more complex estate, have been named the executor in a loved one’s will or need to establish a business succession plan, we will provide you with informed representation and caring, efficient service.
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We regularly draw up essential estate planning documents, help clients navigate the probate process, and handle a broad range of related issues, including:
- Estate litigation
- Civil disputes
We work with clients from all walks of life, including members of the LGBTQ+ community. Above all, we will work closely with you to preserve your wealth and protect your loved ones. Please contact our office today to set up a consultation.Learn More About Us
If you are a same-sex couple that understands the importance of a carefully constructed estate plan, but have uncertainty about your legal rights or simply don't know where to begin, contact Chris Tymchuck. She lead us through the adoption process, and eliminated guesswork when creating legal documents that protect our family including wills, health care directives, and powers of attorney. Estate planning can be challenging, causing undue stress and anxiety. We have peace of mind with Chris as our trusted adviser, and recommend that you work with her to assure that you have confidence in your plan as well.
In Chris, we got an advocate who was willing to meet us in convenient locations and spend quality time listening to our needs. She impressed us with her vast knowledge of the legal system and ability to clearly convey the intricacies of legal decisions. I highly recommend working with Chris to assure that you understand what legal protection is available to you and your family.
We went to Chris with questions about trust vs will and what was the best options for our needs. Chris listened and asked questions. She was attentive, engaged and made suggestions that were tailor made for us. In addition to her expertise with estate planning, I really appreciated her insights about being proactive in our affairs. She clearly explained everything with grace and humor. I have had occasion to work with attorneys before working with Chris, and I can say without hesitation she is one of the most knowledgeable in her field.
Why Do I Need an Estate Plan?
Although confronting our own mortality is never easy, creating an estate plan is the prudent and responsible thing to do. Estate planning is about more than deciding what will happen to your property after you pass away. Instead, a well-conceived estate plan is an important component of an overall retirement and wealth preservation strategy. Estate planning is all about you, your loved ones and your legacy.
If you fail to create an estate plan, your assets will be distributed according to the intestacy laws of Minnesota. This means that people you did not intend may inherit your property. By planning ahead and working with an experienced trusts and estates attorney, you can protect your assets, yourself and your loved ones.
Preparing Foundational Estate Planning Documents
At Unique Estate Law, we regularly prepare foundational estate planning documents such as:
- Last Will and Testament (Will)
- Revocable Living Trust
- Irrevocable Trust (Special Needs Trust, Medicaid Trust)
- Durable Power of Attorney
- Health Care Proxy
- Living Will
Regardless of your family or financial status, planning your estate is fundamental to your future. When you consult with us, we will help you plan for tomorrow today.
Probate and Estate Administration
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Depending on the size of the estate, navigating the probate process can be complicated and confusing. At Unique Estate Law, we are familiar with the rules and customs of the Minnesota probate courts and work to protect the rights of executors and beneficiaries throughout the probate process.
We also have a working knowledge of the state’s intestacy laws that come into play when an individual dies without a valid will in place. We represent clients through the estate administration process and work to ensure that the interests of the decedent, beneficiaries and the administrator are protected.
An individual who has been injured in an accident or who suffers with an incapacitating medical impairment may need legal protection. A guardianship is a legal arrangement in which a disabled individual, known as a “ward,” is placed under the supervision of a court-appointed guardian, typically a family member, friend or a fiduciary. A ward may be a minor without a parental guardian or an adult who is incapable of making decisions about his or her own person or property.
Whether you need to plan for the care and welfare of a loved one or make important financial decisions on behalf of a family member who lacks an estate plan, turn to Unique Estate Law. Our guardianship lawyers will work closely with you to make sure your loved one’s interests and well-being are protected.
Litigation Involving Trusts, Estates and Guardianship Proceedings
The administration of an estate is complicated, and disputes can pop up at nearly every turn. However, with an experienced estate litigation lawyer on your side, estate disputes can be resolved agreeably and efficiently.
Regardless of whether you are seeking to be appointed guardian or are an executor, trustee, beneficiary or heir, the estate lawyers at Unique Estate Law can help enforce your rights and resolve any estate disputes that arise. Below are a few examples of the situations we have encountered.
- A person signed new will in the last few days of his life under unusual circumstances. We filed to challenge the will and obtained a beneficial settlement for our client.
- An adult child used a power of attorney to change the designated beneficiary on a life insurance policy right before mom died. We obtained a court order requiring the child to produce an accounting of all assets over which he had power.
- A sibling added himself to Dad’s bank account when Dad was suffering from Alzheimer’s. Now he claims the money is all his. Is that true. We got a court order naming a neutral conservator to handle Dad’s money.
- A Personal Representative (executor) of a decedent’s estate breached her duty to her stepchildren who were also beneficiaries under their father’s will. breaching their duties to the beneficiaries. We had her removed and appointed a neutral.
When you consult with Unique Estate Law, you will benefit from having a supportive environment in which you can make informed decisions. Founding attorney Chris Tymchuck has a well-earned reputation as a dedicated advocate who always puts the best interests of her clients first.
Contact Our Experienced Minnesota Estate Planning and
Unexpected events and unforeseen circumstances can upend your dreams. The best way to prepare is to put an estate plan in place today. Unique Estate Law is here to help you protect yourself, your assets and your loved ones. Get in touch with us to schedule a free consultation.Contact Us