Yes Your Rights Are in Jeopardy: Adopt Now!

A Minnesota Estate Planning and Adoption Attorney Urges Adoption! When Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage, I had numerous potential clients call and cancel appointments. When I asked why I received variations on the same response. “Now that we can legally marry, we don’t need [wills, adoptions].” My counterarguments to this are now irrelevant. What is relevant…

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Minnesota Probate Series, Part 2: What Is Probate?

A Minnesota Probate Attorney Explains What It Means To Open A Probate If a loved one dies, you quickly learn your ability to handle the decedent’s assets is limited. Financial institutions will tell you to give them “letters” proving your authority to act. You obtain that authority by filing a petition with the Probate Court….

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What If You Die Without A Will?

A Minnesota Estate Planning Attorney Explains Why You Should Have a Will. You Have A Will It is a new year and you have decided 2022 is the year you will finally get your estate planning done. You keep putting it off, but your friends just did their wills. Now you worry you should also…

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Should I Handwrite My Will?

A Minnesota Estate Planning Lawyer Explains Why You Should NOT Handwrite Your Will We’ve all heard the stories.  A dying person writes out a will on a car bumper.  Is such a will valid in Minnesota?  Generally, a handwritten will – called holographic – is not valid here. What is a Valid Will? Under Minnesota…

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