Someone filling out an advance healthcare directive.

What Are DNR and POLST Forms?

Health care directives such as a living will and a health care power of attorney are critical elements of a complete estate plan. They empower a person to memorialize extremely important health care choices while they are still healthy and of sound mind. Should you ever become incapacitated and unable to communicate your health care…

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Elderly couple looking over a living will.

What Should You Include in a Living Will?

Living wills and other advance health care directives provide instructions regarding your medical treatment preference should you be incapacitated and unable to communicate your wishes for yourself. These critical legal documents are not just for the elderly. They are not just for the infirm. They are for everyone because life happens. The unexpected happens. Accidents…

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What Is Guardianship?

Under certain circumstances, a court may act and appoint a person who will be tasked with making personal decisions for a person found to be incapable of making these decisions on their own. The appointed person is referred to as a “guardian.” The position they have taken on is referred to as a “guardianship.” What…

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COVID 19: Your Family Needs a Plan, Part 3

In the prior posts I’ve discussed steps you can take to help gain some control in this chaotic time of the global pandemic caused by coronavirus / COVID 19 stress. As a brief recap, make sure you, and your loved ones, have the following: A properly executed Minnesota Health Care Directive A signed financial Power…

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Coronavirus / COVID 19: Your Family Needs a Plan, Part 1

A Minnesota Estate Planning Attorney Explains that Estate Planning is Always Important: Not Just During Global Scares Coronavirus /COVID 19 News is Everywhere You can’t open any news course, or social media platform, without being inundated with news, rumors, pictures or stories about coronavirus. In fact, I’ve had several clients reach out to me to…

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How Could the SECURE Act Impact Your Retirement?

The new year brought new laws. One major piece of legislation that went into effect on January 1st is the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Act, also referred to as the SECURE Act. With people living longer, more and more people are found in the difficult position of outliving their retirement savings. The SECURE…

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