will contest

How to Challenge the Legal Validity of a Will

After the death of a loved one, emotions can run high. When you add in the expectations people may have for an inheritance, things can become quickly heated. You discover the decedent changed his will a few days prior to death. The new will conflicts with what the decedent told you. Due to the suspiciousness…

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How Do You Become a Guardian

How do you start a guardianship? You come home for the holidays and see your Dad in person for the first time since last year.  You notice he is forgetful, and you fear for his safety since he lives alone. A friend tells you to become his guardian? What does it mean to become a…

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What Is a Guardianship?

A Minnesota Guardianship Attorney Explains What Guardianship Means Under Minnesota law, a Guardianship is a process by which a Court appoints someone to act as the surrogate decision-maker for an incapacitated person. Why is Guardianship needed? A guardianship may be needed for two different scenarios. Care of a minor child if there is no longer a person…

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When Should You Do an Estate Plan?

A Minneapolis Estate Planning Lawyer Explains When to Do an Estate Plan One of the most common questions I receive as an estate planning lawyer when you should start thinking about estate planning. While earlier is always better, we know that everyone’s life circumstances are a little bit different, and your estate planning needs are…

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Does an Estate Executor Get Paid?

Minnesota Probate Attorney Explains Compensation for a Personal Representative (Executor) You’re having dinner with your brother when he suddenly says. “I need to ask you a favor. Will you be the executor for me if I die.” Naturally, you respond with “Don’t be silly. You’re not going to die” to which he responds “Sis. I’m…

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incapacity planning

How Can You Plan for Incapacity?

While estate planning is so often associated with death, it also has a lot to do with incapacity planning. We understand that neither of these topics are things that people really jump at the chance to discuss, but they remain important topics to confront and plan for. In fact, incapacity planning can bring you a…

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living will

Do I Need a Living Will?

While wills seem to get the bulk of the attention when people talk about establishing an estate plan, living wills are also a critical component of a strong estate plan. A living will is very different from a will, which is primarily used to designate how assets should be distributed upon a person’s death. A…

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grandmother with alzheimer's disease

Estate Planning Considerations for Those with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s and their loved ones also face unique challenges in the future. It is a more common disease than some may think. The National Institute on Aging estimates that Alzheimer’s Disease impacts over 5.5 million Americans. The degenerative brain disease causes cognitive impairment that worsens over time. The nature of Alzheimer’s must be accounted for…

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