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Unique Estate Plan Considerations for Single Parents

Single parents, especially when there is no other parent in the picture, are the carriers of so much responsibility. As the sole financial provider and caregiver to their child, much rests on their shoulders. When you are the only source of financial support and caregiving to your child, planning for the future not only means…

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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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Elderly couple going over estate plan with attorney

How Do You Plan for Incapacitation?

Some may not know this, but did you know that a large part of a comprehensive, strong estate plan should include planning for incapacitation? While the prospect of ever being in a position where you are unable to communicate your own preferences on things such as health care or being unable to manage your own…

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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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Someone filling out an advance healthcare directive.

What is an Advance Directive?

An advance directive is an important part of an estate plan although it is much less discussed than other legal tools. There tends to be a focus on wills and other instruments that are used to distribute a person’s assets and property and advance directives do not do this. Instead, advance directives are critical parts…

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