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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Taxes in Estate Planning

Have you ever heard of the federal estate tax? For those estates that fall over the federal estate tax exemption amount, the excess can be taxed at a rate upwards of 40%. The current exemption amount sits just about $12 million and is set to drop by around 50% in 2025, depending on what politicians…

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Choosing the Right Trustee

A Minnesota Estate And Trusts Lawyer Explains How to Choose a Trustee for Your Trust. You might be wondering how to select a trustee if you’re thinking about establishing a trust or have already done so. It’s critical to pick someone you can trust to handle the assets in your trust. What Is A Trustee?…

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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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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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