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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Estate planning documents

Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Will

Estate planning puts important legal protections in place to secure a future you want for yourself and your family. A will is one of the most widely known types of estate planning documents. When it is properly utilized and drafted, a will can accomplish a variety of things beyond simply distributing your assets to your…

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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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