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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What Is the SECURE Act?

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed a major piece of legislation called the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Act (SECURE Act). The bipartisan bill became effective on January 1, 2020, and its goal is to help Americans with something they have long struggled with, the ability to save for retirement. The SECURE Act…

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Elder Care Mediation Series, Part 2: An Example

 A Certified Elder Care Mediation Specialist Explains Why Mediation Can Help Families in Dealing with An Parent in Need of Elder Care  Growing up siblings, Abby, Bonnie and Carolyn Olsen, were always close, but after their father died unexpectedly they found their relationship strained. They did not know what to do for their 80-year-old mother,…

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Elder Care Mediation Series, Part 1: What Is It?

A Guardianship and Elder Care Mediator Contested guardianship cases, like contested divorces, are often lose-lose encounters. Though someone will eventually emerge the “winner” by judicial decree, the emotional and financial cost to both sides often renders it a Phyrric victory. The battle only deepens the wounds which kindled the contest, and there is even less…

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