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When to Update Your Advance Directives

Estate planning provides important protections for yourself, your loved ones, and your goals for the future. It would be difficult to understate the importance of estate planning. It can have profound and far-reaching implications for you and your loved ones. As such, it is a process that not only should be done, but should be…

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When to Update Your Advance Directives

Advance directives are an important part of anyone’s estate plan. In the event of a healthcare crisis, an advance directive can prove invaluable. Whether a person becomes incapacitated due to a medical condition, an emergency medical situation, or an accident, an advance directive helps preserve your wishes even when you cannot communicate them for yourself….

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Common Challenges to Wills and How to Avoid Them

Estate planning is so important to protect your legacy and promote the best interests of your loved ones. Estate planning the right way, however, is critical. For instance, drafting your estate planning documents, such as your will, in a way that safeguards it from future will contests can help ensure your wishes are honored and…

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Guardian Provision for Minor Children

Taking care of our children is a top priority. Doing what we can to ensure that our children are properly cared for and provided for regardless of what life throws our way is of the utmost importance. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your children despite the unpredictability of life. For instance,…

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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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