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How to Prepare for Your First Estate Mediation Session

Estate mediation offers a confidential and amicable way to address potential disputes or concerns in estate planning. By choosing this approach, parties are able to find common ground, save time, and often reduce expenses. Assuming you opt for mediation, how should you prepare for the first session? It’s a good idea to learn as much…

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Mistakes to Avoid with Your Health Care Directive

Creating a health care directive, sometimes referred to as a living will, is an essential step in estate planning that allows you to express your medical treatment preferences should you become unable to communicate them yourself. In Minnesota, a health care directive is a comprehensive document that allows you to both communicate your medical wishes…

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Incapacity Planning—Who Needs It?

Incapacity planning is an essential but often overlooked component of comprehensive estate planning. It involves legal arrangements to ensure your wishes are carried out if you become unable to make decisions for yourself. Having such plans in place not only provides peace of mind but also prevents potential legal battles and hardship for your loved…

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Don’t Forget About Your Digital Assets!

What happens to your Facebook or Instagram account after you die? Estate planning is a crucial step in securing your financial and emotional legacy, yet many overlook a modern aspect of this process: digital assets.  From social media accounts and email archives to digital currencies and online businesses, these virtual properties can hold both sentimental…

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Important Estate Planning Discussions to Have

Estate planning is important and so is talking about estate planning. Unfortunately, there are not exactly people lining up eagerly to talk about death and incapacitation. Regardless, these are topics we should all confront at some level or another. This is because our death and incapacitation effects not just us, but others that we care…

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What Does a Personal Representative Do?

Your Mom asks you if she can list you as the personal representative of her estate if she dies. You agree as you want to help if anything happens to her. But do you know what it means to handle the role of personal representative? In Minnesota probate, as the personal representative (also known as…

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