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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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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Should I Handwrite My Will?

A Minnesota Estate Planning Lawyer Explains Why You Should NOT Handwrite Your Will We’ve all heard the stories.  A dying person writes out a will on a car bumper.  Is such a will valid in Minnesota?  Generally, a handwritten will – called holographic – is not valid here. What is a Valid Will? Under Minnesota…

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What is an Advance Directive?

An advance directive is an important part of an estate plan although it is much less discussed than other legal tools. There tends to be a focus on wills and other instruments that are used to distribute a person’s assets and property and advance directives do not do this. Instead, advance directives are critical parts…

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