Should You Add Someone Else to Your Bank Account?

A Minnesota Estate Planning Lawyer Explains Why This May Not Be Achieve Your Goals  I recently met with a client who informed me that her daughter had financial power over her matters.  ”You mean she has a power of attorney?” I inquired. She responded that “No.  She has signing authority on my accounts.” After several…

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You Need an Estate Plan!

A Minnesota Estate Planning Lawyer Explains Why Everyone Should Get an Estate Plan It is a startling, though not surprising, fact that an overwhelming number of people have absolutely no documents in place to direct where their assets and estate should go upon their death.  Why? The reasons have been surveyed by analysts, but in…

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Help Your Parents Plan Now

Minnesota Estate Planning Attorney Urges You to Help Your Parents Put a Plan in Place   I live the practice of estate planning because I enjoy helping people.  All people.  I specialize in the “overlooked” because, well, these individuals and families are overlooked by society and need a fierce advocate on their side.  Another specialty area that I…

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Health Care Directive, Part 1: Get One Now

When I had surgery a couple years ago I was lucky enough to live in a city where my relationship with my former partner was respected by the hospital staff.   The hospital employees didn’t bat an eyelash when my partner accompanied me through all phases of the experience, except the surgery itself. Further, the doctor…

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A Will Is a Good Start But You Need More

When I was 18 my grandfather was admitted to the hospital for a routine operation and never came out. Due to an error committed by a young physician he suffered a brain injury from which he would not recover.  My Mom and her siblings – with his wife (second marriage) – were suddenly forced to…

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