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 Happens If I Die Without a Will?

A will is a valuable legal tool. It is most known for its ability to provide directions as to how a person’s assets should be distributed upon his or her death, but it can be much more. In a will, you can name who you want to act as personal representative of your estate, a…

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How to Challenge the Legal Validity of a Will

After the death of a loved one, emotions can run high. When you add in the expectations people may have for an inheritance, things can become quickly heated. You discover the decedent changed his will a few days prior to death. The new will conflicts with what the decedent told you. Due to the suspiciousness…

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Do I Need a Living Will?

While wills seem to get the bulk of the attention when people talk about establishing an estate plan, living wills are also a critical component of a strong estate plan. A living will is very different from a will, which is primarily used to designate how assets should be distributed upon a person’s death. A…

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What Should You Include in a Living Will?

Living wills and other advance health care directives provide instructions regarding your medical treatment preference should you be incapacitated and unable to communicate your wishes for yourself. These critical legal documents are not just for the elderly. They are not just for the infirm. They are for everyone because life happens. The unexpected happens. Accidents…

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Grounds for Contesting a Will

A will is a legal instrument utilized to, among other things, establish the terms of distributing the assets of a decedent’s estate to his or her heirs. In some instances, an heir or beneficiary may be upset with the terms of the will or may think the will does not accurately reflect the true wishes…

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