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Monday, February 5, 2018

When Heirs Cry: The Impact of Prince Dying Without a Will


Q: Do I need a will?

Minnesota's unique estate law headline case of recent years --if not of all time --involves the administration of the estate of the late artist, Prince.

For many, Prince was a living legend in the music industry. However, after his untimely death in 2016 from an accidental overdose of painkillers, he became the poster child for why you need


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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Minnesota Guardianship - What Is a Court Visitor?


A Minnesota Guardianship Lawyer Explains the Role of a Court Visitor in Guardianship Proceedings

In order to assist with understanding how this may work, let’s use a hypothetical.

Your aging father has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. He doesn’t have a Health Care Directive and he no longer has the capacity to sign one. You come to my office to work with an experienced Minnesota guardianship lawyer and we file the petition to have the court appoint you as his guardian. After we file the petition, the court will appoint a Court Visitor.
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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Marriage is NOT ENOUGH. LGBT Rights Still Threatened Under the Current Administration

When the US Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage should be recognized across the US, the LGBT community breathed a sigh of relief. The community thought they could relax and this would take off the pressure of fighting for so many rights.

Many clients told me they no longer felt the need to adopt a child in situation where one wife was the birth parent. They felt that marriage would protect the rights of the non-bio parent. They are wrong!


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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Why DIY Estate Planning is Usually a Bad Idea


Q: Should I hire an attorney to do my estate plan?

With a law practice named Unique Estate Planning, what do you think the answer will be?

Seriously though, trying to do your own Minnesota estate planning is just asking for trouble.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Assisting Your Aging Parents, Part I: Avoiding Guardianship and Conservatorships

Guardianships & Conservatorships and How to Avoid Them

If a person becomes mentally or physically incapacitated to a point where they can no longer make rational decisions about their person or their finances, their loved ones may consider a guardianship or a conservatorship whereby a guardian would make decisions concerning the physical person of the disabled individual, and conservators make decisions about the finances.


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Why Second-Parent Adoption is Still Important for Same-Sex Couples


Should I adopt my child even if my name is on the birth certificate?

The landmark Supreme Court case of Obergefell v. Hodge recognized for the first time same-sex marriage at the state and federal level.  Passage of this monumental ruling strengthened the parental rights of same-sex parents; however, parenting rights continue to be largely influenced by state laws.  In order to fully protect your family and your child, it remains important for second parents to adopt their child, even if they are on the birth certificate.  Our
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

What Happens If You Die Without a Will?

A will sets out whom you would like to get your property when you pass away. It also appoints someone who will settle your estate on your behalf. While you can certainly


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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

The Will Names You As A Minnesota Personal Representative (Executor), Now What?


A Minneapolis Probate Lawyer Helps You Understand the Responsibilities of Being a Personal Representative (Executor) for an Estate

You remember so clearly how proud you were when you received the telephone call from your Aunt Emma! She gleefully told you that she just had a new will prepared and named you as the Personal Representative. You felt as if a great honor had been bestowed upon you. After all, this will prove once and for all to the rest of your family that you are the most responsible person to handle such an important matter.

And then…


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Monday, September 11, 2017

Revising Your Estate Plan After a Divorce


Going through a divorce is a major life change. You likely have a lot on your mind—from property division to child custody. However, once the dust settles, you should also have updating your estate plan on your to-do list. If you fail to update your estate plan, your property may go to someone that you did not intend—including your ex-spouse in some circumstances.


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Important Estate Planning Tips for Same-Sex Couples


Q: Could you be legally married… and don't know it?

If you are confused about your same-sex marital status and rights, you are in good company. And if you aren’t, then maybe you should be. All those in a committed relationship now-- and especially those who were previously married-- may benefit from counsel of an


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Friday, July 14, 2017

Living Trusts Vs. Wills: Choosing the Right Estate Planning Tool


There many types of estate planning tools and each one offers benefits and drawbacks. Some tools work better to accomplish certain goals than others. In addition, some individuals or families may not need to utilize certain options, while others will need a variety of more complex choices.

Revocable living trusts and wills are similar because they allow you to name beneficiaries for your property. These are both perhaps some of the most widely used estate planning tools, but they accomplish diverse goals.
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