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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Digital Property and Minnesota Estate Planning


Q: What happens to my online assets upon my death?

The cyberworld we live in requires unique estate planning.

Truth be told, many of us have difficulty being separated our cell phones and tablets for minutes – – much less an eternity. But have you ever considered what would happen to all of your online accounts after you’re gone? Just like your other more tangible property that you plan to distribute after you die, you have Read more . . .


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dying in Your Teens

Q: Does a teenager need an estate plan?

Understandably, people don't like to think about their own death and they certainly don’t want to think of their child dying. Consequently, they may not see a Minnesota estate planning lawyer for the first time until they reach a milestone like a marriage or the birth of a child.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

What Are Federal and Minnesota Estate Taxes?


Estate taxes are essentially a tax on the transfer of your assets to others after you pass away. Anything that is left in your estate when you pass will be taxed. However, estate taxes only “kick in” once you pass a certain threshold because assets below that amount are exempt entirely. 
There is a federal estate tax and some states, like Minnesota, impose their own state estate tax as well. This tax applies to property owned in Minnesota, regardless of whether you are considered a resident.
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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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