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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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Thursday, July 13, 2017

7 Secrets to Drafting a Successful Will.

Writing a Will is something everybody should do.  With a Will, you can name a guardian for your minor children, decide who gets your assets, and appoint someone to sort out your estate.  A properly drafted Will should help maintain family harmony, negate confusion and minimize any time your family has to spend in court.  A Will certainly shouldn’t cause family conflict or confusion or require your family to spend thousands of dollars and hours in court just to determine your wishes.  However, since you won’t be around to witness how your Will actually functions, you should take steps now to ensure that your Will does exactly what you want.  Below are the 7 Secrets of a Successful Will:

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Will the New Minnesota Estate Tax Law Affect Me?


Unique Estate Law is not only what we do, it's who we are. Literally. And we know everyone’s estate planning needs are different, too. So, whether the recent changes in the Minnesota estate tax law will impact your unique estate plan would depend on your individual finances and circumstances.


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Importance of LGBT Estate Planning


Q: Why do LGBT couples need estate planning?

After years of steady forward progress in the fight for equal rights, the LGBT community in America is now worried and anxious about its future and fears the possible loss of those hard- earned legal gains. It is absolutely critical that LGBT couples seek the help of a lawyer skilled in LGBT estate planning and its complexities.

Unlike heterosexual married couples whose marriages are universally- recognized virtually everywhere across America, the legal status of same-sex couples' relationships vary widely from state to state.
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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 more questions I discovered that her child was a joint account holder on mom’s checking and savings accounts.


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