Hennepin County Estate Planning & Probate Attorney

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Unique Estate Law delivers unmatched estate planning services to clients in Hennepin County. We serve people from diverse backgrounds, including high-net-worth individuals and LGBTQ+ families, helping them chart a secure financial future.

We understand that each estate is unique, and our clients have distinct needs and goals. Our approach involves working closely with clients, empowering them to make well-informed decisions, and crafting customized estate plans. Whether you require a simple will or can benefit from asset-protecting trusts, we will explore all viable options. Call our office today to schedule a consultation. 

Guiding Hennepin County Residents through Estate Planning

While no two estates are the same, all well-conceived estate plans start with essential foundational documents, such as:

  • Will – Determines asset distribution after your passing, appoints an executor to carry out your instructions, and designates a guardian for your minor children.
  • Power of Attorney – Grants a trusted individual authority to manage your legal and business affairs (such as paying bills, overseeing your property, and monitoring accounts) should you become temporarily or permanently incapacitated 
  • Advanced Directive for Healthcare – Designates a healthcare representative to make decisions about your medical care if you cannot communicate your preferences

Notably, a will must go through probate, a court-supervised process to validate the document and distribute estate assets. Because probate can be costly and time-consuming, depending on the estate’s size, we often recommend considering revocable and irrevocable trusts:

Revocable Living Trust

A living trust takes ownership of your property and allows you to manage it during your lifetime. It appoints a trustee to oversee and distribute trust assets upon your death, effectively bypassing probate.

Irrevocable Trusts

These trusts cannot be modified or revoked and serve various purposes, such as minimizing estate taxes, protecting assets from creditors, planning for special needs individuals, long-term care planning, and leaving a charitable legacy.

You can trust Unique Estate Law to understand your unique circumstances, explore all potential estate planning options, and guide you through the process.

LGBTQ+ Estate Planning in Hennepin County

While Minnesota recognizes marital equality, LGBTQ+ couples and families often encounter distinct challenges with estate planning. For instance, your partner’s inheritance rights may not be adequately protected if you don’t have a will. At times, interference from family members in your partner’s medical decisions or custody disputes involving non-biological children can also arise. By working with a knowledgeable and empathetic estate planning attorney, you can better protect your rights and interests. 

As a gay-owned firm, Unique Estate Law serves the LGBTQ+ community in Hennepin County with pride. We understand your challenges and are dedicated to finding innovative solutions. From drafting wills and trusts for same-sex households to advising on guardianship and LGBTQ adoption, we are committed to delivering exceptional service. When you partner with us, you can be confident that our experienced Hennepin County estate planning attorney will be your trusted ally. 

Probate and Estate Administration Assistance in Hennepin County

Our firm offers informed advice and guidance on probate and estate administration proceedings in Hennepin County. Probate, the court-supervised process of administering an individual’s estate and distributing the assets, can be complex. 

If you have been named the executor of a loved one’s estate, our probate attorney can advise you on your responsibilities, which may include:

  • Filing a petition with the probate court to validate the will
  • Notifying the heirs named in the will
  • Conducting an inventory and appraisal of the estate’s assets.
  • Resolving estate debts with creditors
  • Filing the decedent’s final income tax returns
  • Distributing the estate assets to the designated beneficiaries
  • Closing the estate

If a loved one has passed away without a will, we can assist in petitioning the court to appoint you or another family member as the estate administrator. Regardless of your circumstances, we will guide you through fulfilling your duties faithfully and efficiently.

Why Choose Unique Estate Law For Your Estate Planning Needs

At Unique Estate Law, our knowledgeable trust and estate lawyers are genuinely passionate about what we do and deeply care about our clients. Our lead attorney, Chris Tymchuk, is widely recognized as a dedicated advocate and compassionate professional who provides each client with quality representation and personalized attention. 

When you meet with us, you will find a comfortable environment to make important decisions about your financial future. We offer transparent, flat-fee pricing and cost-effective services and will guide you through every step of the process.

Talk to An Experienced Hennepin County Estate Planning Attorney Today!

Estate planning is essential for everyone, regardless of the complexity of your assets. Today is the perfect day to take the first step. Whether you only need a simple estate plan to protect your young family or require comprehensive planning for high-value assets, Unique Estate Law will provide trustworthy advice and guidance. Above all, we will tailor a plan that aligns with your unique needs and objectives. Contact us today to get started with an experienced estate planning attorney.