Red Flags for Fraud and Coercion In a Will

February 22, 2019

Drafting and executing a valid last will and testament is one of the most basic and essential steps to take to ensure your wishes will be carried out after you die.  It is common for people to amend their wills several times over the years in order to accurately reflect their estate and their wishes.  […]

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Conservatorships and Least Restrictive Options

February 15, 2019

Everyone wants to work hard to protect those that we love.  We help our children learn and grow, and we help support our spouses or partners.  As our parents or disabled siblings age, we may need to take additional steps to help them, as well.  One way to help is to obtain conservatorship.  Conservatorship means […]

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Should My Family Pay My Bills After I Die?

February 14, 2019

At the end of your life, your family will need to go through many important steps ranging from gathering your assets to paying estate taxes to distributing your assets properly.  In almost all cases, there will be bills remaining after you pass away.  These bills are often the result of medical care or long term […]

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Do I Need a Will or Trust?

February 13, 2019

Estate planning is an essential step to making sure that your future and that of your family is properly planned and structured.  There are a wide variety of estate planning instruments available, and depending on the precise requirements of your estate, you may need only one of these documents or a dozen.  Wills and trusts […]

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Estate Planning for Singles

February 12, 2019

We all know that estate planning is essential for families to make sure that their other family members are secure after our passing.  However, what seems to be less acknowledged and accepted is that estate planning is equally as important for those who are not married.  If you are not married and do not have […]

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Probate Time Limits

February 8, 2019

Most people understand that the legal system has very strict time limits.  Statues of limitations exist for prosecuting criminal cases as well as bringing law suits.  Probate is no different.  There are important time limits involved in probate, and whether you are involved in probate as a beneficiary, creditor, or personal representative, you need to […]

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Estate Inventories

February 6, 2019

Probate is the official process through which the court will oversee the administration of the deceased’s estate, including gathering all the property, notifying creditors and beneficiaries, paying valid debts, and apportioning the assets as directed by the will of the decedent or, if there is no will, the laws of intestacy of Minnesota.  There are […]

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Selling Assets During Probate

February 5, 2019

During probate, there are a number of tasks that must be accomplished by the personal representative.  The personal representative, also sometimes called the executor in other jurisdictions, is responsible for notifying potential heirs and beneficiaries, providing legal notice to creditors, filing an estate inventory, and a litany of other tasks.  One important job of the […]

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What Is a Decree of Descent?

February 1, 2019

When a loved one passes away, there are many steps that you and your family will often take.  These steps often start with grieving, but will also include other issues, such as cleaning out personal property, locating possible heirs, and possibly putting the estate through probate.  In Minnesota, either formal or informal probate may be […]

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Minor Children and Estate Distributions

January 31, 2019

We all work hard to make sure that our family is provided for.  This is true not only of the provisions we make for our families during our lifetimes, but also the arrangements we make to ensure their safety and stability after we are gone.  When you have minor children, building a thoughtful and individualized […]

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