Lessons From Famous Probate Cases

June 18, 2019

America has a strong “celebrity culture.”  Easy access to information through the Internet, as well as the widespread use of social media has only increased the visibility of celebrities and the minutiae of their lives.  We can learn a lot from celebrities, whether that is how to devote energy and time to philanthropy or as […]

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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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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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Dividing Property In Your Will

September 17, 2018

Making a Last Will and Testament is an important way to make sure that your debts are paid and assets are distributed to the friends and family members you hold most dear.  Without a valid Will, your assets will be distributed according to the Minnesota laws of intestacy.  These laws are specific rules for how […]

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What Is a Pour-Over Will?

September 11, 2018

Planning for the future is an essential step to make sure that we protect the security for our friends and loved ones.  Crafting a tailor-made estate plan that takes careful consideration of all your assets, debts, and beneficiaries is the best way to make sure this happens.  Estate planning has a dizzying variety of instruments and tools […]

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Common Will Challenges

August 10, 2018

Making sure that you have a detailed and custom-made estate plan is an important step to ensuring your wishes are carried out both during your life and after you pass away.  Clearly all of this careful planning will come to nothing if the documents are not properly drafted and executed.  If your Will is set […]

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Disinheriting Spouse and Children

May 15, 2018

Family dynamics can be complicated.  Even with the best of intentions and efforts, it is possible that rifts created by family disputes may never heal.  In those sorts of unfortunate situations, you may want to plan to change your estate plan to omit a particular member of your family from inheriting your assets after you […]

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Wills and Undue Influence

March 5, 2018

When planning an estate and drafting a will, the intent of the testator is to make sure his or her final wishes are carried out. While some people rely on friends and family members to help them make decisions about the final disposition of their property, others may be secretive and refuse to discuss the […]

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Why Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Plan My Estate?

February 19, 2018

We all take careful time and attention when planning for our future, whether that is a month in advance or years in advance.  With thorough planning, we can also make sure that the future of our loved ones is well-protected after our death.  Estate planning is designed for the purpose of making sure to help […]

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Pets and Wills and Trusts

December 18, 2017

For most people with animals, these pets are thought of as members of the family.  Pets are important to their owners, and owners want to make sure that pets are always provided for, even in the event of the owner’s incapacity or death.  There are mechanisms for pet owners ensure their pet is always cared […]

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