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How the ACEs Test Can Be Used in a Child Custody Case

In Minnesota, as in other states, child custody is decided based on what would be “in the best interests of the child.” The list of “best interest” factors considered by the Minnesota legislature in 2015 to reflect developments in the underst… Read More
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Dying Without a Will in Minnesota: What is Intestate Succession?

You have no doubt heard the expression, “You can’t take it with you.” But what happens to the assets you must leave behind if you don’t have a will or other estate plan? In that case, dying without a will can cause your assets to pass by what… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

What Makes a Will Valid in Minnesota?

There’s no question that every adult should have a valid will to ensure that their wishes are honored after their death. Most people understand this. But the next question many people ask is, “What are the requirements for a will to be valid?”… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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How Long After a Divorce Can You Remarry?

After a divorce, many people vow never to get married again. Some keep that promise to themselves, and others change their minds when they meet the right person after the pain of divorce has faded. Then there are those who want a remarriage as soon a… Read More
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How to Handle Divorcing a Narcissist

Many factors can complicate a divorce, but the goal of both spouses is usually to get through the process with as little stress and drama as possible. That’s why roughly 95% of divorces settle; people would prefer to avoid an ugly court battle (and… Read More
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What is an “Unfit Parent?”

Even the best parents have insecurities about how they are performing in that role. It’s easy to wonder if you are being too strict, or too lenient, a helicopter parent or a neglectful one, putting too much pressure on your kids, or not encouraging… Read More
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Tips for Getting a Divorce Without a Lawyer

Most divorce lawyers will tell you that getting a divorce without a lawyer is a terrible idea. Now, coming from people who make their living helping people get divorced, that advice might sound self-serving—but it’s often right. Sometimes, the mo… Read More
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How Can a Mother Lose Custody of Her Child?

In decades past, it was common for mothers to be granted custody of the children in a divorce, with fathers being given “visitation,” having the children on alternate weekends and perhaps one evening a week. Those arrangements reflected the preva… Read More
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Contesting a Will in Minnesota

How hard is it to challenge a will in Minnesota? It depends on the circumstances, but in general, contesting a will is not easy. That’s good news for those who want their last wishes honored; not so good for those who feel they have been treated un… Read More
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Categories: Probate
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Divorce Mediation Tips for Success

At Mundahl Law, we are big believers in family mediation, especially in divorce. Divorce mediation is almost always less stressful and less expensive than a divorce trial. Even more important, it gives you much more control over the terms of your div… Read More
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Caring for a Nonbinary or Transgender Child

Every parent, as soon as they find out they are going to have a child, imagines what that child will be like. We imagine who they’ll look like, what their interests will be, what they will excel at. And when most parents hear “It’s a boy!” or… Read More
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A Guide to Minnesota Health Care Directives

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that life is uncertain. It has always been possible for people to go suddenly from perfectly healthy to very ill, but COVID-19 made that possibility frighteningly real for many of us. Fortunately, as of this writing… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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Understanding the Probate Process in Minnesota

Probate is the legal process of administering the estate of a person who has died (a “decedent.”) As a general rule, assets that were owned in the decedent’s sole name (as opposed to jointly with another person, or by a trust), must go through… Read More
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Categories: Probate
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The Importance of Setting Up a Trust for a Child

When you picture a child who has a trust fund, you probably envision someone who is wealthy, spoiled, and entitled. If that’s the image in your head, you may not have ever dreamed that you would set up a trust for your child. You might be surprised… Read More
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No-Fault Divorce in Minnesota: What You Need to Know

No-fault divorce has been around in Minnesota since 1974,  and the term is familiar to most people. Yet most people don’t think about what “no-fault” divorce means until they are in the process of seeking a divorce themselves. Let’s talk a l… Read More
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In Minnesota, as in other states, child custody is decided based on what would be “in the best interests of the child.” The list of “best interest” factors considered by the Minnesota legislature in 2015 to reflect developments in the underst… Read More
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You have no doubt heard the expression, “You can’t take it with you.” But what happens to the assets you must leave behind if you don’t have a will or other estate plan? In that case, dying without a will can cause your assets to pass by what… Read More
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There’s no question that every adult should have a valid will to ensure that their wishes are honored after their death. Most people understand this. But the next question many people ask is, “What are the requirements for a will to be valid?”… Read More

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