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What Does it Mean to Fund a Trust?

November 16th, 2023
A trust is a crucial estate planning tool that can help ensure your wishes are carried out not only upon your passing, but also during your lifetime. When properly set up, a trust can avoid probate, allow you to remain in control of your assets, and… Read More
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Should You Give Your Children Equal Inheritance?

August 7th, 2023
One dilemma that many parents face when making their estate plan is the question of whether to divide their estate equally among their children. The answer to that question depends heavily on the circumstances, and will vary from family to family. Pa… Read More
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How Much Detail Do I Need to Put in My Will?

July 10th, 2023
A last will and testament is the foundation of most estate plans. Many of our clients, when creating a will, wonder just how specific they should be with the provisions. It’s a good question, and one that deserves exploration. On one hand, if you a… Read More
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Aging Parents and Estate Planning

July 7th, 2023
Having “the talk” with your children isn’t easy, and many parents avoid it as long as possible. That’s why it is important for children to be able to introduce the subject and ask for the information they need, even if doing so feels awkward… Read More
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Estate Planning for Digital Assets

May 8th, 2023
There’s no question that the internet simplifies life in many ways: instead of driving downtown to the bank to deposit a check, you can just take a picture of it with your cell phone. Instead of flying across the country to meet with colleagues or… Read More
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6 Important Questions to Ask an Estate Planning Attorney

April 6th, 2023
An estate planning attorney doesn’t expect you to know everything when you walk in the door, and they view an important part of their job as working with you to design the estate plan that’s right for you and your family. Read More
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Property in Two or More States Can Complicate Estate Planning

March 13th, 2023
Owning property in multiple states is more common than you might think. Many people who have a primary residence in Minnesota have an interest in real estate elsewhere. That might be a rental property, a shared family cabin, a “snowbird” condo in… Read More
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Help for First-Time Executors of an Estate

February 7th, 2023
If you are looking for advice on how to be an executor of an estate, someone close to you has probably passed away recently. If so, our condolences on your loss. As probate attorneys, we understand how difficult it can be to navigate the unfamiliar p… Read More
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Where Should You Keep Estate Planning Documents?

January 9th, 2023
Making an estate plan is essential to your family’s future security and peace of mind. But simply making an estate plan isn’t enough; when the time comes, your family will need to be able to easily locate and access your estate planning documents… Read More
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DIY Estate Planning Risks

November 2nd, 2022
It wasn’t that long ago that anyone who wanted an estate plan would contact their family lawyer or a trusted local attorney. They had a legal need, so they called a legal professional. “Do it yourself” wasn’t even a consideration. In recent d… Read More
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Planning for Incapacity

October 11th, 2022
Nobody likes to imagine a future in which they are not capable of managing their own needs or making their own decisions. But many of us have had to help parents or other family members who were no longer able to care for themselves. Seeing a loved o… Read More
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Advance Directives and Living Wills

September 6th, 2022
Most people know that wills and trusts are part of estate planning, and have a general idea of what they are and what they are used for. But there is a lot more confusion around the terms “advance directives,” “advance health care directives,… Read More
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3 Estate Planning Mistakes to Avoid

August 8th, 2022
You probably understand that making an estate plan is important to protect your future and your family. Like a lot of people, you may have put off estate planning despite knowing how important it is. After all, life is busy, and there are a lot of th… Read More
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Estate Planning for New Parents

July 21st, 2022
As every new parent knows, welcoming a new child into the family can be a little overwhelming. There’s so much to learn and so much adjusting to do (often on much less sleep than you’re used to!). But in addition to learning to secure car seats a… Read More
At What Age Should You Make an Estate Plan?

At What Age Should You Make an Estate Plan?

June 21st, 2022
If you’ve spent any time at all reading law blogs, you may have noticed that they often follow a certain format. The blog will ask a question, answer it with “it depends,” and then go on to talk about just what the answer depends on. It’s ref… Read More