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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… Read More
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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… 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, b… Read More
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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… Read More
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Does Your Estate Plan Protect the Children From Your First Marriage?

Whether a marriage ends in divorce or due to the death of a spouse, it’s never easy. For many people, though, no matter how difficult a marriage or… Read More
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How Divorce Affects Your Estate Plan (What to Do and When)

You may have heard that you should update your estate plan after every major life change, such as marriage or the birth of a child. Divorce is no diff… Read More
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Strife After Death: Why You Need an Estate Plan

If you don’t have a will or an estate plan in place, the first thing you should know is that you’re not alone. According to a 2017 survey conducte… Read More
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The Tragically HIPAA-Less: Why Keeping Estate Plans up to Date is so Important

Even the most thoughtful, well-crafted estate plan can become a disaster without proper maintenance. The reason is simple: life is change. Some of tha… Read More
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Wills, Trusts, and Divorce in Minnesota

Divorce is a stressful process. Between worrying about the well-being of your children, your financial future, and grieving the loss of the marriage y… Read More
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Wills, Trusts, & Small Children

As a parent, you want to do everything possible to protect your children. You buy safety equipment, research the best daycare centers and schools, and… Read More
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Why do I need an Estate Plan?

A common response when I mention that I help clients with their estate plans is “I don’t need an estate plan. I don’t have anything.” Usually… Read More
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