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Estate Planning 101

Estate planning encompasses a variety of topics and consequently all our posts could fall under this category. These articles illustrate how estate planning is broader than just a simple Will and how the legal, financial, medical and emotional considerations all affect an estate plan.

Incapacity Planning

It is imperative for individuals to be proactive in naming agents to act on their behalf for times of incapacity. While most of our posts relate to planning for death, these articles address the importance of planning for times when individuals are still living but are unable to communicate or carry out their intentions.

Investments & Insurance

We encourage individuals to take a holistic approach to their estate plan. It is not enough to solely set up the legal documents. It is also important to ensure an individual’s estate is financially secure and protected. These articles range from economic market updates to general advice on how to save, maximize benefits and transfer financial assets.

Probate

Probate is the process of administering an individual’s estate after death. Some individuals wish to avoid probate at all costs, while others understand that probate is not as time consuming or expensive if an appropriate plan is in place. These posts detail the procedures, common pitfalls and helpful hints of probate.

Real Estate

Real property is present in most estates. If the transfer of real estate is not planned for properly, it can cause huge complications in an estate administration. These articles address the ways real estate is held in an estate and how to properly transfer title, both during life and after death.

Taxes

Taxes can be a driving factor for individuals to create an estate plan. Individuals wish to minimize taxes during their lifetime and upon death. These posts educate readers about the different taxes that can affect an estate with tips to minimize or avoid exposure to tax.

Trusts

Trusts can be complex and confusing to many individuals. These articles try to boil down trust options, explain how trusts function and for which individuals and estates they are appropriate.

Business

Whether you are an employee, employer or self-employed, these articles will assist you with all aspects of forming, running, or working for a business, plus give you the lowdown on transferring your business interest in the event of retirement or death.

Recent Articles

Nov 26 2014

Qualified Small Business Deduction

The Qualified Small Business Deduction (“QSBD”) under Minn. Stat. § 291.03, provides an additional deduction for Minnesota estate tax purposes for the value of qualified small business property passing to a qualified heir. The statute […]

Nov 20 2014

Minnesota Homestead Classification

In Minnesota, many homeowners can qualify their primary residences for homestead status. By classifying a piece of property as a homestead, the property may qualify for a reduced classification rate, a reduced taxable market value, […]

Nov 18 2014

Intestate succession for a blended family

A married couple, of which each spouse has children from previous relationships, faces certain issues with regard to distribution of their estates. The most basic of these issues involves what happens if a spouse dies without […]

Nov 12 2014

Is Your Estate Plan Too Specific?

Estate planners do encourage clients to be specific with their various bequests within their estate plan. When describing gifts of both real and tangible personal property or defining beneficiaries, we want the assets and individuals […]

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