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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 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 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 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.


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 24 2015

What You Need To Know About The MN Trust Code For Drafters Part I: The Basics

It has been mentioned here on Epilawg a few times already that Minnesota adopted a new trust statute. The specifics of the Minnesota Trust Code can be found in Minn. Ch. 501C (“MN Trust Code”) […]

Nov 17 2015

Living as if it was your last year

Recently I read about a course that is offered by New York’s Zen Center for Contemplative Care called “How To Live This Year As If It Were Your Last.” The course is led by two […]

Nov 14 2015

Lamar, Khloe & the Urgency of Estate Planning

Former NBA and reality TV star, Lamar Odom, was found unconscious on October 13, 2015, and remains hospitalized in Los Angeles. Odom and his wife, Khloe Kardashian, had been separated for years and were in […]

Nov 9 2015

DWI’s – The Devastating Impact on the Defendant

DWI’s are much more common than you may think. In fact, someone within your group of friends and/or family likely has a DWI, even if you don’t know about it. And let’s be clear, getting […]


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