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Beneficiary Designation

Supreme Court Rules on Inherited IRAs

by Jamie Held July 17, 2014 Estate Planning 101

On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a divisive bankruptcy and estate planning case.  At issue was whether an individual retirement account (“IRA”) that a debtor inherited was exempt from the debtor’s […]

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Estate Planning Myth #4: Anyone can write a simple will

by Erika Stein Rosenhagen April 16, 2014 Estate Planning 101

This is somewhat correct: I clearly remember reading anomalous cases in law school about concepts like Holographic Wills and whether something as simple as “I leave everything to my wife” is a Will. A gentle […]

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Don’t Leave Your Money Behind

by Jennifer Santini March 13, 2014 Estate Planning 101

Recently, Joe Larson wrote about what to do when you’ve been terminated by your employer and what your rights are with respect to your personnel file. It raises a reminder that whether you have been […]

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10 Items To Remember Heading Into 2014

by Jennifer Santini December 24, 2013 Estate Planning 101

There are a few items we wanted to remind you about as we wrap up the end of the year and look towards 2014. In no particular order they are: 1. Don’t forget that Minnesota […]

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Your Assets Matter

by Jamie Held October 15, 2013 Estate Planning 101

A while back I introduced the topic of Revocable Trust versus a Will.  This post explores the first consideration in making this decision … what type of assets do you own, how are they owned […]

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Beneficiary Designations and Estate Planning for Retirement Accounts

by Maggie Green October 7, 2013 Estate Planning 101

One of the most commonly overlooked items I see in client’s estate plans and during probate administrations is retirement accounts and their beneficiary designations. I think this has to do with the cumbersome nature of […]

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Who Cares If Stretch IRAs Are Eliminated?

by Chris Revak August 29, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Only wealthy people benefit from the “loophole” anyways. Retirement plans were never intended to be an estate planning tool. It won’t impact me. I don’t care. These are some of the comments in the press […]

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Summary of changes to the MN Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney

by Maggie Green June 19, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Minnesota’s legislators have been busy working up new and exciting changes to Minnesota’s estate planning landscape. Perhaps less controversial and less exciting, (and, some would argue, more concrete) than the new Minnesota Gift Tax, this […]

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Will my heirs get everything?

by Mathew Coyle June 11, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Aside from taxes, the topic that can typically cause the most confusion is the issue of which assets will pass to your loved ones tax free – and which are subject to estate taxation. Knowing […]

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The handy dandy super easy estate planning checklist

by Maggie Green January 17, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Make this your new year’s resolution.  Or don’t.  Either way, these six things should give you peace of mind that your family and friends will not struggle through the probate process. 1. Make a list of […]

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Unintended Consequences: Naming a Child as Beneficiary of Life Insurance

by Anna Lima June 6, 2012 Estate Planning 101

If you are one of the millions of parents who own a life insurance policy, you may have your child named individually as a primary or contingent beneficiary if you were to pass away while […]

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