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Estate Plan

Intestate succession for a blended family

by Maggie Green November 18, 2014 Estate Planning 101

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 […]

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Is Your Estate Plan Too Specific?

by Jennifer Santini November 12, 2014 Estate Planning 101

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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Robin Williams’ Estate: Subject to California Probate?

by Kim Prchal August 19, 2014 Estate Planning 101

As everyone mourns the death of Robin Williams and reflects on his tremendous talents, we estate planning attorneys can’t help but wonder, did Robin Williams do any estate planning? It is apparent that Robin Williams […]

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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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Hello, My Name Is…

by Jennifer Santini May 28, 2014 Estate Planning 101

I spent the Memorial Day weekend out of town for a wedding and was joking with some of the other guests that the bride (who is my stepsister) will most likely hire someone to assist […]

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Estate Planning Myth #6: I must avoid probate

by Erika Stein Rosenhagen April 24, 2014 Estate Planning 101

This issue varies significantly based upon where you live. In Minnesota, unlike some other jurisdictions, the probate avoidance opportunity doesn’t always rise to the level of necessity. The benefits of avoiding probate include: not incurring […]

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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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Estate Planning Myth #1: I don’t need a Will – I don’t have kids

by Erika Stein Rosenhagen April 2, 2014 Estate Planning 101

Even if you don’t have a Will, you still do have an estate plan. Without a Will, it’s the state’s version of estate planning that prevails through your state’s intestacy statute. The state’s plan will […]

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Organizing Your Accounts and Passwords

by Maggie Green March 5, 2014 Estate Planning 101

I emphasize to all of my estate planning clients the importance of keeping track of your assets, what they are, where they are located, etc. The reason: a Will or Trust instructs your Personal Representative […]

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ESTATE PLANNING FOR YOUNG ADULTS…REALLY?

by Jamie Held November 27, 2013 Estate Planning 101

If you have a young adult child coming home for the holidays, the Thanksgiving table might serve as a good opportunity to talk with them about estate planning.   While most young adults do not own […]

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Property and Revocable Trusts – MN Estate Tax Update

by Maggie Green October 23, 2013 Estate Planning 101

Individuals that own property in multiple states often consider placing the property into a revocable trust for planning purposes. While this can be an effective planning technique, there are some important points to consider. For […]

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