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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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Cabin LLCs: The Basics

by Jayne Sykora September 25, 2014 Business

For many, cabins provide an opportunity to get away from it all, to spend time with family and friends (maybe beside a body of water) and decompress from daily life. Unfortunately, cabins can also cause […]

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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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The Constant Fear of “Rejection” When Drafting Real Estate Deeds

by Kim Prchal June 25, 2014 Estate Planning 101

When drafting real estate deeds (even though the Minnesota Uniform Conveyancing Blanks forms look relatively simple) there are several statutory-specific rules that inevitably lead to the return of your deed with a “rejection letter” from […]

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Estate Planning Myth #10: All Top Ten Lists have Ten Items

by Erika Stein Rosenhagen May 14, 2014 Estate Planning 101

While there are plenty of other myths I could include in this post, one overarching theme seems to be prevalent throughout: uniqueness. While it may seem like a given estate planning situation is vanilla, working […]

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Estate Planning Myth #8: Prenuptial Agreements aren’t estate planning

by Erika Stein Rosenhagen May 6, 2014 Estate Planning 101

Why on earth is she talking about prenups in an estate planning blog?! Well, estate planning and ante-nuptial agreements go hand in hand, especially in second marriages and legacy planning. The prenup sets the minimum […]

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Estate Planning Myth #7: Gift Taxes?! I don’t make taxable gifts.

by Erika Stein Rosenhagen April 30, 2014 Estate Planning 101

Many clients are familiar with the gift tax exclusion and understand that their small gifts (even to organizations that are not tax-exempt) will not be subject to gift tax. Where there tends to be confusion […]

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Estate Planning Myth #5: Equal is Fair

by Erika Stein Rosenhagen April 22, 2014 Estate Planning 101

I have noticed that many clients use the words “equal” and “fair” interchangeably in the discussion around leaving assets (especially to children and grandchildren). Unfortunately, when thinking through the ramifications of equal treatment, it often […]

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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 #3: All I need I can find on legal zoom

by Erika Stein Rosenhagen April 11, 2014 Estate Planning 101

Yes, there are forms out there, and yes, many documents that attorneys draft begin from a template or form. However, consider these two major points for discussion with this myth: first, the law is full […]

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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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