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Vacationing Without the Kids??

by Jayne Sykora March 30, 2015 Estate Planning 101

Designation of Standby or Temporary Custodian for your Child So, you and your spouse are finally ready to take that vacation to Mexico – without the kids. The flights are booked, your bags are nearly […]

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Avoiding Power of Attorney Abuse

by Maggie Green July 26, 2013 Incapacity Planning

In a previous post I spelled out the basics of the changes made to Minnesota’s Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney that will take effect January 1, 2014. As I mentioned, many of these changes […]

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Termination of a Guardianship: Restoration to Capacity

by Mary Szondy March 12, 2013 Guest Articles

In my previous post, I discussed the basics of a guardianship. In this post, I discuss terminating a guardianship when the Ward has regained mental capacity. For example, perhaps the Ward has a brain injury […]

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How a Guardianship for a Minor Works

by Jayne Sykora December 7, 2012 Estate Planning 101

We have had many posts related to choosing guardians for your children should something happen to both parents before their children reach the age of majority: Appointing a Guardian for Minor Children, How to Choose […]

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End of Life Decisions with a Guardianship

by Jamie Held October 29, 2012 Incapacity Planning

Earlier this month, a Hennepin County District Court Judge addressed the questions, “Who has the power to decide if a person under guardianship should be allowed to die?  Should it be the guardian …?  Should […]

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Guardianship Basics

by Mary Szondy October 17, 2012 Guest Articles

What is a Guardianship? A guardianship is a determination by the Court that a person (proposed ward) is incapacitated.  The judge must make this decision based upon clear and convincing evidence. “Incapacitated person” means an […]

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Guardian, Conservator & Custodian – What’s the Difference?

by Jennifer Santini June 29, 2011 Estate Planning 101

Clients can become confused and overwhelmed by the various roles and individuals named in their estate plan. In a previous post, I outlined the traditional key players in a typical estate plan. However, guardians, conservators […]

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Hit Me Baby One More Time? You need to check with my dad first.

by Jamie Held June 21, 2011 Incapacity Planning

Pop star Britney Spears found herself in the news again last week, when the story broke that the 29-year old singer’s father will remain her conservator for the remainder of the year.  Three years ago, […]

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Appointing a Guardian for Minor Children

by Anna Lima June 5, 2011 Estate Planning 101

Having a baby or adopting a child is a major life event that should cause people to start thinking about estate planning. Most specifically, creating a will to nominate a guardian if something were to happen […]

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Naming a Guardian

by Jamie Held January 17, 2011 Estate Planning 101

Naming a Guardian for your minor child(ren) is a difficult task. There is no perfect choice because there is no second you.  However, it must be done. The alternate to you naming a Guardian is […]

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Probate: The Very Basics

by Jamie Held December 1, 2010 Estate Planning 101

Probate is very often misunderstood. This post seeks to provide a basic overview of Probate in Minnesota. What is Probate? Probate is the legal process whereby the decedent’s Will is presented to the court for […]

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