While many economists have said we have come out of the recession, as of late many of them may be thinking we are heading for another one. A 512-point drop does not make anybody happy, especially me. It seems that we are back to the 2008 days of extreme volatility.
Regardless of the size or complexity of your estate, there are no guarantees that your beneficiaries will agree with the terms of your estate planning documents. For that reason, I suggest that everyone read this article by Ashlea Ebeling on reducing the likelihood of estate litigation. I particularly like #4 “Transfer a Business with a Contract”. If […]
When clients execute their Wills, attorneys typically ask the following questions, in some manner, to determine the client’s mental capacity to execute the Will and whether or not they are doing so freely: Does this Will accurately reflect your wishes for the distribution of your property? Did you have the opportunity to review and discuss […]
Anyone who attended a Twin Cities Pride event this summer can attest to the vitality of Minnesota’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) community. The turnout and support for the GLBT community proved Minneapolis deserving of the honor, “Gayest City in America,” bestowed on the city earlier this year by The Advocate. As an estate […]
Cost and convenience are often deterrents to completing an estate plan. Consequently, many individuals and couples turn to “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) options. Plenty of DIY options exist: websites, other online applications, books with CDs, etc. These options are admittedly less expensive; however, you get what you pay for … and that is not much. These options […]
September 14, 1879 – September 6, 1966 Margaret Sanger was an extremely controversial figure during her lifetime (and some would say still to this day). However, she left a lasting legacy with her fight for reproductive freedom for women. She sought to provide women information to be able to make their own decisions about reproduction. […]
List of Assets and Information with their Estate Planning documents. The list should include the following items: The institutions that hold your bank accounts and life insurance policies, The contact information for tax and financial advisors, The location of important documents (deeds, contracts, business or entity formation documents), List of debts and/or receivables, Any information […]
Oftentimes, potential clients tell us they have a Will (excellent!), but that they would like to make a couple small changes to it. So, they ask, can they simply amend the Will, instead of having a whole new Will drafted? Whether these people know it or not, they are requesting a codicil to their Will. […]