QTIPs – Not Just Beauty Products

Jennifer Santini / October 31, 2012
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I noted in my post, Second Marriages and Blend Families, individuals who are remarried and have children from a previous relationship may want to establish a plan to ensure the children from the prior relationship still inherit from his or her estate. Typically when a spouse passes away everything is left to the surviving spouse.  But […]

End of Life Decisions with a Guardianship

Jamie Held / October 29, 2012
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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 it be the Court …?”

Pre-Planning for Death: Part 2

Jill Sauber / October 24, 2012
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This is the second in a three part series on pre-planning for your death. In the first part, terms related to pre-planning for your death were defined. In this part, exactly what happens to your remains after you die will be covered. Finally, steps to pre-planning your funeral will be discussed. This series is written […]

6 Killed in Gillsburg Plane Crash…

Jennifer Santini / October 20, 2012
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Ronnie Van Zant: January 15, 1948 – October 20, 1977 Steve Gaines: September 14, 1949 – October 20, 1977 Cassie Gaines: July 5, 1948 – October 20, 1977 It has 35 years since the plane carrying the band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and others, crashed in Gillsburg, Mississippi. 6 people died and the others injured. […]

Digital assets and your fiduciaries

Maggie Green / October 19, 2012
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Here on Epilawg, we already have great articles about the estate planning for social media accounts and the importance of having an estate plan that addresses ownership of digital art. This article will address the importance of giving fiduciaries information about digital assets for a smooth management of your incapacity plan and the proper administration of your estate plan. It makes […]

Guardianship Basics

Mary Szondy / October 17, 2012
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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 individual who is impaired to the extent of lacking sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate responsible personal decisions, […]

Hands Off, Creditors!

Jennifer Santini / October 10, 2012
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When a spouse or parent passes away, the surviving spouse or children often worry about what will be left to them. This concern is not necessarily driven by greed but rather by the unknown of what will happen next. Are we going to be kicked out of the house? Will I be able to keep […]

What my sock drawer has to do with Estate Planning

Erika Stein Rosenhagen / October 5, 2012
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I am not a control freak, I swear. And while I currently have a color-coded calendar, may have an embarrassing history with coordinating pens and notebooks based on subject matter, and relished spending a recent weekend with 32 new organizational bins, I fully realize that not everyone operates this way. I do believe, however, a […]

Pre-Planning for Death: Part 1

Jill Sauber / October 2, 2012
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This is the first in a three part series on pre-planning for your death. This series is written by Jill Sauber, a current law student and licensed mortician.    People often segue into talking about their own mortality or death by saying, “if something happens to me.” As though stating it in terms of “maybe” […]