The Expert Institute’s Best Legal Blog Competition

Jayne Sykora / September 8, 2015
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Epilawg is in the running for The Expert Institute’s Best Legal Blog Competition! The competition will run from August 27th until the close of voting at 12:00 AM on October 9th, at which point the votes will be tallied and the winners announced. We would love it if you took a moment to support Epilawg by voting for […]

Incapacity Planning – The POLST

Jayne Sykora / May 7, 2015
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POLST stands for “Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment.” It is a doctor-signed medical order form that communicates a patient’s end-of-life health care wishes to other health care providers during an emergency. Patients with serious health conditions who need to make decisions about life sustaining treatment in advance of medical emergencies should have a POLST […]

Vacationing Without the Kids??

Jayne Sykora / March 30, 2015
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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 packed and thoughts of warm weather and a beach are in the forefront of your mind . . . as […]

Postnuptial Agreements

Jayne Sykora / March 12, 2015
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We’ve written before about prenuptial agreements (“prenups”), which are agreements entered into by a couple before marriage that most often outline the ownership and division of property should a marriage end either by divorce or death of one of the spouses. In previous posts, Jen Santini provided a general overview of prenups and Erika Rosenhagen […]

Dissolving a Business Entity: Why & How

Jayne Sykora / March 9, 2015
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Oftentimes, on the cusp of starting a new business, a business owner(s) is excited, slightly anxious, and cautiously optimistic about the future. In this haze of excitement, what often is not discussed, considered or even understood, is what happens if the business does not succeed, or, the owner(s) simply wants out. According to the Small […]

Selling Real Estate Out of a Conservatorship

Jayne Sykora / February 23, 2015
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Last fall, I covered the basics on conservatorships (see: Conservatorship Basics Part 1 and Part 2). As a review, a conservatorship is needed when an adult individual is impaired to the extent of lacking sufficient understanding or capacity to make or communicate responsible personal decisions, and who has demonstrated deficits with managing property and business […]

Timeshare Exit Strategies

Jayne Sykora / February 5, 2015
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Over the last few years, I have had a few clients who own timeshares. A timeshare is typically a resort of units in which multiple parties hold rights to use the property and each owner is given a specific period of time (i.e., one week per year) in which the owner may use the property. […]

Minnesota Homestead Classification

Jayne Sykora / November 20, 2014
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In Minnesota, many homeowners can qualify their primary residences for homestead status. By classifying a piece of property as a homestead, the property may qualify for a reduced classification rate, a reduced taxable market value, a property tax refund, and/or other special program eligibility. To qualify for homestead status, the following criteria must be met: […]

Conservatorship Basics: Part II

Jayne Sykora / November 4, 2014
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Last week, in Conservatorship Basics Part I, I discussed what a conservatorship is, who can be a conservator and the process for getting a conservatorship in place. In today’s post, I will cover a conservator’s duties and powers and when and how a conservatorship is terminated. Conservator’s Duties Once a conservator is in place, a […]

Conservatorship Basics: Part 1

Jayne Sykora / October 29, 2014
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Oftentimes, most have heard of and have a basic understanding of a guardianship (whether for a minor child or for an incapacitated adult). A guardianship allows for another to be appointed as guardian over the person of an incapacitated person (the ward). In this role, a guardian is to care for, monitor and speak on […]

Cabin LLCs: The Basics

Jayne Sykora / September 25, 2014
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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 frustration and confusion as to how families (immediate and extended) will share it and how the cabin can be passed […]