Prince Leaves a Complex, Unplanned Estate

Manish Bhatia / May 4, 2016
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Unfortunately, too many recent newsletters have focused on the death of musical legends. This month left us with another untimely death. Prince, whose legal name was Prince Rogers Nelson, died on April 21st at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota. As unbelievable as it may seem, according to his sister, Tyka […]

David Bowie’s Estate Plan

Jamie Held / February 19, 2016
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It has been reported that David Bowie’s estate plan consists of a 20 page Will that was originally filed in 2004.  It splits the majority of his estate, estimated at $100 million, between his wife, daughter and son. And includes smaller, yet substantial gifts for his personal assistant ($2 million) and one-time nanny ($1 million). […]

Living as if it was your last year

Jennifer Santini / November 17, 2015
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Recently I read about a course that is offered by New York’s Zen Center for Contemplative Care called “How To Live This Year As If It Were Your Last.” The course is led by two Buddhist monks, who inform the students on the first day of class that they have nine months to live. For […]

Lamar, Khloe & the Urgency of Estate Planning

Manish Bhatia / November 14, 2015
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Former NBA and reality TV star, Lamar Odom, was found unconscious on October 13, 2015, and remains hospitalized in Los Angeles. Odom and his wife, Khloe Kardashian, had been separated for years and were in the middle of a divorce that had not been finalized, allowing his estranged wife to serve as his health care […]

DWI’s – The Devastating Impact on the Defendant

James Gempeler / November 9, 2015
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DWI’s are much more common than you may think. In fact, someone within your group of friends and/or family likely has a DWI, even if you don’t know about it. And let’s be clear, getting a DWI doesn’t make someone a criminal or even a bad person. In all likelihood, it was a mistake, a […]

Coach Dean Smith

Jamie Held / April 30, 2015
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Men’s college basketball coaching legend, Dean Smith, passed away on February 7, 2015. Coach Smith utilized a revocable trust in his estate plan. He included a unique bequest.

What You Need to Know about Minnesota’s Uniform Trust Code Part I: Dual-Track Jurisdiction

Julian Zebot / April 2, 2015
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This is a first in a series of posts discussing different aspects on the new statute, Minnesota’s Uniform Trust Code (UTC), which becomes effective January 1, 2016. While this series will be useful information for all Epilawg readers, it is geared towards those readers that are attorneys, fiduciaries and their clients. At long last, Minnesota […]

Minnesota and the UTC

Maggie Green / February 19, 2015
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The 2015 Minnesota Legislature may adopt the Uniform Trust Code.  The proposed legislation would provide new rules regarding the administration of trusts, codify some common laws and clarify procedures available to those involved with the administration of trusts.  Take a look at this review on JD Supra that outlines the changes and impact that the proposed legislation will have […]

In the News: Facebook’s Legacy Contact

Jennifer Santini / February 16, 2015
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Last week, Facebook announced that users of the social media website could designate a “legacy contact,” who would be able to control and manage the user’s Facebook page once the user passed away. The legacy contact would have some limitations to what they can do with the user’s account but they would be able to […]