What You Need To Know About The MN Trust Code For Drafters Part II: Default & Mandatory Rules

Jennifer Santini / December 1, 2015

A trust instrument, under the new Minnesota Trust Code (“MN Trust Code”) in Minn. Chapter 501C, can be drafted* in a multitude of manners to convey the settlor’s intentions. The terms of the trust instrument can be drafted contrary to certain provisions in the MN Trust Code. Such terms of the trust instrument will govern […]

What You Need To Know About The MN Trust Code For Drafters Part I: The Basics

Jennifer Santini / November 24, 2015

It has been mentioned here on Epilawg a few times already that Minnesota adopted a new trust statute. The specifics of the Minnesota Trust Code can be found in Minn. Ch. 501C (“MN Trust Code”) and has come to fruition by the countless hours and effort of a committee of local trusts and estates attorneys. […]

Lamar, Khloe & the Urgency of Estate Planning

Manish Bhatia / November 14, 2015

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 […]

Nuts and Bolts of Real Estate Filings in Minnesota for Estates and Trusts Professionals

Jeff Miller / October 14, 2015

As a freelance probate and estate planning legal assistant/paralegal (call me what you like) I work with a lot of real estate documents.  Most commonly I’m involved in preparing and recording… Quit Claim Deeds transferring property into a trust; Deeds of Distribution distributing property out of an estate; Trustee’s Deeds (along with an accompanying Certificate […]

An Introduction to Trusteed IRAs

Maggie Green / June 8, 2015

An individual retirement account (IRA) is typically established in one of two ways. As a custodial account, where the bank or financial institution is simply acting as a fiduciary and must follow the directions of the account owner (including the instruction to cash out the entire balance). An IRA can also be held in trust (the […]

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

Julian Zebot / April 2, 2015

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

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 […]

To Amend or Just Start Over?

Jennifer Santini / February 3, 2015

If you have a current estate plan, as you know, we recommend that you review it on a regular basis. If there are changes that need to be made, it can be done through an amendment or codicil or through drafting the plan from scratch. Clients often think it is easier (and cheaper) to do […]

Privacy and your estate plan

Maggie Green / January 19, 2015

The British government announced recently that 4 million historical wills have been digitized and are now available for download by the public. As in the United States, these documents were previously available by traveling to the probate court and searching the available public records. Now anyone with an internet connection and a credit card can […]