Unintended Consequences of Disinheriting Children

Jennifer Santini / March 5, 2015
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One thing I learned quickly after becoming an estate planning attorney is that there are often times when my clients’ wishes are not the same as what I would do in their particular situation. For example, the first few times I encountered clients who wished to disinherit their children for reasons more emotionally driven than […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

To Amend or Just Start Over?

Jennifer Santini / February 3, 2015
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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 […]

Tax Season Considerations: 1099 and Tangible Property

Erik Doerr / January 22, 2015
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The month of January, of course, brings the start of the tax filing season.  As such, there are a couple of items to think about. These two particular items are mainly directed at businesses, however, individuals who own rental properties or who are sole proprietors may be impacted as well. 1099 Reporting First, 1099 reporting […]

Privacy and your estate plan

Maggie Green / January 19, 2015
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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 […]

Becoming an Organ Donor

Jamie Held / January 15, 2015
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Becoming an organ donor is easy. You can indicate that you want to be a donor in the following ways: Register with your state’s donor registry. Most states have registries. Check the list at OrganDonor.gov. In Minnesota, the registry can be found here.  Once registered, you will receive a welcome packet in the mail including […]

What is Organ Donation?

Jamie Held / January 12, 2015
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Whether to be an organ donation is a question most of us face only when we renew our drivers’ license. We may be faced with the decision again if we visit an estate planning attorney and discuss a health care directive. So it’s probably not surprising that there is a lot of mystery surrounding organ […]

What to do When You Get a Traffic Ticket

James Gempeler / January 5, 2015
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At some point in your life, you’re bound to get a traffic ticket – most likely a speeding ticket. If you are smart (and lucky) enough to avoid this, take a bow. But for the rest of us, what to do next may be an unknown. So here is a quick article that can hopefully […]

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