What are a surviving spouse’s debt obligations?

Jamie Held / September 11, 2014

Awhile back, an article in the Star Tribune discussed the egregious practices used by some credit card companies and banks to collect debts owed by deceased persons, often targeting surviving family members who may or may not have a legal obligation to pay.

Dividing Up Your Estate at Your Death

Jayne Sykora / September 9, 2014

For some, as they prepare their Wills, it is a pretty clear cut decision on who will receive what and how much. For example, most married couples with children will first leave everything to each other, then when both spouses are gone, their estate will be divided equally among their children (do keep in mind […]

After Hours with Diana Ringuette

Jayne Sykora / September 3, 2014

  Name: Diana (Marianetti) Ringuette Employer: Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand, LLP Position: Attorney Location: Minneapolis Education: Hamline University School of Law (J.D., cum laude), Macalester College (B.A.) How long have you been practicing? I’ve been practicing law since 2010. What led you to practice in the area of estate planning? That’s actually a funny […]

After Hours with Philip J. Ruce

Jennifer Santini / August 28, 2014

Employer: Stone Arch Law Office, PLLC Position: Attorney Location: Minneapolis Education: University of Minnesota (B.A.), William Mitchell College of Law (J.D.), Thomas Jefferson School of Law (LL.M.) How long have you been practicing? I opened my practice in February of 2014 after spending six years in trust and estate administration. What led you to practice […]

Godparents & Guardians: Two Different Roles

Jayne Sykora / August 22, 2014

I often hear in conversation (and I once believed this too!) that if a minor child has godparents, then the same people will be legal guardians of the child if something happens to the child’s parents. This is not true. Godparents and guardians are two different roles and are appointed in different ways. Godparents A […]

Robin Williams’ Estate: Subject to California Probate?

Kim Prchal / August 19, 2014

As everyone mourns the death of Robin Williams and reflects on his tremendous talents, we estate planning attorneys can’t help but wonder, did Robin Williams do any estate planning? It is apparent that Robin Williams had a very successful career. What is unclear is the true value of his estate. Some reports indicate that Robin […]

Designating Authority for Business Owners

Jennifer Santini / August 12, 2014

I know, I know… you have read it over and over again here on Epilawg that it is important to have documents in place for times of incapacity. Yet, as Jayne Sykora and I just attended a conference together, I was reminded of the importance to do so particularly if you own a business. As […]

Non-Compete Agreements

Jayne Sykora / August 1, 2014

One item that many employers have begun to use extensively with employees is a non-compete agreement. The main goal of a non-compete agreement (“non-compete”) is for an employer to protect its goodwill, trade secrets and confidential information upon an employee leaving that employer and, presumably, working for a competitor of the employer. A non-compete could […]

MN Public Benefit Corporation Act

Jennifer Santini / July 23, 2014

More and more business owners are incorporating a charitable intent or purpose into their companies. However, many still wish to remain a for-profit business and therefore do not apply for non-profit or tax-exempt status. Recently, the Minnesota legislature and Governor Dayton passed into law the Minnesota Public Benefit Corporation Act, which allows a business to […]

Supreme Court Rules on Inherited IRAs

Jamie Held / July 17, 2014

On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a divisive bankruptcy and estate planning case.  At issue was whether an individual retirement account (“IRA”) that a debtor inherited was exempt from the debtor’s bankruptcy estate under the Bankruptcy Code.  The Bankruptcy Code permits a debtor to protect assets that are in a “retirement […]

Independent Contractors

Jayne Sykora / July 15, 2014

Some of the small business clients I work with often want to hire an independent contractor versus bringing on a permanent employee. The use of independent contractors is very attractive to businesses because it can reduce the business’s exposure to employment-related lawsuits and reduce the business’s tax burden (i.e., no income tax withholding, Social Security […]

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