Mom, Dad, are your financial affairs in order?

Jamie Held / July 13, 2012

While speaking to clients regarding their estate plan, the topic of conversation often shifts to … “I wonder if my parents have done any planning?” As we get further into the discussion of expenses – the cost of funerals, burials, cremation, estate administration, etc., I regularly hear … “I am concerned about my parents’ financial […]

What is a Life Estate?

Jayne Sykora / July 9, 2012

Every now and again a client will ask for a life estate to be created; however, most often the client does not understand what exactly it is, how it is created or the potential benefits and pitfalls of creating such an estate. In this post, I will attempt to give a basic overview of a […]

Ted Williams

Jennifer Santini / July 5, 2012

August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002 While I pride myself on my sports knowledge, my husband often reminds me of all the information I apparently do not know. Yesterday’s example revolves around Ted Williams as I began to write this post. Now, I know who Ted Williams was and do know of his baseball […]

Single Member LLC Professionals and Estate Planning

Maggie Green / July 2, 2012

Minnesota has a professional firms act that requires licensed professionals (as defined in MN Statute 319B.02 subd.19) to, among other things, register their business as a professional firm. One particular requirement of the statute, that all owners of the business be licensed professionals, often makes succession planning a challenge. Under most circumstances, an LLC member […]


Christi Cottrell / June 27, 2012

PART V: WHAT? RECOGNIZING THE ASSETS. “An artist is someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he for some reason thinks it would be a good idea to give them.”  ~Andy Warhol, Pop Art Pioneer So far, this series has revealed why estate planning for artists is so essential, who […]

Technology Outpaces the Law – Assisted Reproduction

Jamie Held / June 25, 2012

Historically, determining a decedent’s heirs was easy – determine all of the decedent’s living family members on the date of decedent’s death and if decedent’s wife was pregnant on the date of his death, wait to see if the child is born alive.  Now, however, science has provided us with the ability to freeze genetic […]

Divorce for Same Sex Couples is no Easy Feat

Katie Lammers / June 22, 2012

As the gay marriage debate rages on across the country, another related issue is gaining traction as well—gay divorce. Gay marriage is currently legal in six states and the District of Columbia. There is no marriage residency requirement in these states either. That means couples can get married in these states without living there. And […]

Len Bias

Jennifer Santini / June 19, 2012

November 18, 1963 – June 19, 1986 Leonard Kevin Bias, known as Len, was arguably one of the most promising NBA athletes ever drafted. However, Bias was never able to reach his full potential on a professional sports team. Len Bias was drafted by the Boston Celtics as the second overall draft pick in 1986 […]

Holographic Wills

Jayne Sykora / June 13, 2012

Recently, at a Wills For Heroes clinic, a first responder asked what the requirements were for a Will to be valid in Minnesota and wondered if a Will could be handwritten. I thought these were interesting questions and wanted to share my answers with all of you dedicated Epilawg readers. Will Requirements First, Minnesota, like […]

Charles Dickens

Jennifer Santini / June 9, 2012

February 7, 2012 – June 9, 1870 Born Charles John Huffam Dickens in Portsmouth, England, Mr. Dickens brought us the classic works of Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol.  2012 was the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth and also the 142nd anniversary of his death. Dickens suffered a […]

Unintended Consequences: Naming a Child as Beneficiary of Life Insurance

Anna Lima / June 6, 2012

If you are one of the millions of parents who own a life insurance policy, you may have your child named individually as a primary or contingent beneficiary if you were to pass away while the policy was still in effect.  However, naming a child individually, especially under the age of eighteen, can have unintended […]

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