Big Banks vs. Community Banks: Who Should You Trust with Your Trust?

Pam Baker / July 10, 2017
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When it comes to large estates, the advantages of using a corporate trustee instead of administering your own trust are relatively straightforward. A corporate trustee ensures that costly errors don’t take a large chunk out of your assets, while also offering protection against fraud, theft, and other risks. When deciding on a corporate trustee, however, […]

Diminished Capacity and Estate Planning

Courtney Sebo / June 30, 2017
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As anyone who has created an estate plan knows, in order to finalize the plan, you must sign documents.  These documents may be wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, deeds, or any other related form or document.  In order to sign these documents, a person must have sufficient capacity, otherwise the documents may […]

Litigation: The Power of Process

Dave Burns / June 26, 2017
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Litigation has been glorified — and fictionalized — in movies and on television since those media came into existence: the courtroom drama Perry Mason was the first-ever weekly one-hour series filmed for television. In real life, however, litigation is often criticized as a time-consuming, costly, and unnecessary process. Of course, litigation can be expensive and […]

Decanting a Trust: What it Means and When it Should be Considered

Manish Bhatia / June 1, 2017
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Is this about wine?  Unfortunately, no.  What does it mean to decant a trust?  Trust decanting is the process of pouring the assets of one irrevocable trust (the “original trust”) into a second irrevocable trust with more desirable terms (the “new trust”).  There are many restrictions on when and how a trust may be decanted, […]

Tips to Make Your Senior Care Dollars Go Further

Lifesprk / April 28, 2017
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Find Out How You Can Manage Retirement Health Care Costs A recent Harris Poll found that retirement health care costs terrify most Americans over the age of 50. The poll also found that it is important to talk about health care costs with a trusted advisor, as it gave seniors more confidence about the future. […]

Five Scams to be Aware of During Tax Season

Richard Baum / February 14, 2017
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Tax season opens up opportunities for criminals to take advantage of people. Here are five ways that you can avoid becoming a victim this tax season: 1. Phishing. You receive an email that seems to be from a legitimate sender (such as the IRS), and it demands payment for overdue taxes or requests you update […]

Tax Deductions for Estate Planning Fees

Erik Doerr / January 26, 2017
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Most people know that there is a deduction allowed for the amounts you pay to have your taxes prepared by a professional. Does that same rule apply to fees paid to an attorney to plan your estate? The answer is not as straight forward as you might think it should be. The tax law provides […]

New Digital Asset Law May Be a Double-Edged Sword

Manish Bhatia / December 22, 2016
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As an increasing amount of our information and assets is stored online or in cloud-based services, access to such content is at the forefront of succession and estate planning. While service providers encourage us to store our family pictures, music collections and stock certificates electronically, access to those items for our loved ones becomes more […]

What You Need to Know When Buying Life Insurance

The Simple Dollar / September 15, 2016
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There are two basic types of life insurance: term and permanent. The fundamental difference is right there in the name: Term life insurance is only in force during a set period or “term,” while permanent life insurance is yours for your entire life. So why doesn’t everyone just get permanent? Because it’s much more expensive […]

Eight Tips To Keep Your Small Business Safe From Fraud

Jessica Kane / September 7, 2016
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According to a report by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, which is the largest global anti-fraud agency, small businesses constitute 31.8 percent of all fraud-related cases reported per year. This is a significantly higher percentage than for larger businesses. The losses for a small business are also amplified due to their relative size and […]

Estate Planning: Planning for the Physical Care of Children in Minnesota

Michael Divine / August 16, 2016
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This article discusses some of the legal documents that can assist in planning for the physical care of a minor child in the event of a parent’s death or incapacity. Minnesota law provides that a parent may appoint a guardian over a minor child by will, designation of standby guardian, or certain other signed writings […]