Pros & Cons of Joint Tenancy

Emma Maddy / August 11, 2015
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A comprehensive estate plan deals with multiple types of property; from probate assets that pass through your will, to non-probate assets that pass outside a will via a trust or beneficiary designation, to jointly held assets, which pass automatically at the time of the first death. One of the most common joint assets people hold […]

Succession Planning for Your Company and Your Retirement

Aaron Hall / August 6, 2015
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You have built a successful company. Now you are starting to think about the potential for retirement. Retiring is a bit more complicated when you own the company. Your reputation, core values, personality, and relationships have been integral to growing a successful company. Here is a process to begin outlining your succession plan. Are you […]

MN Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act

Jennifer Santini / July 30, 2015
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Minnesota’s Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act (“new LLC Act”) act will take effect this Saturday, August 1, 2015. Any limited liability companies (LLCs) that are newly organized in Minnesota after that date will be subject to the new LLC Act under Chapter 322C of the Minnesota Statutes. Any LLCs that were formed prior to […]

The Bank of Mom and Dad: A Guide to Intra-Family Loans

Diana Ringuette / July 27, 2015
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We’ve all heard jokes about taking a loan from the Bank of Mom and Dad. What you might not know is that intra-family loans can be a great way to transfer significant wealth and avoid gift (or estate) tax liability. While an intra-family loan requires some upfront structuring and down-the-road diligence, the benefits are real. […]

Carrier Errors: The Importance of Life Insurance Policy Review

Bob Cohen / July 23, 2015
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In a previous post, I discussed the importance of having a life insurance policy analysis done on a regular basis. I was recently reminded of the importance of policy reviews when I received correspondence from a life insurance carrier whose policy expenses exceeded what was necessary to support the death benefit. Though the mistake was […]

Overcome Obstacles to Effective Healthcare Directives

Anne Denny / July 21, 2015
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Are improvements to healthcare directives necessary and possible? The answer is an emphatic YES! As a trusted advisor, you can blaze the trail for your clients. In the past three decades, a relatively low percent of adults have completed a healthcare directive. So what shortcomings are impeding the national acceptance of advance care planning? 10 […]

Questions To Ask Aging Parents

Jennifer Santini / June 22, 2015
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We are often approached by clients, who have aging parents, to find out the best way to raise the topic of estate planning with their parents. Typically the client is in the process of drafting his or her own estate plan and they realize quickly how messy the administration of an estate can be if […]

An Introduction to Trusteed IRAs

Maggie Green / June 8, 2015
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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 […]

Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets

Jennifer Santini / May 26, 2015
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The Uniform Law Commission drafted an act to provide fiduciaries with the same access to digital assets as they have had to tangible assets. The Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (the “Act”) has been introduced in over twenty states, including Minnesota. The Act was introduced and enacted in the Minnesota House of Representatives. […]

Incapacity Planning – The POLST

Jayne Sykora / May 7, 2015
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POLST stands for “Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment.” It is a doctor-signed medical order form that communicates a patient’s end-of-life health care wishes to other health care providers during an emergency. Patients with serious health conditions who need to make decisions about life sustaining treatment in advance of medical emergencies should have a POLST […]

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