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Can I Plan for What Happens to my Pet After my Death?

The Minnesota legislature recently passed a law that allows Minnesotans to create a trust for the care of an animal. Pet owners now have additional tools at their disposal to ensure that their beloved pets will be cared for according to their wishes after they pass away.

When Do I Need to Update My Health Care Directive?

In Minnesota if you become temporarily or permanently unable to make your own health care decisions there is no one with the legal authority to make health care decisions for you after you turn eighteen. For that reason, all adults need a health care directive.

Estate Planning For Blended Families

Blended families include children from a previous marriage of one spouse or both spouses and are increasingly common today. Second marriages that result in such blended families can be a source of great happiness but can also present an estate planning challenge.

Estate Planning for the High-School Senior

The senior year of high school is an exciting time that usually includes preparation for adult life after graduation. Although estate planning probably does not appear on most high school senior's to-do lists since they are young and healthy, executing a Health Care Directive and a financial Power of Attorney should be included on the to-do list after the student's eighteenth birthday.

6 Key Events that are Signs you Need a Will

Making end-of-life plans may be way down your to-do list. You're young, you're healthy, you're just starting out, you have plenty of time. The last thing you want to think about is your death. Unfortunately, the reality is that accidents happen every day and not everyone walks away from them. Take the time to prepare for that "just-in-case" scenario by making your end-of-life wishes clear.

Passing the Family Cabin and Preserving Family Harmony

Summer is here! For many Minnesotans summer means fun in the sun (and sometimes rain) at the family cabin. More than just a place to relax or recreate, the cabin is often also a repository of family tradition and memories. Unfortunately, the cabin can also become a source of family conflict when it is time to transition ownership of the cabin from the parents to the next generation. It is often said that "failing to plan is planning to fail" and that is especially true when trying to pass the cabin to the next generation.

Preparing for the Initial Will Consultation

For some people, the thought of drafting a will may be perceived as an overwhelming task because they may consider the process of cataloging all of their assets and allocating them to specific individuals to be an endless undertaking. As with many other jobs that can appear to be too large for one person to accomplish, writing a will can be streamlined by developing a strategy for tackling this chore. Rather than focusing on the end product, individuals who have separated the process into smaller components find success in completing one step and moving onto another. Rather than being haphazard and rushed, this deliberate process can create a detailed document that suits your needs and promotes peace of mind in your beneficiaries.

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