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Can I Change My Will During a Minnesota Divorce?

This is a repost from a popular topic- Can you change your will and estate plan during a Minnesota divorce so your soon-to-be ex doesn’t inherit? Most divorcing parties do not want their soon-to-be ex-spouse inheriting.  You should consider some measure of estate planning issues early on in a divorce proceeding.  Minnesota Uniform Probate Code […]

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Stand-by Custodial Document for Minnesota Parents – Anticipating the Unexpected Event

I last posted information on Minnesota’s statute that allows a parent to delegate his or her rights to a non-parent third party by a form called Minnesota Delegation of Parental Powers.  ( Blog Post 5/2/2014). Minnesota’s Stand-by Custodial appointment statute is useful for all parents as well.   The Stand-by Custodian appointment allows a parent […]

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Estate Planning in Minnesota and Your Digital Inventory-Make it Easy for Your Heirs

I originally posted this blog in August 2013.  Readers appreciated the information and asked for a re-blog.  The post relates to how you can plan to terminate your digital life after  you go to the great beyond.   I confess that I never much thought about my digital afterlife until I researched and wrote this article.  […]

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota, Family Lawyer and “Small Town Lawyer” Benefits for Clients

I read an article the other day from the American Bar Association that says that just over 50% of the lawyers in the U.S. are practitioners. I like the sound of that statistic. Solos have the freedom to take on the cases that are closest to their hearts without the constrictions of accountability for billable […]

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Minnesota Parental Delegation- A Useful Form for Parents and Temporary Caregivers

Parents who need temporary caregivers for the children can make use of a Minnesota parental delegation form,  which is sometimes called a Minnesota delegation of parental authority or Minnesota delegation of parental powers.  The law authorizing the delegation is Minnesota  Statute 524.5-211. A parental delegation grants parental powers over the children to a non-parent on a temporary basis.  A parental delegation does not […]

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Minnesota Same-Sex Marriage and Minnesota Family Law

 Marriage is gender neutral in Minnesota as of August 1, 2013.  There is little doubt that Minnesota Statutes applicable to family law matters  will impact same-sex marriages. There are primary issues in any divorce that include:  division of martial assets and debts; spousal maintenance; custody and parenting time issues; and, child support. Assets accumulated before marriage are non-marital.  Assets accumulated […]

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Wills and Trusts in Minnesota-A Blueprint Primer of How Wealth is Passed Down to Your Heirs

Making sure that your children or other heirs inherit what you have worked for all your life is of paramount concern for most folks.  Grandparents work hard to ensure security for their children and their children work hard to ensure security for their children and so on down the generations. How Does Generational Wealth Pass Down […]

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You Get What You Pay for in an Estate Plan -Why Risk Doing it the Wrong Way?

I am of the opinion that estate planning documents are probably the most important and critical documents that you will ever prepare. Why? Because if Wills, Powers of Attorney, or Transfers or Trusts are not in compliance with every aspect of the law, then you run the risk of having your last wishes on this earth […]

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Common Legal Terms for Non-Lawyers- Let’s Clear Up the Mysterious Jargon

Every profession has its own language. Law is no exception.  An understanding of some common legal terms and definitions will help you navigate your way around the legal system.           COMMON LEGAL TERMS          PLEADING – is any formal document that is filed with the Court related to the case.          PARTY-refers to someone who is part of a legal action […]

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How to Give the Kids Your Home and Still Protect Yourself- Minnesota’s Transfer on Death Deed

Minnesota has a nifty estate planning document that allows the owner of real property to name the person or persons to receive the property upon the owner’s death. The document is the Minnesota Transfer on Death Dead or TODD.    MN Statute Section 507.071 The owner ( grantor) names the beneficiary ( grantee or grantees) in the TODD.  […]

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