Sometimes the term “estate plan” can be overwhelming. Or people think, “I don’t have very much, I don’t need an estate plan” Estate planning is just the concept planning for the care of our children, our families, and our assets in the event of our incapacity or death. You don’t need to have a … [Read more...] about The Basic Estate Plan
In the divorce world, we get so focused on the children under the age of 18. Children between the ages of 18 and 21 may get a moment’s notice, but children over the age of 21 are routinely ignored. Unfortunately, children are always affected by their parents’ divorce: if they are 5, 25, or 55. … [Read more...] about Adult Children of Divorce: No Matter What Their Age, the Kids Are Affected
The term “estate planning” has a tendency to send many people in a panic -too complex, full of legal lingo and complicated tax concepts. In his article Estate Planning Without Anxiety Peter Keating with SmartMoney Magazine does a good job of explaining the basic concepts. There are four simple steps … [Read more...] about Estate Planning Without Anxiety
There are two big misconceptions when it comes to estate planning: 1. Only the rich need to worry about estate planning 2. Only people with kids need to worry about estate planning. When it comes to estate planning, young adults with minimal assets and no children are all too often … [Read more...] about Estate Planning for Young Adults – the Documents that Every One Must Have
1. What areas of law do you practice? Does the attorney limit their practice to one or two areas, or do they take the “Jack of all trades” approach? There are many different areas of law; if an attorney practices a little bit of everything, does he or she have the depth of knowledge necessary for … [Read more...] about 5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Attorney
Buying a house can be an exciting, and overwhelming, time. For couples purchasing real estate there are some legal consequences they should be aware of. All too often these consequences are not considered until the relationship has soured and a court case is imminent. Here are 5 things that … [Read more...] about 5 Things Couples Need to Know Before Buying Real Estate
One of the most difficult things in any paternity or divorce case is figuring out the schedule for your children – this comes into play when talking about both physical custody and parenting time. In Minnesota, physical custody is the routine, daily care of the children. Parties can have joint … [Read more...] about Creating the Perfect Child Custody/Parenting Time Arrangement for Your Children
Just like all of you non-lawyers hear the horror stories of over-priced attorneys and expensive litigation (i.e. “I know someone who spent $50,000 on his divorce. All that for nothing!”), lawyers get to hear all of the horror stories of clients who think they can do it without a lawyer, and then … [Read more...] about Think you’re saving money by not hiring a lawyer? Think again.
This is only one misconception that we tend to get from Hollywood. In Minnesota, a legal separation is not a prerequisite for a divorce. (In fact, Minnesota does not have any requirement for a separation period before divorce). While many couples do physically separate prior to or in contemplation … [Read more...] about Don’t I need a legal separation before the divorce?