Affidavits are a very common legal document. You may have signed several affidavits over the years, without fully knowing what they are. You might have signed one to register to vote or obtain some government benefit. An affidavit can also be used as evidence in a lawsuit. Before you sign another … [Read more...] about Affidavits: What You Need to Know
It is common for individuals beginning the estate planning process to assume it is best to have their adult children join them in the initial meeting with an estate planning attorney. Likewise many well-meaning adults want to help their aging parents get affairs in order by arranging the initial … [Read more...] about When to Involve Adult Children in the Estate Planning Process
Preparing for the future is an uncertain business, but there are steps you can take during your lifetime to simplify matters for your loved ones after you pass, and to ensure your final wishes are carried out. Planning for what happens to your property, or who cares for your loved ones, upon your … [Read more...] about Estate Planning Don’ts
“The sandwich generation” is the term given to adults who are raising children and simultaneously caring for elderly or infirm parents. Your children are one piece of “bread,” your parents are the other piece of “bread,” and you are “sandwiched” into the middle. Caring for parents at the same … [Read more...] about The ‘Sandwich Generation’ – Taking Care of Your Kids While Taking Care of Your Parents
Even if someone has a will in place, it’s still likely that his or her estate should be overseen by a good probate or estate attorney in Minnesota. These professionals understand the incredibly complex process that goes along with closing out someone’s estate after he or she has passed away. Those … [Read more...] about Working with a Minnesota Probate Attorney to Understand the Steps of the Process
Stepparent adoption is the most common form of adoption in the United States. Once the adoption is finalized, the stepparent assumes full financial and legal responsibility for his or her spouse’s child and the non-custodial parent’s rights and responsibilities are terminated. Stepparent … [Read more...] about Stepparent Adoptions
Many people are confused by advance directives for health care. They are unsure what type of directives are available, and whether or not they need need directives at all, especially if they are young. There are several types of advance directives. One is a living will, which communicates what type … [Read more...] about Do I Really Need Advance Directives for Health Care?
Just as you begin to relax after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it hits you. It’s tax time! For most people tax time brings up images of boxes of random receipts and hours of searching for documents. Trying to get ready to do your tax return or organize for that yearly meeting with … [Read more...] about Death and Taxes. Give yourself an April 15th deadline
How much does it cost to have an attorney do your Will? I see this question fairly often and while it seems like a very easy question, there is no easy answer. Keep in mind the legal field is notoriously bad about publicizing information on legal fees. Law firm websites rarely contain information … [Read more...] about How Much Does a Will Cost?