Most individuals are unfamiliar with the term "probate" until a loved one dies. At that point, they might be shocked to learn that they'll have to contact the local courts to begin the process of closing out their loved one's estate. This process can be daunting, especially if you're unfamiliar with … [Read more...] about Is it Necessary to Hire a Minnesota Probate Lawyer to Close Out my Loved One’s Estate?
Many seniors often have difficulty managing their finances at a certain point, and it comes down to their adult children to assist with these matters. It’s important to know what you’re getting into when you begin assisting an elderly parent with their financial affairs, especially if legal … [Read more...] about Monticello Trust Lawyer on How to Help Your Elderly Parent with Finances
The national news has been filled with tragedy lately, including acts of senseless violence committed against random strangers. Families and communities across the nation are mourning the loss of their loved ones and doing what they can to help the survivors. While most people are wondering if … [Read more...] about Easy Estate Planning Strategies That Can Make Life Easier for Your Family in a Tragedy Situation
Talking to your family about death can be tough. We don’t like to think about dying and we don't like to think about our loved ones dying. But death is inevitable and the conversation is important to have. If something were to happen to you - would your family know what to do? Would they know … [Read more...] about How to talk to your loved ones about estate planning.
In general, Americans are very uncomfortable talking about end-of-life issues. It can be hard for people to think about (and plan for) their own death, let alone the death of their loved ones. I get it. Yet by not discussing these issues, you are leaving your future caregivers (most often your … [Read more...] about 4 Steps to Avoid Stress at the End of Life
With the number of COVID-19 cases in America increasing exponentially, people across the country are preparing themselves for every possible scenario. As a result, many estate planning attorneys are being inundated with calls and emails about how to plan for this type of pandemic. While the … [Read more...] about COVID Pandemic Preparation: 5 Estate Planning Essentials for Every Adult
Sometimes parents wish to change or modify custody orders. Unfortunately this is not an easy task. It is important to understand the impact of an initial order, the limits on timing, and the additional requirements for modifications. Initial Custody Order If parents have not reached their own … [Read more...] about Changing Child Custody in Minnesota
For more than a decade I have helped clients with their estate plans. Things are different now. Previously, a potential client reached out to me wanting to talk about wills or trusts. I would explain that an estate plan is so much more than just the will. It’s taking a big picture look to make sure … [Read more...] about COVID-19 Through the Lens of An Estate Planning Attorney
Central Minnesota wills and trusts lawyers see just about every circumstance which results from a parent’s death. Some siblings handle the wills and trusts administration gracefully and with dignity, while others turn to squabbling and pettiness. When we work with our clients, they are often very … [Read more...] about How Do You Treat Children Fairly When It Comes to Estate Planning?