Legendary Oscar-winning actor Marlon Brando died at the age of 80 in 2004. He had been suffering from dementia, but signed a codicil to his existing will that appointed new executors to oversee his estate a mere 13 days prior to his death. Brando left the bulk of his estate (worth approximately $26 million) to…

If you own a vacation home, timeshare, investment property, or any other asset outside of the state of Minnesota (or where you are domiciled if you live in another state) you must make sure ithat property is included in your estate plan. If you fail to include these properties in your estate plan, or fail…

Estate planning attorneys are often asked where original estate planning documents – wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives – should be stored for safekeeping.  While there is no right or wrong answer to this question, here are a few things to consider when storing your estate planning documents: Should you store your original…

Is a Personal Representative Entitled to Compensation in Minnesota? The Answer is Yes. One of the most common questions that I get is whether a Minnesota personal representative is entitled to compensation. A personal representative is the person who administers your estate after you have passed away. If you create a will, you will name…

I am pleased to announce that I have been named a Minnesota Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2018 by Super Lawyers Magazine for the Estate Planning and Probate practice area. I am one of only 20 total attorneys listed as a Rising Star for this practice area in Minnesota. I am very excited to have…

The Jolly Testator Who Makes His Own Will Ye lawyers who live upon litigants’ fees, And who need a good many to live at your ease, Grave or gay, wise or witty, whate’er your degree, Plain stuff or Queen’s Counsel, take counsel of me: When a festive occasion your spirit unbends, You should never forget…

  So, you have finally decided it’s time to meet with an estate planning attorney and make sure that your family is protected if something happens to you. You have called an attorney’s office and you have scheduled your initial consultation. What should you do next? There are two options. (1) You could simply wait…

Minnesota Asset Protection Strategies for Doctors and Dentists that Anyone Can Use Asset protection is a major concern for most medical and dental professionals. It is probably no surprise that these professions are fraught with liability. It’s not just malpractice claims that create potential liability for these professionals. The medical and dental professions are not…

Anthony Bourdain was an immensely popular chef, television host, and story teller. Bourdain began his career as a dishwasher and rose to become the head chef at Les Halles in New York City. He later wrote an article that he submitted to the New Yorker, entitled “Don’t Eat Before Reading This”. Bourdain gained increased notoriety…

One important thing that you should do if you are appointed executor of a deceased person’s probate estate, or if you are the successor trustee of a trust, is to ask the post office to forward the deceased person’s mail to your home address. Regrettably, along with important pieces of mail like account statements, bills,…

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