Estate Planning Focused On The Big Picture

Much like the pieces of a puzzle, all of your estate planning documents, property and financial holdings must work together to create one comprehensive picture.

At the St. Paul law offices of Scott + Hespen Law, we examine all of our clients' financial and property holdings, including beneficiary designations on retirement and investment accounts, property titles, and other jointly held assets, to ensure the documents we create result in one comprehensive estate plan that truly affects our clients' final wishes.

Understanding Your Options; Protecting Your Future

Creating an estate plan is an intensely personal process. The decisions you make concerning who will care for your children, how property will be distributed and your wishes regarding end-of-life health care should be taken seriously.

We believe educated clients make smart decisions. Our attorneys take the time to educate our clients about the estate planning process, the tools available to them and how each planning document functions within their greater estate plan.

Minneapolis Guardianship Lawyers

Everyone can benefit from a well-executed estate plan. Wills, trusts, powers of attorney and health care directives allow individuals to take control of their future financial and physical health.

It is important for families with minor or disabled children to develop a will and trust that name guardians and trustees to care for and manage finances for your children until they are able to do so.

When children are developmentally disabled, special needs trusts are often necessary to allow children to obtain government-supplied benefits — such as Medicaid — while still receiving financial support from family members.

Individuals with larger estates often require more complex estate plans. Our attorneys employ a variety of estate tax planning tools that ensure clients pass property to the next generation in the most tax-efficient manner possible. Our firm also helps business owners create succession plans that provide clear guidance for the next generation of owners.

Inheritance Rights For Unmarried Partners

Because domestic partners are unmarried, the only way to ensure inheritance from your partner is through a will or trust. Health care directives and powers of attorney enable partners to make important financial and health-related decisions for one another in the event of sickness or death. Prenuptial agreements and domestic partnership agreements are often used in conjunction with other estate planning tools.

Contact the St. Paul estate planning lawyers at Scott + Hespen Law to set up a consultation. Call us at 651-968-1457 or toll free at 866-442-3092.