November 2014 Archives

Same-Sex Estate Planning

Same-sex marriage is arguably one of the most prominent topics in the nation today. In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Windsor, which invalidated significant portions of the Defense of Marriage Act, along with a series of federal court decisions and legislative actions legalizing gay marriage in states (including Minnesota) across the country, it's no surprise that many same-sex couples have questions about how these evolving laws impact their estate plans.

Probate in Minnesota

Individuals who are making a will and reside in or own property in Minnesota may wish to understand more about the probate process. After an individual's death, it may be necessary to settle the estate in court, and this process known as probate. Some wills must be filed in probate court, and once the assets are distributed and debts are settled, probate ends.

Is there more than 1 type of guardianship in Minnesota?

The term guardian refers to somebody who cares for an incapacitated person, known as a ward, in all or most personal matters. This could include simple things like what the ward will eat and wear, and it can cover more important decisions, like where the ward lives and what type of medical treatment he or she receives. The guardian must also make any decision about the ward's rehabilitation, training and education.

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