Estate Planning

1 03, 2018

Estate Planning at 18: Why it is never too early

2020-08-04T16:10:25+00:00Estate Planning|

It is your eighteenth birthday, making you legally an adult in Minnesota. This means you can make your own decisions and finally take control of your destiny, right? As your first act as a responsible adult you… create a Health Care Directive? Prior to age 18, your legal guar [...]

1 02, 2018

Why not use online estate planning tools instead of an Elder Law Attorney?

2020-08-04T16:51:43+00:00Estate Planning|

I can bank, shop, and communicate from behind the screen of a computer or cell phone… Why can’t I complete my estate planning through a do-it-yourself online platform? While your preferred search engine might be where your estate planning hunt begins, don’t let a keyboard be [...]

1 10, 2017

Capacity to Sign Estate Planning Documents

2020-08-04T16:55:02+00:00Estate Planning|

One of the largest challenges in the modern practice of elder law and estate planning consists of issues surrounding capacity to sign documents. Our population is living longer than ever before and we now have one of the largest senior populations of all time. This number is [...]

1 10, 2012

Effective January 1, 2013 Annual Exclusion Rate for Gifts Will Increase to $14,000

2020-08-04T18:02:59+00:00Estate Planning|

Effective January 1, 2013, the annual exclusion rate for gifts will increase to $14,000, up from $13,000 in 2012. What does this mean? This means that a person can gift $14,000 per year to any individual without having to file a gift tax return. So I could gift $14,0000 to ea [...]

1 08, 2012

What To Do With Virtual Assets In Your Estate Planning?

2020-08-04T18:11:57+00:00Estate Planning|

Digital assets can range from items of financial value like online bank and brokerage accounts to domain names, Twitter accounts and social-media pages. Sometimes accounting for these assets after the death of the owner can be a nightmare. It becomes even more difficult if th [...]

1 08, 2012

Steep Decline In Estates Owing Estate Taxes

2020-08-04T18:13:23+00:00Estate Planning|

Over the last decade there has been a steep decline in estates owing estate taxes to the federal government. Only 0.6 % of those who died in the USA in 2008 owed any estate tax. Because of the increase of the filing threshold, the number of estates that needed to pay taxes dr [...]

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