Giving Your Home To Your Children

I often have the question from clients: Is it a good idea to transfer our home to our children before we die? It is important to understand what is driving this question to help us better advise clients.I often hear that parents want to avoid probate, provide some inheritance to children and they... continue reading »

How to Avoid Unintended Consequences

In previous articles, we have stressed the importance of a completing an estate plan, one that is tailored for you and your family. We have explained the positive benefits of putting key estate plan documents in place and how to integrate your assets through retitling and beneficiary designations... continue reading »

Landlord-Tenant: Abandoned Property

I handle a lot of landlord-tenant issues, predominantly from the perspective of the landlord. What’s becoming more of an issue I am encountering is questions regarding what to do with abandoned personal property that remains on the premises following the tenant vacating, either voluntarily or t... continue reading »

Dying Intestate

Sometimes our procrastination gets the best of us. So many clients have said “we’ve been meaning to get our estate documents set up for YEARS.” For those of you that have made it to my office, cheers to you for checking that “to do” off your list. For those of you that still have it on ... continue reading »

No Contest Clauses

For most families, one of the goals of estate planning is to minimize future turmoil that may occur after they pass away by addressing how their assets and estate will be settled upon their death. It is often very helpful to have mom and dad make those hard decisions now and not leave a mess for ... continue reading »

Estate Taxes

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz recently proposed a budget for 2022-2023 with the goal of raising revenue and providing relief to those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, calling it ‘Minnesota’s COVID-19 Recovery Budget. The budget calls for an increase in several taxes, and, specifically, a... continue reading »


Short term rentals are becoming more commonplace. If you plan on renting your own home, there are several things to consider.

Make sure you review any recorded covenants before you rent. Do they regulate rentals and how can rules be amended are issues that one should know before making an... continue reading »