With the Christmas season it seems like a good time to talk about legal consequences of gifting. Of course I’m referring to gifting from an estate planning perspective. With the possible major changes coming in estate tax law, the estate tax implications may change but many other issues wil... continue reading »
Estate planning is an important area of practice for our law firm, and we are committed to helping individuals and families with these issues. Over the course of the last year, attorney Rene Millner has written several in-depth articles on the specific documents that make up an estate plan, types... continue reading »
Do you have a “non-traditional family”? You may think of that one crazy uncle or that cousin who often has a few too many at the family get together. A variety of things probably come to mind when you hear this term and it will be very different for all of us. For our purposes, we are g... continue reading »
The following article is on the importance of the protections of the corporate and limited liability company (LLC) statutes. Our law firm assists many area businesses with their entity formation and other business law concerns.
The first corporations in America were formed in the late 18th... continue reading »
A law was passed several years ago that basically allows you to put beneficiaries on your home. You should sign and record this deed now but it has no affect until you pass away – meaning you can sell or refinance without needing the beneficiaries to consent or sign anything. You can also r... continue reading »
I often get questions from injured workers wanting me to give them an overview of how workers’ compensation works. In its most basic sense, workers’ compensation is when an employee gets hurt on the job and the employer’s insurance company pays for the injured workers’ medical bills and l... continue reading »
As an estate planner I often work with the entire family. My initial discussion is usually with mom and dad as we work together to put their estate plan documents in place. Many times, mom and dad want to bring the child that is appointed to act on their behalf to a meeting to give the child ... continue reading »
Have you reviewed your beneficiary designations? Beneficiary designations are a way in which we identify who we want to give an asset to after we pass away. A common beneficiary designation for most people is the form you completed when you became eligible to participate in your employer’s ... continue reading »
When is your estate subject to estate tax? Minnesota is one of a handful of states that assess a tax on your estate when you pass away if certain limits are met. This type of tax is often referred to as a death tax and is assessed against the entire value of your estate. In contrast ... continue reading »
You may like to read Will Based vs. Trust Based Estate Plan (Part 1).
In this article we will dig into some of the reasons you may want to consider a trust based estate plan. Minnesota adop... continue reading »