Minnesota Estate Lawyers

A resource for all Minnesota estate and probate administrations.

We handle both simple and complex estate planning matters for individuals and families. Our team is well equipped to apply extensive estate planning and estate, gift, and income tax knowledge in helping you take sound legal and financial steps for your future.

MN Estate Planning Attorneys

We handle both simple and complex estate planning matters for individuals and families. Our team is well equipped to apply extensive estate, gift, and income tax knowledge in helping you make sound legal and financial steps for your future.

Whether you have just decided to pursue estate planning or need your existing estate plan thoroughly reviewed, we have the legal skills and practical experience to guide you through the process. From wills to family limited liability companies, we apply current estate planning tools and extensive estate, gift, and income tax law knowledge to arrive at the ideal solutions for you.

MN Estate Administration Options

We know and will patiently explain your legal options – from drafting your will, to ensuring your assets will be properly distributed, to implementation of effective estate tax, gift tax, and income tax planning strategies. We provide a variety of estate planning tools to accomplish your goals, such as:

Wills
Health Care Directives
Funeral Directives
Guardianship provisions to protect the future of your children
Trusts, including testamentary trusts, charitable remainder trusts, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, and irrevocable life insurance trusts
Powers of attorney
Guardianship Designations
Standby Custodian/Guardian Designations

Trusted Professional Services of
Estates and Probate in Minnesota

We are adept at spotting potential issues and opportunities to improve your estate plan. Through strong communication and personal service, we strive to produce the most beneficial plan for each individual and family we serve – one that offers peace of mind and confidence.

We take an efficient approach that helps uncover your unique needs and moves us quickly into the process of custom-drafting your documents. You can trust our dedicated team for practical solutions and honest, cost-conscious service. All of our work is performed with an eye towards, and a strong understanding of, state and federal tax codes.

Estate Planning Resources:

Minnesota Estate Tax Exemption

2021 Federal Retirement Plan Cost of Living Adjustments

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has published its 2021 cost-of-living updates affecting retirement plans. As you prepare for the new year, let us put our IRS expertise to work to help you achieve your 2021 goals. We have convenient locations in Eagan, MN and Cannon...

Steps to Take After a Loved One Dies

Death and taxes may be certain, but the details surrounding them often are not. Uncertainty around what happens after someone dies can cause anxiety and challenge familial relationships. However, thoughtful planning and the guidance of knowledgeable professionals can...

You’re the Personal Representative, Now What?

What is a Personal Representative? A Personal Representative, often referred to as an Executor, is a person (or corporate entity) named in a Will that has the authority to handle a Decedent’s probate assets. In Minnesota, the probate laws utilize the official term...

What to Do When Loved Ones Die

Review Decedent’s records or safe deposit box to locate estate planning document, i.e. Will or Trust. If an estate is needed, the Personal Representative named in the Will/Trust will handle the probate administration. Notify Social Security of the death. If you are a...

Tidbits on Transfer on Death Deeds

Tidbits on Transfer on Death Deeds (TODDs) So often, clients want to avoid probate and may think that a Transfer on Death Deed (known as “TODD”) is the best way to go about it. However, every client needs an estate planning attorney to review and discuss with them the...

Formalities of Formal Probates

Dealing with a probate after a loved one dies is not an easy task. A probate is necessary when a Decedent owns real property in his or her own name alone, of any value, or if the value of non-real estate probate property is over $75,000. While the process may be...

Insights to Informal Probates

Insights to Informal Probates When a loved one has died, the grief process begins. One of the many details to be considered during the grief process includes whether an estate administration, or probate, will be needed for the Decedent. A probate is necessary when a...

A Passage into Probate Law

What is Probate Law? The term “probate” has several meanings and may be the reason why so many people are curious or possibly even unduly fearful of what a probate really is or what is involved with a probate. The experienced estate planning and probate attorneys with...

Updates To Minnesota Guardianship And Conservatorship Statutes

UPDATES TO MINNESOTA GUARDIANSHIP AND CONSERVATORSHIP STATUTES By: Dustin J. McIntee, Associate Attorney On May 16, 2020, Governor Tim Walz signed Chapter 86, S.F. 3357, which amended the Minnesota guardianship and conservatorship statutes (and other statutes) and...

Dealing with Death – The “D” Factor

The “D” Factor- Dealing with Death It is almost the end of the workday and your phone rings. You see that it’s a client, so you answer. He has called already the office three times this week. This time he is wondering what to do with his deceased mother’s jewelry. He...

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