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As you are all aware, we are currently facing unique challenges due to the Coronavirus. While this is a serious crisis, it is important to keep it in perspective, and not allow it to prevent us from going about our business. We want to assure all of our clients that this office is prepared to serve your needs, regardless of what happens and how the virus affects Minnesota. In an effort to keep the office safe, we have stepped up prevention and sanitation measures in hopes to prevent disease transmission.

Because we are a paperless office, our entire staff is prepared to work from home if necessary. No matter what happens, we will continue to provide our clients with the highest quality legal services. For any clients who are not comfortable leaving their homes, we can handle any appointments remotely via phone, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom , and can transfer any documents to you electronically or by mail, if that is your preference.

Please rest assured, we will continue to take care of your legal needs in this challenging time, and your safety is our highest priority.

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Parts of estate plan to review

| Mar 22, 2018 | Estate Planning

Minnesota residents should take time to review their estate plans as there are many things that can render all or parts of them ineffective. If the documents have not been reviewed since they were created or it has been some years since they were assessed by an attorney, it is highly likely that they have to be updated.

A typical estate plan should include financial and health care powers of attorney, an advanced medical directive and a will. All of the documents should not go without being reviewed by an attorney at least every few years. It is also wise to have the attorney look the documents to see if they require modifications after a significant life event has occurred, like a marriage, a divorce or the birth of a child.

Because of the many changes that can occur over the years, it is important to update all beneficiary information and executor appointments if they have not been reviewed since the estate plan was created. It may be necessary to add or remove beneficiaries. New executors many have to be named if the individuals currently listed have died or are unable to assume the responsibilities.

Documents should also be double-checked to ensure that there are provisions for how personal effects should be handled. Deciding who should receive family heirlooms and jewelry, for example, can be a burden for surviving loved ones and can result in strife among family members if detailed instructions haven’t been provided in the estate plan. An attorney can also prepare a trust if appropriate for a client’s particular situation.