Setting up a trust can convey many estate planning benefits. However it’s important to set up the right trust for the right situation and to get a qualified estate lawyer to help you do the job correctly. Trusts can help you avoid probate because they name a beneficiary. If you’ll recall from our previous discussion on probate, assets with a living, named beneficiary rarely, if ever, have to go through probate. Trusts can also reduce the amount of estate taxes that a beneficiary might have to pay. However, you have to set up the trust correctly. There are different..
Probate in Minnesota may seem a little mysterious, but it’s actually relatively straightforward. Here’s what you need to know. First, probate is just the process of settling the estate when you die. Popular fiction and television have often characterized it as a court’s attempt to make sure the state keeps as much of your property as possible, but that’s not actually what happens. In fact, probate can be as simple or as complicated as your documentation and your heirs make it. The first step is to determine what does and does not need to go through probate. Property that you..
Estate planning software, like a do-it-yourself will template, can create a very problematic situation for your loved ones after you die. There are 5 primary reasons why you should steer clear of this option. Poor Asset Protection Tax laws are complicated, far more complicated than most software accounts for. If you want to make sure most of your estate stays in the hands of your family and not in the hands of Uncle Sam or Minnesota Revenue then you should steer clear of estate planning software. A good estate attorney can help you take advantage of tax laws..
If you’re thinking about writing up a do-it-yourself last will and testament instead of consulting qualified estate attorneys you’re not alone. The Internet has certainly made this a popular option. However, writing your own last will and testament can be extremely problematic, especially if your situation is very complicated. An improperly executed will can turn a probate process of a few months into a long, drawn out battle of years. The presence of your badly written will may keep your personal representative from using the simplified probate process. In fact, even the omission of very simple language that you..
Dying without a will (Intestate) means losing control of what happens to your assets after death. Here’s what your family can expect if you haven’t taken care of this important detail before your death. In Minnesota the state maintains a sort of will for you in the form of specific formulas that are used to divide up your property in the absence of a will. The assets pass first to your spouse and then to your children. If you don’t have either the state will move on to grandchildren, brothers and sisters, and then other relatives as necessary. The state..