I Want a Pet Trust, but How Do I Fund It?

  When making your estate plan, you may wonder how you will ensure your beloved pets are taken care of after you’re gone. With a pet trust, you can designate money to be used for the benefit of your pets, so that a chosen caregiver is not burdened with your pets’ expenses. There are several things… Read more »

How to Avoid Probate – Minnesota Estate Planning

By Michael Divine, Esq. In Minnesota, a probate is generally only required if an estate’s probate assets exceed $50,000. Accordingly, estate planning that aims to avoid probate must utilize strategies reducing the probate estate – often by transforming probate assets into nonprobate assets. The following is an introduction to some of the strategies we use to help our… Read more »

Where Must a Probate Take Place?

A loved one has died, and you know that a probate is needed, but where must that probate take place? When a resident of Minnesota dies the proper venue for the probate proceeding is the county where the person was domiciled at the time of their death.[i] Under the law, a person was “domiciled” in… Read more »