Estate Planning

It is wise for everyone, not just those who are elderly or disabled, to engage in estate planning. While many years ago, most people limited their estate planning to wills, it is more common now for people to have more comprehensive estate planning that includes a Revocable Living Trust, Durable Power of Attorney, and Health Care Directive.

Your lawyer may also help by giving you directions to help those serving your estate by explaining their duties, including directional letters for how to transfer property to a trust, and details regarding the actions you wish to be taken upon your death or incapacity, including for your family pet. (Yes, this office does pet trusts as Barbara J. Gislason was a pivotal person in getting the statute passed in Minnesota. She is one of the few lawyers in the country with deep expertise on this, as reflected in Chapter 4, entitled Estate Planning, Wills, and Trusts, of her book, Pet Law and Custody: Establishing a Worthy and Equitable Jurisprudence for the Evolving Family.) An estate plan is typically integrated instruments designed to meet your comprehensive needs.