What should be included in an estate plan

According to a 2016 survey from Rocket Lawyer, 64 percent of Americans don't have a will. While those living in Minnesota could struggle dealing with their own mortality, estate planning can make it easier for survivors to carry out a person's final wishes. An estate plan can also have benefits for people while they are alive. For instance, it could contain language that prevents unwanted medical treatment if a person becomes incapacitated.

Creating a will gives an individual more control over where his or her assets go after passing on. Without a will, assets may be transferred according to rulings made by a probate court. Even if family members or other intended beneficiaries get their inheritance, it could take more time and effort to get it. The first step to creating an estate plan is gathering documents such as 401(k) or bank statements.

It is also important to account for social media, email and other digital accounts. Parents of children under the age of 18 will want to designate guardians for those children in an estate plan as well. In addition to a will, a power of attorney and living trust should be basic components of an overall plan. It is important to note that beneficiary designations override any language in a will or trust as it relates to transferring property.

Thinking about estate plans today could make it easier for beneficiaries and others to find closure in the future. Instead of asking questions about what to do with social media accounts or money in a bank account, accounts can be closed and assets transferred in a timely manner. This may reduce the chances of family infighting or lengthy legal challenges during what is likely to be a difficult time.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

We Can Help. Contact Us.

Tell us about your case. Bold labels are required.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy



We start with a proactive approach through mutual education.

Note book


We expect the unexpected, so we are always prepared.



Our attorneys not only look professional but we adhere to the Highest Professional Standard.

  • Experienced Attorneys
  • Prepped For Trial
  • Attacked With The Groshek Method
Why Hire Us Learn More

Groshek Law PA
302 N 10th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Phone: 612-426-7047
Minneapolis Law Office Map

Groshek Law PA

Call for a consultation

Non-interactive Map of Groshek's Minneapolis Law Firm