June 2018 Archives

Drug charges in Minnesota: What to expect

As someone accused of a drug crime in Minnesota, your first thought must be that you need to understand those charges. Minnesota has several levels of drug charges, and depending on the circumstances, you could face a misdemeanor or felony conviction.

Moving beyond a will to comprehensive planning

Many people in Minnesota may have a simple will and assume that they've adequately handled all of their estate planning needs. However, a will often does not address all of the issues with which a person's beneficiaries may be confronted, so a full-scale estate plan can be important in providing a clearer transition for the future. This is especially true when people have a private practice, like doctors, lawyers or accountants, or another type of small business. The enterprise itself can be an important asset that is more complex to deal with than regular personal property, which can make estate planning particularly important.

Changing estate plans during a divorce

Estranged Minnesota couples expect that a divorce will lead to a number of significant financial, emotional and practical changes. However, there are additional issues that are often not addressed yet can have long-reaching effects and that should be handled in order to avoid problems later down the line. Estate planning is one of these concerns, as the decisions about what to do with property after death and who to trust with key decisions may change after the end of a marriage.

The reliability of eyewitnesses

When a crime is committed in Minnesota, law enforcement officials often seek out eyewitnesses. Historically, both the police detectives and prosecutors have been inclined to base their cases on eyewitness testimony. In recent years, however, many criminal justice and legal experts have come to question the value of some so-called eyewitness accounts.

Include a pour-over will to supplement a trust

A revocable trust offers many advantages. One of the most attractive features of a living trust is that having one could help a person's family avoid probate. As long as assets are transferred to the trust, they may pass directly to beneficiaries without having to go through a lengthy probate process. Unfortunately, there's always a possibility that a Minnesota senior will acquire property they don't get a chance to transfer to their trust before they die.

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