Austin Estate Planning Lawyer, Minnesota


Includes: Gift Taxation

Wayne L. Mehrkens

Wills & Probate, Estate Planning, Elder Law, Banking & Finance
Status:  In Good Standing           

Judith K. Wilson

Wills, Wills & Probate, Trusts, Estate Planning
Status:  In Good Standing           

DeAnna J. Schleusner

Corporate, Contract, Employment, Estate Planning
Status:  In Good Standing           

Warren F. Plunkett

Estate Planning, Estate, Personal Injury, Car Accident
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  72 Years
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Chris Wendland

Corporate, Litigation, Employment Discrimination, Estate Planning
Status:  In Good Standing           

Mark E Utz

Other, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Corporate
Status:  In Good Standing           

James P. Ryan

Estate Planning, Family Law, Criminal, Bankruptcy
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  41 Years

Michael Andrew York

Federal Appellate Practice, Estate Planning, Estate, Criminal
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  26 Years

Rebecca Moore

Bankruptcy, Estate Planning, Litigation, Business
Status:  In Good Standing           

John M. Lundblad

Estate Planning, Health Care Other, Mediation, Power of Attorney
Status:  In Good Standing           

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LEGAL TERMS

COUNTERCLAIM

A defendant's court papers that seek to reverse the thrust of the lawsuit by claiming that it was the plaintiff -- not the defendant -- who committed legal wron... (more...)
A defendant's court papers that seek to reverse the thrust of the lawsuit by claiming that it was the plaintiff -- not the defendant -- who committed legal wrongs, and that as a result it is the defendant who is entitled to money damages or other relief. Usually filed as part of the defendant's answer -- which also denies plaintiff's claims -- a counterclaim is commonly but not always based on the same events that form the basis of the plaintiff's complaint. For example, a defendant in an auto accident lawsuit might file a counterclaim alleging that it was really the plaintiff who caused the accident. In some states, the counterclaim has been replaced by a similar legal pleading called a cross-complaint. In other states and in federal court, where counterclaims are still used, a defendant must file any counterclaim that stems from the same events covered by the plaintiff's complaint or forever lose the right to do so. In still other states where counterclaims are used, they are not mandatory, meaning a defendant is free to raise a claim that it was really the plaintiff who was at fault either in a counterclaim or later as part of a separate lawsuit.

BYPASS TRUST

A trust designed to lessen a family's overall estate tax liability. An AB trust is the most popular kind of bypass trust.

EXECUTOR

The person named in a will to handle the property of someone who has died. The executor collects the property, pays debts and taxes, and then distributes what's... (more...)
The person named in a will to handle the property of someone who has died. The executor collects the property, pays debts and taxes, and then distributes what's left, as specified in the will. The executor also handles any probate court proceedings and notifies people and organizations of the death. Also called personal representatives.

INHERITANCE TAXES

Taxes some states impose on people or organizations who inherit property from a deceased person's estate. The taxes are based on the value of the inherited prop... (more...)
Taxes some states impose on people or organizations who inherit property from a deceased person's estate. The taxes are based on the value of the inherited property.

PROBATE

The court process following a person's death that includes proving the authenticity of the deceased person's will appointing someone to handle the deceased pers... (more...)
The court process following a person's death that includes proving the authenticity of the deceased person's will appointing someone to handle the deceased person's affairs identifying and inventorying the deceased person's property paying debts and taxes identifying heirs, and distributing the deceased person's property according to the will or, if there is no will, according to state law. Formal court-supervised probate is a costly, time-consuming process -- a windfall for lawyers -- which is best avoided if possible.

REMAINDERMAN

Someone who will inherit property in the future. For instance, if someone dies and leaves his home 'to Alma for life, and then to Barry,' Barry is a remainderma... (more...)
Someone who will inherit property in the future. For instance, if someone dies and leaves his home 'to Alma for life, and then to Barry,' Barry is a remainderman because he will inherit the home in the future, after Alma dies.

HOLOGRAPHIC WILL

A will that is completely handwritten, dated and signed by the person making it. Holographic wills are generally not witnessed. Although it's legal in many stat... (more...)
A will that is completely handwritten, dated and signed by the person making it. Holographic wills are generally not witnessed. Although it's legal in many states, making a holographic will is never advised except as a last resort.

RULE AGAINST PERPETUITIES

An exceedingly complex legal doctrine that limits the amount of time that property can be controlled after death by a person's instructions in a will. For examp... (more...)
An exceedingly complex legal doctrine that limits the amount of time that property can be controlled after death by a person's instructions in a will. For example, a person would not be allowed to leave property to her husband for his life, then to her children for their lives, then to her grandchildren. The gift would potentially go to the grandchildren at a point too remote in time.

INHERIT

To receive property from someone who has died. Traditionally, the word 'inherit' applied only when one received property from a relative who died without a will... (more...)
To receive property from someone who has died. Traditionally, the word 'inherit' applied only when one received property from a relative who died without a will. Currently, however, the word is used whenever someone receives property from the estate of a deceased person.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

IN RE DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST FETT

... Donald Fett was admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota in 1977 and, since 2002, has practiced exclusively within the areas of estate planning and elder law. ... Fett does not dispute that since 2002, he has limited his practice to estate planning and elder law. ...

Bjorklund v. Bjorklund Trucking, Inc.

... The meeting was attended by Bjorklund; Bruce Bjorklund; the Sapatnekars; BTI's and Bjorklund's accountant, Jim Daleiden; BTI's and Bjorklund's attorney, Andy Clark; and Mike Frost, an attorney at Clark's firm who was involved in Bjorklund's estate planning. ...

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF LEROL v. LEROL

... We reject this argument because Reierson has not shown that Lerol intended to gift his nonmarital share in the farmstead to her, and reasonable evidence supports the district court's finding that the 1974 transfer was for estate planning purposes only and that "[i]t was not [Lerol's ...