Your beneficiary designations should be checked every time your situation changes because the beneficiary designations trump anything that you state in your Will or Trust.
Married? Divorced? Chances are you either want to add your new spouse, or delete the ex-spouse as your beneficiary. Don’t delay. An ex-spouse can collect your life insurance benefits at your death if he or she is still named as your beneficiary. » Read more..
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At death, your assets are figuratively divided into two piles – probate assets and non-probate assets – but why should you care?
The division has nothing to do with whether or not you owe federal or Minnesota estate taxes. For that purpose, all of your assets are counted, including the value of any life insurance benefits that are paid out to your beneficiaries upon your death.
However, the categorization into probate and non-probate assets matters when it comes to determining whether or not the aid of the probate court is needed to transfer title to the new owners or whether the transfer can occur without the court’s involvement. » Read more..
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