Archive for Health Care Directive

Why Do Women Need to Take the Lead in Estate Planning?

Why do women need to take the lead in estate planning?

Women need to lead because it is typically the woman that sits in front of the undertaker given that – statistically speaking — her husband will die first. Thus, she has to deal with the immediate arrangements involving the disposition of her husband’s body and the settlement of his estate. These tasks can be overwhelming – especially when accompanied by the grief process – unless she has taken an active role in the couple’s estate and funeral planning. » Read more..

Estate Planning for Minnesota Newlyweds

Estate PlanLegal paperwork for the newly married shouldn’t stop with the Minnesota marriage license.

An important wedding gift to give yourselves, as newlyweds, is peace of mind that you’ve left your new spouse in the best situation possible should tragedy occur to one of you.

What steps foster that peace of mind? » Read more..

POLST & DNR/DNI Orders in Minnesota

bwittenburg-newHealth Care Directives of Minnesotans nearing their end of life may be supplemented with a DNR/DNI or POLST order.

DNR/DNI stands for “Do Not Resuscitate – Do Not Intubate”. POLST stands for “Provider Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment”.

Both forms address whether or not cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is to be administered, but the POLST form also addresses other life-sustaining interventions. » Read more..

Does Your Estate Plan Suit Your Life Stage?

What you need for an estate plan varies with each life stage or milestone. Here are some examples of estate plan considerations for Minnesotans at various ages and life stages/milestones:

Age 18: If you are a young adult you should have a Health Care Directive and Durable Power of Attorney because incapacity can strike at any time. The Health Care Directive will enable your hand-picked agent to make decisions regarding your body, and the Durable Power of Attorney will enable your hand-picked representative to handle your financial affairs. » Read more..

Should I Store My Estate Plan in a Safe Deposit Box?

A safe deposit may work well for storage of your estate plan documents if a second person is also registered with the bank as a joint holder of the box.

Why is a joint registration a good thing? In Minnesota, the joint holder is allowed to gain access to the safe deposit box after your death, and to remove part or all of the contents. » Read more..

The Legal Joys and Pitfalls of Turning Age 18 in Minnesota

Minnesota residents turning age 18 reap certain benefits of legally becoming an adult, while also taking on new responsibilities.

Minnesota law defines a “minor” as someone under age 18, and an “adult” as someone age 18 or older. The terms “legal age” and “age of majority” also mean age 18 in Minnesota.

An 18-year-old in Minnesota may get a tattoo, choose where he or she wants to live, obtain a license to be an auctioneer, and vote if citizen, residency and certain other requirements are met. » Read more..

Why We Should Talk About Death and Dying

Isn’t it more than a bit illogical that the one thing that we know will happen to each of us – death – is a topic that we understand so little and are ill-prepared to handle?

The more we know about the process of dying and about our loved ones’ wishes for their own deaths, the more comfort we and our loved ones can enjoy. Knowledge leads to less fear and the greater likelihood of a “good death”. » Read more..

Questions to Ask Your Parents

Sometimes it’s hard for family members to get the conversation started regarding estate planning, so try these questions as an aid to this important discussion:

  1. Do you have a Will?
  2. Do you have a Health Care Directive?  » Read more..

Do Your Kids Know Where Your Assets Are?

For various reasons, you may not want your kids to know your financial affairs and other business while you’re still in control, but the day will come when they’ll need to know.

That day may come because you start showing signs of dementia and need their help, or it may be at your death. » Read more..

Not Married, But Want Your Partner to Inherit?

Not married, but want your partner to inherit?  Then you must have an estate plan or your blood relatives will get everything. » Read more..