It is not uncommon that family members, predominantly female family members, have provided a majority of care to their aging loved ones.  Today, middle-aged adults, known as the “Sandwich Generation,” are those who are caught between the demands of caring for their children and providing care to their aging parents. The number of individuals who…

Schromen Law, LLC is a proud sponsor of the 2018 Autism Speaks Walk, taking place on September 29, 2018 at the U.S. Bank Stadium.  The Autism Speak Walk is one of the largest autism fundraising events, dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism. Schromen Law, LLC provides representation to families who have loved…

A traditional “nuclear family,” typically consists of a mother, father, and two children.  However, what makes up a typical family structure in our society has shifted to a more complex structure, including step-children, cohabitation, same-sex couples, and blended family structures.  While basic estate planning principles are similar for any family, there may be extra steps…

I was recently asked by a new client what I find to be the main thing couples struggle with when it comes to making, and agreeing on, estate planning decisions.  It was an easy answer – naming who will be the guardian(s) of their children. Not only is this an important decision, but it is…

It’s a New Year, and for many people that means a time to regroup and reset. It’s a time to reflect on finances, health, habits and goals – and to visualize what you would like to accomplish in the upcoming year. Most common New Year’s goals include improving health, increasing exercise, and making better financial…

Legally, pets are classified as property, but to owners, they mean much more than that.  Pets are companions, best friends, and members of the family. For many people, pets are an integral part of the family.  A pet gives unconditional love. But what happens to our pets when we can no longer care for them?…

The legal process of the transferring of property upon a person’s death is known as probate.   Probate means “to prove” and it is the court-supervised process of authenticating (or proving) a last will and testament. It includes locating and determining the value of the decedent’s assets, paying his or her final bills and taxes, and distributing…

A Personal Representative (sometimes also referred to as an executor) is the person who is named in a will to manage the decedent’s affairs after death.   This role is an important one.  Oftentimes, understanding what the role entails can help in making the decision of who to name in your will to act as Personal Representative.  If you…

The manner in which you own shared property in Minnesota may impact your estate planning goals.  It is important to know how your shared property is owned, and what that means in terms of what will happen with your interest should you die. Two common ways to own property in Minnesota are: 1) as “joint…

With more transactions taking place, and accounts being managed, online – it has become increasingly important for individuals to do at least some element of digital asset planning as part of their estate plan.  Perhaps the most basic level of this type of planning includes having a plan in place for how to communicate what…

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