During the initial stages of estate planning, one of the early questions you may face could be deciding between a will or a trust. Each person’s situation is unique, and your specific facts will determine the best course of action for you. It’s essential to note that estate planning is for all estates, so even…

When celebrities disinherit their heirs, it creates some juicy gossip and clickbait. Making this decision for yourself, however, can feel heavy and overwhelming. There are many reasons why you may choose to disinherit a child or relative. Maybe your heir has become financially successful and no longer needs the money from your estate. Perhaps you…

Our Schromen Law, LLC family is growing again! We are pleased to announce the addition of our new law clerk, Jenna Ernst. Jenna joins the Schromen Law team after several years working with nonprofits, small businesses, and government agencies. She grew up in Wright County, Minnesota and now lives in Saint Paul. Currently in her…

Simple burial, cremation, or green burial? As you make estate planning decisions, it’s common — and prudent — to start discussions around your future funeral and burial, too. For centuries, simple burial was the go-to option with burial methods becoming more complex through the years. Prior to the late 1800s, funeral and burial preparations took…

In her recent memoir, author and therapist Amy Bloom discusses her heart-wrenching decision to travel with her husband to Switzerland to end his life at Dignitas, a clinic that prescribes life-ending medication to terminally ill patients. Brian had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and wasn’t able to find the help he needed in the United States…

In the past 2+ years of pandemic living, many of us got used to doing tasks for ourselves that we never would have considered before. Whether it was homeschooling your children, becoming a seasoned pro at baking sourdough, or giving your dog a haircut, closed businesses and difficult scheduling necessitated some new do-it-yourself hacks. For…

Schromen Law, LLC is a supporter/ally of the LGBTQ community. We put in the work to competently and consciously represent individuals/couples in this community, and we strive to be intentionally supportive of and sensitive to gender expressions. We are always thrilled to help LGBTQ individuals and/or couples with their estate planning needs — from pre-…

While the trustee or personal representative will have their own list of duties to handle, other loved ones may still have some tasks to manage in the weeks following the funeral. Again, be sure you’re prioritizing self-care throughout this long process. Your grief might show up in unexpected and surprising ways, so keep your support…

The funeral is behind you and the refrigerator is filled with hotdishes from the neighbors. While it might seem like all of the difficult work is behind you, there are still a number of tasks to be managed in the days following the service. To help guide you through the next few days, we’ve created…

When a loved one dies, the to-do list of tasks and notifications can feel daunting, especially when you’re also facing what feels like a mountain of grief. Over the next few weeks, we will offer guidance for the steps to be taken in the initial days, weeks, and months after experiencing a loss. Hopefully these…

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