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Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School's new resource, the Farmland Access Legal Toolkit, addresses the high price of land, our aging farmer population, and the need for land conservation. Check out legal tools and innovative solutions at farmlandaccess.org.

The unsealing of Harper Lee's Will demonstrates the importance of a well thought out estate plan. Read more here:https://mobile.nytimes.com/…/02/27/bo…/harper-lee-will.html…

In a will that she signed days before she died, Ms. Lee assigned her literary assets to a trust.
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If you're wondering how the new tax laws affect estate planning, you're not alone. Take a look at how these new laws could affect your plan.

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As most know, on December 22, 2017, President Trump signed significant tax changes into law. Known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”, these changes have a significant reach in virtually every facet of…
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Ownership of a Cemetery Lot Purchasing a cemetery lot is not an absolute title to the land, but it is sometimes designated as an easement, privilege, right (of burial), or license. Despite this, an…
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Cremation, Burial, Whole Body Donation: Who Can Decide? The right to control the remains of a dead human body, including the location and conditions of final disposition, vests in the people listed…
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Funeral Service Types With the advent of cremation, green burials, and alkaline hydrolysis (oddly referred to as “wet cremation”), funerals can be as unique as an individual. When a person pre-plan…
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Minnesota enacted a new law in 2017 which allows individuals who contribute money to 529 College Savings Accounts either a subtraction or a credit against their Minnesota income tax liability. Con…
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Questions regarding final disposition of human remains and the legal right to control such disposition sometimes become litigated issues during estate planning, long-term care planning, or probate.…
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The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act) was enacted on December 19, 2014. Minnesota enacted ABLE accounts into law in 2015. An ABLE account is established through a savings plan kn…
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Whether you own a property as joint tenants or tenants in common can make a big difference as to what you own and how that plays out for estate planning. Joint tenants own an undivided interest in…
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As life expectancies increase, the rates of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and cognitive impairment do so as well. Of course, not all incidents of mental impairment are age related; stress and gene…
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Until recently, vehicles in Minnesota were always considered potential probate assets if titled in the decedent’s name alone. This could cause unnecessary and prolonged hassle to surviving f…
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As pets continue to be included in estate plans, make sure you’re aware of Minnesota’s Statutory Pet Trust. Big bucks can sometimes be at stake, as was the case here when a famous auth…
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“D.I.Y.” You probably see that acronym often. It stands for “Do-It-Yourself” and is often used when discussing home repairs, decorating projects, or gift ideas. For example, if I need to fix a smal…
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Ongoing changes to family structures in modern society have increased the occurrence of half-blood survivors of decedents. When a decedent dies without a will, they are said to have died “intestat…
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In my first Epilawg installment, I wrote on the estate-planning needs of people with diminished capacity. This blog post will dive into the discussion that takes place at a first meeting with a cl…
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