Minnesota Will & Trust Lawyer
You should have a will if YOU want to determine what will happen to your assets, or who will care for your children, after you die. If you do not have a will, a judge will make those decisions for you according to Minnesota inheritance laws. Having a well-drafted will goes a long way to help minimize conflict within your family after you are gone.
You may need to change your will several times throughout your life. Frequently, clients see us to draft a will during major life changes such as after a marriage, divorce, or the birth of a child. Additionally, since your assets change, your will should reflect those changes to avoid confusion.
Rules For Making A Will
• You must be of a sound mind and at least 18 years of age
• The will must be written, not verbal
• You must sign the will and so does your attorney
• Two witnesses will also need to sign
“LIVING WILLS” OR “HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVES”
When we prepare a will for a client, we typically also prepare a Health Care Directive, or “Living Will.” A Living Will states your wishes about whether you would rather be allowed to die naturally or be kept alive by artificial means. The Living Will also nominates people you trust to make those difficult decisions for you if you are unable to do so. The Living Will saves your family and friends from having to second guess what you may have wanted if you could speak for yourself.
You may revoke a Living Will at any time irrespective of your physical or mental condition. The revocation becomes effective when you tell your health care provider. Therefore, you have the ability to change your mind, at any time, if you so choose.
Rules For Making a “Living Will”
• You must be of sound mind and at least 18 years of age;
• You must sign the Living Will and so must two witnesses or a notary public; and
• You must state your preference regarding artificial administration of nutrition or give the decision to a proxy;
To get started on making your family’s future more certain and less worrisome, contact us at: 612-824-5005. An attorney will meet with you to prepare an individualized will and health care directive to meet your needs and wishes.