Estate Planning & Probate

Estate planning consists of wills, trusts, health care directives and powers of attorneys.  
Probate consists of distributing the assets of a loved one after their death.   

Kathleen M. Browne

Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs estate planning? Many  people think that estate planning is only for the rich. This is not  true. Almost everyone can benefit from a Will. If you do not have a  Will, the state will dictate how your assets are distributed and your  estate will most likely be subject to the costs and expenses of going  through probate.

Why not just print a Will off the Internet? Unfortunately,  many of the forms off the Internet are not compliable with Minnesota's  laws.  Also, the laws of estate taxation change every year as Congress  makes changes.  Internet forms often do not reflect this.  In addition  to drafting documents, I offer clients advice on which choices to make,  explain things to them and assist them if something goes wrong. Most of  the time, I can offer a set price to a client on the phone.    

What are the benefits of a trust? A  trust in conjunction with a Will can help provide money for the care  of young children or a disabled person.  Also, a trust  can help prevent beneficiaries from spending all their inherited  property and they can help minimize taxes.  

What happens after a close friend or relative dies? If  there is a Will, the person named as the executor will be in charge of  administering the estate. This person is typically appointed the  personal representative of the estate or person in charge of managing  the estate.  If there is no Will, the court will choose someone to be  the executor/personal representative-typically the closest living  relative.

Why do I need a lawyer if I am the executor or personal representative? It  is difficult enough to deal with the emotional issues associated with  the death of a close friend or relate without the legal stress.  For a  flat fee, I will guide you through the process from start to finish.  I  will answer your questions, make sure that the forms are completed  correctly, help make sure that the assets are distributed correctly and  ultimately save you time and money.

If you have further questions about estate planning, probate, wills or trusts - please call me for a free consultation. 



Looking  for an attorney in Eagan, Burnsville, Apple Valley or a surrounding  south metro location in the Twin Cities, Minnesota?  Kathleen M. Browne  offers legal services including divorce, dissolution, custody, probate,  wills, estate planning, child support, child custody, visitation,  parenting time, alimony, and maintenance.