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Probate Shortcut: Affidavit of Collection

Minnesota does offer a probate shortcut for some estates. As a reminder, probate is required after the death of a loved one where property passes according to the terms of a will (or not if the person did not have a will) (see this recent post). Any… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

William Oehler to be Panelist on "Death and Dying" Program at First Presbyterian Church in Rochester on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Social Concerns Committee of the First Presbyterian Church in Rochester has invited Attorney Bill Oehler to be on a panel addressing issues and concerns of dying in the modern health care environment. Bill will highlight the need and impact of he… Read More
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Categories: News

Reminder: Corporate Farm Reports Due April 15, 2016

For some Minnesota farmers, April 15 is the deadline to complete and return the annual Corporate Farm Report. Under Minnesota law, any pension or investment fund, corporation, limited partnership, limited liability company, or trust that engages in f… Read More
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Categories: Uncategorized

Small Estate Affidavit Amount Increased

The amount of personal proeprty that can be collected be collected via a “Small Estate Affidavit” was recently increased from $50,000 to $75,000 by a new law. This increase will facilitate simpler administration for a number of estates. S… Read More
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Categories: News

What is Probate?

When a loved one passes away, dealing with the estate can be overwhelming. It’s important to ensure that the decedent’s last wishes are respected, but where do you start? Often, probate is the required course of action. An overview of the probate… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

Taking a Vacation? Add these 5 estate planning items to your checklist.

Here we are deep in another Minnesota winter. As beautiful as a crisp winter day can be, many of us take an opportunity to take a trip to a warmer climate. Whether you will be boarding a plane or driving long distances, you are probably making a chec… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

Ward & Oehler Attorneys to be at 34th Annual Farm Show

Ward & Oehler will have a booth at the 34th Annual AgriNews Farm Show. The Farm Show is scheduled for March 15 and 16. Come check out the latest farming technology and visit us at our booth to learn more about our law firm and the latest farm ret… Read More
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Categories: News

Farmer Retirement and Estate Planning Seminar Scheduled

Attorneys Bill Oehler and Jason Wagner will be guest speakers at an event hosted by financial advisor Fred Troendle on February 17, 2016, at the International Event Center at 2:00 p.m. The event is a no-cost information session with pie and conversat… Read More
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Categories: News
Estate and Gift Tax Updat…

Estate and Gift Tax Update for 2016

It’s a new year and a new… exemption limit? Yes, both the Minnesota and federal estate tax exemptions are increased for decedents dying in 2016. The federal estate and gift tax exemption is $5.45 million per individual (up from $5.43 million… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning

Minnesota Farm Land Deduction Offers Estate Planning Opportunities for Farmers

Minnesota farmers have been seeing the value of their farmland increase significantly over the last few years. Though it has slowed recently, this increase often results in a gross estate that is more than the Minnesota estate tax exemption. For farm… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning, Farm