Frequently Asked Questions

How do I access the Client Portal?

We provide digital access to your attorney and our staff working on your legal matter through our Client Portal. You can access the portal via an email sent to you shortly after your first appointment or you can go here Clio for Clients and by using the email address you provided to us, you can log in. Rest assured, portal access is secure so your information will be, too.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us by calling (507) 288-5567 or contact Megan Glasrud via email at

Your intake form isn't working for me, what do I do?

This is often caused by too much data retained in your website browser so you need to clear your cache.  

What is "cache" and why do I need to clear it?

When you visit a website your computer will save some of it in a folder so that when you visit that website again it won't need to download everything all over again. This makes the website load faster and saves data.  Usually the caching process works flawlessly and you won't even notice except that your favorite websites load more quickly.

However, sometimes forms don't work properly due to what is already in your cache. You need to clear the cache so the form will work properly and you won't lose the information you already entered, which can be extremely frustrating! 

Chrome Logo How to Clear Cache in Google Chrome

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More: chrome more settings
  3. Click More tools > Clear browsing data.
  4. At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.
  5. Next to "Cookies and other site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes.
  6. Click Clear data.

Click here for the official Google support page regarding cache.

Safari Logo How to Clear Cache in Safari

  1. In the Safari app on your Mac, choose History > Clear History, then click the pop-up menu.

  2. Choose how far back you want your browsing history cleared.

Click here for the official Apple Safari support page regarding cache.

Apple Logo How to Clear Cache on iPhone or iPad

  1. To clear your cookies and keep your history, go to Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data
  2. Tap "Remove All Website Data"

Click here for the official Apple iPhone / iPad page regarding cache.

Android Logo How to Clear Cache in Chrome for Android

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Chrome app.
  2. At the top right, tap More: chrome more settings
  3. Tap History and then Clear browsing data.
  4. At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.
  5. Next to "Cookies and site data" and "Cached images and files," check the boxes.
  6. Tap Clear data.

Click here for the official Google support page regarding cache for android Chrome.

How much will it cost to have an estate plan prepared?

The attorney will discuss all fees and costs at your first appointment. Our estate plans are typically done on a flat fee basis that is determined after we learn about your situation, goals, and types of assets. The flat fee reflects the complexity involved, the skill required of the attorney to accomplish your goals, and the effort required to align your assets with your plan. We handle both will-based estate plans and trust-based estate plans, which means we can work with everyone from a young single person with few assets to established business owners and farmers. In all situations, your attorney will discuss your needs and goals to make a plan that is right for you.  To ensure there are no surprise invoices, your estate planning fee is paid in full prior to your attorney drafting your documents.

What should I do with my power of attorney?

You should store your power of attorney in a safe place and only share it when it is needed to be used.

When does my agent need to sign my power of attorney?

Your agent does not have to sign your power of attorney until they need to use it. 

What should I do with my healthcare directive?

You should inform others of the location of your healthcare directive and you can share copies with your family members, doctors and medical providers, and your health care agents.

Who are these random people listed on the last page of my will? I do not know them… will these individuals receive something from my estate if their names appear in my will?

In the State of Minnesota, there are only a few requirements to make a valid will: (1) You must be at least 18 years of age and of sound mind; (2) the will must be in writing and you must intend for the document to operate as your will; (3) the will must be signed by you (or by another person at your direction and in your presence); and (4) the will must be witnessed by at least two people over the age of 18 years of age, who must both sign the will.

The individuals listed on the last page of your will are staff from our office who will act as your (independent) witnesses to satisfy one of the requirements to make your will valid in the State of Minnesota. They are solely witnessing your signature and attesting to the fact that you signed the will voluntarily, were of sound mind, and you were not being unduly influenced by someone else to sign your will. The witnesses do not receive any portion of your estate just because they have witnessed your will.

Does a will avoid probate?

No. When you die, you have two types of assets. Assets that already tell us where they go, through things like a beneficiary designation, joint ownership or ownership in trust. Any asset that does not tell us where it goes at your death, goes by default to your estate. A will is the set of instructions for probate that direct how you want your estate to be distributed after death. A will helps to ensure your wishes are followed and oftentimes makes the probate process easier, especially if your circumstances are unique. A will is part of any complete estate plan, whether or not you want to avoid probate.

Does a trust protect my assets from the nursing home?

No. Minnesota’s public policy dictates that if an individual has assets enough to pay for his or her care, then those assets must first be used to pay for care before any government assistance is available.

Assets held in a trust are considered available assets for purposes of qualifying for Medical Assistance (Minnesota’s Medicaid program) and are not protected from the nursing home. Just because you have executed an estate plan does not mean your assets are protected from the potential need for long-term care.

How does my personal representative know that I have them listed? Will you call them and tell them when I die?

You should tell your personal representative that you have nominated them to be your personal representative. You should also tell them where you keep your will; however, you do not have to show them the document. We do not reach out to those who you have listed as personal representative, although you can instruct them to contact us if they have any questions or need help.

Is Attorney Bill Oehler retired?

Bill announced his retirement earlier this Spring and celebrated his successful legal career with family, friends, and colleagues.  He is one of the founders of the law firm and its success is attributed to his contributions over the decades.

Although Bill is retired, he still encourages his clients to work with his colleagues at Wagner Oehler, Ltd. on their estate planning and estate administration, real estate sales, purchases, and financing, and other legal matters which may arise.