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What Will Happen When the Gift and Estate Tax Exemption Gets Cut in Half?

The estate and gift tax exemption is set to be cut in half in 2026. Proper planning may be necessary to make sure you are taking full advantage of the current exemption and aren’t negatively affected when it decreases. 

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Hale Skemp Attorneys Judge Mock Trial in Winona

Attorneys Frank Doherty and Garett Pankratz served as judges for the Minnesota State Bar Association Mock Trial Competition in Winona…

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A Brief Overview of a Trustee’s Duties

If you have been appointed the trustee of a trust, it is a strong vote of confidence in your judgment and trustworthiness. It is also a major responsibility. A trust is a legal arrangement through which one person (or an…

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No Will? You’re Putting Your Kids at Risk

As the recent death of Anne Heche shows us, not having a will can place a significant burden on your children and cause undesirable complications.

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Three Reasons Why Giving Your House to Your Children Isn’t the Best Way to Protect It From Medicaid

You may be afraid of losing your home if you have to enter a nursing home and apply for Medicaid. While this fear is well-founded, transferring the home to your children is usually not the best way to protect it.

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The Ins and Outs of Estate Sales

Following the death of a family member, you may find yourself needing to sort through many possessions accumulated over the deceased’s lifetime. An estate sale is one way to distribute, quickly and efficiently, those items that you do not want or need.

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Is My Surgery Covered by Workers’ Comp?

On-the-job injuries, whether caused by an acute injury or chronic wear, can sometimes result in the need for surgery. We…

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Using Estate Planning to Prepare for Medicaid

Long-term care involves not only a loss of personal autonomy; it also comes at a tremendous financial price. Proper planning can help your family prepare for the financial toll and protect assets for future generations. 

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Four Provisions People Often Forget to Include in Their Estate Plan

Even if you’ve created an estate plan, are you sure you included everything you need to? There are certain provisions that people often forget to put in in a will or estate plan that can have a big impact later on.

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How You Can Help Your Loved Ones by Planning Your Funeral Arrangements

Planning your own funeral arrangements can assist your loved ones in an emotionally challenging time, while also protecting them from incurring extraneous costs.

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