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Understanding the New Tax Law Changes: Considerations for Estate Planning

By: Christopher Burns , Stephen Hopkins , Maria Pitner | February 13, 2018
Taxes, Wills & Trusts Agreements

The new federal tax act was signed into law on December 22, 2017. While media coverage focused on cuts in the corporate tax rate (dropping from 35% to 21%) and adjustment to individual income tax brackets (now a top rate of 37%), there are other changes in the tax law that are important to understand […]

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Thinking of an LLC?

By: Clark Opdahl | Minnesota Business Magazine | February 7, 2017
Owning a Business

Thinking of an LLC? Be aware of changes in how Minnesota’s LLCs are set up. Read Clark Opdahl’s article featured on Minnesota Business Magazine’s website, Thinking of an LLC? which discusses why businesses need to be aware of new under-the-radar changes in how Minnesota LLCs are set up.

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Family Matters

By: Kathryn (Katy) Graves | Minnesota Business Magazine | July 21, 2016
Child Support, Domestic Relations, Divorce Settlements, Spousal Maintenance

Katy Graves highlights how the practice of family law has changed since she began practicing in the 1980s when family court cases were often lengthy and resolved by court decision. “Family Matters” was published in Best Lawyer Business Edition magazine, summer 2016.

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Pour carefully when decanting irrevocable trusts

By: Christopher Burns | Minnesota Lawyer | July 1, 2016
Wills & Trusts Agreements

Christopher Burns with Lloyd D. Stern highlight the concept of trust decanting, a new and useful vehicle, but it is not without its own traps and pitfalls, which warrant moderation and a careful approach. “Pour carefully when decanting irrevocable trusts” was published in Minnesota Lawyer on June 27, 2016.  

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Christopher Burns Presented the “Heckerling Review” to the Twin Cities Estate Planning Council

By: Christopher Burns | February 24, 2016
Gift Tax, Powers of Attorneys, Probate, Taxes, Wills & Trusts Agreements

While Minnesota was enjoying mid-day high temperatures of -1, Christopher Burns was absorbing the content of the 50th Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning in Orlando, Florida. Christopher brings that content back to Twin Cities Estate Planning Council and shares what is new, what remains the same, and what to expect in legislative changes and Supreme […]

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Spousal maintenance: when are the tax consequences considered?

By: Alan Eidsness , Jaime Driggs | Minnesota Lawyer | February 4, 2016
Divorce Settlements, Spousal Maintenance, Taxes

Alan Eidsness and Jaime Driggs have some guidance when it comes to the division of property in a family law article in Minnesota Lawyer™ Spousal maintenance is a tough issue for many reasons and the uncertainty surrounding whether tax consequences are considered makes it even more challenging. Read more at Spousal maintenance: when are the […]

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