Preparing Estate Planning Documents

Every property-owning adult should have an estate planning document to control the distribution of his or her assets. Without a valid will or trust, everything you own will be apportioned based on state statutes rather than your own desires. Hess & Jendro Law Office, P.A., delivers comprehensive counsel so that your instructions are clearly stated and faithfully followed during the probate process or trust administration. Our attorneys will ensure that your documents satisfy all Minnesota standards. As part of our service to you, we will advise you on the best ways to preserve your assets and transfer them exactly as you wish.

Drafting Authoritative Estate Documents

Though you might know where you want your property to go, a legal flaw can ruin that plan. Hess & Jendro Law Office's estate planning lawyers will carefully explain the necessary legal aspects of drafting a will, including:

  • Signatures and witnesses: At the time the person making the will or trust signs it, there must be two witnesses who also sign it. To do so, we can help you and your witnesses execute affidavits that confirm the validity of a will or trust.
  • Appointment of a personal representative: This person manages the administration and enforcement of the will. Your executor can be anyone of your choice, but should be someone you trust to comply with your wishes and ease the process for your eventual beneficiaries.
  • Clear, written intentions: To be enforceable, a will or trust must be written. We will include language revoking any other purported wills or similar documents.

When A Trust Is Your Best Option

Trusts are used to protect a person's or their heir's assets from taxes or future creditors. As an estate planning tool, it can serve a variety of needs, including those of children and heirs, special needs adults as well as address charitable giving. Typically, they are either revocable or irrevocable – the latter cannot be altered once created, while former can be changed as circumstances change.

Assistance In Reviewing And Updating Your Will Or Trust

Once you have made your will or trust, it is equally important to review it from time to time. With periodic reviews, you are able to make adjustments that reflect changed circumstances and relationships. Hess & Jendro Law Office's attorneys know which questions to ask so that your final instructions are correct and current.

Contact Our Attorneys To Draft Or Update A Will or Trust

If you are looking to prepare a will, call Hess & Jendro Law Office, P.A., in Elk River at 763-200-6626 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. We serve the people of the nearby Twin Cities and the northwestern suburbs as well as Central Minnesota.