When many people think of estate planning in Minnesota, most assume it is for the elderly or the rich. However, it is never too early to start preparing for the future.

Estate planning has less to do with your income and age and more about how families can be prepared should something tragic happen. Estate planning includes not only after-death situations but also your wishes for your finances and health even when you are living.

A Will, Power of Attorney and Health Care Directive are common legal documents for those of any age. Each of the documents provides different securities and protections.

Last Will and Testament

A Last Will and Testament or “Will” is a legal document that dictates what will happen if tragedy occurs and you pass away. The document outlines what assets you have and who will inherit each. If you have children, a Will can establish guardianship if you passed away before the children turned 18 years old. A Will is customizable for your unique needs and wishes.

Power of Attorney

Unlike a Will, a Power of Attorney or “POA” is considered a “pre-death” document. A Power of Attorney authorizes a person of your choice to make financial decisions on your behalf if you are unable. For example, if you were in a coma, a Power of Attorney would allow your designated person to pay your bills or manage your property.

A Power of Attorney can be modified to fulfill your particular needs. A timeframe can be set for its length and limitations can be established. Common authorities found in a Power of Attorney include the power to manage banking, bills, litigations, investments, real estate, or contracts.

Health Care Directive

A Health Care Directive gives another person the ability to make medical decision for you if you are ever unable to make the decision yourself. For example, if you were on life-support, your Health Care Directive would authorize an individual to enforce your wishes to keep you on or take you off life-support equipment. The directive would specify your wishes for treatment, organ donations, and a funeral.

It is important to note that a Will, Power of Attorney, or Health Care Directive are not set in stone. They can be revoked or canceled at any time and a new document can take its place. As your situation changes, you may want to update it to insure its accuracy.

No matter your age, income, or situation, it is never too early to start a conversation concerning estate planning. If you are looking for more information regarding your options, contact our Minnesota estate planning attorneys today. Our legal team is prepared to answer your questions. To schedule your initial consultation, call our office at (763) 323-6555 or submit an online contact inquiry through our website.

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

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Jason Brown founded the Brown Law Offices, P.A. in 2003 after working for several years as an associate attorney in downtown Minneapolis. He graduated with honors from Mankato State University in 1997 and the William Mitchell College of Law in 2000.

Jason has successfully litigated against some of the more recognized family law attorneys in the Twin Cities. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters, and one of the Top 100 Family Law Attorneys in Minnesota by the Society of Legal Advocates.

In addition to his work as a lawyer, Jason serves as a mediator, and court-appointed early neutral evaluator, in divorce and family law cases throughout Minnesota. He frequently writes and speaks concerning divorce and family law issues, including several invitations to present seminars for the Minnesota Judicial Branch in St. Paul.

Beyond family law, Jason has represented hundreds of clients accused of a serious crime, including arson, fraud, unauthorized computer access, burglary, felony strangulation and obstruction of justice. He also provides estate planning services.

Local media appearances by Jason include WCCO Radio, KARE 11 Television, Fox 9 Television and WCCO Television. His national media appearances include NBC News, Time Magazine, USA Today and the Huffington Post.

Jason is the former chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Minnesota Trial Lawyer’s Association, and taught divorce and family law coursework within the paralegal program at North Hennepin Community College. He publishes the Minnesota Family Law Blog, which has been recognized as a “Top 25″ by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

Outside of the office, Jason enjoys playing the bass and electric guitar and spending time in the north woods of Wisconsin.

Areas of Practice
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Restraining Orders
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Criminal Defense
  • Estate Planning
Notable Cases
  • Representation of Four Grandparents in Minnesota’s First Quad-Parenting Adoption
  • Representation of Client in Minnesota’s First Same-Sex Divorce
Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota State Bar, 2000
  • US District Court – District of Minnesota, 2002
  • William Mitchell College of Law, 2000
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, 1997
Joined Firm
  • 2003
Professional Associations & Activities
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Presenter, Various CLE Courses
  • Monthly Columnist, Minnesota Lawyer Newspaper