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After the first of the year, many people will start thinking about their taxes and putting together documentation for their accountants. If you are divorced and have children, this also includes who will claim the children on their income tax return. Your final judgment and decree should outline the specifics regarding joint children and taxes. Exemption for Dependents When you have children, there is an exemption available on your taxes for dependents. To claim a…
Because your estate plan closely reflects your life, it is necessary to update it accordingly. In fact, many people will update their estate planning documents every five years.  This should include a Will, Health Care Directive, and Power of Attorney. A general rule of thumb is when major life events occur, such as having children or getting married, your estate plan should be updated. Change in Marital Status Marriage is one of the most common…
While you may have a signed judgment and decree in hand, your divorce may require follow up work to tie up loose ends and complete the process. Post-divorce, it is important to update insurances, manage financial accounts, update your name and address, renew your estate plan, and create a new financial plan. Update Insurance During a divorce, you are prohibited from removing the other party from insurance policies. After a divorce is finalized, it is…
Did you know that we are one of the leading family law and divorce attorneys in Minneapolis, MN? The Brown Law Offices, P.A. is a family-owned law firm located 15 northwest of downtown Minneapolis.  Our practice is limited to family law, criminal defense and estate planning. Our lawyers have appeared in courtrooms throughout the Twin Cities, and greater Minnesota – from Duluth to Redwood Falls, Winona to Park Rapids. The success of our practice stems…
Spousal maintenance (or alimony) can be a temporary or permanent order. A temporary spousal maintenance order outlines the specific obligations for support – such as how many months or years the alimony must be paid. For a permanent spousal maintenance order there are a few reasons that will allow you to modify the award. As you think about retirement, you may wonder how your support obligation may impact the future. Requirements to Modify a Permanent…
Personal property is a common concern for those thinking about estate planning. Many people have specific requests for who should receive items such as heirlooms, collectables, and other tangible property. A Minnesota Tangible Personal Property List is a common legal document used to itemize who receives personal property in the event that you pass away. Why are Tangible Personal Property Lists Important? Tangible personal property is generally not included in the body of a…
Do you suspect your soon-to-be ex is hiding assets? Have you noticed unknown deposits or withdrawals, strange money transfers, or cancelled checks? Hidden assets can be a challenge to deal with. It is difficult to make informed decision regarding your matter if you do not know the full financial picture. If you suspect you spouse is hiding assets, it is time to hire an attorney. Your lawyer will help create a plan of action. This…
Custody cases can seem never ending. They can be difficult and stressful for both parties. The goal of a custody agreement involves satisfying both parties and help them navigate shared custody in the future. Court proceedings can be costly, from attorney’s fees to court filing fees. A properly drafted agreement can help you avoid conflict and help you avoid having to return to court. It is important to note every custody agreement should reflect the…
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…
A Minnesota custody or divorce hearing conducted by video call may seem strange from your computer in your living room. However, it has become a regular occurrence for Minnesota courts. During the Governors Walz’ Executive Stay-at-Home Order, courts started conducting hearings via video zoom calls. Despite the order being lifted, courts still continue to utilize remote resources for most of their hearings. Remote hearing options allow for some benefits such as not having to drive…