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Estate Planning & Probate

Tips if You Are an Heir

The loss of a loved one, especially a parent, is difficult for anyone. Even more difficult is if there are disagreements or arguments regarding the distribution of the deceased’s property and money. For many people, they become an heir when a parent dies. The death of...

Estate Tax And Lifetime Gifting

A valuable tool available in composing a well-thought-out estate plan is the use of lifetime transfers or gifts. Gifts that can be made during your lifetime are called “inter vivos” transfers. Inter vivos gifts have many advantages.  Some of the advantages include...

Planning for Our Pets

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 49% of U.S. households included at least one pet.  In 2018, the American Pet Products Organization reported those same households spent over $72 billion dollars on our pets. There is evidence suggesting that attachment to pets is...

The North Dakota Probate Process

When a loved one passes away, it is often a sad and stressful time. Not only is the family dealing with the grief of loss, it must also contend with the deceased’s property and bills. Often, the next step is to start the probate process. There is a great deal of...