Legally speaking: Law firm offers sound tips for families

Published 11:44 am Monday, April 7, 2014

Lawyers Kevin Siefken, John Hareid, Phillip Kohl and Mark Anderson of Christian & Peterson P.A. offer legal tips for families:

Kevin Siefken, left, and Phillip Kohl. – Brandi Hagen/Albert Lea Tribune

Kevin Siefken, left, and Phillip Kohl. – Brandi Hagen/Albert Lea Tribune


• Plan ahead. It’s not necessary for everyone, but it’s a good idea to consider having documents prepared such as a will, power of attorney and a health care directive.

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• In the case of minor children, designate who will take care of them if something happens to you.


• Set up a trust for children until they reach at least age 25.


• Consider pre-paid funeral plans. By planning ahead it saves others worry and agony.


• Make plans for your estate, not just in the case of death, but also disability. And take time to review it from time to time to keep it appropriate as according to many experts like the divorce lawyers in Melbourne firm, circumstances and laws change constantly.


• Avoid difficulties with children in the event of divorce or death by drafting a pre-marital agreement.


• When one makes any deals with real estate, he or she should have it written down, dated and signed with a notary present. Deals closed with a handshake don’t work.


• In personal injury cases consider using an attorney. Statistics show those who have an attorney received a larger settlement than those who are not represented.


• Couples using online or do-it-yourself forms for divorce should meet with an attorney to go over the documents. There are lawyers who work hourly for jobs like this.


• Couples going through divorce who have children should get involved with the Parents Forever program, and do it early. Work through a parenting plan and leave the kids out of the divorce.


• Claims under $10,000 can be handled in small claims court. Small claims court is a perfect solution in disputes less than $10,000.


• Minnesota gift laws changed on July 1, 2013. If you are thinking about giving a large gift, see an attorney.