Attorney, Jonathan A. Dyrud, St. Paul (in the near northern suburb – Roseville/Little Canada), Minnesota; practicing in areas of Probate, Trusts, wills and Elder Law.
My practice was established in 1990 and is dedicated to matters of Probate/Trust Administration and Estate Planning: assisting personal representatives and trustees in administering estates and trusts; preparing wills and trusts; providing advice and required documentation for minimizing estate tax; and informing clients about the various methods of avoiding probate. An important part of my practice is helping clients in the preparation of powers of attorney and in the preparation of health care directives (living wills). With more than 34 years of experience, I am prepared to assist you in all matters related to:
Probate and Trust Administration:
Although valuable tax savings, probate avoiding, or other important planning advice can addressed prior to death, I am ready to help any person or family at any stage. Office phone: 651 484-5550 or email: email@example.com.
A call from a family member as soon after death can be helpful – regarding the protection of property and questions about the funeral and what comes next, such as whether a probate procedure is required, etc.
I have taught Estates and Trusts in law school, participated in national seminars for attorneys in probate and trust administration, and have many years of experience in probate and trust administration. I have earned the advance law degree of Master of Laws (in taxation) – an LL.M .
Although most of my clients come to me with routine probate or planning matters (wills, powers of attorney, health care directives, etc.), my education and experience also equips me for larger or complicated matters.
Trust preparation and administration: Trusts have many uses.
One common use of a trust is the appointment of a trustworthy person to administer assets for minor or youthful children upon the passing of a parent. Often substantial sums of money or valuable assets received all at once by someone not prepared to wisely invest can result in waste, avoided by having a trustee be in charge of the assets and provide for a child’s needs until an age at which the child can be expected to have gathered a certain amount of financial wisdom. Such a trust is usually made a part of a will, in which case it is referred to as a “testamentary trust” and the document is called a “contingent trust will” (contingent on the child being under a certain age when the parent dies). The will is then no longer a “simple will.”
Another common benefit of a trust is to avoid or minimize estate taxes when an individual or couple has combined assets of more than a million dollars (or hope to). Such a trust can be build into a will or stand alone as a revocable trust. A revocable trust can avoid the delays and costs of a probate administration.
A revocable trust can be especially beneficial in this regard when there is real estate in a state outside of the home state of the person whose estate is being planned.
Trustees for any kind of trust should avail themselves of competent legal advice regarding duties of administering a trust before or after the death of the maker of the trust — or upon the disability of its maker. I am glad to answer questions and to assist.
Power of Attorney – a power of attorney can be a ‘life-saver’ when you cannot be in two places at once — or if you become ill or incapacitated and your signature is required. A power of attorney in the right hands can be used to favorably situate your assets in an emergency or sign hospital or other emergency documents (without your helper risking become responsible for payment for your care). There are special considerations that a qualified attorney could bring to the decision of appointing an “attorney-in-fact” (the technical term for a person who is given a power of attorney). I am glad to assist you in this regard.
Health Care Directives