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Final Accounting in Minnesota Trusts and Conservatorships 1024 673 Patrick J. Thomas Agency

Final Accounting in Minnesota Trusts and Conservatorships

If you are going to serve as the executor or personal representative of an estate in Minnesota, one of the things you must familiarize yourself with is the “final accounting.” This is an integral part of the process that must be completed if the estate is going through a formal…

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How to Set up a Guardianship for a Child Turning 18 1024 682 Patrick J. Thomas Agency

How to Set up a Guardianship for a Child Turning 18

Parents of children with special needs are well versed in making decisions for the child when it comes to their healthcare. However, when the child turns 18 years old, this process becomes more difficult. Parents will soon realize that they cannot make medical decisions for their child as they once used to. Medical…

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Why Guardianships are Better than Healthcare Directives 1024 683 Patrick J. Thomas Agency

Why Guardianships are Better than Healthcare Directives

Retirement is filled with many decisions. One of those is how to make healthcare decisions for a person when they become no longer able to do so themselves. There are many ways to do this. Two of the major options are healthcare directives and guardianships. What are these? How do they work?…

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How to Prepare for a Guardianship Hearing 1024 682 Patrick J. Thomas Agency

How to Prepare for a Guardianship Hearing

The Uniform Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Act, a Minnesota law, guarantees that a guardianship proceeding will take place in probate court. During this proceeding, a guardian will be appointed and approved by the court. This person will oversee the responsibility and obligation to care for a child or protected person, and their…

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The Clear Signs of Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes 1024 682 Patrick J. Thomas Agency

The Clear Signs of Elder Abuse in Nursing Homes

Making the decision to place a relative or close friend in a nursing is not easy, but when it comes time to transfer care of someone over to another person or organization, you want to be sure that the person will be well cared for. While the vast majority of nursing homes and employees…

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Understanding DHS Background Checks for Minnesota Guardianships and Conservatorships 1024 621 Patrick J. Thomas Agency

Understanding DHS Background Checks for Minnesota Guardianships and Conservatorships

One of the major changes over the past few years regarding Minnesota guardianships and Minnesota conservatorships has been an increase in frequency of background checks required by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). DHS now requires these “Background Studies” to be completed by conservators and guardians every two years instead of every five years.  Background Study Requirements for Conservators and…

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Is it Possible to Transfer a Guardianship or Conservatorship to Another State? 1024 768 Patrick J. Thomas Agency

Is it Possible to Transfer a Guardianship or Conservatorship to Another State?

If you are moving to Minnesota and are acting as a fiduciary as part of a conservatorship or guardianship, it is possible to transfer your status as a conservator or guardian from your current state to one in Minnesota. The process isn’t overly complicated, but it involves navigating the legal…

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Reasons to step down as a Guardian or Conservator 1024 682 Patrick J. Thomas Agency

Reasons to step down as a Guardian or Conservator

As a conservator or guardian, you hold a special responsibility to the person whose assets and major decisions that you control. This makes stepping down from being a conservator or guardian an incredibly difficult decision. Some people feel stuck in the position out of obligation for their duties, but this…

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What to Know About Nursing Home Admission Agreements 1024 683 Patrick J. Thomas Agency

What to Know About Nursing Home Admission Agreements

Choosing to place a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy decision and trying to find the right nursing home can be even more of a chore. Between the price, location and the amenities offered, choosing the right facility takes a lot of consideration and time. Once…

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Can a Guardian or Conservator Be Replaced? 1024 689 Patrick J. Thomas Agency

Can a Guardian or Conservator Be Replaced?

Can a guardian or conservator be replaced after they are appointed? Can they step down, relinquish their duties to a protected person or estate, or find another person to replace them? The answer to all of these questions is “yes”. If you are a protected person, you can, under certain…

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