New Personal Well Being Report Forms for Minnesota Guardianships

The Minnesota Judicial Branch now requires that guardians in Minnesota complete and submit a new Personal Well Being Report form.  The new personal well being report form can be found on the Minnesota State Court Court website here.  Disclaimer: Many guardians, attorneys and other professionals who have looked at and used the new form have found it to be very difficult to complete. As written currently, the form does not provide guidance on its new “1 to 5 numbering system”.  The form also doesn’t make

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Can More Than One Person Serve As Guardian in Minnesota?

Clients often ask me whether more than one person can be guardian for an individual.  The answer is yes – so long as the co-guardians are able to work together to do their work. It is imperative that the co-guardians be able to communicate with one another and have a good working relationship. It’s also important to remember that each guardian must submit an annual personal well being report (some counties allow one report to be submitted, as long as it is signed by each

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Can A Person Under Guardianship in Minnesota Vote?

Can a person who is under guardianship or conservatorship in Minnesota vote?  Yes, unless the Court has restricted their right to vote.   See Minn. Stat. 524.5-313.  The Minnesota Secretary of State’s website itemizes categories of individuals who can vote, including individuals under guardianship or conservatorship. The mid-term elections are November 6, 2018.  Get out there and vote!

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A Day of Reflection

September 11th. A day to remember the 2,966 people who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on our country. A day to remember the 6,000+ people who were injured in the attacks. A day to remember the thousands of people who weren’t killed or injured in the attacks, but whose lives were irrevocably changed that day, because a loved one was killed or injured. A day to remember how the country came together to help each other on the day of the attack and

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Ideas on How to Communicate With Your Loved One Who Has Dementia

Looking for ideas on what to do and how to communicate with your loved one who has dementia? Here are some ideas: Go through photo albums with them.  It’s amazing how they light up when they see pictures from the past and can tell you stories about what happened in the picture, even as they can’t tell you what day it is, who is president or what they had for lunch. Listen to music.  Study after study has shown that there are positive effects of

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A Guide to Voting In Minnesota For Persons Under Guardianship or Conservatorship

With the Fall elections approaching, I thought it would be a good time to address voting rights of people under guardianship and/or conservatorship in Minnesota. Can a person that is under guardianship and/or conservatorship in Minnesota vote? Yes.  As long as the Court has not restricted the right to vote of someone under guardianship, that person may do so. See Minn. Stat. 524.5-313(c )(8) Here is what the Minnesota Secretary of State says on someone under guardianship voting. Can a person that is under guardianship

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