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Susan Link Quoted in Star Tribune Article on Surge of Wills and the Efforts of MN Wills for Heroes to Expand Reach in the Wake of COVID-19

April 20, 2020

Susan Link, partner in Maslon's Estate Planning Group, is quoted in an April 18, 2020, Star Tribune article titled "As Pandemic Drives Surge in Interest in Wills, Minnesota Lawyers Navigate Social Distancing and the Law." The article discusses how attorneys are navigating the increased demand for estate planning in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting the push by the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) for a change in state law to uphold wills drawn up with minor technical flaws (the "harmless error" rule), which was approved on April 8 and is now in effect until February 15, 2021.

In the article, Susan explains how she has had to improvise her estate planning practice—using her backyard picnic table as an office—adding that it’s possible to meet statutory requirements and still keep safety protocols in place. "You can get documents validly signed, even with what's going on," she said.

Susan also shared notable changes in her public service work as Program Director of MN Wills for Heroes. Created to provide free estate services for police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders, the MSBA expanded its focus when the pandemic broke out. "So now they're offering the same service to doctors, nurses and others on the front lines of the pandemic fight," Susan stated.

To read the full article online, go to: Star Tribune "As Pandemic Drives Surge in Interest in Wills, Minnesota Lawyers Navigate Social Distancing and the Law."


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