How An Estate Plan is Like a Refrigerator

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An Estate Plan Protects Your Assets Like a Fridge Protects Your Food

In many ways, having the help of an estate planning attorney in Minnesota (or really, anywhere else) to protect your assets is like having a refrigerator to take care of your food! In this video, Margaret Barrett of Safe Harbor Estate Law explains 3 similarities between refrigerators and estate plans, and lays out how the experts at Safe Harbor can help YOU to protect your hard earned assets from life’s unthinkable circumstances.

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What You’ll Learn FROM THIS VIDEO

  • An estate plan protects and preserves your assets.
  • Estate plans require maintenance in changing circumstances.
  • We can help you to protect what’s important to you!


Margaret Barrett: Hi, I’m Margaret Barrett from Safe Harbor Estate Law, and I’m here today in our firm’s kitchen because I want to show you how a refrigerator is like an estate plan. Yes, that’s right.

The first way is that a refrigerator preserves and protects your food in the same way an estate plan preserves and protects your hard-earned assets. So it can benefit you and your family.

Secondly, you buy food to put in the refrigerator so that you and your family can enjoy it and so that you don’t get sick because of bad food. With an estate plan, your hard-earned assets are protected, so that you and your family can enjoy them and nobody is sick because you left behind a big mess because you did not have a good plan.

Third, once you have a refrigerator, it needs some attention and some maintenance from time to time. We have a pretty new refrigerator we’ve invested in, and it’s not making ice, so my husband’s been working with the service people to get it fixed. Similarly, after you get an estate plan in place, from time to time you might need to call us, or we’ll call and check in with you to find out how it’s working. Has anything changed? Do you need a question answered? Do we need to update your plan a little bit because something unexpected happened? You can call us just like you call the service people for your refrigerator.

So, if you are not feeling as good about the food in your refrigerator as you are about your assets and what will happen if the unthinkable happens, call us. We can help you be cool, calm, and collected about your estate plan as much as you are about the food in your refrigerator.

Author Bio

Margaret Barrett is the Founder and Owner of Safe Harbor Estate Law, a Saint Paul, MN, estate planning law firm she founded in 2013. With almost 15 years of combined experience in litigation and Minnesota estate law, she is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of estate law matters. Her practice areas include estate planning, asset protection, elder law, and more.

Margaret received her Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law and is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Ramsey County Bar Association.

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