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In my inaugural newsletter, I did some bragging. After all, I am the founder of Sletten Law Office, PLLC and have 30+ years of experience counseling clients in estate planning, probate, and trust matters so figured I was entitled. In this issue, however, the time has come for true confessions . . . the sordid details surrounding my technology journey.

Karen Sletten Minnesota Estate Planning Attorney

I do not come from technology stock. My 80+-year-old father purchased and displayed his smartphone to everyone, really, everyone. But even those who weren’t interested were treated to a blow-by-blow of his phone conversations because he insisted on putting his phone on “speaker-phone” mode, at maximum volume, ALL THE TIME. He needed assistance putting the phone in “airplane” mode, which was handy because I did too. My daughter killed two birds with one stone with that instruction. Her compensation was me withholding comment when she rolled her eyes.

Although technology is not in my blood, with the proper motivation, I recognize and utilize technology. Case in point—all it took was a little sibling rivalry to propel me beyond the turntable to cassette tapes and a Sony Walkman. Had my youngest brother not come home from college sporting this “cool new technology,” I may not have matured into the cool person I am today. All my siblings did the same; Thanksgiving, saved.

I learned the hard way to save changes to documents early and often and to back up the hard drive regularly. These were major, painful milestones, but learned nonetheless. And now, well, as I hurtle toward the “paperless office,” ScanSnap is my new best friend!

Why confess my checkered past? Because I want to reassure you that if I can do it, you can. Moreover, I want to tell you how and why. Stay tuned over the next month for my other articles on this subject.

After reading, call me today to discuss your estate planning concerns and needs. I am also available if you feel like you want to throw your computer across the room. Trust me, calling me will be cheaper. Or stop in. I have offices in Plymouth and Minneapolis (both of which have more room now that I’ve gone paperless!) I also make home, hospice, or hospital visits.