Minnesota CLE, in conjunction with Hot Docs©, has developed this affordable and automated document assembly system to help Minnesota attorneys tackle any estate planning matter, large or small. Accessed via our website, CLEWills requires no software. We maintain and update the system; meaning that the only data saved to your computer are the most important, not to mention private – your clients’ information.
CLEWills can be used by subscribers to assemble forms one-by-one, or in caches according to your needs. Our website “interviews” you to gain the data it needs, and forms appear – at the touch of a button – when the relevant questions are answered. The answers are saved to a single location – your computer. The end results are the very same time-tested Minnesota CLE forms that attorneys have used for decades, updated to include the new Minnesota Wills Code provisions and optimized for clarity, flexibility, and ease of use. CLEWills takes away the tedious parts of estate planning, saving you time and money.
Special Features of the CLEWillsSM System
Access to CLEWills℠ is offered on an annual subscription basis, currently priced at $695 per year.
We believe that CLETrust℠ will revolutionize the way you handle estate planning. If you are not fully satisfied with our product, we will refund the price of your current subscription, no questions asked.
What are the system requirements for CLEPro, CLETrust and CLEWills? Do I need any special software? Will you send me a CD-ROM?
CLEPro, CLETrust and CLEWills Automated Document Systems require an Internet connection and the Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Google Chrome browser ( It will not work with Safari). Because the system is browser-based, and accessed through a portal on our website, you do not download or receive any software. Completed forms can be edited using various word processing programs. After your documents are generated, you may download them to your device as an editable document.
If I'm assembling these documents on your website, won't my clients' private information be stored there?
No. When you build forms, our website will "interview" you to gain the information it needs. As you answer the questions, an answer file is being created. That answer file can only be saved to your computer; it will disappear completely if you do not save it. Saved answer files can be recalled at any time and used to make multiple forms. (The website will always ask whether you want to begin the assembly process using an existing answer file, and prompt you to find it on your computer.)
I can't find the answer file I saved yesterday. Where did it go?
Answer files are saved with the file extension .anx and will not be readable by programs or applications on your computer. Before you begin using CLEPro, CLETrust or CLEWills, we suggest creating a folder for all of your CLEPro, CLETrust or CLEWills information, at a location you can easily find. When our website prompts you to save answer files, be sure to save them to this location.
I know I made a mistake in an answer file, how do I fix the error?
When our website asks you whether you want to begin using a new or existing answer file, simply choose the "existing answer file" option and recall the answer file in question. You can then scroll through the interview to locate the inappropriately answered question, and fix it.
I noticed a minor error on my finished form and fixed it. Will this be reflected in the answer file?
No. In order to ensure the error doesn't reappear the next time you build a form for this client, you must correct the information in the answer file, using the process described in the answer immediately above. The ability to edit completed forms is a valuable option, but editing the answer file is the best way to use CLETrust as intended.
How can I avoid having to type in the attorney information each time I use the system? What if I work with several attorneys?
To avoid having to type in the attorney information each time you begin a new trust, simply create an answer file containing only the attorney information. To do this, begin the system just like you would with a new trust and select "Begin using a new, empty answer file." Then select from the next menu "Single Forms." We suggest you select T-001. When the program asks you for specific information simply click through without answering the questions until you reach the attorney information questions. Complete that information and continue to the final screen. Then download and save the answer file to the specific location on your hard drive where you want to keep this attorney answer file and name it appropriately, e.g. SmithAttorneyFile.anx. If you work with more than one attorney create a separate answer file for each attorney.
Now, when you go to open a new trust, after the Main Menu select "Use a HotDocs answer file from my PC" and select your attorney answer file. At the end of the form assembly process save the answer file to your client's subdirectory or to wherever you save answer files and rename the answer file using your client's name.
I don't have enough information to answer all of the interview questions, but my client is dropping by and I want the form to look professional. What can I do?
You can always download forms without completing an interview, but incomplete forms may contain unwanted coding and text. You can easily avoid this by inputting an underscore ("________") along the full bottom length of the question field.
The legislature made changes that I'm certain will affect these forms. Do I need to do anything?
No. We will upload new form templates as necessary; and, although the system may function exactly as before, the relevant changes will be reflected on your completed forms. Members of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Probate & Trust Law Section review the forms regularly. If you believe any of our forms contains an error, please do not hesitate to call us at 800-759-8840 or email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Form attachments are cumbersome. Are they used in this system?
Form flexibility is integrated with the interview process. CLEPro, CLETrust, and CLEWills forms are flexible and expand to capture all needed information (such as multiple interested parties) without resorting to attachments.
Does each attorney in my firm need their own CLEPro, CLETrust or CLEWills subscription?
Yes. But volume discounts are available for firms with multiple attorneys.
Can my secretary or paralegal use my CLEPro, CLETrust or CLEWills subscription?
Yes. Support staff may use an attorney's Automated Document System subscription so long as they do so under the subscribing attorney's supervision.
What do I do if I decide that CLE Pro, CLETrust or CLEWills is not the program for me? Is there a return or cancellation policy?
We believe CLEPro, CLETrust and CLEWills will revolutionize the way you handle probates, trusts and estate planning; therefore we offer a money-back guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied with our product, we will refund the price of your current subscription, no questions asked.
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You may cancel your subscription at any time by logging into your account, selecting Publications & eResources, and Manage Subscription. Your cancellation will be acknowledged by email, and the subscription will terminate at 11:59 p.m. on the day before the next scheduled subscription fee is charged.
Minnesota Continuing Legal Education grants you a nonexclusive, nontransferable license to access, retrieve, view, and print the forms during your subscription period, to store them on your own computer system, and to use them only for purposes of your own law practice or legal study. The forms are for your personal use only. CLEWills contains copyrighted and other proprietary information. You may not in any way make commercial or other unauthorized use, by resale, or otherwise, of material obtained from CLEWills, except as permitted by the Copyright Act or other law. The compilation of all content in CLEWills is the exclusive property of Minnesota Continuing Legal Education and AbacusNext and is protected by U.S. and international copyright laws.
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