I have always been a problem solver. My job as an estate planning attorney is to solve the problems that arise from death or incapacity. While I cannot provide you with immortality, I can give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are in control of what happens to the people and things that matter most to you.
I solve family problems.
In my personal life, family comes first. Many of my clients feel the same way. I create estate plans that address the impact death has on those we leave behind. The death or incapacity of a loved one is hard enough. Your estate plan should support the surviving spouse, care for children and their unique needs, and maintain harmony through a tumultuous time.
I solve tax problems.
It is often said that nothing is certain but death and taxes, but this is only half true. I prepare creative solutions that can minimize, if not eliminate entirely, taxes owed by your estate.
I solve headaches.
When meeting someone new I often ask if they have experience administering a friend or family member’s estate. For those that have experienced it, their stories range from “it was worse than a root canal” to “I’m thankful it was so easy”. The difference between these extremes is a good estate plan. Like a doctor examines a patient’s overall health before prescribing a treatment, I take a holistic approach and analyze a client’s assets in light of current laws to recommend the best legal solution.
My professional background includes administering trusts for a national trust company as well as private practice in both boutique and downtown law firms. I received my law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law and obtained an undergraduate degree in Political Science at Bethel University.
On a personal note, my wife and I live in Arden Hills where we are kept busy by our two young sons. I am active on the Governance Team of our church in St. Paul and spend more time than I should following Minnesota sports (this is our year!).