Estate planning involves arranging your financial affairs so that your family doesn’t endure the burden of unnecessary cost and stress when you pass away or become incapacitated. It involves arranging your assets in the most tax efficient manner, choosing the right people for the right roles in the administration of your estate, using the proper legal techniques to avoid probate, making important decisions about charities and legacy, setting up your estate to avoid post-death family disputes, and possibly many other things. Our attorneys have deep experience and knowledge of estate planning. From the simplest estates to the most complex, our attorneys will work with you to create a plan to give you peace of mind.
When someone passes away, their family is often required to go through the court process to wrap-up their final affairs and to gain access to the decedent’s assets. This process is called probate. From the simplest estate to the most complex, our attorneys have extensive experience in probate and will help you navigate it every step of the way. In every estate, you’ll find us to be thorough, responsive, and—most importantly—practical.
We have extensive experience helping businesses to reach their goals, no matter what the size. Our office works with small businesses, large corporations, sole proprietors, and self-employed contractors on various needs such as:
- Starting a new business
- Forming a corporation, limited liability company, non-profit, sole proprietorship or partnership
- Buying or selling an existing business
- Partnership Agreements
- Acquisitions and Mergers
- Purchase or sale of business assets
- Business Succession
- Supply Agreements, Vendor Agreements
- Taxation Advice and Recommendations
- Business Contracts
- Employment - Employment Contracts, Disciplinary Issues
- Real Estate - Buying Property, Lease Negotiations
White-collar criminal Defense
The experience of having government agents swarming through your belongings while serving a search warrant is shocking, terrifying and maddening. We stand up for your rights. Often working with our own investigators, former government agents, we expose the weaknesses in the government's case and build defenses against their charges. Our team is experienced and knowledgeable, with many years of experience working as government attorneys and agents, and on the defense against federal and state investigations. We handle tax, conspiracy, bank, mortgage, ERISA, health care and other types of financial crime cases.
Trusts & Estates Litigation
Our lawyers have significant experience litigating trust and estate disputes, including issues related to mental capacity, undue influence, breach of fiduciary duty, financial exploitation, will or trust interpretation, theft of assets, and the validity of wills or trusts. You’ll find us to be aggressive, creative, and thorough. But ultimately, you’ll find that we tailor our approach to meet your goals.
Our attorneys have decades of experience working with property owners, development companies, property managers, realtors, and construction companies to navigate the complexities of all types of real estate transactions. Whether you are buying, selling, or developing property, we can assist you with:
- Review and Negotiation of Purchase Agreements
- Reviewing Title Commitments and Resolving Title Issues
- Reviewing ALTA Surveys
- Attorney Opinion Letters
- Environmental Compliance
- Due Diligence
- Financing and Bank loans
- Property Development
- Document Preparation
- Lease Agreements
- Landlord/Tenant disputes
- Taxation Advice and Recommendations
Tax issues with the Internal Revenue Service and the Minnesota Department of Revenue can be frustrating and confusing. Whether you need assistance with your individual or business tax issues, our firm is here to help.
Our taxation team is led by attorney Tom Brever, a former Senior Trial Attorney for the Internal Revenue Service and former Special Assistant United States Attorney. Both Tom and his son Andrew Brever will put their experience to work for you to address your tax concerns and can act as a liaison with government agencies to work toward resolving issues.
Guardianship & Conservatorship
As people age, they sometimes lose full mental capacity and need help with their affairs. When this happens it is sometimes necessary to seek a court-appointed fiduciary—either a family member or a professional—to help manage their day-to-day life and financial affairs. This process is complex, court-supervised, and highly regulated. Fortunately, our attorneys have extensive experience in this area and will guide you every step of the way.
Our attorneys work with employers to ensure their policies are following best practices and that State and Federal legal requirements are being met. If you're having disciplinary issues with an employee, we can assist you through the legal process to resolve the issue. We also represent employees who have been mistreated, discriminated against, or wrongfully terminated.
- Non-Compete, Confidentiality, and Non-Disclosure Agreements
- Employment Contracts
- Employee Disciplinary Issues
- Wrongful Termination
- Sexual Harassment
- Company Policies and Employee Handbook
- Human Resources
- Severance Packages
- Separation Agreements
- Compliance with State and Federal Law, FMLA
- Mediation and Arbitration