Estate Planning and Probate Administration

South-Central Minnesota Probate Attorneys

At Berens, Rodenberg & O’Connor, Chtd., we have represented individuals throughout Minnesota and beyond since 1927. We take a personalized approach to estate planning and probate, listening carefully to the details of your situation, so that we can identify your options. Attorney Robert Hinnenthal has been named a Minnesota Super Lawyer for his work in estate planning. We are committed to providing effective legal counsel and prompt service at reasonable cost to you.

Our Estate Planning Practice

When you hire our attorneys to assist you with your estate planning, we will schedule you an appointment with one of our lawyers as soon as possible. We will gather as much information as we can about your situation, including your financial circumstances and goals. We will then carefully explain the different strategies you can employ, from the use of wills or trusts to the re-titling of assets to avoid probate. We will look closely at the tax consequences of each approach.

Once you have decided how you want to proceed, we will prepare the documentation necessary to put your plan in place, including wills, trusts and powers of attorney. We will address issues related to the guardianship and conservatorship of minor children and adults, and can also help you implement lifetime strategies that protect your assets, should you need nursing home or other long-term care. We will also answer your questions concerning medical assistance, Medicaid, and preserving your estate.

Our Estate Administration Practice

We work with executors, administrators and personal representatives, helping you take the steps required to settle the estate of a loved one in the probate court. We will:

  • Prepare and file an accounting of the assets of the estate
  • Notify all creditors and other interested parties
  • Arrange for the payment all final debts of the estate
  • Assist with the preparation of estate tax returns
  • Oversee the orderly distribution of the property in the estate in accordance with the terms of the will

Our lawyers also handle probate litigation, including will contests or fiduciary disputes.

Contact the Law Office of Berens, Rodenberg & O’Connor, Chtd.

For a consultation with one of our estate planning attorneys, contact our office online or call us at 507-233-3900. We are available to meet with you Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.