An Estate Planning Law
Firm Serving the Twin Cities
At Guttman Law, we advise clients on a wide range of estate planning matters, such as:
- Planning for children
- Incapacity planning
- Special needs planning
- Business succession planning
- Cabin planning
- Probate/estate administration
- Trust administration
- Planning for Blended Families
Knowing that no two estates are alike, we will work closely with you to design a plan that allows you to achieve your objectives. While many of our clients are well-served by will-based plans, others can benefit from establishing trusts. Regardless of your financial status or family circumstances, planning your estate today will prepare you for tomorrow.
Solutions for Minnesotans
Guttman Law, PLLC is dedicated to counseling clients through life’s transitions and helping them secure their financial futures. We provide comprehensive estate planning services to individuals and families throughout Minnesota, including St. Paul and Minneapolis. Whether you need a will to protect your new family, are looking to secure your retirement assets, need assistance administering a trust, or have any estate planning concerns, turn to Guttman Law. When you consult with us, we will provide you with dependable advice and objective insights so that you can make the best decisions about your future. Please contact our Edina office today to speak with an experienced Minnesota estate planning attorney.
Why Estate Planning Matters
While some may believe that they don’t need an estate plan because they don’t have children or significant assets, estate planning is for everyone. Of course, people often think of estate planning in terms of having a will or a trust to distribute their assets when they die, but the process involves much more than planning for death. Ultimately, a well-designed estate plan can help to:
If you sustain an incapacitating illness or injury, it is crucial to designate someone to manage your personal and financial affairs and make health care decisions according to your wishes.
Although a will is the most basic estate planning document, it must go through probate, a court-supervised process that can be long and costly, depending on the size of the estate. We advise clients on the advantages of trusts as a means of avoiding probate, tax planning, and asset protection.
It is crucial to plan for the upbringing, financial and medical needs of your children if you become incapacitated or pass away.
What Our Clients Say About Us
After a recent change with our father’s estate plan, Matt was helpful in answering our questions, updated the necessary documents in a very efficient manner, and helped us feel prepared to proceed as needed. His expertise is greatly appreciated.
My husband and I worked with Jamie Reff-Wagner on our wills. Jamie did a great job explaining everything to us thoroughly so we felt very comfortable with our decisions. She was professional and warm and I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking her expertise!
From the beginning, Matthew Guttman has put our interests first. My trust doesn't come easy, but in a complex probate case he has guided my family and me skillfully. A sibling has a disability, and when my mother died his part of the inheritance could have been lost, but we were able to set up a trust fund. At a difficult and anxious time, we were able to feel confident working with Matthew Guttman.
Why You Need a Minnesota Estate Planning Attorney
Today, many individuals have easy access to financial information via the internet and can download wills and powers of attorney. These documents, however, must be properly executed; otherwise, they may not be valid. At the same time, estate planning is not just about preparing documents. By working with an experienced estate planning lawyer, you can be prepared for the expected and the unexpected and have confidence that your assets will be protected. For nearly two decades, Matt Guttman has helped clients from all walks of life — new families, business owners, solo boomers, same-sex couples — protect their interests. Matt is keenly aware that planning an estate can be daunting and he will work to help you understand the process and explore all your options. Above all, he will offer you knowledge, compassion, and the personal attention you deserve.
While it is an honor to be named as the personal representative of a loved one’s estate, executors are considered fiduciaries and can be held liable for mistakes or misconduct. For this reason, it is essential to consult with an experienced probate attorney who can guide you through the probate process. Similarly, if a loved one dies without a will in place (“intestate”) the court will appoint an estate administrator who has similar duties as an executor. Our firm regularly advises clients personal representatives and estate administrators on their important duties.
Meet Our Attorneys
Principal attorney Matthew A. Guttman has a well-earned reputation as a trusted advisor who provides clients with skilled representation and caring, efficient service. Matt is well-versed in the applicable trust and estate laws and routinely collaborates with a network of respected financial professionals to create estate plans suited to each client’s individual needs.
Jamie Reff-Wagner is a partner in the law firm of Guttman Law. Jamie assists clients with estate planning, probate and estate administration, cabin planning, special needs planning, asset preservation, family business succession, planning for children, planning for incapacity, revocable living trusts, wills, financial powers of attorney and health care directives.
We offer free video resources on different aspects to estate planning to help you make informed decisions about your planning strategy.
Do you need an estate plan but feel unsure where to begin? Or do you have a plan that hasn’t been reviewed or updated in many years? You’re not alone.
Do you have questions about any aspect of estate planning or probate? See a list of the most common questions answered by our attorneys.
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Contact Our Experienced Minnesota Estate Planning Attorneys
At Guttman Law, we work to understand the unique needs and concerns of our clients and address those concerns by providing them with compassionate, efficient representation. When you become our client, you can rest assured that we will always work in your best interests by creating an estate plan that protects you, your loved ones, and your wealth. Please reach out to our office today to speak with an experienced estate planning attorney.
Guttman Law, PLLC provides estate planning services to clients in St. Paul, Minneapolis and throughout Minnesota.