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“The legal system is often a mystery, and we, its priests, preside over rituals baffling to everyday citizens.” – Henry Miller


What is the estate planning process like?
First and foremost, you can expect to speak with someone who’s warm, an expert in the law, and who will take the time to get to know you, your family, and your business. Your first call is complimentary and will help you decide whether or not to engage Brian’s services. If you do, you’ll likely start planning right away.

Once Brian has all the details he needs from you, he’ll get to work. One to three weeks later, he’ll ask you to come into his office in Maple Grove, Minnesota, to approve his work and sign papers. You won’t have to come in and change things unless you need to (or a change in the law demands it).

Does it cost anything to speak with Brian?
Generally, no. Your initial consultation with Brian is complimentary, and Brian will always let you know when he’s on the clock.
I drafted my will online. Will it hold up in court?
It depends. Sometimes, it works out. But more often than not, there are minor or major errors that force your estate into probate. That’s why it pays to work with an attorney who’s an expert in Minnesota estate law. If your loved one drafted a will online and it’s now in probate, it’s not too late for Brian to help you.
I’ve got a simple trust. Do I really need Brian’s help?
Yup. Just because your trust is straightforward doesn’t mean managing and executing it will be. It pays off to speak with an attorney no matter how simple or complex your trust or other estate planning documents are.
What is a gun trust?
Glad you asked! A gun trust is a growing area of estate law, especially in Minnesota, where gun owners often want to pass down their firearms to their loved ones. But what if you accidentally pass down the gun to someone with a felony or someone who isn’t allowed to own one? You could get your loved one in legal trouble. Gun trusts ensure that passing down your firearms won’t violate federal or state law.
I created my LLC online. Is that good enough?
Maybe. But do you really want to leave the structure of your business (and the document that protects your personal assets) up to chance? Brian can review your LLC and help you correct mistakes and fill in any missing information.
So, Brian’s a pastor, too?
Yup! Brian earned his master’s of divinity from Bethel Seminary in 2009 while keeping his law degree and license current. His work as a pastor helps him connect with and counsel his legal clients more warmly and productively. He’s even been hired by churches to mediate conflicts on boards or between staff members.


P: 763-404-8677

11670 Fountains Drive Suite 200
Maple Grove, MN 55369