Legal Services

Estate & Elder Law Services

Office Location
: 1900 Central Avenue NE, Suite 106, Minneapolis, MN 55418

Service Locations
: Clients may meet with an attorney at the office location, the Volunteers of America Southwest Center at 3612 Bryant Ave S in Minneapolis, or in their homes.

Days/Hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.

Eligible Clients: All individuals are eligible to receive our services at private-pay rates.  Individuals may qualify to receive our services at subsidized rates based on monthly income and asset levels.

Fees:

  • Private pay: $210/hour; Basic Will $300; Basic Trust $1,200.
  • Subsidized Services: Sliding fee scale.
Contact: Estate & Elder Law Services
Phone: 612-676-6300
Email: EstateAndElderLaw@voamn.org

Estate & Elder Law Services is dedicated to helping clients accomplish their goals and plan for the future. Our attorneys are committed to meeting our clients’ needs with uncommon sensitivity. We assist clients with:
  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Directives
  • Guardianship
  • Conservatorship
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Medical Assistance Planning
  • Real Estate Matters

Together, our attorneys have more than 40 years of experience in Elder Law practice.  We are compassionate and committed to helping our clients make important life decisions.

As a non-profit agency, fees for our legal services are very reasonable and are typically billed at our hourly rate. Basic wills and trusts are available at flat-fee rates. All individuals are eligible to receive our services at private-pay rates. Individuals may qualify to receive our services at subsidized rates based on monthly income and asset level.

Wills:
A will is a legal document that allows you to state how you would like your assets to be distributed at the time of your death. Assets distributed by your will go through the probate process after your death.
 
Trusts:
A trust is a legal entity you can create to transfer assets to a trustee either during your lifetime or after your death. Assets you transfer to the trust do not go through the probate process.
 
Estate Planning:
Estate planning involves considering your options and deciding on the best way to plan for transferring your assets to others after your death.
 
Probate:
Probate is a legal process by which the court oversees the distribution of your estate after your death.
 
Powers of Attorney:
A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you to authorize someone else to handle your financial affairs. The document can continue to be effective if you become incapacitated.  It does not continue to be effective after your death.
 
Health Care Directives:
A health care directive is a legal document that allows you to state your views and wishes regarding your health care. It also allows you to name a person to make health care decisions for you in the event you are unable to communicate your wishes.
 
Guardianship:
A guardianship proceeding is a legal process by which the court appoints a person to make decisions about an incapacitated person’s residence and personal care.
 
Conservatorship:
A conservatorship proceeding is a legal process by which the court appoints a person to manage an incapacitated person’s financial affairs.

Special Needs Trusts:
A special needs trust is a particular type of trust that can be set up to benefit a person with disabilities while preserving the person’s eligibility for government programs.

Medical Assistance Planning:
Medical Assistance is Minnesota’s Medicaid program, a publicly funded health care program that pays all or part of a qualifying person’s medical expenses. Medical Assistance planning advice addresses eligibility, asset preservation and gifting.
 
Real Estate Matters:
Real estate matters may involve clearing a title, assisting with deeds, removing a deceased person’s name from a title, or transferring title.