10/24/2018 Christopher Burns, Estate, Trust and Probate Attorney: Topic TBA. Host: Barry Kelner.
J.D., cum laude, Syracuse University College of Law, 1999
B.A., University of Wisconsin–River Falls, 1995
United States District Court, District of Minnesota
Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2014–2018
Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers–Rising Stars® Edition, 2006–2012
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018–2019, Trusts & Estates
North Star Lawyer, Honored by Minnesota State Bar Association for commitment to pro bono service, 2013–2017
Five Star Estate Planning Attorney for work and dedication in providing quality services to clients, 2014, 2015; Selected by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business
AV® Preeminent peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell
With nearly 20 years of experience, I bring considerable expertise in the following areas:
estate planning: planning and preparation of wills, revocable trusts, health care directives, financial powers of attorney, beneficiary designations for life insurance, and retirement plans
estate and trust administration
litigation of contested probate, trust, guardianship, and conservatorship matters
business succession planning
private foundation administration
drafting and administration of family limited partnerships (FLPs); family cabin trusts/Limited Liability Companies (LLCs); irrevocable life insurance trusts (ILITs); qualified domestic trusts (QDOTs); grantor trusts (GRATs); intentionally defective grantor trusts (IDGTs); charitable remainder trusts (CRTs); charitable lead trusts (CLTs); special and supplemental needs trusts
Conscientious in my approach, I will engage you in a conversation to explore the advantages, disadvantages, and challenges of important life decisions. Your best interests are my top priority.
In addition to my practice, I teach continuing education courses to lawyers, accountants, and financial advisors on a variety of estate planning, business succession planning, and estate administration topics. I am dedicated to serving my community through prominent roles in local government, and committed to education. It was an honor to be named “Hero of the Week” by a radio station, designated a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association, and recognized for my commitment to pro bono work by Woodbury Magazine. I enjoy spending time with my wife and children, and we are active members of our church. In addition, I like reading, writing, politics, bicycling, and playing and watching basketball.
10/31/2018 Alan Peters, Executive Director of Can-Do Canines: "Service Dogs Change the Lives of Many People". Host: Denny Schulstad.
Alan M. Peters serves as Executive Director of Can Do Canines and founded the organization in 1987. He is responsible for general management as well as fundraising, publicity and public relations. Al received a B.A. in Psychology and Human Development from St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN. He was selected to receive the Minneapolis Award from Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton and is the recipient of the Helen Keller Award, the Hearing Research Award, and was honored as a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions Clubs International Foundation.
Under Al's direction Can Do Canines became a fully accredited member of Assistance Dogs International and has received awards from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, the Minnesota State Council on Disability, the Minnesota Corrections Association, The Arc of Minnesota, and the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans.
11/07/2018 Dale Ahlquist: Topic TBA. Host: Larry Forsland.