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Estate & Elder Law Services

Dignity in planning your estate

Estate and Elder Law assists clients with wills, trusts, estate planning, probate, powers of attorney, health care directives, guardianship, conservatorship, special needs trusts, Medical Assistance planning, and real estate matters.

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Location

Office: 1900 Central Avenue NE, Suite 106, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Service: Clients may meet with an attorney at our office location or in their homes

Hours

Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.

Eligibility

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: $245/hour; Basic Will $300; Basic Trust $1,200.
Subsidized Services: Sliding fee scale

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How we help



Estate & Elder Law 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.

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Attorney bios

  • Monica Lewis

    Monica Lewis, supervising attorney, has practiced in Elder Law and related fields since 1984. Her professional activities include: member of the Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Associations, the Senior Law Task Force, the Minnesota Association for Guardianship and Conservatorship, and the Medical Assistance Committee of the MSBA. She is a frequent speaker at community education events and continuing legal education seminars.

  • Lori D. Skibbie

    Lori's approach to the practice of law is truly client focused. She prides herself on communicating with clients openly and often, being extremely responsive to their needs, anticipating issues that may arise, and providing appropriate advice and counsel efficiently. Lori practices principally in the areas of: estate planning, conservatorships and guardianships, probate, estate and trust administration, and elder law. She is admitted to practice in Minnesota and South Dakota. Lori is a member of the Probate and Trust section of the Hennepin County Bar Association and the Probate and Trust and Elder Law sections of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Lori received her B.A. from Iowa State University and her law degree from Drake Law School. She lives in Maple Grove with her family and is active in their church and the community.

  • John A. Kantke

    A lifelong Minnesota resident, John’s practice areas include guardianship and conservatorship, elder law, estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives), and probate. John serves as the Chair of the Elder Law Governing Council for the Minnesota State Bar Association and past-Chair of the board of directors for Avinity Senior Living (formerly Twin City Christian Homes). Since 2010 he has served on the Hennepin County attorney panel for Guardianship and Conservatorship cases. John received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethel University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Service descriptions



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. 

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Contact us for more information
Phone: 612-676-6300
Fax: 888-657-3224
estateandelderlaw@voamn.org