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.
Office: 1900 Central Avenue NE, Suite 106, Minneapolis, MN 55418
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.
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.
Contact usPhone: 612-676-6300
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:
- Estate planning
- Powers of attorney
- Health care directives
- 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.
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 is a member of the Elder Law Governing Council for the Minnesota State Bar Association as well as past-chair of the Elder Law Section. John spent seven years serving on the Hennepin County attorney panel for Guardianship and Conservatorship cases, nine years as a member of the board of directors for Avinity Senior Living, and five years at Bethel University teaching the “Ethics & Aging” course for the Gerontology master’s degree program Additionally, John serves as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law where he runs the Elder Law and Guardianship Alternatives clinic. John received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethel University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law.
After retiring from a long and successful legal career at a downtown Minneapolis firm, Len is excited to bring his experience and expertise to Estate & Elder Law Services. Len’s practice areas include trust law, probate, and estate planning (wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives). A native Minnesotan, Len is a veteran of the United States Navy, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and his Juris Doctorate degree from Yale Law School. Len is a member of the Hennepin County Bar Association Probate and Trust Section and the Minnesota Bar Association Probate and Trust and Elder Law Sections.
Lucas B. Spaeth
Lucas is an experienced elder law attorney and a Minnesota native. He is a graduate of Bethel University and the University of St. Thomas School of Law. Lucas spent four years in solo practice before joining Estate and Elder Law Services and is experienced in estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships, and Medical Assistance planning. Lucas is intimately familiar with the unique issues facing the aging and elderly in Minnesota today, and he is passionate about helping people face those issues with grace and dignity. Lucas 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.
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.
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 involves considering your options and deciding on the best way to plan for transferring your assets to others after your death.
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.
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.
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.
- Contact us for more information
- Phone: 612-676-6300
- Fax: 888-657-3224