John has extensive experience in working with high net worth individuals, professionals, and business and land owners. He is well known for his ability to focus on practical solutions to clients’ problems and to explain complex matters in easily understandable terms.
Professional Associations & Memberships
American Bar Association
American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, IA, 1975 J.D.
Board of Editors, Iowa Law Review, 1974 - 1975
Honors: With Honors and High Distinction
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1972 B.A.
Honors: With Honors and High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa
Personal Legal Services
Federal Estate Tax Repeal
Due to Congressional inaction in 2009, the federal estate tax has been repealed for individuals dying during 2010. Even though federal law provides that there will be no estate tax this year, some states, including Minnesota, will retain an independent estate tax system. It is uncertain how the provisions of many estate planning documents will be interpreted if there is no federal estate tax.
Asset Titling is Crucial to Your Estate Plan
How you hold title to your assets is a critical factor in the estate planning process. If assets are not titled correctly, they may not pass to your intended recipients. This can lead to increased taxes, disappointment, frustration and even lawsuits among heirs. A good estate plan can avoid these issues.