Michael (âMikeâ) J. Burke, a life-long resident of St. Paul, graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1976 and received his law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1986.
Mike has over 25 years of experience in the areas of:
Estate Planning for individuals, married couples (for both traditional and blended families) and for unmarried partners, including discussion and preparation of documents involving simple and complex wills and trusts, income, gift and estate tax planning, supplemental needs trusts, powers of attorney, healthcare directives (a.k.a. living wills/advance directives), guardian and conservator nominations, cohabitation agreements and prenuptial agreements.
Probate and Trust Administration and all administration aspects of a decedentâs estate, whether simple or complex, formal or informal, including, for example, preparation of a disclaimer, filing of a petition to construe a Will or Trust, and ancillary probate administration, as well as the representation of a personal representative, trustee or beneficiary in a Will/Trust contest or other litigation concerning a Will or Trust.
Guardianships/Conservatorships, including giving advice and representing an individual(s) who would like to become the court-appointed guardian/conservator for a spouse or other adult or a minor child, and the preparation of all court-required documents, as well as the representation of individuals in any contest or other litigation with regard to a proposed or existing guardianship or conservatorship.
Real Estate, including representation of a buyer or seller in a residential purchase or sale, and the discussion, review and preparation of the Purchase Agreement and other documents relating to the transaction, as well as proceedings concerning questions relating to the title of property.
Mike has given presentations in his practice areas to his fellow members of the Minnesota State Bar Association, Ramsey County Bar Association, as well as various community groups and organizations.
He is a current member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and Ramsey County Bar Association, and is co-chair of the Ramsey County Bar Associationâs âFamilies Firstâ day, an annual free picnic-type event for children from various St. Paul schools and their family members.
âMany times the hardest part of doing something isnât the âdoing,â but knowing and understanding the available options and the consequences of each option. Once the options and consequences are understood, an informed decision can then be made.
When someone has a question about Wills, Trusts, Probate or other practice areas, whether a first-time caller or a long-term client, my goal is to try and answer the question in a manner that makes it easy to understand and gives the person the information needed to make a decisionâall of which I find very satisfying.â MJB, 2011