Olson & Breckner, P.A.

AV-rated Minneapolis Attorneys

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Firm Overview

Providing effective and focused legal services
At Olson & Breckner, P.A., our law firm's success is tied to our clients. Our longstanding ties with our community and commitment to client service ensure that our attorneys provide you with carefully designed remedies that satisfy your legal objectives. Our partners, Andrea S. Breckner and Gene C. Olson, have earned the respect of their peers - both achieving AV Preeminent Peer Review Ratings by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for their professionalism and ethics.

Our efforts are also regularly recognized by respected publications and rankings. Our partners are both listed in "Best Lawyers in America" and named "Super Lawyers" by Minnesota Law and Politics. We bring unsurpassed credentials and 60 years of combined legal experience to each case we handle.

Olson & Breckner, P.A. can help you with:
-Estate and Trust Planning
-Estate and Trust Administration
-Wills
-Probate
-Charitable Gift Planning
-Tax Exempt Organizations
-Business Succession Planning
-Estate, Gift, Generation-Skipping Transfer and Income Taxation
Client-centered law firm

One of our main areas of practice is estate planning. Some of the legal issues that arise, like probate, can be intimidating process - and they occur at the worst possible times in people's lives. As a boutique law firm with big law firm experience, we offer a degree of comfort not found at less client-centered firms. We advise and guide you throughout the process and are always transparent about the pros and cons of your case, as well as the likely costs and outcomes.
Main Office

Main Office
150 South Fifth Street, Suite 3230
Minneapolis  MN  55402

Phone
  • 612-455-1000
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Estate Planning
Trusts and Estates
Experienced Minnesota trusts and estates attorneys
With more than 60 years of combined experience, the attorneys at Olson & Breckner, P.A. possess in-depth knowledge about all aspects of trusts and estate issues, including:
-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Guardianship
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Probate
-Trust Administration
-Wills drafting and execution
-Estate planning

We can advise you on the best approach to your estate planning. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. We can draft a will that reflects your desires and establish living trusts if they would be beneficial to your estate.

Probate
Our attorneys apply their extensive knowledge about Minnesota probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. We assist executors in all steps of the process, including:
-Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
-Filing the will with the probate court in Minnesota
-Closing and opening bank accounts
-Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
-Determining the value of the estate
-Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
-Paying taxes and other debts
-Locating beneficiaries
-Hiring professionals and experts when necessary
-Probate disputes

When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we successfully represent your interests. We have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries.

Gene Olson

Mr. Olson is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas
-Estate planning
-Trust planning
-Administration of trusts and estates
-Charitable giving
-Tax exempt organizations law
-Taxation

Education
-University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1973
-University of Minnesota, B.S., with distinction, 1970

Admitted
-Minnesota, 1973
-U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1974

Associations and memberships
-Hennepin County Bar Association
-Minnesota State Bar Association (Chair, Probate and Trust Law Section, 1991-1992)
-American Bar Association

Biographical details
-Co-Author: "Minnesota Practice: Methods of Practice, Estate Administration," (West)
-Co-Author: Minnesota Trust Administration Deskbook, 2nd Edition, 2005
-Frequent lecturer, Continuing Legal Education (CLE), professional and community group seminars on topics relating to estate and trust matters
-Recipient, Eugene P. Daly Jr. Award for outstanding contribution to the practice of law in the State of Minnesota
-Listed in "Best Lawyers in America"
-Named a "Super Lawyer," Minnesota Law and Politics
-Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Education
  • University of Minnesota Law School
    Juris Doctorate

Andrea S. Breckner

Ms. Breckner is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for her professionalism and ethics.

Practice areas
-Estate planning
-Trust planning
-Estate and trust administration
-Charitable giving
-Business succession planning
-Taxation

Admitted
-Minnesota, 1986

Education
-University of Iowa, J.D., with distinction, 1986
-University of Iowa, B.B.A., 1982

Associations and memberships
-Minnesota State Bar Association (Chair, Probate and Trust Law Section, 2003-2004)
-Hennepin County Bar Association
-American Bar Association

Biographical details
-Co-Author, Minnesota Estate Administration, Minnesota CLE
-Co-Author, Minnesota Trust Administration, Minnesota CLE
-Co-Author, Drafting Wills and Trust Agreements, Minnesota CLE
-Listed in "Best Lawyers in America" since 2004
-Named "Super Lawyer", Minnesota Law and Politics since 2000
-Frequent lecturer, Continuing Legal Education (CLE), professional and community group seminars on topics relating to estate and trust matters
-Fellow: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Education
  • University of Iowa
    Juris Doctorate
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