North Dakota Estate Planning Lawyers

Kaitlin DeCrescente
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Williston, ND Estate Planning Attorney with 2 years experience
(701) 577-2000 111 East Broadway
PO Box 1526
Williston, ND 58801
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Growing up in a farming family in Williston, North Dakota, Kaitlin understands the unique legal challenges that come with the changing dynamic of western North Dakota. She has handled a wide range of legal issues in her career, but she currently focuses on transactional and administrative matters, including municipal law, zoning issues, business law, estate planning, probate, oil and gas, and property matters. Kaitlin also does appellate work and has ably represented clients before the North Dakota Supreme Court. Kaitlin has previously served as an Assistant City Attorney for Williston, ND, Stanley, ND, and Arnegard, ND, and City Attorney for...
Thaddeus E. Swanson
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Fargo, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 3 years experience
(701) 237-5544 1800 Radisson Tower
201 North 5th St.
Fargo, ND 58102
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
University of North Dakota School of Law
Thaddeus Swanson is an associate attorney in the firm’s transactional group. His practice focuses on estate planning, contracts, probate, drafting purchase agreements, business entity formation, and real estate.
Kelly Jane Swenseth
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Devils Lake, ND Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(701) 662-5058 817 5th Avenue NE
PO Box 393
Devils Lake, ND 58301
Estate Planning, Elder, Energy and Real Estate
University of North Dakota School of Law
Available to help farmers and small business owners manage and protect their family's mineral, property, and business interests so they can continue to provide for their loved ones and for future generations.
Jason P. Sayler
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Devils Lake, ND Estate Planning Lawyer
(877) 872-9667 509 5th St. NE
#1
Devils Lake, ND 58301
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
University of North Dakota School of Law
Kelsey Arnold Krapp
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Jamestown, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 years experience
(701) 252-1800 123 1st Avenue South
Suite 125
Jamestown, ND 58401
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Insurance Defense, Personal Injury and Real Estate
University of North Dakota School of Law
Kelsey (commonly known as "Lou") was born and raised on his family's farm and bison ranch near Pingree, North Dakota. After graduating from Pingree-Buchanan High School, he attended the University of North Dakota for both his undergraduate and law degrees. Following law school, Kelsey worked as an associate attorney with a private litigation firm in Bismarck, primarily defending personal injury and property damage cases. Additionally, he served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the North Dakota Public Service Commission for various regulatory matters. In 2016, Kelsey moved back to the Jamestown area to start James Valley...
Paul C. Germolus
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Bismarck, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 21 years experience
(701) 255-2010 1915 N. Kavaney Dr., Suite 3
PO Box 858
Bismarck, ND 58502-0858
Estate Planning, Energy, Probate and Real Estate
University of North Dakota School of Law
Paul C. Germolus has been in the practice of law in Bismarck, ND for over 20 years, and is a founding partner of the Germolus Knoll & Leibel, LLP Law Firm. His primary areas of practice are business and commercial transactions, real estate, agricultural law, oil and gas, probate and estate planning. Paul was raised on a farm outside Borup, Minnesota where he was involved with his family’s grain and livestock farming operation. In 1989, he received a Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University in agricultural economics and a minor in business administration, with additional emphasis...
John Traynor
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Devils Lake, ND Estate Planning Attorney with 67 years experience
(877) 872-9667 509 5th St NE
#1
Devils Lake, ND 58301
Estate Planning, Business and Probate
University of North Dakota School of Law
Adam Wogsland
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Fargo, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(701) 297-2890 4627 44th Ave S #108
Fargo, ND 58104
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
J. Thomas Traynor Jr
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Devils Lake, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience
(877) 872-9667 509 5th St NE
#1
Devils Lake, ND 58301
Estate Planning, Collections, Municipal and Probate
University of North Dakota School of Law
Lisa Benson
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Fargo, ND Estate Planning Attorney with 13 years experience
(701) 478-9895 L. Benson Law, PLLC
4225 38th St S, Ste 107B
Fargo, ND 58104
Estate Planning, Divorce and Family
University of North Dakota School of Law
John Traynor
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Devils Lake, ND Estate Planning Attorney with 67 years experience

University of North Dakota School of Law8th Circuit, U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota and North Dakota
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J. Thomas Traynor Jr
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Devils Lake, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience

University of North Dakota School of LawNorth Dakota
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Michael P. Carlson
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Fargo, ND Estate Planning Attorney
(701) 237-5544 1800 Radisson Tower
Fargo, ND 58108-2626
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Securities
University of North Dakota School of Law
Michael is an attorney in the Nilles Law Firm's transactions department. His practice is focused on business and transactional law, and includes business organizations, contract negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate financing and securities, and real estate transactions.
Chad Anderson
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Bismarck, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 3 years experience
(701) 214-5277 120 N 3rd St.
Suite #210
Bismarck, ND 58501
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Bankruptcy, Elder and Probate
University of North Dakota School of Law
Jesse D. Maier
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Fargo, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 3 years experience
(701) 297-2890 3627 44th Ave S. Ste. 108
Fargo, ND 58104
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of North Dakota School of Law
Stefan Dunkelgrun
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Grand Forks, ND Estate Planning Attorney
(701) 997-0300 4324 University Avenue Suite A
Grand Forks, ND 58203
Free ConsultationEstate Planning
Fordham University School of Law
Ronald Paul Kallemeyn
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Williston, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 20 years experience
PO Box 1366
Williston, ND 58802-1366
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Amanda Engen
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Devils Lake, ND Estate Planning Attorney with 8 years experience
(701) 662-6061 501 3rd St NE, Suite 2
Devils Lake, ND 58301
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Divorce, Family and Social Security Disability
University of Nebraska College of Law
Jordan Thomas Schuetzle Esq.
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Grand Forks, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 11 years experience
(701) 347-8215 4200 James Ray Dr
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Administrative, Business and Real Estate
University of North Dakota School of Law
Leslie Thielen
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(701) 478-7620 3003 32nd Ave. S, Ste. 240
Fargo, ND 58103
Fargo, ND Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
Estate Planning, Business, Probate and Real Estate
Marquette University Law School
Jason Astrup
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Fargo, ND Estate Planning Attorney with 14 years experience
(701) 356-1287 5195 45th St. S
Suite 200
Fargo, ND 58104
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Probate
University of North Dakota School of Law
Don Krassin
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Wahpeton, ND Estate Planning Attorney with 42 years experience
(701) 642-4747 120 First St South
Wahpeton, ND 58075
Estate Planning, Criminal, Divorce and Probate
Jason P. Sayler
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Devils Lake, ND Estate Planning Lawyer

University of North Dakota School of LawMinnesota, North Dakota, Tribal Court of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota and U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
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Isaac J Zimmerman
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Bismarck, ND Estate Planning Attorney
(800) 767-3557 Kirkwood Office Tower 919 S. 7th St., Suite 607
Bismarck, ND 58504
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Business and Probate
Isaac is an attorney and certified public accountant. He represents farmers, ranchers, estates, owners of mineral interests, and owners of closely held businesses in a range of legal and tax matters. Isaac graduated from Cornell University and practiced with a national accounting firm in New York and Nevada before attending law school at the University of St. Thomas. He worked for a real estate development company during and immediately after law school. Isaac’s father grew up on a ranch north of Napoleon, North Dakota and his mother’s family operated a small business in the Fargo-Moorhead area....
Gerald A. Kuhn
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Bismarck, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 44 years experience
(701) 224-1519 523 E. Bismarck Expy
Suite 3
Bismarck, ND 58504
Estate Planning, Business, Energy and Probate
University of Florida
Shannon Peter Uglem
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Northwood, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 14 years experience
(701) 587-6121 8 N Main St
Northwood, ND 58267
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
James Wilson
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Garrison, ND Estate Planning Attorney
2 N Main Street
PO Box 783
Garrison, ND 58540
Estate Planning
Dickinson, ND Estate Planning Attorney with 53 years experience
(701) 227-1841 46 2nd St W
Dickinson, ND 58601
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
West Fargo, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 46 years experience
(701) 282-3249 901 13th Ave E
West Fargo, ND 58078
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Williston, ND Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(701) 572-2200 111 E Broadway
Williston, ND 58801
Estate Planning and Business
Williston, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(701) 572-2200 111 E Broadway
Williston, ND 58801
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Real Estate
Mayville, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 42 years experience
(701) 788-3251 12 3rd St SE
Mayville, ND 58257
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Devils Lake, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 63 years experience
(701) 662-2177 409 4th Ave NE
Devils Lake, ND 58301
Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Bowman, ND Estate Planning Attorney with 39 years experience
(701) 523-3112 20 W Divide
Bowman, ND 58623
Estate Planning and Tax
Minot, ND Estate Planning Attorney with 65 years experience
(701) 852-4837 201 Main St S
Minot, ND 58701
Estate Planning and Real Estate
Fargo, ND Estate Planning Attorney
(701) 281-8001 4802 Amber Valley Pkwy
Fargo, ND 58104
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
Wahpeton, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 39 years experience
(701) 642-9000 922 Dakota Ave
Wahpeton, ND 58075
Estate Planning
Fargo, ND Estate Planning Attorney with 12 years experience
(701) 271-2041 51B Broadway
Fargo, ND
Estate Planning and Tax
University of North Dakota School of Law
Mandan, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 66 years experience
(701) 663-6568 210 1st Ave NW
Mandan, ND 58554
Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Minot, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 52 years experience
(701) 852-4837 201 Main St S
Minot, ND 58701
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Tax
Harvey, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 41 years experience
(701) 324-4668 708 Lincoln Ave
Harvey, ND 58341
Estate Planning, Business, Collections and Criminal
Fargo, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 37 years experience
(701) 235-4481 815 3rd Ave S
Fargo, ND 58103
Estate Planning, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Williston, ND Estate Planning Lawyer with 49 years experience
(701) 577-6771 314 1st Ave E
Williston, ND 58801
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
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Planning your estate?

Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


Fiduciary: A person or institution who manages money or property for another and who must exercise a standard care imposed by law, i.e., personal representative or executor of an estate, a trustee, etc.

Personal representative: The person who administers an estate. If named in a will, that person's title is an executor. If there is no valid will, that person's title is an administrator.