Estate Planning & Business Succession

The ever-increasing complexity of personal and business taxation poses a challenge for clients seeking to pass on wealth or transition a business to the next generation. For more than thirty years, our attorneys have set a high standard of knowledge, experience and creativity in advising clients about all aspects of the planning process, from simple wills to multi-generational planning.

Our practice group focuses on the personal and family objectives of each client to assure that the client’s beneficiaries receive the property intended for them with a minimum of tax consequences. We are well versed in the full range of estate planning options, especially for closely-held businesses, including wills and trusts, lifetime gifts, asset protection, life insurance and employee stock ownership plans.

We work closely with clients’ accountants, financial planners, insurance professionals and other professional advisors to achieve each client’s goals efficiently, with a focus on practical strategies and long-term benefits. Our attorneys have represented trusts and estates before the Internal Revenue Service and the Minnesota Department of Revenue. We also provide services in every aspect of estate and trust administration, including probate court filings, tax filings, preparation of estate, gift and fiduciary tax returns and counseling with respect to charitable giving, guardianships, conservatorships and will contests.

Because the focus of our practice is on individuals and closely-held businesses, we have the experience to lead our clients through the many tactical, strategic and emotional issues associated with the planning of an estate or the transition of closely-held businesses to the next generation of owners.

Attorneys Practicing in Estate Planning & Business Succession
Anderson_Scott_548Scott Anderson
Shareholder JD/CPA
Matthew Hartranft
Of Counsel
Heinson_Gordon_074Gordon Heinson
Of Counsel
Ray_Nathan_332Nathan Ray
Shareholder
Redpath_John_402John Redpath
Shareholder
Thomas Trier
Associate

Workout, Loan Restructuring & Bankruptcy

Expertise to maximize returns while minimizing losses

For decades, clients in distressed credit situations throughout the country have turned to our dedicated team of Workout, Loan Restructuring & Bankruptcy attorneys for comprehensive, timely and actionable advice.

Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson’s Workout, Loan Restructuring and Bankruptcy lawyers have guided clients in virtually every form of restructuring, bankruptcy and workout, including floor plan financing, factoring arrangements and asset-based lending, among other things. We counsel clients of all sizes, including many of the nation’s largest financial institutions.

We understand the merits and complexities of different approaches for creditors and the products and services they offer. That’s why instead of offering broad financial service coverage to creditors and debtors alike, we provide specialized expertise to secured creditors, equipment lessors, landlords and vendors. This focused practice approach results in unparalleled familiarity with the unique issues and challenges of our clients, and allows us to produce cost-effective, creative and successful strategies both within and outside of formal bankruptcy cases. Put simply, we anticipate issues and address challenges before they become crises.

Attorneys Practicing in Workout, Loan Restructuring & Bankruptcy
Anderson_Scott_548Scott Anderson
Shareholder JD/CPA
Duggan_Rory_510Rory Duggan
Shareholder
Eidson_Gary_037Gary Eidson
Shareholder
Jensen_Dick_012Richard Jensen
Shareholder
Jones_Jeff_268Jeffrey Jones
Shareholder
Ladner_Fred_234Frederick Ladner
Shareholder
Ratelle_Paul_528Paul Ratelle
Shareholder
Welsch_Katie_325Katie Welsch
Shareholder
Westra_Mark_467Mark Westra
Of Counsel

Construction

Practical, experienced counsel from schematics to grand opening

For 35 years, Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thomson’s nationally respected, trial-tested team of Construction Law attorneys has worked with clients to better manage the process, minimize risk and ultimately, protect our client’s interests at every stage.

Because Fabyanske, Westra, Hart and Thomson’s Construction Law team concentrates its practice on development, design and construction, we know how the industry operates. Every member of our team brings in-depth knowledge of the industry’s unique features. Many of our practitioners are nationally known lecturers and frequent authors in construction law journals; have been recognized as leaders in the field by the American College of Construction Lawyers, the Minnesota State Bar Association, national publications; or have held leadership positions in major industry organizations. The result? We speak the same language as our clients. We know the relationships, practices and risks unique to the industry that mean the difference between a successful project and an unnecessary loss.

We have worked extensively in both the public and private sectors throughout the United States, and our clients span all sectors of the industry and include contractors, subcontractors, owners, design professionals, sureties, and insurers. We provide counsel in all aspects of construction law and the construction process, including, but not limited to mediation, arbitration or litigation of disputes, preventive planning, contract drafting, procurement issues, insurance coverage disputes, lien and bond claims, differing site conditions disputes, claims for delay, acceleration and disruption, defective construction litigation, and professional liability claims.

Attorneys Practicing in Construction

 

Alexander Athmann
Associate
Becker_Mark_308Mark Becker
Shareholder
Hugh-Brown-smallHugh Brown
Associate
Colin_Bruns_smlColin Bruns
Associate
Collins_Matt_105Lucas Clayton
Associate
Collins_Matt_105Matthew Collins
Shareholder
Douglas_Julia_155Julia Douglass
Shareholder
Fabyanske_Marv_032Marvin Fabyanske
Of Counsel
Hart_Kyle_496Kyle Hart
Shareholder
Jensen_Dick_012Richard Jensen
Shareholder
Orman_Jesse_093Jesse Orman
Shareholder
Radaj_Elise_126Sara Porter
Associate
Radaj_Elise_126Elise Radaj
Associate
Radaj_Elise_126Lauren Ritchie
Associate
Thomas Schram
Associate
Sellers_Nathan_015Nathan Sellers
Shareholder
Spalj_Greg_455Gregory Spalj
Shareholder
Thomson_Dean_494Dean Thomson
Shareholder
Vollbrecht_Thomas_croppedThomas Vollbrecht
Shareholder
Wells_Leon_126Leon Wells
Associate
Wieland_Jeff_126Jeffrey Wieland
Shareholder