Estate Planning

Estate Planning Attorney in St. Paul

Clarence Patterson III is the esteemed founder of the Law Offices of Clarence Patterson III, dedicated to "Protecting Rights & Improving Lives." Beyond navigating the intricacies of the law, the essence of Mr. Patterson's commendable success lies in his unyielding drive to secure outcomes that align with his client's aspirations and needs. He firmly believes that no case is too minor or insignificant. This philosophy propels him to stand shoulder to shoulder with his clients, guiding them with unwavering support throughout their legal journey. Since establishing his practice in 2018, Clarence has gained profound Family Law experience. 

If you need assistance with family legal matters, contact The Law Offices of Clarence Patterson. When working with our law firm, you will have an experienced attorney who is easily accessible, patient, tech-savvy, and efficient so that you can save on attorney costs. We offer free consultations to help you determine what your next steps need to be.

Estate Planning Legal Services We Offer

At The Law Offices of Clarence Patterson III, we understand the intricacies and the emotional weight estate planning cases often carry. Our firm is not just about legal guidance; but about understanding, supporting, and helping navigate these trying decisions with compassion and clarity. Whatever your estate planning needs, our firm stands ready to assist, ensuring that your legacy, assets, and wishes are preserved and protected. 

Here are the Estate Planning case types we can help take on:

  • Estate Administration: In Minnesota, estate administration pertains to the management and distribution of a deceased individual's assets, whether in line with their will or according to state law. Depending on asset titling, probate might be required, necessitating either a formal or informal process. Here, an estate planning attorney like Clarence Patterson III becomes instrumental. He simplifies the estate administration process and ensures correct probate procedures are followed, debts are settled, and assets are distributed appropriately.

  • Health Care Directives: This is a crucial document in Minnesota, allowing individuals to specify their medical care preferences should they become incapacitated. With the guidance of an estate planning attorney, individuals can draft comprehensive and legally valid health care directives, ensuring all nuances of their wishes are captured.

  • Last Will & Testament: A staple in estate planning, this legal document details how individuals want their assets distributed posthumously. To be valid in Minnesota, a will needs to meet specific criteria, including proper witnessing. An estate planning attorney ensures the drafting of a legally sound will, potentially reducing future disputes among beneficiaries.

  • Personal Gifts: Gifting assets, either during one's lifetime or upon death, might seem straightforward, but in Minnesota, such gifts can significantly influence estate taxes or even Medical Assistance estate claims. A skilled estate planning attorney can offer insights into strategic gifting, allowing for the minimization of tax implications and unintentional benefit disqualifications.

  • Revocable Trust: These trusts, which can be altered or revoked during one's lifetime, offer an avenue to avoid the probate process in Minnesota. With the experience of an estate planning attorney, individuals can seamlessly create, fund, and even amend these trusts, ensuring asset protection and fluid transfer upon their demise.

  • Wills And Trusts: Trusts do a great job of protecting assets you plan to pass on to other family members. If you set up a trust, there can also be tax savings when it comes to transferring wealth to the next generation within a family. Another benefit of having a trust is that your family members can avoid the probate process altogether because the trust has designated terms and beneficiaries. Crafting clear and legally compliant Wills and Trusts can benefit greatly from the involvement of an estate planning attorney, safeguarding the individual's end-of-life desires.

  • Financial Power of Attorney (POA): A financial POA, recognized and regulated in Minnesota, grants a designated individual the authority to manage one's financial matters. An estate planning attorney ensures the drafted POA is specific and in line with the grantor's exact wishes, covering all eventualities where the grantor might be incapacitated.

  • Medical Power of Attorney (POA): This particular power of attorney aligns with Health Care Directives in Minnesota, allowing a designated person to make critical medical decisions on one's behalf. An attorney's involvement ensures the seamless integration of this POA with other healthcare documents, reflecting the grantor's values and wishes.

  • Death Deeds: Minnesota acknowledges Transfer on Death Deeds (TODD), enabling property transfer upon the owner's death, bypassing probate. An estate planning attorney offers strategic insights into the use of TODDs, ensuring assets transfer efficiently and sidestepping potential probate pitfalls.

With a grasp of Minnesota's legal landscape, Clarence Patterson III ensures that all legal documents and strategies are not only compliant but also tailored to the unique needs of each individual.

Why Clients Choose Clarence:
Stephanie Ramirez

He was aggressive in court and commanded the respect of the judge. I definitely recommend him!

Bryant Jones

You want results. You call Clarence. Period

JLD Virtual Assistant Services, LLC

Clarence is an exceptional attorney. He is compassionate, driven and dedicated to help his clients. He will work extremely hard for you and get the job done!

Grandkids Adventures Gilbert

Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

Gerard Surban

Great lawyer and a fantastic professional. Thank you for your help during these trying times.

Tanner Sherman

Clarence was patient, professional and sympathetic to our situation without over-promising and under delivering.

Thao Tran

He made it clear from the beginning how he would help me reach my goals and in the end, he delivered! Thank you, Mr. Patterson!

Lonny Schultz

Highly recommended, for ending a tumultuous situation with professionalism and value.

Adriana Richmond

The commitment Mr. Patterson has to supporting his clients and giving his 100% to his cases is unmatched. He will always be my first call when I am need of legal services.


I'd like to thank Mr Patterson for getting me through a rough legal and emotional draining battle.

Megan Hernandez

I would definitely recommend him to anyone who needs help with custody, child support or mediation.

Steph R.

He was aggressive in court and commanded the respect of the judge. I definitely recommend him!

Keegan Melton

He was very thorough at explaining everything to me and walking me through the process.

Mark Crowder

We won our case thank you CJ Patterson.

Mark Crowder

He was upfront and honest about what to expect (during this process) and his rates. I only wish I found him sooner.

Noelle Luong

I’m truly thankful for Clarence and recommend him to anyone seeking a lawyer for child custody.

Jakozy W.

I would definitely recommend him for any of your legal issues (that he specializes in).

Robert S.

If you want a lawyer with a heart he's definitely that guy, and his rates are reasonable as well!!

Contact an Estate Planning Attorney in St. Paul

At the Law Office of Clarence Patterson III, our team is dedicated to helping and representing you. You will have an experienced attorney who is easily accessible, patient, tech-savvy, and efficient so that you can save on attorney costs.

Our firm primarily serves the areas of Ramsey County, Washington County, Hennepin County, Dakota County, and other areas around Minnesota. If you are in need of an experienced family law attorney in Minnesota, please contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.

Why Clients Choose Clarence

Founder | Lawyer

Clarence Patterson III is the founding attorney of the Law Offices of Clarence Patterson III. The firm is rooted in the principle of “Protecting Rights & Improving Lives.”

The underlying premise of Mr. Patterson’s success is that he is not just “practicing” law, he is dedicated to obtaining results that clients need and expect.

Mr. Patterson recognizes that there is no such thing as a “small case.” Which is why he is dedicated to being by the side of his clients throughout the duration of their legal matter.

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Experienced working with all Minnesota courts.
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Clarence is a passionate defender of his client's rights.
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The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. The Law Offices of Clarence Patterson III's legal team is licensed to practice law in Minnesota. We invite you to contact us, but please be aware that contacting us does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until an attorney-client relationship has been established.

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