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Karen Ciegler Hansen

p (612) 604-6670   f (612) 604-6970 
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1980
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., Economics, 1976
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Karen Hansen is a lawyer who practices in the areas of estate planning and probate and trust administration. Karen has concentrated her legal career in this area for over 25 years. Karen has worked with thousands of individuals, families and businesses in estate planning, business succession planning, and implementation of the estate plan after the death of a client. Her specialty is designing and tailoring estate plans to meet the individual needs and goals of her clients and their families. Karen meets with clients in both the Winthrop & Weinstine Minneapolis and St. Paul law offices.

Team Approach
Karen works closely with the other members of her estate planning team to deliver personalized and prompt service. She also collaborates with all attorneys at Winthrop & Weinstine to advise clients related to business and tax planning, real estate, litigation, and other legal needs.

Personalized estate planning to fit your goals and concerns, including Estate Planning designed to avoid family conflict, Estate Plan tailored to client's goals and family, Cabin Agreements, Avoiding Probate, Reduce Estate Taxes, Wisconsin Licensed, Revocable Trusts, Wills, Healthcare Directive, Power of Attorney, Large Estates, Legacy, Charitable Giving, Gifting, Formation of LLC, Family Limited Partnerships, Business Agreements, Probate & Trust Administration, Estate Tax Returns, LGBTQ Legal Agreements, Premarital Agreements, Cohabitation Agreements, International Law

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1981
Wisconsin, 1991
Presentations and Articles

Karen Hansen frequently speaks and writes on estate planning and charitable giving, including on the continuing changes in estate tax law and estate administration, especially in Minnesota and Wisconsin. She has spoken and written for community and private organizations, financial planners and insurance agents, and non-profit organizations, including the Minnesota Planned Giving Council, the St. Croix Valley Foundation, the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation, and Family Means.

Presentation Topics

  • “Estate Planning Developments and Topics for Individuals”
  • “Estate Tax Updates”
  • “Charitable Giving”
  • “Estate Planning Developments and Topics for Financial Advisors”
  •  “Legacy Giving”
  • “Donor-Centered Fundraising in a Down Economy
  • “Trusts, Creditors’ Rights and Access to Assets” 
  • "Moral Distress in Contemporary Health Care"
  • "Estate Planning: Beyond the Basics"


Client Alerts
Current Volunteer Activities 
  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, Pro Bono Attorney Volunteer
  • Women's Foundation of Minnesota, Professional Advisors Network

Past Volunteer Activities

  • Metropolitan State University, Marketing Committee
  • St. Croix River Association, Board of Directors, Secretary, Executive Committee, Chair of Board Affairs, Board Affairs Committee
  • St. Croix Valley Community Foundation, Board of Directors, Vice Chair
  • FamilyMeans, Board of Directors
  • Partnership Plan, Board of Directors
  • Rotary International, active member for 18 years
  • MYR (Mapping Your Retirement), Board Member

Honors & Awards

  • Five Star Financial Services Professional, 2016-2017
  • MSBA North Star Lawyer for Pro Bono Service, 2015-2016

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