Michael S. Divine is an associate in the Tax, Trusts and
Estates practice, and has extensive experience advising clients in estate
planning, probate, business succession planning, and the implementation of
estate plans after death. He regularly speaks at local and national conferences
relating to tax, trust, and estate law, and his legal articles have been
published in five languages.
Michael uses a broad range of tools including wills, trusts,
business entities, health care directives, and powers of attorney to reduce
estate taxes and navigate complicated family and business relationships. He
works with clients to tailor plans that ensure wealth is transferred to the
next generation in a matter that is not only efficient, but also encourages
value-driven and responsible asset management, preserving principal for
generations to come.
Occasionally, families encounter differences in goals that
cannot be resolved through negotiation, requiring the help of a formal process
involving a judge, arbitrator, or jury. When such conflict occurs, Michael
helps clients navigate litigation procedures, while working to reduce the
financial and emotional toll involved in trust and estate contests.
meets with clients both in the Winthrop & Weinstine Minneapolis and Saint
United States District Court, District of Minnesota