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Changing the Focus of Estate and Disability Planning

Traditional estate and disability planning have centered on tax avoidance, asset protection and transfer of assets to subsequent generations. While these remain important issues for families, given the changes in transfer tax laws and effective use of trusts, few families actually have to deal with significant taxes after death. Wealth does not guarantee dignity or quality of life. Simply drawing up documents that deal only with issues surrounding wealth may not be adequate until fiduciaries who are called upon to administer these documents are educated about applying administration and principles which add to the quality of life for those impacted by them.

Our office engages in a three step process to complete a client’s estate and/or disability plan. First, we conduct a thorough interview to explore all possible legal alternatives that allow implementation of a client’s wishes. Second, we have the client execute documents necessary to accomplish the wishes and goals. Third, we invite all parties who will serve as fiduciaries and the client to discuss the various roles each will play and their responsibilities when the time comes to take necessary action. What we won’t do is hand the client a sheaf of executed documents, shake their hands and wish them luck as we walk them out the door.

Your planning is as much about your quality-of-life issues as it is about making sure your beneficiaries and family members will not have to suffer through either the court system or a bureaucracy because they lack proper legal authority.



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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 30%
    8 years, 200 cases
  2. Wills: 25%
    8 years, 600 cases
  3. Trusts: 25%
    8 years, 200 cases
  4. Investment Fraud: 10%
    8 years, 15 cases
  5. Probate: 10%
    8 years, 15 cases



Hourly ($215-300/hour), contingent (25-30%), Retainer (sometimes)

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    Mark has an extensive background in financial planning. He brings the knowledge gained from that background to his practice in the areas of Elder Law and Estate Planning. His depth of knowledge in these areas is coupled with a genuine desire to achieve results for clients that well exceed their expectations.


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Contact info

Breneman Law, PLLC

505 Frontage Rd. NE
P.O. Box 219
Byron, MN, 55920


MNAuthorized to practice200807/31/2015
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyBreneman Law, PLLC2012 - Present
AssociateDavis Law Firm, P.A.2007 - 2012
Managing PartnerBreneman Winbush Wealth Management, LLP1988 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Minnesota State Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/A2008 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hamline University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Hamline University School of LawN/ACertificant in Dispute Resolution2007
College for Financial PlanningFinancial PlanningMS Master of Science1992
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeGermanBA - Bachelor of Arts1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law Library CLE SeriesUnderstanding Long Term Care2012