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Margaret Barrett

Estate planning Attorney at Saint Paul, MN

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Margaret Mary Kyle

  • Licensed for 32 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1991
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Margaret

Learn Margaret’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    We help families protect their assets and their loved ones. This includes specific practice areas detailed below: wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and health care directives, as well as deeds, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

    12 years

  2. Elder law
    We help seniors plan to protect assets while paying for long term care and qualifying forMedical Assistance. We help persons with special needs to setup trusts and obtain guardians and conservators.

    12 years

  3. Probate
    We help families administer their loved one's estate, including probate or trust administration or estate administration without court involvement.

    12 years

  4. Guardianship
    Seeking court appointment or modification of orders appointing a guardian or conservator for minors or persons with disabilities.

  5. Trusts
    Crafting a variety of trusts to fit the client's needs an goals such as: revocable living trusts, marital trusts, cabin trusts or LLC's, special needs or supplemental needs trusts.

    12 years

  6. Wills and living wills
    Crafting Wills and Health Care Directives (formerly called Living Wills in MN) are part of the estate planning practice.

    12 years

  7. Power of attorney
    Everyone over 18 should have a power of attorney appointing someone to handle their financial and legal affairs in case of incapacity. We craft custom statutory short form and durable powers of attorney.

    12 years

Hi, I am Margaret Barrett.

I founded Safe Harbor Estate Law to help families protect what is most important to them.  I am motivated by life experiences that help me relate to my clients. My ex-husband died suddenly, leaving our young children and a messy estate that took 7 years to resolve.  My siblings and I worked together to support my parents in my Dad's dementia. My new husband and I crafted a plan to protect each other and all of our children in our blended family when we pass away. Many of my clients experience or want to prepare for the experiences I have already learned from.

My expertise is in helping baby boomers and their parents to acheive their goals while minimizing expenses and hassles.  I create estate plans that protect my clients in case of incapacity during life, and direct their assets while protecting their loved ones after they pass away. 

I also ease the burdens of families worried about paying for long term care, by developing personalized plans that take advantage of all the benefits available to them. Finally, after a loved one dies, I handle probate, or estate or trust administration for my clients at a difficult time in their lives.

I enjoy working with my clients' family members whenever it is feasible. My practice is to team up with other professionals on my clients' behalf.  My goal is to develop long lasting relationships with my clients that are mutually satisfying.

I am often asked what an Elder Lawyer does. In my case, my elder law practice includes planning and applying for long term care Medical Assistance and VA benefits so my clients can get the care they need and protect assets.  I also have expertise regarding the challenges of incapacity, the risks of expoitation of vulnerable adults, and how a lawyer can bring solutions as part of a team. I spent 5 years as a litigation attorney in a big law firm, so I am comfortable and successful in advocating for my clients in court.

I currently serve as Co-Chair of the Ramsey County Bar Association SoloSmall Section. I formerly served as Communications Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Elder Law Section.  I am also a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Christian Legal Society of Minnesota.

I speak frequently on a variety of estate planning and elder law topics.  Sample topics include how to avoid common legal mistakes in making an estate plan or in dealing with chronic illness or dementia, and how to prevent your life savings from going to the nursing home. I present to senior groups, support groups, YMCA's, senior care providers and financial groups.  I present complicated topics in clear, understandable manner that can be practically applied.

I grew up in St. Paul and have lived in the area all my life. I also enjoy spending time with my husband, children and grandchildren, fitting in excercise, travel and getting outside whenever I can. 




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Safe Harbor Estate Law
3240 Rice Street
Saint Paul, MN, 55126


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Ann | November 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
Margaret Barrett has been incredibly helpful for my family as she competently and compassionately took care of Probate, Legal Trusts, Advance Directives and Wills for my mother, brother and myself. Margaret went beyond the call of duty regarding some rather tricky, unique obstacles that we found ourselves confronted with. She knows the "law" quickly and well, through and through! She has been clearly communicative and prompt with responses and duties.
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Response from Margaret Barrett November 5, 2018
Ann, it has been our pleasure to help your family through the "tricky, unique obstacles". Thank you so much for the honor of serving you. Our whole team enjoyed it.
Posted by John Guzik | November 29, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney!!!
Margaret Kyle is a first rate-attorney. She stays current, is highly knowledgeable and very skilled at drafting wills, trusts and probate documents. As an attorney myself, I have not only hired her to provide legal services for my own family, but have also referred many of my own clients to her. I would highly recommend her whether your needs are relatively straightforward, or highly complex.
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Response from Margaret Barrett November 5, 2018
John, thank you so much for your business, and your kind words. I appreciate the opportunity to serve you, as well as the clients you refer to me. It has been a pleasure and an honor.


  • Hourly Rates $ 395-395 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney Owner
  • Safe Harbor Estate Law
  • 2013 - Present
  • Director, Women's Ministry
  • North Heights Lutheran Church
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Reimbursement Director - Medicaid
  • Hill-Rom f/k/a Advanced Respiratory
  • 1996 - 2001
  • Civil Litigator
  • Doherty, Rumble & Butler, PA
  • 1991 - 1996
  • Owner
  • Cost Cutters
  • 1985 - 1989
  • Finance
  • General Mills
  • 1981 - 1985
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  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate
  • 1991
  • University of St. Thomas
  • B. A. Accounting
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Guardianship/ Conservatorship
  • Smooth appointment and transition of guardian and conservator.
  • Family's lawyer for all stages of $8 million+ estate plan, gift planning, trust funding, trust administration
  • Federal taxes avoided, clients wishes fulfilled without stress.
  • Protected client from child taking funds she needed for her care and reached peaceful, fair resolution of her estate
  • Client received long term care she needed, fair resolution of difficult situation, estate resolved peacefully.
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  • Christian Legal Society of Minnesota
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorney's, Inc.
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Elder Section Member Communications Committee Chair
  • 2016 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Wilifred Rumble Pro Bono Inuagural Award
  • Doherty Rumble & Butler
  • 1996


  • Minnesota CLE
  • Medicare for Nursing Home and Community Care
  • 2017

Speaking Engagements

  • Parkinson's Support Group
  • Legal Planning for Chronic Illness
  • 2016
  • Caregivers Support Group
  • Planning for Long Term Care
  • 2016
  • Active Older Adults
  • Legal Planning for Dementia
  • 2016
  • May 19 and June 16
  • How to Avoid the Top 3 Estate Planning Estates
  • 2015
  • YMCA Active Older Adults
  • How to Avoid the Top 3 Estate Planning Mistakes Most People Make
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (32)
Endorse Margaret
Elder law Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Margaret through a professional lawyer organization and trust her team would do everything they can to provide excellent service to families in MN needing Estates and Elder Law services. I would wholeheartedly recommend her!"
Elder law Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Margaret is a colleague in the estate planning and elder law community, and I can say she really knows her stuff. She is able to distill complex information for clients into practical solutions. I fully endorse her for being a passionate advocacy and breadth of knowledge in the field."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. Margaret is a well-regarded and driven attorney who has provided exceptional legal representation to numerous clients throughout the years. With her extensive knowledge, broad experience and impressive professional skills, she will invest her time and energy into achieving the best outcome for each client matter, regardless of its level of complexity"
Elder law Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Thoughtful and caring is how I would describe Margaret. As a felmow Elder Law attorney, I understand why an attorney needs these traits. I would send any family to Margaret for help."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Barrett. She is a zealous advocate for her clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Barrett is a hardworker and will advocate for her clients with an attention to detail that you don't see very often these days."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Margaret for all areas of estate planning. Everyone I have referred has been very happy!"
Estate planning Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Other
"Margaret cares about her clients and is consistently looking to improve her client’s lives."
Elder law Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Margaret cares about her clients and works hard advocating for them. I endorse this lawyer."
Trusts Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Margaret is thorough and conscientious in her practice. She works for the client and they benefit from her guidance. I recommend Margaret Kyle."
Trusts Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Margaret is a knowledgeable, efficient and creative estate planning attorney delivering exceptional service to all of her clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse this lawyer! Margaret is a top-notch attorney who knows the law, and always puts her client's needs first. I have not only referred my clients to her, but have hired her myself for estate planning needs."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Margaret for several years and she takes great care to identify her clients' needs and to develop the best possible plan for their legal needs. I would recommend her for your estate planning and elder law needs."
Elder law Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Margaret is passionate about practicing elder law. She is very active in the local elder law bar and serves on the Elder Law Governing Council. She holds herself to high ethical standards. Margaret is an attorney you can trust with your elder law or estate planning matter."
Real estate Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Margaret as opposing counsel on a Real Estate matter. Margaret presented herself and her client's position in the most professional and respectful manner. She was courteous of pending deadlines and reasonable during negotiations. She represented her client's position in a zealous manner without losing track of her respectful tone. I welcome the opportunity to work with Margaret again!"
Elder law Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with Margaret in multiple settings including a large commercial litigation practice and in a corporate counsel position. She is a tireless advocate with passion for representing her clients. She is driven by a strong ethical and moral foundation which motivates her to be a force for positive change and a staunch advocate for those in need. She combines fierce advocacy with compassion, intelligence and pragmatism that results in highly effective outcomes for her clients."
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