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Zachary Alexander Wiegand

Estate planning Attorney at Burnsville, MN

5.0   31 reviews

also known as Zachary Wiegand, Zach Wiegand

  • Licensed for 13 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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About Zachary

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Zachary A. Wiegand is a Minnesota attorney who counsels clients on estate planning, probate, and trust administration matters. Zach helps families preserve and protect their hard-earned assets by drafting comprehensive and protective estate plans including wills, trusts, health care directives and powers of attorney. Following the death of a loved one, Zach also helps navigate families through the probate or trust administration process.

By working closely with his clients and listening intently to their concerns, Zach is better able to understand the goals and wishes of each individual and family he represents. Once each client’s goals are identified, Zach is then able to provide complex solutions in understandable terms.

Zach earned his J.D., cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law where he also received Dean’s List honors. While at William Mitchell, he was named a Student Award of Merit Finalist. Prior to attending law school, Zach earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in history at Norwich University where he played for the Norwich Cadets men’s ice hockey team.

Upon graduating from law school, Zach served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Tammi A. Fredrickson in Minnesota’s 10th judicial district. Following his judicial clerkship, Zach practiced with an estate planning firm in St. Paul and subsequently opened his own estate planning practice.

An Arizona native, Zach is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Probate & Trust Law Section, the Minnesota Planned Giving Council and the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. Zach also serves on the Board of Directors for the Shattuck-St. Mary’s School Foundation.

Zach lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Ruth and their son Henrik. In his spare time, Zach volunteers for the Minnesota Wills for Heroes program and also enjoys traveling, reading and playing or watching hockey.

Awards
  • 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyer - Rising Stars List
    • Awarded to less than 2.5% of all Minnesota Attorneys
  • William Mitchell College of Law - Student Award of Merit Finalist
  • Agnes Dineen Scholar Athlete Award
Memberships
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • WealthCounsel

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Location

Gold Leaf Estate Planning, LLC
3000 County Road 42 West
Suite 310
Burnsville, MN, 55337

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Reviews

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Posted by Dan | March 29, 2024
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Zach took care of us.
Zach created my mother's estate plan with a revocable living trust. He took the time to understand our requirements. He answered all of our questions and helped get the trust funded by helping with the property title work and gave us great instructions for the other accounts. We feel we have a solid trust in place.
Posted by Robert | December 31, 2022
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Mr. and Mrs. Robert Merz
When I went looking for an attorney to draw up a will and ensure my assets would be handled with honesty and that my family would benefit from what I worked hard for, I found Zach Wiegand. I was not disappointed. He was so knowledgeable about my needs. When we sat down to go over our portfolio, it was obvious a lot of time and attention was put into the preparation of our case. I was very impressed with his attention to detail. I’d recommend him to anyone needing a good and honest attorney,
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2022
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Zach was enjoyable to work with on our estate planning.
Very positive experience. Zach does a great job in staying calm and patient, while explaining different approaches to establishing a Customer based estate. He is extremely knowledgeable, thorough, has very efficient associates, and creates a wonderful atmosphere. Zach is also the "perfect age", to assist our survivors after we have passed. We didn't seek other bids for our estate, but I would guess Gold Leaf is not the least expensive that could be found. I would highly recommend Gold Leaf Estate Planning, LLC, headed up by Zach, and his outstanding support staff.
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Posted by David | October 29, 2022
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Outstanding Lawyer!!
I had Zach, and his staff, do a Power of Attorney, and a Trust, for me. They are an outstanding team to work with, very accommodating, and professional. It was a smooth process from the beginning to the end..
Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2022
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Positive experience
Zach and Nicole were a great help and expedited the paper work we needed to get our estate documents together.
Posted by Anna | February 2, 2022
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Amazing Customer Service
Zach prepared our Revocable Family Trusts. He is knowledgeable, friendly and thorough! I would highly recommend him for estate planning services!
Posted by Michael | May 26, 2021
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Client Review
Our lawyer did an excellent job guiding and developing a will for my wife and I. He was very clear and transparent about the process which allowed for a expedient and quality result. We will definitely be recommending his services to friends and family.
Posted by Sonja | May 20, 2021
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Timely, Professional, Reliable, Courteous
We were very pleased with our estate planning with Zach. He was very courteous and took the time to insure that we understood everything in our Plan. He was available for any of our questions. We have a wonderful partnership with Zach.
Posted by Nick | May 17, 2021
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Wiil/Trust Planning
Zach and Nicole were great! First time hiring an attorney. Zach made it very easy, comfortable and was extremely comprehensive in his approach. Would recommend Zach to anyone looking to establish a trust and/or will.
Posted by Bernice and Jim | January 22, 2021
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Review of Zachary Wiegand
I cannot say enough about Zach and his highly professional work ethics. He helped my husband and myself to prepare our long overdue estate plan. We were completely at ease through the process due to Zach's thoroughness and process of accumulating the needed information. His kindness and care were always visible. Highly recommend.
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Posted by Nick | November 20, 2020
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Zach Wiegand gets the job done!
Zach stepped up to help a family that quickly needed help transferring temporary guardianship. Zach did a tremendous job taking care of all of the details and successfully working with the legal systems in both Minnesota and Ohio so that a young aspiring hockey player could reach his goals. Zach is a true professional with great knowledge and communication skills. He is a first class person that I would highly recommend!
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Posted by Tony | September 15, 2020
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Great Service
I am an attorney down in Miami, FL and had an issue up in MN. Zach advised me and helped me resolve my client's issues. He was very knowledgeable, professional and efficient. I would highly recommend him to anyone in the MN area.
Posted by William | July 21, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Gold Leaf Estate Planning LLC
We contacted Mr. Wiegand in June. He provided several opportunities for us to meet with him. When we did, he was very congenial, courteous, and knowledgeable about "Trusts," which is why we contacted him again. Our previous meeting was at a class on Estate Planning which he was presenting. My wife and I were very impressed with the content of Mr. Wiegand's class. We pursued our interest with him and we were extremely pleased with his leadership and expertise in the area of Estate Planning. Needless to say he took us under his wing and provided us with the Trust documentation precisely that we were seeking. His leadership provided us with complete trust and confidence in his service. Honestly, we are very grateful for this experience. Without any hesitation, we would recommend Mr. Wiegand to any other folks that may be interested in seeking professional counseling in Estate Planning. We are, Bill & Barb Burg
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Posted by Scott | June 15, 2020
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Dold Leaf Title
I set up a meeting with Zak. New next to nothing about Will's. Went in to get a Will written up and ended up with a Trust. One of the better decisions I have made. Not a shifty bone in his body, no buyers remorse. He made it pretty painless. Found out this is all he does are Will's and Trust's. After this experience I now see why. Scott, Savage MN.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2020
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Excellent experience
I knew that Zach had my best interest in every way! His thorough attention to detail and knowing exactly who to connect with was amazing! I have never had to hire an Attorney before and I'm so grateful I was referred to him!!!!!
Posted by Becky | May 3, 2020
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No bad lawyer jokes for this guy!
Estate planning can be a daunting and stressful task. I was fortunate to find an adult enrichment class offered to the community a few months ago, it seemed like a simple way to get some basic knowledge at little cost. The class was very informative, so much so, that I made an appointment with the instructor right on the spot. Zachary was my estate planning agent and made my experience a smooth encounter. He is very professional, yet personable. Zachary has a passion for his business and went above and beyond to make sure he was creating a plan that was perfectly tailored to my estate planning needs, making sure that I was confident with every decision that was made. If you’ve been contemplating planning for you future, I would highly recommend Zachary Wiegand and Gold Leaf Estate Planning to make sure your wishes are carried out just the way you want them to be.
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Posted by Christian | April 8, 2020
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Highly Recommend Zach!
Zach was recommended to my wife and I by our financial planner and he didn’t disappoint. He was very helpful in helping us understand the difference between wills, trusts, and other options associated with our estate planning. He was able to recommend how to structure our estate to have the appropriate protections without making it overly complicated to execute. I’m grateful we now have a partner who be able to guide us as our needs change that we can trust and rely on to provide advice and guidance that’s in the best interest of our family.
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Posted by Chris | March 18, 2020
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Client
Zach did an excellent job he is very patient and I really appreciate that he develops a working relationship with you and not just a one and done.
Posted by Pam | August 17, 2019
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Highly Recommended!
There are many words that I can use to describe Zach Wiegand of Gold Leaf Estate Planning. Thorough - the package he provided encompassed all we thought we needed as well as going through our information in great detail so he could recommend estate planning products we didn't even know we needed. Flexible - due to jobs, he was willing to meet us after regular business hours when it was possible. A great communicator - I felt truly comfortable in our decisions to move forward because not only did he listen and absorb what we told him, he explained everything he wanted to do and why with detail. Convenient - located off of County Rd 42 in Burnsville, it is an easy drive from most of the south metro. Experienced - it is obvious that Zach is passionate about this line of work. I didn't opt to even consult with him until reading many positive reviews. There are awards in his office for his work. He definitely knows what he is doing. We are truly "cheap" people - putting off getting these estate planning documents because of the expense. However, with what Zach and Gold Leaf Estate Planning provided to us, I can honestly say I feel I got my money's worth.
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Posted by Susan | November 9, 2018
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A pleasure to work with!
Zack Wiegand helped us create a revocable trust. This process was complicated and unfamiliar to us but Zack was patient and took time to explain everything until we felt comfortable. He is hands on and replies to all questions/communications quickly. He gave us detailed checklists and met with us multiple times to complete the documents. He is great to work with!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Gold Leaf Estate Planning, LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Wiegand Law Firm, P.L.L.C.
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Tammi A. Fredrickson
  • Anoka County District Court
  • 2011 - 2013

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2011
  • Norwich University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2006

Sample of Legal Cases

  • In re the Matter of the Trusts Created Under Article III of the Last Will of J.C.T, deceased
  • Court approved early termination of trusts for client.

Associations

  • Society of Financial Service Professionals
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Twin Cities Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Shattuck - St. Mary's School Foundation
  • President - Board of Directors
  • 2016 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Dakota County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Shattuck-St. Mary's Alumni Association Board
  • Board Member
  • 2013 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2022
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Student Award of Merit, Finalist
  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • What Every Financial Planner Should Know About Estate Planning in Minnesota
  • Estate Planning
  • 2019
  • Community Education Course
  • Disinheriting Uncle Sam and Other Estate Planning Basics
  • 2016
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility Research with WestlawNext
  • 2014
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Litigation Research With WestlawNext
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (8)
Endorse Zachary
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach Wiegand is an outstanding estate planning and probate/trust attorney. I have referred clients to him and know they were very happy with his work. He has great attention to detail and is very responsive to client needs. He's sharp and will be able to identify the best estate planning tool for the client's situation. Zach recognizes that no two clients are alike and he tailors each legal document according to what's best for the client. Zach is a true professional. I highly recommend him."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Zach is very knowledgeable and works with his clients to ensure that their goals are met in a timely and efficient manner."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney. I worked with Zach when he was a law clerk at my previous firm. He has a great work ethic and showed an ability to handle issues in various field of law. He pays great attention to detail and is able to analyze each legal issue with an eye on the big picture. I highly recommend Zach for those looking for an attorney in the areas of estate planning, probate and trusts."
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 22
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Zachary worked at the law firm I own. I had the opportunity to see, firsthand, the high quality work he consistently produces. He impressed me with his legal talent, but also the care and compassion he truly has for his clients. Zachary no longer works at my firm but we refer to him, with utmost confidence, our clients that need estate planning services. I am always confident that they will receive the same care and attention he demonstrated at our firm, as well as a thoughtfully crafted estate plan. He'll redraft mine one day!"
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Zach is knowledgeable, responsive and has done a nice job for the clients I have referred to him. I would highly recommend Zach."
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