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Stuart Charles Bear

Estate planning Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

4.0   3 reviews
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State MN
    Acquired 1985
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

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Stuart is a partner and shareholder at Chestnut Cambronne and holds a national reputation for providing the highest level of succession planning services for individuals and businesses; including single individuals, married couples, domestic partnerships, blended families, and seniors. His practice specializes in wills, trusts, disability planning, powers of attorney, living wills, asset protection, and Medical Assistance planning. A native of Superior, Wisconsin, Stuart has been designated a Super Lawyer, as well as one of the Top 40 Estate Planning Lawyers in Minnesota, by Super Lawyers magazine. He is distinguished as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Stuart is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a testament to his peers ranking him at the highest level of professional excellence.

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Chestnut Cambronne PA
17 Washington Avenue North
Suite 300
Minneapolis, MN, 55401-2048


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Posted by Lynn | October 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Fantastic Lawyer!
Stuart helped my children and I with the estate planning for my ex-husband who was in the hospital. The three of us met with him and hired him on the spot. His knowledge and experience were undeniable but he was also empathetic, friendly and caring. Our first meeting was probably 1.5 hours yet we never felt rushed, actually the opposite. He made sure all our questions were answered and the conversation grew past just estate planning. When it came time to sign the documents, Stuart insisted on having my ex-husband sign the documents himself even though our daughter had power of attorney. Stuart said he just wouldn't feel right representing someone he hadn't met. We all met at the VA hospital and there was no additional charge for the visit. He notarized the documents on the spot and everything was completed in two visits. My children and I were determined to interview three attorneys before hiring, but during our meeting we knew Stuart was the perfect fit and we hired him on the spot. I subsequently went through a divorce and hired Stuart for my estate planning. I never considered anyone else. I had ideas of what I wanted to do but Stuart showed me better options and explained not only the benefits of his recommendations but the potentially negative financial consequences of my original plans. Stuart has been a blessing to our family because of his expertise and his caring nature. I feel completely taken care of and secure in my estate planning and my children would say the same. Clearly I'm a huge fan of Stuart's and I recommend him wholeheartedly!
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Posted by Kate | April 19, 2015
One of the best!
Stuart did my mothers' end-of-life documents, and mine, several years ago and his work was invaluable. Knowing that this paperwork is in his vault is a comfort to me. But even more important to me was that he answered all of the questions I had all through my mother's probate gratis. I kept waiting for him to tell me that he was going to have to charge me for the time I was taking up but he never did. He really does stay with you as long as you need him. (I do expect to be charged if I rewrite anything, of course.)
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Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2013
Very uneasy with his snap decision making without knowing the facts about our situation
Regarding my wife's early dementia situation, he advised both of us to turn over $400,000 to our children whom he knew nothing about. The children's obligation to use those funds in our behalf would be based upon a "mutual verbal agreement". He urged us to act quickly. As an attorney, I was hoping he would have researched our children's financial situation (this could be an explosive mistake). Usually attorneys are legal like, but a "mutual verbal agreement" involving $400,000 sounds a little bit risky to us. Other options that we proposed in writing were never considered. And finally, all this for a flat fee of over $7000, only. The more my wife thought and talked about this, the more unnerving we felt about working with him. Unthoughtful, expensive, ineffective are words that come to mind. He offered expensive complex solutions, but never considered simple effective and economical solutions that didn't involve the possibility of creating destructive relationships.
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Response from Stuart Bear August 4, 2014
I am responding to the above posting after just learning that this posting was made and has been on my page for over eleven months. The posting above indicates that I somehow railroaded clients into a course of action and demanded a significant, high fee for my services. This posting is especially hurtful because this is not the way I practice law and, in fact, is the exact opposite of the way I practice law. I have been in practice for over 28 years and my reputation is built on the fact that I provide excellent service to clients, counseling them about options, and charging a reasonable fee for services rendered. The posting is an anonymous posting. There is no name associated with the posting. I am unaware of any clients who would have fit the fact pattern described in the posting, in terms of potential representation. I believe I provide excellent service to my clients and I am an excellent lawyer. This is underscored by the fact that I enjoy an AV rating through Martindale Hubbell, I have been consistently recognized by my peers as a "Super Lawyer" in legal publications, I have been voted a "Top 40" estate planning lawyer in the state of Minnesota, and I am a Fellow in the American College of Trusts and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), which is an organization of a limited number of estate planning lawyers worldwide, who are elected to the College by their peers as a result of an outstanding reputation and a long-term commitment to the practice of estate planning and elder law. Very truly yours, Stuart C. Bear
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)


  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • University of Minnesota
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982


  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Fellow
  • 2007 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Elder Law Governing Council
  • Chairman
  • 1992 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Real Property Law Section
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2004
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2003
  • Top 40 Estate Planning Lawyers in the State of Minnesota
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • N/A
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  • William Mitchell Law Review
  • The Practice of Elder Law
  • 2002

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Estate planning Attorney | Nov 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"Stuart's credentials speak for themselves, but what they don't sufficiently convey is the level of care he demonstrates in developing strong and lasting relationships with his clients. He is not only their trusted advisor but also their friend."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Co-worker
"Stuart is a legend in his own right. He treats his clients with respect, he goes above and beyond to make sure they are taken care of, he is knowledgeable, and he is a zealous advocate. Stuart was my professor for Wills and Trusts, and we have worked alongside one another in the Minnesota State Bar Association Elder Law Section. Now, I have the privilege of learning from Stuart at the same firm."
Elder law Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. As a member of Stuart's "church" and as his friend I have seen Stuart pour 200% effort into everything he does. He shows interest and respect to every human being he comes across. Stuart's presence lightens every heart he touches. Further, his expertise and knowledge of the law are top-notch. Anyone needing help with an issue of elder law should employ Stuart Bear."
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Minneapolis Estate planning Lawyer Stuart Charles Bear
Stuart Charles Bear
Estate planning Attorney
Minneapolis, MN
Licensed for 38 years