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Judith E. Howard

Estate planning Attorney at Minot, ND

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 45 years
    State ND
    Acquired 1978
    Retired No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Whether you're interested in preserving your family's wealth, farm and/or ranch for future generations, planning your future medical directives, or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Howard & Associates, P.C. can help.

    45 years

  2. Probate
    Our attorneys assist executors with the challenging processes of Trust Administration and Probate. Howard & Associates, P.C. can help you with collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. We are here for you.

    45 years

  3. Trusts
    Depending on your situation, there could be many reasons why you should establish a trust. Avoiding probate is a nice advantage, as well as privacy and flexibility. Trusts can protect the inheritance for your heirs. Contact us to learn more!

    45 years

  4. Wills and living wills
    Some folks are best served with a simple Will. You should also consider a Living Will - a document concerning your treatment if you are unable to communicate your wishes.

    45 years

  5. Business
    Are you looking to form an LLC, or Limited Liability Partnership? Let Howard & Associates, P.C. help you navigate the entity planning or business succession planning process from start to finish. Contact us to see what we can do for you.

    45 years

  6. Real estate
    Howard & Associates, P.C. offers assistance with deeds for the sale or purchase of your home, farm or ranch, contracts for deed, and title opinions.

    45 years

  7. Oil and gas
    We work closely with landowners and mineral owners when negotiating with oil companies to obtain the best terms for your lease or easement agreements. Interested in transferring your minerals to a trust or a business entity? We can help!

    45 years

  8. Power of attorney
    If you're unable to make your own healthcare decisions or safeguard your financial responsibilities - Howard & Associates can help you establish your Health Care Power of Attorney and Financial Power of Attorney.

    45 years

Judith has been an attorney in private practice in Minot, North Dakota since 1978. Judith has been admitted to practice in all courts in the state of North Dakota, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. She has been an instructor in estate planning at Minot State University and completed the advanced studies program in estate planning through the Esperti-Peterson Institute. Additionally, Judith is a certified Farm Succession Coordinator.


  • AV Preeminent®  Peer Review Rated by  Martindale-Hubbell® — a widely respected mark of achievement signifying quality legal work, professionalism and solid ethical standards.


  • Wealth Counsel, a national organization of attorneys committed to excellence in estate planning
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, a national organization of attorneys dedicated to providing legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of people as they age
  • American Bar Association
  • North Dakota State Bar Association
  • Ward County Bar Association, (past president)
  • Northwest Estate Planning Council (founding member)
  • Minot Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Vincent United Methodist Church

Judith E. Howard is a native of Minot, North Dakota.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Minot State University and her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota.


Judith was the recipient of the Minot State University Golden Award for distinguished leadership in the community, and the recipient of the 2016 YWCA Woman of Distinction Award.

Contact Judith

Howard & Associates, P.C.
7 Third Street SE, Suite 202
Renaissance Center
Minot, ND, 58701-3916


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Posted by Darrel | June 26, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Estate Planning Attorney
I have worked Judith on my clients' cases and know her to be an extremely accomplished estate planning attorney. She and her staff of highly qualified paralegals having developed the best systems and strategies for delivering estate plans for their clients that I have seen. Each plan designed by Judith makes sure that the clients' property is passed at their death to who they want, when they want and the way they want, and in the process, saves every court cost, tax dollar and attorney fee possible.
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Posted by Cliff & Krystle | May 28, 2018
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Excellent attorney and staff
Judith is extremely knowledgeable in estate planning and we have had the pleasure to learn estate planning from her. She has assisted with our family estate planning as well as other legal matters. Judith and her staff have always been very professional, thorough, and responsive to all of our questions. When we walk into Judith's office we feel like a part of the family and they have become a part of our family. We know Judith Howard is looking out for our future as well as generations to come. We highly recommend Judith Howard's services.
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Posted by Afton | May 10, 2018
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A Class Act, with a Feeling of Family
The first thing I noticed about Judith is she takes a special interest in families, and in asking the right questions, she is able to get to the heart of one’s family legacy goals. Judith handled my husband’s and my estate planning, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who asks.
Posted by Dana | May 8, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Howard and Associates Always Helpful!
Judith and her staff have been working with our family for years. We have used Judith's office for estate planning and a few business purchases. She has offered sound legal advise at every opportunity and has never failed to address our issues and questions in a timely manner. No matter the question or concern we have brought to Judith and her team they have done everything in their power to answer us fully. I would highly recommend Judith if you are looking for any of your estate planning needs.
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Posted by anonymous | May 7, 2018
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Attorney Howard took the time to ask about my family, their situations and discuss options for distribution. She discussed the benefits of a Will and a Trust and the importance of health care documents and a financial power of attorney. She was easy to understand and caring. I have recommended Attorney Howard to my friends.
Posted by Dennis & Janis | May 4, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Mr & Mrs
Ms. Judith Howard’s principle duty was to prepare revocable living trusts for both my wife and myself. Additionally, she developed two LLCs for businesses that we intended be brought under our trusts. In accomplishing these objectives Ms. Howard took care to protect and secure our assets legally and to our specifications. She applied her expertise to accomplish these objectives based upon her extensive insight from years of family law practice. Concurrently, Ms. Howard fostered our understanding of the legal advantages of our revocable living trusts and the ensuing processes through frequent client education presentations. Ms. Howard conducted regular annual reviews with us for both our trusts and our LLCs. In this way she kept the trusts and LLCs current and in compliance with North Dakota and federal law. As an additional benefit, her efforts furthered our in-depth understanding of the protective documents we had in place. Judith Howard performed her duties and obligations in a manner which placed her in a class above most estate planning attorneys in terms of her expertise. She has a unique gift to make the complex understandable. She demonstrates an insightful understanding of our personal situation. She also ensures continuity between all aspects of our trusts and LLCs. Of particular note is Ms. Howard’s methodical integration of all aspects of trusts and LLCs in providing that necessary continuity. Ms. Howard displays the finest skills of tact, communication, and leadership within her staff and with supporting attorneys in accomplishing our legal objectives. Finally, Ms. Howard furthered her impressive professional credentials by advancing her education thereby allowing her to practice in a broad array of venues. We highly recommend Judith Howard to any persons seeking a competent and extremely qualified estate planning attorney.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Howard and Borkus
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Howard & Associates
  • 1993 - 2018


  • University of North Dakota School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1978
  • Minot State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1962


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Admitted
  • 2013 - Present
  • Eighth Circuit Bar Association
  • Admitted
  • 1979 - Present

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
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Estate planning Attorney | Jan 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Judith Howard has over 40 years of experience assisting families through complex estate planning situations in a thorough, timely and exceedingly proficient manner. Judith is able to spot issues that other estate planners may miss. Additionally, Judith is able to assist those with substantial estates to minimize estate taxes through advanced trust planning. I have recommended Judith many times over two decades and have never had anyone disappointed!"
Trusts Attorney | Nov 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Judith is an excellent trusts and estates lawyer who takes the time to really get to know her clients and truly cares for them and their families. I would highly recommend Judith as a high quality, sophisticated estate planning attorney in Minot."
Trusts Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked with Judith for a number of years and have found her to be a highly professional and caring advocate for her clients. Her work is always thorough and the follow through and attention to detail is excellent. She is a leader in her field!"
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Judith Howard is one of those rare attorneys who combines outstanding knowledge and expertise with honesty, compassion and integrity. Judith and I have worked together as colleagues and mentors for over 25 years, and I can honestly say that there is no one I trust more to truly listen to her clients and address their unique concerns, needs and goals. I cannot endorse Judith Howard highly enough. Wherever you live in North Dakota, whether you have estate planning - or oil and gas - needs - your family deserves the care, attention and top notch lawyering that Judith and her support team provide. There is none better than Judith Howard, and she has earned and deserves my utmost respect and admiration."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have known Judith for nearly 20 years, and I have had the privilege to co-counsel with Judith and to collaborate on a number of matters. Judith's level of excellence and her commitment to her clients and to top drawer estate planning, business planning, and asset protection is unparalleled. I most heartily endorse Judith Howard!"
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with and learning from Judith for many years now as we have co-counseled numerous times. Her skill, knowledge, and guidance are exceptional. Her clients respect and admire her as do her professional colleagues. Her reputation is both impeccable and well deserved. I heartily endorse Judith and urge you to consider her for your estate, business and asset preservation planning needs."
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Minot Estate planning Lawyer Judith E. Howard
Judith E. Howard
Estate planning Attorney
Minot, ND