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Margaret M Barrett

Margaret M Barrett

Owner & Attorney at Safe Harbor Estate Law
  • Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate
  • Minnesota
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Biography

Hi! I'm Margaret Barrett.

I founded Safe Harbor Estate Law to help empower families to 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.

My expertise is in helping baby boomers and their parents achieve 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 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 exploitation 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.

Education
William Mitchell College of Law
JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate
Honors: Cum laude
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University of Saint Thomas
B.A. | Accounting
Honors: Summa cum laude
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Professional Experience
Member
Christian Legal Society of Minnesota
- Current
Member
National Academy of Elder Law Attorney's, Inc.
- Current
Member
Minnesota Women Lawyers
- Current
Member
Ramsey County Bar Association
- Current
Elder Section Member Communications Committee Chair
Minnesota State Bar Association
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Active in the Elder Law, Probate, and Trust sections.
Publications
Articles & Publications
Medicare for Nursing Home and Community Care
Minnesota CLE
Speaking Engagements
Legal Planning for Chronic Illness, Parkinson's Support Group
How To Avoid The Top 3 Estate Planning Mistakes, Shoreview Community Center June at 10:00 AM
How your Will (Or no Estate plan) May Be Failing You, Zoom Webinar
Cover Your (Digital) Assets, RosePointe Senior Living, Roseville MN-May 9th at 2:00 PM
Awards
Wilifred Rumble Pro Bono Inaugural Award
Doherty Rumble & Butler
Professional Associations
State Bar of Minnesota  # 218261
Member
Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Minnesota
Minnesota Supreme Court
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Call us or visit our website to sign up for a free Life & Legacy planning session with our Client Intake Specialist so they can: 1. Learn more about your particular situation. 2. Identify your concerns & goals. 3. Explain your options. 4. Describe our Smooth Sailing System. 5. Estimate costs 6. Answer your questions
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Elder Law
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Our Website
Contact & Map
Safe Harbor Estate Law
3240 Rice Street
St. Paul, MN 55126
Telephone: (612) 615-9535
St. Paul
Monday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 2 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home to protect our clients and team members. Please call ahead before stopping by our office to ensure the correct team members are in the office that day to help you.