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8050 West 78th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55439
LOCAL 952-941-4005
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“Clients would like to know you care, before they care about what you know. Estate planning is both technical and personal, and, as such, requires not just a deep understanding of the law but real insight into each client's life history, family dynamics, and goals. It goes beyond protecting assets. It's about securing the client’s legacy."

Scott draws on more than 30 years of experience in trust and estates. He also has a background in business law and is a tax attorney whose ongoing involvement in the drafting of legislation relative to estate planning and tax issues keeps him on the cutting edge of his field.

Clients ranging from individuals to family-owned businesses rely on Scott not only for his knowledge of the law, but for his approach — one predicated on trust and understanding and focused on achieving outcomes that are cost-effective and responsive to clients' needs. Further, Scott strives to minimize administrative costs, legal roadblocks, unexpected delays, and taxes of all kinds. He also coordinates with his clients' other professionals to maximize team expertise, minimize professional fees where possible, and ensure that clients receive proper counsel on both legal and financial fronts.

Scott focuses on the client's heritage and family dynamics, business succession planning, and coordinated estate planning for complex estates. He advises all types of families on transfer of assets, as well as legacy and philanthropic planning. His practice also includes advising trust and estate fiduciaries (trustees and executors), beneficiaries, and charitable organizations, and serving as an expert witness.


Scott graduated from St. John's University in 1981 with a B.S. in Accounting and Government (Political Science).  He earned his CPA license while working at Arthur Andersen & Co. from 1981-1983, and obtained his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1986, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Order of the Coif.


  • Licensed to practice law in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota
  • Named to the Twin Cities' 2017 Five Star Financial Services Professionals list
  • Inducted into the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Former Chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association Probate and Trust Section Council
  • Former chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Legislation and Federal Tax Committees
  • Frequent expert witness in trust and estate matters
  • Member of numerous planned giving committees and a regular faculty member for continuing legal education
  • Licensed CPA in the state of Minnesota
  • AV Peer Review-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list from 2014-2017.


Past Seminars

  • Revocable Living Trusts Video Webcast
  • Asset Protection and Estate Planning Video Webcast
  • Estate Planning in 2014
  • Estate Planning for Vacation Homes
  • Charitable Giving Without Taking From Your Heirs
  • LLC Workshop: Choose, Draft and Maintain
  • Handling the Sale of a Business
  • Wills and Revocable Trusts: Mistakes to Avoid
  • Irrevocable Trusts 101
  • Estate Planning with Emphasis on Income Tax...
  • AAA-CPA Study Group
  • Estate Planning for Everyone
  • Revocable Living Trusts From Start to Finish
  • Ultimate Guide to LLCs as Asset Protection Tools
  • Tax Planning for Trusts and Estates
  • Handling the Sale of a Business
  • The New Minnesota Trust Code Two Part Seminar
  • Estate Planning: Minimizing Income Tax
  • Insider Briefing Series 2016
  • Handling the Sale of a Business
  • Estate and Trust Accounting for Paralegals
  • Drafting Wills: The Complete Guide
  • IRA Trusts: Rules and Mistakes


We are so glad we found Scott. It couldn't have been handled better!Anonymous
I could not have asked for better service or advice.John
Scott Nelson has been my mother's lawyer for quite some time. She has now passed away at the age of 91 years old. He has been able to give her when she was alive quite confident, informed accounting, and advisement in completing her will. She than was dealing with dementia-and he would guide her, myself and my daughter: with how to deal with her financials and how to deal with her passing death. On how to complete her financial dealings, some information and guidance, in completing financials, her will. Also, in dealing with working on how to deal with elderly waiver papers that needed to be completed: when receiving completed financials of pre-burial and then final costs received from the funeral home of her choice.Anonymous
Planning was done efficiently and according to what my intentions are. Very knowledgeable on Estate Planning and explained items thoroughly.Anonymous
Scott was great to work with!Don and Pat
Scott Nelson was very professional yet very personable. We felt very comfortable with him.Anonymous