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Michael S. Divine

Associate
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Education
University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2012
University of Minnesota, B.A., summa cum laude, 2008
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Experience

Michael S. Divine is an associate in the Tax, Trusts and Estates practice, and has extensive experience advising clients in estate planning, probate, business succession planning, and the implementation of estate plans after death. He regularly speaks at local and national conferences relating to tax, trust, and estate law, and his legal articles have been published in five languages.  

Michael uses a broad range of tools including wills, trusts, business entities, health care directives, and powers of attorney to reduce estate taxes and navigate complicated family and business relationships. He works with clients to tailor plans that ensure wealth is transferred to the next generation in a matter that is not only efficient, but also encourages value-driven and responsible asset management, preserving principal for generations to come.

Litigation
Occasionally, families encounter differences in goals that cannot be resolved through negotiation, requiring the help of a formal process involving a judge, arbitrator, or jury. When such conflict occurs, Michael helps clients navigate litigation procedures, while working to reduce the financial and emotional toll involved in trust and estate contests.

Michael meets with clients both in the Winthrop & Weinstine Minneapolis and Saint Paul offices.

Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 2012
United States District Court, District of Minnesota

Speaking Engagements
Presenter.  "Scenario Planning & Drafting for Trusts & Estates Lawyers." Minnesota Continuing Legal Education and the Minnesota State Bar Association. 21 December 2016.

Presenter. “Let’s Get Digital – How the Law Is Playing Catch Up: Discussing the RUADAA and Advising Clients on Protecting Digital Assets.” 2016 Minnesota Elder Law Institute. Minnesota CLE. 6 October 2016.

Presenter. “Trusts 101.” National Business Institute. Maple Grove, MN. 14 November 2016.

Presenter. “Powers of Appointment in Estate Planning.” National Business Institute. Webcast. 6 October 2015.

Publications

Author. “In Support of Birthright Citizenship.” Discover Society. 5 April 2016.

Author. “Planning for the Care of Minor Children in Minnesota.” Epilawg. August 2016.

Co-author. “Unequal Access to Human Rights: The Categories of Noncitizenship.” Citizenship Studies. Vol. 19, Issue 8. 2015.

Co-author. “International Human Rights of Migrants.” Foundations of International Migration Law. Cambridge University. 2012.
Professional Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
Community
  • Wills for Heroes, Volunteer Attorney
  • Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce, Public Affairs Committee Member, Ambassador Committee Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section Member, Business Section Member
Awards/Recognition
  • MSBA North Star Lawyer for Pro Bono Service
  • University of Minnesota Human Rights Law Award
  • Minnesota Justice Foundation Public Service Recognition
  • Invited to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars
 
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