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William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2000, Magna Cum Laude

University of Wisconsin, B.A.
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  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota

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  • Judge Harriet Lansing
    Minnesota Court of Appeals
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Alison Midden is a co-chair of the Estate Planning and Administration section. She focuses her practice in the areas of:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate and trust administration
  • Guardianships and conservatorships
  • Nonprofits

Alison advises clients on estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes, charitable planning, asset-protection planning, and disability planning. She is a trusted adviser to clients in estate and trust court proceedings as well, including will contest litigation and tax controversies.

Alison also works with a variety of tax-exempt corporations and charitable trusts, helping organizations obtain and keep tax-exempt status, and advising on governance, structure, and compliance with federal and state tax law. 

Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers

Experience

Alison's experience includes:

  • Represents clients in formulating estate plans by drafting Wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, healthcare directives, and antenuptial agreements.
  • Represents Wisconsin residents in creating Marital Property Agreements to best take advantage of Wisconsin’s Marital Property law. 
  • Assists families with wealth-transfer strategies, including sales to grantor trusts, creating grantor-retained annuity trusts, generation-skipping transfer tax trusts, charitable trusts, and other estate-planning techniques.
  • Aids families in estate and trust administration, representing clients in probate court and fiduciary litigation. 
  • Represents corporate and individual trustees of variety of irrevocable trusts, assisting trustees in Minnesota and federal tax strategy and compliance.  
  • Forms new private family foundations and public charities and counsels tax-exempt organizations on governance and administration.
  • Courtroom experience includes representing:
    • personal representatives fending off Will challenges;
    • corporate trustees asking for court instruction and construction of trust terms;
    • trustees of court-supervised charitable trusts and non-charitable trusts; and
    • guardians and conservators. 

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member

Ramsey County Bar Association, Member

American Bar Association, Member

Ordway Circle of Stars, Board of Directors

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