Top rated estate planning & probate attorney in Richfield, MinnesotaSignature Law PLLC
Attorney Gregory Singleton is the founder and owner of Signature Law, PLLC, in Richfield, Minnesota. Widely regarded as among the leading lawyers in his region, Mr. Singleton provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Twin Cities metro and surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:
· Estate planning, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, and supplemental needs/third party special needs trusts
· Probate and trust administration
While many attorneys merely download and fill out templates, calling it an "estate plan", Mr. Singleton takes a personalized approach to estate planning, preparing customized estate plans for clients based on their specific circumstances. The firm's motto is "Securing Your Legacy", something he takes to heart with all of his clients. His goal is to make sure your estate plan is efficiently and economically done while being effective in achieving your goals. Billing is primarily done using flat fees so that clients can take the time to work with him without feeling nickel and dimed. Rather than having an expensive downtown office (with expenses that would need to be passed on to his clients), Mr. Singleton elects to use a 'virtual office', meaning that most work is done remotely, and when it comes time to do the signing he comes to your house; all you have to do is provide a couple of witnesses.
Honored for his outstanding professionalism and superior client service, Mr. Singleton has earned perennial designation as being among the top 5% of attorneys in his region, and he has received many testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients.
A 2001 graduate of the University of Washington, Mr. Singleton obtained his Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2013. He he received the school's Public Service Award his final year and been awarded as a North Star Lawyer twice in his career for pro bono service. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, the Minnesota Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court.
Before finding his calling and opening his practice to focus on estate planning, Mr. Singleton practiced complex commercial litigation, arguing multi-million dollar cases in court. In a former life he was a contract negotiator and draftsman, drafting and negotiating multi-million dollar and multi-billion dollar deals. Mr. Singleton has served seven years as a volunteer investigator for the 4th District Ethics Committee, and he sits on the board of Tools for Teens. He was also the founder of Singleton Financial Services.
Mr. Singleton is a regular speaker about estate planning, offering free online seminars about estate planning (wills, trusts, and other devices) and probate. He also has a YouTube channel dedicated to estate planning and probate, which can be found by searching "Signature Law Estate Planning" on YouTube.
Practice areasEstate planning & probate, Estate & trust litigation
Estate planning, Living wills, Power of attorney, Probate & estate administration, Trusts, Wills, Will contests
- 90% Estate planning & probate
- 10% Estate & trust litigation
First Admitted: 2013, Minnesota
Professional Webpage: https://signaturelawpllc.com/signature-law-estate-planning-a...
- I produce and post a video on estate planning and probate on YouTube every two weeks. Topics include, for example, Gifts in a Will, Revocable Living Trust v. Will - what is right for you, Health Care Directives, Top 4 Ways to Avoid Probate, and more!, Signature Law - Estate Planning
- University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts, 2001
- , Concentration: Business Law, University of Minnesota Law School, 2013
- Provided at least 50 hours of pro bono service in the year., Minnesota North Star Lawyer, MSBA, 2016
- Provided at least 50 hours of pro bono service in the year., Minnesota North Star Lawyer, MSBA, 2015
- Public Service Award, University of Minnesota Law School, 2013
- Concentration: Labor & Employment Law, University of Minnesota Law School, 2013
- 4th District Ethics Committee: Volunteer Investigator 2014-2020, 2014
- Tools 4 Teens: Board Member (2019-present). The organization works with disadvantaged youth to teach them about working with tools and related professions., 2019
- Wills for Heroes: Volunteer attorney offering pro bono estate plans for first responders (firefighters, paramedics, police officers, etc.), 2022
- I conducted the probate for KS, personal representative for her good friend, BH. Upon tracking down BH's long lost son to give proper notice, the son contested the will as invalid. I was able to negotiate with opposing counsel and get the son to drop the contest without even a pittance of a settlement., 2021
- I drafted the estate plan for KM, an individual who was going through a complex disinheritance of his family and instead was leaving his estate to several individuals he met in Africa. I put together the estate plan to protect his estate and to facilitate the international distribution. We also explored forming a non-profit organization for his ongoing philanthropic activities., 2022
- I drafted the estate plan for RD, an inmate at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater who, while incarcerated, received a sizable inheritance from a relative. I set up a trust for his assets that authorized his trustee to manage his assets while RD finished up his term, facilitated the sale of RD's house, and helped RD plan for when he will be released in ten years., 2022
- I revised the estate plan for DP and RP, which was a revocable living trust based plan with an A/B trust structure. The original plan was drafted ten years prior; when they went back to their attorney who drafted it they learned he was retired. The matter was given to an associate attorney to revise who did a poor job (illegible writing). DP and RP hired me after meeting with several attorneys, and I was able to revise their complex plan such that it was legible and understandable to the client., 2022
- Free online seminar in which we discuss the five core estate planning documents: Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, and Guardianship Directives. We cover what the documents are trying to accomplish, how they interact, what constitutes good and bad drafting, and what are some strategies that can be employed when planning your estate. We touch on the difference between wills and revocable living trusts (without trying to cram trusts down your throat!). We also spend a fair amount of time talking about how to pick an attorney to do your estate plan – what are the qualities of a good attorney and of a bad one., Presenter, Estate Planning 101, Signature Law, PLLC, Families & Individuals, 2022
- Free online seminar in which we look at the world of probate and trust administration: how they are structured, the different levels of probate, and what are some of the requirements and pitfalls of probate and trust administration. Discover how revocable living trusts are not the only way to avoid probate, depending on how the estate is structured. We'll also have a discussion about how to pick your fiduciaries for your will, estate trust, ongoing trust, durable power of attorney, health care directive, and guardianship directive., Presenter, Probate & Fiduciaries 101, Signature Law, PLLC, Families & Individuals, 2022
- Free online seminar in which we talk about strategies for structuring your will or revocable living trust. We discuss what a gift is and how to effectively leave them no matter your circumstances. We also talk extensively about trusts - not just the revocable living trust, but irrevocable trusts (such as Crummey Trusts and Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts) and testamentary/nested trusts (such as Supplemental Needs Trusts and Spendthrift Trusts). We focus on how to approach your estate planning strategically, regardless of whether you elect to use a will or a revocable living trust as the primary estate planning document., Presenter, Terminal Documents 101, Signature Law, PLLC, Families & Individuals, 2022
- Free online seminar in which we look at the documents that control your life when you are alive but incapacitated - the health care directive, the durable power of attorney, and the guardianship directive. These are the documents that many attorneys brush aside, but which are vitally important when needed. We'll also look at some ancillary documents that can be used to augment any estate plan., Presenter, Living Documents 101, Signature Law, PLLC, Families & Individuals, 2022
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Office location for Gregory Singleton
6417 Penn Ave. South
Richfield, MN 55423
- Rising Stars: 2021 - 2023