John P. Worrell

Top rated estate & trust litigation attorney in South St. Paul, Minnesota

Hoene & Worrell
John P. Worrell
Hoene & Worrell

Practice Areas: Estate & trust litigation, Estate planning & probate, Real estate; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1995

Education: William Mitchell College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2002
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Hoene & Worrell

105 Hardman Court
Suite 494
South St. Paul, MN 55075-2468 Visit website


John P. Worrell is an attorney at Hoene & Worrell. From the firm’s offices in South St. Paul, Minnesota, he provides representation to clients throughout the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area. Admitted to practice before all Minnesota state courts and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota since 1995,  John's 25+ years of experience provide a strong foundation for legal advice involving Probate/Estates, Trusts, Guardianships, Conservatorships, and Real Estate questions.  A significant portion of John's time in these practice areas involves resolving contested issues, including through litigation.  He frequently appears before probate courts in cases dealing with will contests, breaches by executors and trustees of their fiduciary duties, challenges by heirs and beneficiaries, and proceedings involving the appointment of guardians and conservators.   

John received a Bachelor of Arts decree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, in 1982.  Several years later, he decided to pursue a legal education, and in 1990, enrolled at what was then known as William Mitchell College of Law .  John was awarded a Juris Doctor in 1995, Magna cum laude.

John is a former co-chair of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Ramsey County Bar Association, and currently a member of Minnesota State Bar Association Litigation and Dispute Resolution Committee - Probate Section.  He most recently participated in a panel of Estate Planning attorneys in a Continuing Legal Education presentation to members of the Ramsey County Trusts & Estates section and has shared his legal experiences in other CLE programs including probate litigation and power of attorney questions.  John also serves on the Ramsey County District Court Attorney Panel that provides legal representation to persons that are the subject of guardianship and conservatorship petitions. 

Practice areas

Estate & trust litigation, Estate planning & probate, Real estate: consumer, Real estate: business

Focus areas

Will contests, Guardianships & conservatorships, Living wills, Power of attorney, Probate & estate administration, Trusts, Wills

  • 50% Estate & trust litigation
  • 30% Estate planning & probate
  • 10% Real estate: consumer
  • 10% Real estate: business

First Admitted: 1995, Minnesota

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • New Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney; Forms, Facts, Fallacies, Function; Everything You Need to Know Before Dec. 31, 2013 – December 2013
  • Back to School – New Laws, New Procedures, New Fees – September 2009
  • Probate Litigation Issues – October 2011, Co-Presenter – Rodney J. Mason
  • New Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney; A Litigation Perspective - November 2013
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Court Appointed counsel for Ramsey County District Court Guardianship/Conservatorship cases
  • Member - MSBA Probate Section: Litigation and Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Past Co-Chair of Ramsey County Trusts & Estates Section
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar - Back to School; New Laws, New Procedures, & New Fees
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar - Minnesota's New Short Form Power of Attorney; Everything You Need to Know
  • Inspecta Homes of America, Inc. v. Lilley, C3-95-1597 (Minn.App. 1995) - Non-Compete.  John presented the Respondent's oral argument less than two months after being admitted to practice law, making him one of the newest attorneys ever to argue a case at the MN Court of Appeals.  , 1995
  • Successfully defended Estate from legal action to invalidate the transfer of real estate and other claims.  A three day trial resulted in a decision denying all relief sought against the Estate and all claims against the Estate were dismissed. , 2021
  • State v. Ohrt, 619 N.W.2d 790 (Minn.App. 2000), 2000
  • Gale v. Rittenhouse, 686 N.W.2d 50 (Minn.App. 2004) - Limited Partnership dispute, 2004
  • Schmid v Schmid, A04-2386 (Minn.App. Aug. 9, 2005), 2005
  • Daggit v. Wahman, A11-1100 (Minn.App. Jan. 12, 2012) (Briefed, Settled, Dismissed) - Real Estate - Probate, 2012
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Elder Law Certificate - MItchell Hamline College of Law, 2020
Educational Background:
  • Elder Law Certificate from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. , 2020
  • William Mitchell College of Law – Master Seminar – Cutting Edge Issues in the Law of Limited Liability Companies – Winter 2007
  • St. Olaf College - B.A. – Political Science – 1982

Office location for John P. Worrell

105 Hardman Court
Suite 494
South St. Paul, MN 55075-2468

Phone: 651-359-9902


4 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2002

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