As an estate planning attorney, Karen Schlotthauer is well-versed in what her clients need: high-quality legal representation, creative solutions, and great customer service. Karen counsels clients on all aspects of estate planning, including wills, trusts, planning for pets and pet trusts, charitable planning, retirement plan distribution planning, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, guardianships and conservatorships, and estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax strategies. In addition, a significant part of her practice involves estate and trust administration matters, including representing fiduciary clients with the preparation and filing of estate tax returns and fiduciary income tax returns and advocating for beneficiaries involved in contested administrations.
Prior to joining FMJ, Karen was a shareholder at a firm in downtown Minneapolis and a principal in a Wayzata firm. She has frequently been a guest speaker and writer on the topic of estate planning for various organizations around the Twin Cities.
University of Minnesota (BS 1987)
William Mitchell College of Law (JD 1991)
State Bar Admissions:
Professional Memberships and Associations:
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
Minnesota Camp Fire Foundation, Board of Trustees and Treasurer
Wayzata Chamber of Commerce
Presentations & Publications:
“Ladies – Estate Planning Can Be Good for Your Health,” FMJ Trusts & Estates Blog (March 2017).
“Leaving Your Pets in Good Hands: How To Successfully Draft a Pet Trust,” Minnesota State Bar Association (Jan. 2017).
I love learning about my clients’ unique situations and individual stories because everyone has differing estate planning needs. To be effective, it’s important that I listen carefully, evaluate strategies and come up with a creative approach to make sure my clients implement an estate plan that meets their goals into the future. No matter what level of sophistication is required, I pride myself on explaining complex topics in plain English. I’ve even been told that I make the process fun!
The Rest of the Story:
Karen is not only fluent in legalese, but she’s pretty good at carrying on conversations with her two teenage sons, who keep her busy at various sporting events and activities. She lives in the west metro and is a noted outdoor enthusiast who only puts away her inline skates when the ski season starts. She feels lucky that her book club hasn’t enforced a reading requirement to maintain her membership.