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Scott + Hespen Law, PLLC

Estate planning attorney in St Paul, MN
Reviews: 41 | Overal Rating: Good
Thursday 8AM–5PM
Friday 8AM–5PM
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Sunday Closed
Monday 8AM–5PM
Tuesday 8AM–5PM
Wednesday 8AM–5PM


Review Left On 03/02/2020
Keith White

Worked with Amanda Hespen back in 2017 to prepare a Will and Trust for my wife and I. She did a fantastic job, and I would highly recommend her. The detail and professionalism was top-notch.
Liked her work so much, that we're using her for some legal work on closing a land purchase in Wisconsin. Thanks Amanda!
Review Left On 03/02/2020
dick maxey

We had the pleasure to work with Attorney Amanda Hespen, regarding our Estate Planning. Amanda was very thorough, knowledgeable, and kind to work with. Thank you Amanda. We will definitely use your services in the future.
Review Left On 03/02/2020
Gail Haglund

I had the pleasure of working with Charissa Perzel Hall after the death of my mom. It was a difficult time, and I appreciated Charissa’s thoughtful counsel and excellent guidance throughout the probate period. The entire process went very smoothly, even though it involved the sale of a home and multiple parties (heirs). Each step along the way was clearly explained. I highly recommend Jeffrey P. Scott & Associates.
Review Left On 02/17/2020
Jim Giefer

We worked with Amanda Hespen for our estate planning. We couldn't have been happier or more satisfied. Ms Hespen was extremely knowledgeable, insightful, and very professional. She and her staff were very easy to work with and she was very personably accessible by email or by phone which can be unusual for attorneys. I would not hesitate to use her again.
Review Left On 12/02/2019
Ed Severson

Very knowledgeable & reasonably priced
Review Left On 07/02/2019
Carolyn Fletcher

My husband and I came to Jeffrey Scott after having a very disappointing experience with another lawyer. He immediately drafted a letter to the other lawyer, and within a week the other lawyer had returned 1750 dollars that we thought was lost for good. He then completed our estate planning documents in a pleasant and efficient manner, and spelled everything out to us in language we could understand. We now feel confident and secure, whereas before meeting Jeffrey Scott we felt bewildered and overwhelmed.
Review Left On 06/02/2019
Ado Annie

Read all the reviews and thought this place would be helpful for my husband's probate as a grieving widow. NOT!!! The attorney called me back. I think his name was Jeff Something. The first thing out of his mouth was "you are not getting it all". When I asked what I could get, he told me it was a legal question and he couldn't answer that. When I asked him what the Minnesota Statute was for the Probate Law, he said he didn't have it right here. This firm does retirement and estate planning classes. All these google reviews are from those that attended the classes. In real life, they have no compassion for grieving widows or widowers nor do they know what the laws are or where they are found unless you pay them to tell you. If you are looking for a probate attorney, go somewhere else. I did and I found out I do get everything.
Review Left On 04/02/2019
Michele Hostager

I met Amanda Hespen when she taught a Community Ed class in my local school district on estate planning. After her class I had a better idea of what I wanted, and knew that I would like to work with her. I responded to her questionnaire with some details about my wishes, but struggled with one section. Amanda set the document aside and told me not to worry about editing the document, just tell her what I wanted, and she captured my intent perfectly. The documents she created for me to bring to my banker to make account changes were perfect, and the banker was pleased with the clarity and completeness of Amanda’s instruction letter. Creating my estate plan with Amanda was a very personalized experience. I highly recommend her services.
Review Left On 03/02/2018
Nicodemus Taranovsky

Amanda and her staff are fantastic. They are professional, but caring and attentive. She easily walked us through the process of creating new wills, power of attorney, and health care directives. The end product is exactly what I was hoping for.
Review Left On 03/02/2018
Demi Raven

I had the good luck and fortune of working with Jeffrey Scott after the death of my father in Minneapolis.

When my father (rest his spirit) passed away, he left behind an old copy of a will, a home filled with filth, numerous creditors, and a complicated mess to manage. I recognized early on that managing his estate would require good legal advice, and I turned to a web search to determine who might be able to assist.

Upon meeting Jeffrey Scott (and his team) I realized that this was a person I wanted to work with -- compassionate, mindful, and very knowledgeable. There was not a moment when I did not feel that I was in the best of hands and support managing the estate; many times Jeffrey brought the circumstances from confused and complicated to informed and clarified.

I thoroughly recommend him and his team to anyone involved in a challenging probate process; he is precisely the kind of person you want on your team.
Review Left On 03/02/2018
Andrew Goktepe

I had an estate planning need to attend to from afar, as I moved out of state years ago. Jeff responded immediately to my online inquiry. We had a phone conversation and he personally took care of all of the paperwork within a few days. Jeff made the whole process extremely simple and easy to complete and he went above and beyond what I was expecting from any lawyer I was going to hire over the phone. I highly recommend Jeff and I will certainly be calling him again if I have any other estate planning needs in Minnesota.
Review Left On 03/02/2018
Mary Mohan

My husband and I worked with Amanda Hespen after attending her estate planning workshop. We found her to be very knowledgeable, kind and willing to answer all our questions. She made the whole process (almost) enjoyable. We HIGHLY recommend Amanda.
Review Left On 03/02/2018
Jane Sandness

Amanda Hespen recently provided legal counsel in preparing a trust and a will for us. She was very thorough, professional, and was an excellent communicator. She managed the work in a timely, efficient, and cost effective manner. I have already referred friends to her and will be sending more people her way.
Review Left On 03/02/2018
Silvester Vicic

We were welcomed warmly, and made to feel comfortable right away. Our goal was to complete a will. Amanda Hespen was professional and caring and walked us through the process, answering our questions thoroughly and thoughtfully. She told us our options and after our second meeting with her, we left with what we felt was the best option, a trust. We highly recommend Amanda and the Jeffrey P. Scott firm.
Review Left On 03/02/2017
Joy Erickson

Amanda was very pleasant and efficient. The best thing about working with the firm was how knowledgeable they were.
Review Left On 03/02/2017
Margaret Zimmer

Katherine worked on a trust for us and we we’re very happy with the outcome. She paid a lot of attention to detail but was also very efficient. I felt like I was in good hands and could trust her.

We didn’t have to spend a lot of time in her office. All the paperwork was pretty much ready to go. Basically all you had to do was sign it. I thought that was very nice and professional. They were very pleasant.
Review Left On 03/02/2017
Patrick Graham

I had a good experience with Jeffrey P. Scott & Associates. They took care of everything I needed.

Amanda went above and beyond my expectations. She was way ahead of the curve with everything I needed.

The best thing was their knowledge of estate planning. Even though it can be complex they really helped explain everything and guided me through the steps.
Review Left On 03/02/2017
william quinn

I was totally pleased with the experience.

Amanda let me know what to expect right off the bat. Everything was clearly explained which made it easy.

It's a small firm, and it's very homey with really good people. I have already recommended them quite highly.
Review Left On 03/02/2017
Deedee Brown

I recently called Jeff for some legal advice regarding my late fathers estate in Louisiana. Jeff was right to the point and gave me lots of direction. I didn't know where to begin. He is very thorough and caring. His expertise is outstanding. I've worked in the same building with Jeff for many years but never thought I would need legal advice. He is the first person I thought of. I'm so glad I had someone so knowledgeable to call, when I needed help.
Review Left On 03/02/2016
Chris G

My experience with Jeffrey Scott was limited to a quick phone call, but he was able to provide more useful information than I was able to find through hours of self-directed research.

I called Jeffrey P. Scott & Associates, LLC looking for lawyer to help with a home renovation dispute. My knowledge of law is limited, and It turns out that they do not specialize in my type of case, but Jeff was able to provide a means to finding a law firm that fit my needs, concisely gave useful advice, and most importantly educated me on a few of the finer points of my dispute.

I will definitely be going to Jeffrey P. Scott & Associates, LLC if I ever need services related to estate planning.
Review Left On 03/02/2016
John Kolander

I think Katherine’s top notch, I was very impressed. They are professional and efficient in completing their work. I was very impressed with the people that worked there. The front desk staff was very accommodating and knowledgeable. Katherine was very efficient, knowledgeable, helpful, patient, and understanding in the changes that we were making. My husband and I were a little bit hesitant about what firm to use in light of the fact that we are a gay married couple. We never felt a bit of uneasiness there. When we were done with the work, we were handed a three ring binder with all of the estate planning documents. It was very well organized, very professional, well presented and put together. It was also very concise showing you step by step what was needed (contact these people, do this this way etc…). We had done estate planning before and this was by far the most professional end product that we’ve ever gotten.

Katherine’s firm had documentation that was clear and concise. When we got there she had completely reviewed everything and was thoroughly ready to meet with us. I was very impressed with that.
Review Left On 03/02/2016
Rosa Backman

The best thing about working with Katherine was having the feeling that we have our matters in order. She helped us understand by walking us through scenarios until we found the one that would benefit us best. I feel comfortable now and that would be a reason why I would recommend them. She is patient enough to go through things with you until you understand. I feel that she was thorough, approachable, friendly, and patient. When we interjected with questions she would always take the time to ensure we understood the process. I really appreciated that. Overall they were professional and timely. Once we met with her I liked that she took the time to get to know us to gain an understanding of where we were coming from. Some places dive right into the business end of things. I appreciate that she took a little bit of time to get to know us.
Review Left On 03/02/2016
Jim Sandidge

Katherine is very knowledgeable in the subject matter, which is will and estate planning. She did a nice job putting everything together and keeping it neat and orderly. She made it easy for my wife and me to understand. She made recommendations on things that we hadn’t thought about, as we weren’t aware of them. She saved us from potential errors, significant time issues, frustration issues, and potential tax issues. Everything was done in a very professional way. She was accessible, and her communication skills were great.

The best thing is that we could relate. She communicated in a way that we could understand. She was very efficient and organized. The communication was very good.

Thanks again for taking the time to help Katherine and the firm, it's much appreciated!
Review Left On 03/02/2016
Kelly Meredith

I first met Katherine at a University of St. Thomas alumni event where she was on a panel discussing financial health for women. I was intrigued by her presentation as I I hadn't really thought of estate planning at my age. As a single woman in my mid-30's who owns a home I didn't think that I would need a will. Boy, was I wrong! Prior to and during our consultation, Katherine provided me with forms to fill out and information on my options. Her responses and our discussions were very detailed and informative. I met other lawyers in the office and they were also extremely friendly and very welcoming.

I feel informed and confident that if something happened to me, everything will be taken care of. I highly recommend Katherine and Jeffrey Scott & Associates.
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Sue Gruenhagen

I needed an attorney to help me revise my trust. I worked with Katherine at Jeffery P. Scott & Associates and had a great experience. She was very knowledgable and made the process very easy. I had moved from another state, where my trust had originated, and she quickly realized what needed to be done given my circumstances. I would highly recommend Katherine as she is not only knowledgable and efficient but also a true pleasure to work with.
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Jerry Stahl

Jeff was extremely knowledgeable, we both enjoyed working with him, and his price was reasonable. What more can you ask for? Jeff Scott prepared Living Trusts for us, POAs, updated Healthcare Directives and other accompanying documents in January 2015. I’ve worked with 3 other estate planning attorneys in the past and this was my best experience. Jeff really listened to what we wanted to do, raised some excellent points and offered sound advice. Working with him was a very pleasing process. I felt his hourly rate was competitive; he accomplished things efficiently and we were very pleased with the final result. I urged my two oldest children to work with Jeff and recommend him to anyone else looking for estate planning help.
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Dan Mellesmoen

Being a business owner and parents to two young children, my wife and I felt it was prudent to plan for the worst case scenarios. We were in the process of interviewing several estate planning attorneys when a family member referred us to Jeffrey Scott. After meeting with Jeff and some of his associates, we knew we found the firm we wanted to work with. Jeff was wonderful to work with and made this process very easy for us. We explained what we were looking to do, Jeff told us what he needed from us and it was done quickly. Jeff was prompt with his communication and extremely helpful in offering quality advice while clearly answering our questions when we had them. We absolutely recommend this firm.
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Scott Hippert

My experience of working with Jeffrey was very positive. He was recommended to me by a friend, and it was a good recommendation. Jeffrey had experience of Canadian estate law, which was very helpful for my situation. He helped me to effectively understand and distribute some Canadian property that was not dealt with in my grandmother's will. It was a complicated situation because many generations had passed, and the property had to be distributed to multiple generations of heirs. Jeffrey's knowledge, prompt attention, and trustworthy demeanor helped make this a good experience for me and for extended family. I would highly recommend Jeffrey to my friends, family and colleagues.
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Joe Theissen

We chose this firm because it is small and suits our needs. We felt comfortable with the staff. With Katherine's thoughtful and knowledgeable assistance, we were able to fulfill our goals in updating our trust documents. Katherine's engaging personality contributed to our pleasant experience. It is especially nice that she follows up with us to be sure we complete "our assignments".
Review Left On 03/02/2015
warren d mosier

Had a great experience with Mr. Scott and his firm. They were very well prepared for meetings and very knowledgeable about what we needed to do with our situation. He made it easy for us both in our initial set-up and with changes we have had to make over the years. Strongly recommend them!
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Eric Wood

I found the firm to be friendly, professional, communicative, and very efficient. They are a down to earth group versus the intimidating, overly professional atmosphere one might encounter at other law firms. Katherine really handled my family estate needs well. I will continue to use Jeffery Scott & Associates for my estate needs.
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Sarah Fincham

My husband and I were very impressed with Amanda Hespen, whom we were recommended to by our financial planner. The experience of creating a professional will was incredibly easy, due to the work and professionalism of Mrs. Hespen. Amanda's email communication was timely, clear and very professional.The firm made it incredibly easy to put together a will, when we started out not knowing anything about wills and estate planning. Being that this firm specializes in wills and estate planning, it was a no-brainer to work with lawyers who specialize in this area of life. The front desk receptionist was fantastic - one of nicest people I've talked ever spoken to over the phone. Highly recommended.
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Richard Peterson

My wife and I were referred to Jeffery Scott & Associates by fellow physicians for our estate planning needs. They executed this process to perfection in an easy-to-understand, practical and sensitive manner, which if done in any other way, could be intimidating and even scary given the nature of planning for ones disability or death.
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Georgia Finnegan-Saulitis

I have known Jeffrey Scott for almost 10 years, and it has been my pleasure to know him both professionally and personally. When both of my parents passed away within 100 days of each other, Jeffrey was the epitome of compassion for our situation as well as expertise. From seeing how well he worked with all of us (six siblings!) while settling my parents' estate, I decided to have Jeffrey also do my estate. My sister and brother-in-law and my son have also contacted Jeffrey for legal matters.

In 2012, I needed legal advice in an unemployment issue. I first sought out counsel with Jeffrey, and after kindly listening to my case, he told me that he was not the one to take it--that he was not qualified. Instead he gave me the name of a colleague that he thought would do an excellent job. His recommendation was exactly what I needed. What I found remarkable was that Jeffrey could have kept me as a client and earned more income; but he did not. His integrity and utmost professionalism has made me one of his biggest cheerleaders.

Georgia Finnegan Amdahl
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Paul Thomas

A few months back while chatting with a longtime friend about my need to get an estate plan in place, he referred me to Amanda at Jeffrey P. Scott & Associates. My wife and I had a few areas to address including a purchase of a home, long term care of a family member, and general estate planning. Amanda did an excellent job in listening to us making notes of our concerns and wishes for us and our children. More importantly, she asked questions that we just simply would not have thought of. While professional and organized in her approach, Amanda was genuine with us and in her desire to represent us through such difficult topics. We couldn’t be happier with how the process went and of the end product. It is very comforting knowing we have our house in order and our estate taken care of. We have and will continue to refer Amanda to all of our friends and colleagues.
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Tom Bushard

Jeff was very helpful and explained everything thoroughly to me. I was not at all familiar with this type of law and had many questions. Jeff was very patient and I felt very confident about my will when I left the office. This was a very positive experience and I would recommend Jeff to anyone looking for a will or trust.
Review Left On 03/02/2015
kris o

We contacted the Jeff Scott office upon the recommendation of a friend. We wished to have an estate plan developed and update our will. We worked with Katherine Wertheim Iacarella, one of the associates in the office. The process was straightforward and efficient. Katherine was very knowledgeable and assured of the process and associated laws, and the various options of how to approach the details of the estate plan. There was no cost to the initial meeting, and the fee structure to accomplish the estate plan was a flat fee, all costs clearly explained up front, no surprises. I called a couple other estate planning attorneys to compare the fee with other offices, and the fee quoted by Katherine was more reasonable than any other fee I was quoted by other offices, and it was difficult to find other offices who were willing to have a package fee (instead they seem to charge per item and were non-specific about the exact fee per item and not willing to give a total amount). The transparent and packaged fee structure is one of the key advantages of working with this office. I would definitely recommend this office for your will and estate planning needs.
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Sue Johnson

We used Katie (Katherine Wertheim Iacarella) to update our documents that were initially done by Jeffrey Scott, who was also great to work with. We knew we would return to that firm. Katie was very professional & at the same time warm & approachable. Her suggestions for some changes in wording on our existing docs were very helpful & would make the process easier for our 2 grown children to do the necessary tasks when the time comes. They do not both live in MN, so this was a good suggestion. Katie read personalities & situations very well & used a sense of humor to defuse a potentially explosive situation, followed by very clear, concise explanations of the importance of avoiding probate. I would highly recommend Katie to anyone as a very competent estate planning atty. She made it a pleasant experience, despite challenges.
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Jeffry Salzbrun

I cannot say enough about Amanda as a person and an attorney. I work with attorneys on a daily bases as a part of my business. Amanda and her firm are different in that they are there to help you and your family making sure your estate affairs are in order. While many attorneys try to be all things, this firm specifically deals with estates and related matters. Amanda is an excellent listener and helps families work through decisions that are very often very difficult to have a conversation about. She has done and amazing job as our families estate attorney. We have attorneys for many other areas of life and business, but Amanda and her firm will continue to handle our estate affairs and be the one we refer all our colleagues, family and friends to.
It's a simple phone call, which could easily begin the process to change your legacy.
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Diana Dahlberg

I sought Amanda Hespen's assistance to help my mother regarding an urgent estate planning matter and to update her will. Amanda’s expertise regarding estate planning and her advice was extremely helpful. Her answers to our questions were thorough and clear. Amanda was easy to reach by telephone, email and in person. Amanda worked quickly, providing rapid turnaround of items for review and the completion of the will. My mother is very pleased that the will was written clearly and with details making her wishes easy to understand.
Review Left On 03/02/2015
Susan Herman

My family and I have used the services of Jeff Scott for the last 14+ years. He handled our original estate planning when we moved to the Twin Cities and created a thorough and complete set of documents.

Recently my partner had to move into a long term care facility. We determined that this was a good time to update all of our estate documents. I contacted S&A and was introduced to Katherine Wertheim Iacarellla. What a pleasure!

Katie was meticulous in reviewing all previous documents and explaining all the suggested updates. She made it clear that we could act on her recommendations or propose other language or items to be covered. There was never a sense of pressuring or that she was disinterested in working with us. Her manner is highly professional, but she is an extremely people oriented lawyer who truly exhibits an interest in her clients and their needs.

She is totally focused on her law practice and never finds a client's question inappropriate or trivial. We feel very lucky to have Katie as our estate planning and elder law attorney.

Susan L. Herman

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