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Barbara Kristiansson practices primarily in the areas of estate planning and estate administration. Prior to joining Felhaber, Barbara worked in the areas of accounting, estate tax and estate settlement.

Barbara’s practical approach to estate planning blends her clients’ desires for passing on a legacy with the necessary tax planning, while helping to ensure that the estate plan lends itself to an efficient administration.

Barbara strives to meet her clients’ needs in all stages of their lives, including pre-marital agreements, estate planning, tax planning, and estate settlement, as well as planning for the needs of young children and grandchildren.

Barbara specializes in planning to reduce or eliminate estate and generation skipping transfer taxes. Her experience includes using all forms of irrevocable trusts, GRATs and QPRTs, gifting, and family business transition and family cabin transition planning. She also has experience with large estate administrations involving 6166 and 2032A Elections, gift and estate tax audits and estate litigation matters.

Barbara works closely with other members of the Felhaber Estate Planning Section to bring a unique approach to serving clients. The Estate Planning group’s collaborative, team approach to the practice of law harnesses each person’s distinct expertise, knowledge and skills for the benefit of our clients.

Barbara is a member of the Felhaber Larson Board of Directors.  She also serves as Chair of the Estate Planning and Administration Section of the firm.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
    • Estate Planning (Wills, Revocable Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives)
    • Premarital and Co-Habitation Agreements
    • Estate, Generation Skipping Transfer (“GST”) and Gift Tax Planning
    • Family Conflict Avoidance and Resolution
    • Cabin Agreements
    • Business Succession Planning
    • Planning for Same Sex and Unmarried Couples
  • Estate Administration
    • Estate, Probate and Trust Administration and Settlement
    • Estate and Gift Tax Preparation

Bar Admission

  • Minnesota State Bar, 2004
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Member

Education

  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law
  • B.A., St. Olaf College, Cum Laude
  • Featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune for advice on “Planning Now for the Future of the Family Cabin”, October 4, 2014.
  • Frequent speaker on estate planning, including current estate tax laws and the continuing changes in estate administration
  • Leadership St. Paul Class of 2009
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church Foundation Board

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