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Josh Hillger practices in the areas of Estate Planning and Estate Administration. He works closely with his clients to accomplish their estate planning goals and objectives, as well as to efficiently and effectively administer estates and trusts. Josh has experience working with clients and families at a large national trust company where he settled multi-million dollar, complex estates and trusts across the country.

Josh has had experience working with a variety of different estate-planning techniques as well as administering estate accounts with a variety of different assets including art collections and other collectibles, on-going business entities, development land, closely-held businesses, oil & gas interests, international real estate and race horses. He has also worked in many contested estate and trust matters where he played an active role in resolving conflicts among beneficiaries.

Josh works closely with other members of the Felhaber Estate Planning Section to bring a unique approach to serving its clients. Each member of the Estate Planning Team has significant experience with estate planning and administration. 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.

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning and Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate and Gift Tax Planning
  • Estate, Probate and Trust Administration
  • Cabin Agreements
  • Supplemental Needs, Special Needs and Pooled Trusts
  • Estate Tax Planning for Same-Sex and Unmarried Couples

Bar Admission

  • Minnesota, 1999

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, CLE Oversight Committee
  • MSBA Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Chair of Diversity Committee for the MSBA Probate and Trust Law Section


  • J.D., William Mitchell College of Law, cum laude
    • Tulane Law School Center for European Union Law, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Certificate of Completion of the Program
    • Students Mentoring Students Program
  • B.A., University of St. Thomas


  • Josh Hillger, “Flaunting Flexibility – Keeping Your Options Open in a Temporary World”, Large Estates Panel – 2018 Probate and Trust Law Section Conference,  Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, June 4, 2018
  • Josh Hillger and Barbara Kristiansson, The Non-Probate Roadmap – Administering the Non-Probate Estate, “Asset Identification and Collection, Valuation and Transfer” and “Administering the Illiquid Estate,” Minnesota Continuing Legal Education seminars, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • “Trusts and Estate Basics,” Ramsey County Bar Association, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • “Resolving Liquidity Issues in Estates” – Chicago Bar Association; Las Vegas Nevada Estate Planning Counsel; Former Employer Corporate Trustee Events for Legal Professionals and Internal Advisors
  • Edina Good Samaritan United Methodist Church Worship Committee Member
  • Human Rights Campaign Corporate Committee and Annual Dinner Committee Member
  • 1006 Summit Avenue Society, Member
  • Uptown Rotary Club, Member


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