Barbara M. Kristiansson




Assistant: Callie Johnson



Barbara Kristiansson practices primarily in the areas of estate planning and estate administration. Her 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.

Publications & Presentations


  • Feature, “Planning Now for the Future of the Family Cabin” – Star Tribune, October 4, 2014

Professional & Community


  • Minnesota

  • South Dakota


  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church