Joshua C. Hillger




Assistant: Callie Johnson



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.

Representative Experience
  • Advised client on estate planning and estate administration involving foreign real estate holdings to ensure smooth administration during lifetime and at death.

  • Advised fiduciary on the management and sale of unique assets in various estate administrations including management and sale of a significant art collection, race horses, ongoing business interests and development land.

  • Submission and negotiations on Private Letter Ruling to the IRS on an old Generation Skipping Trust modification question.

  • Prepared and managed Generation Skipping Transfer Tax Severance of existing Trust to ensure best taxes for beneficiaries of the Trusts.

  • Developed and implemented strategy for management of unsustainable insurance policy held in irrevocable life insurance trust allowing the family to maintain the insurance in a financially viable manner.

  • Advised charitable fiduciary on ongoing management of trusts.

  • Representation of many individual and corporate fiduciaries on contested estate and trust matters involving disputes related to estate plan terms, estate administration and distributions of assets.

  • Represented corporate and individual fiduciaries with the drafting and use of Non-Judicial Settlement Agreement to interpret estate planning document term.

  • Modified and terminated existing irrevocable estate plans to accomplish initial grantor intent.

  • Petitioned for the creation of minor custodial accounts to hold funds for minor beneficiaries inherited from grandparent.

  • Represented individual and corporate fiduciaries related to income, gift and estate tax issues before the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the Internal Revenue Service.

Publications & Presentations


  • Co-Presenter, “To Modify or not to Modify an Irrevocable Trust is not the Question, but How to do it Right Is…” – Ramsey County Bar Association, May 14, 2020
  • Presenter, “Elective Shareholder Rights/Effect of Divorce” – The Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law 50, Minnesota CLE, February 21, 2020
  • Presenter, “Flaunting Flexibility – Keeping Your Options Open in a Temporary World” – Large Estate Panel, 2018 Probate and Trust Section Conference, Minnesota CLE, June 4, 2018

  • Co-Presenter, “The Non-Probate Roadmap – Administering the Non-Probate Estate” – Minnesota CLE

  • Co-Presenter, “Asset Identification and Collection, Valuation and Transfer” – Minnesota CLE

  • Co-Presenter, “Administering the Illiquid Estate” – Minnesota CLE

  • Presenter, “Trusts and Estate Basics” – Ramsey County Bar Association

  • Presenter, “Resolving Liquidity Issues in Estates” – Chicago Bar Association and Las Vegas Nevada Estate Planning Council

Professional & Community


  • Minnesota

  • Arizona


  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Law Section Council Member, Probate and Trust Law Section Diversity Committee Co-Chair

  • Ramsey County Bar Association, CLE Oversight Committee, Member

Community Involvement

  • 1006 Summit Avenue Society, Member

  • Edina Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, Worship Committee Member
  • Human Rights Campaign, Corporate Committee and Annual Dinner Committee Member
  • Uptown Rotary Club, President