Ryan T. Damhof

Attorney

Minneapolis

612-672-3618

rdamhof@messerlikramer.com

Assistant: Marie Grengs

612-672-3705

Profile

Ryan Damhof prepares estate plans that give clients control over their legacy and assurance that their stated goals will be accomplished. His practice includes both proactive planning during a client’s lifetime and efficient estate administration following death.

Estate planning addresses issues both financial and personal, and Ryan handles these matters with technical skill and compassion. Whether the goal is to minimize taxes, avoid probate, or protect a loved one, Ryan’s extensive experience preparing trusts and wills gives clients certainty that their objectives will be achieved. His prior experience administering high-net worth estates at a national trust company gives him a unique perspective, allowing him to draft effective, succinct plans that work for both the client and those they leave behind.

Representative Experience
  • Saved multiple clients over $500,000 in estate tax liability through revocable trust planning that utilized a credit shelter trust strategy.

  • Modified an irrevocable trust to better align the trust’s administration with the intention of the creator of the trust.

  • Facilitated a non-judicial settlement agreement among multiple sibling-beneficiaries to administer their mother’s estate as she intended while providing family harmony and avoiding court involvement.

  • Advised client on business succession matters to transfer ownership of multi-million dollar business to client’s son at death while maintaining influence of trusted business advisors.

  • Put controls on the future management of multiple family cabins and family farm properties through the creation and implementation of various trust structures and business entities.

  • Assisted an incapacitated client and her family with the sale of her home and other assets through enforcement of her power of attorney.

  • Reconstructed and simplified an overly-complex estate plan which included multiple revocable and irrevocable trusts to better fit the client’s current needs.

Professional & Community

Admissions

  • Minnesota

Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Community Involvement

  • Trinity City Church, Governance Team Member