Carol Grant | Minneapolis Divorce & Family Lawyer | MN

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Lawsuit & Dispute, Estate, Divorce & Family Law, Criminal, General Practice, Juvenile Law, Financial-related

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Carol Grant, a Superlawyer selected by fellow lawyers throughout the state, is the managing partner at Kurzman Grant Law Office. Carol Grant brings to family law and estate planning the unique perspective of a Certified Financial Planner, with advanced Certified Divorce Planner training in the financial intricacies of property and retirement plan division, support and maintenance. Carol Grant brings to family law and estate planning the unique perspective of a Certified Financial Planner, with advanced Certified Divorce Planner training in the financial intricacies of property and retirement plan division, support and maintenance. She has specialized income tax training. She has held professional licenses in securities, life and health insurance and is a former Administrative Law Judge. She takes a very aggressive approach and has been very successful resolving family law cases with estate planning issues (will changes during divorce or prenuptial agreements) or criminal features (orders for protection, abuse or assault allegations) due to her expertise in these related areas. Ms. Grant drafts hundreds of wills and trusts every year. Many of her estate planning clients are referred from the AARP Legal Services Network, with which she is affiliated. Basic documents are reasonable in cost. Some of these documents include: basic will, revocable living trust, marital bypass trust, and irrevocable trusts such as an irrevocable life insurance trust. Unlike most estate attorneys, she has the litigation background and trial experience to fight to protect her clients' share of estates if required. She drafts documents to prevent litigation. Ms. Grant is frequently asked to assume representation when a client is dissatisfied with their former attorney and has been able to bring a different, fresh perspective to these cases, resulting in their successful conclusion. She is asked to do appeals of cases where other lawyers have lost, as she has extensive experience arguing appeals. See www.attorneysinminnesota.com for a sample of unsolicited verbatim client comments about the quality of Ms. Grant's representation. To keep costs down, Ms. Grant works closely with her experienced legal assistant and welcomes the maximum client participation and involvement to further keep costs down. Ask about Ms. Grant and Mr. Kurzman's highly effective team approach which has resulted in dismissal and withdrawal of opposing claims, caused opposing lawyers to withdraw from representation-even withdrawal of opposition after trial by before verdict on the ground that loss was inevitable, caused hostile guardians ad litem to withdraw from the case, and made numerous opponents complain that they're being "ganged up on".

Please describe a case in the last year or two where you made a big difference.

I tried a divorce case this spring where the husband, a preschool teacher making $27,000, was asking for $2,000 per month in spousal maintenance from the wife, who worked for a large corporation and made over $100,000 per year. At trial, the husband demanded spousal maintenance to equalize his income with his wife's. I represented the wife, and no spousal maintenance whatsoever was awarded. The wife's reaction to the decision: ""This is awesome!"" She was released from many years of a heavy financial burden. In another divorce case this year, I represented the husband, whose wife was a retired divorce attorney. The wife made many nonmarital property claims, which were carefully analyzed. We settled the case and the husband said, """"You have been wonderful counsel. You're an extremely ethical attorney. I made the right decision a year and a half ago. You did a magnificent job. You scare her to death on the depositions. If you need a referral, give them my name.""

How did you build a successful practice?

Clients like the knowledge that comes with 38 years of experience. That experience allows me to answer even complex questions right away, and allows me to work quickly and effectively. I am detail-oriented. I am tenacious. I have some unusual credentials such as being a Certified Financial Planner; these credentials give me insights that other lawyers don't have. Many cases are not just "family law" or "criminal law" or "estate law" but some combination of these legal areas, and my experience allows me to cross-analyze the issues.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?

A good lawyer responds quickly when called. The lawyer listens carefully, and then gives the client an idea what can be done to solve the legal problem. There is a natural sequence of events in a case and there should be no delay. The lawyer should communicate the "game plan" and the big picture. Phone calls should be answered promptly. Experience is critical. A lawyer with 35 years of experience is much more skilled than a lawyer with 25 years of experience, not to mention a lawyer with less than that, and it shows in the pace, accuracy and results of the work. A good lawyer really cares about her client.

How important is local knowledge to the success of your cases?

In Minnesota we have "one free strike" if we don't like the judge initially assigned. Judges are human beings and have biases just like everyone else. Perhaps the judge's bias is right, but not right for the case! I believe in liberally removing a judge if I feel that the judge, however good, is not right for the case in question. I also have done extensive work in Greater Minnesota, where there often are fewer judges on the bench than in the metro area. I have had a very positive, welcoming experience in the dozens of outstate counties where I've practiced, and excellent results as well.

What information can you provide in a free phone consultation?

During the free phone consultation, I learn about the legal issue and answer questions with a high degree of confidence. This includes strengths and challenges of the case, and where I'll take the case. I take notes so that when the client calls back, I have all of that information before me and can use it right away.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?

During the free phone consultation, sometimes the client refers to a legal document. It's not essential, but I can look at the document during the consultation if it's e-mailed to me ahead of time.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?

38 years of experience in three primary areas of law differentiates me from most lawyers in the community, as well as my financial background and Certified Financial Planner credential

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Client compliments naturally are a very rewarding aspect of the job, as well as winning my cases, and also simply feeling confident that at any given time I've made the best recommendation for the client based on the information available.

What are your other interests in addition to law?

I have a strong interest in people from other countries, and when I have the opportunity to work with them, I usually have visited their country of origin. I am not fluent, but have some conversational ability in French and Spanish and really enjoy those languages and cultures. I used to run a business in the former U.S.S.R. and have a love of the people there.

Are you involved in your community?

I am a member of the American Bar Association. My focus is on my work and my clients.

Position Organization Location Duration
AttorneyKurzman Grant Law OfficeMinneapolis, MN05/1984-present
PartnerMeshbesher, Singer & Spence2445 Park Ave., Mpls., MN09/1976-05/1984
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Minnesota Law SchoolJ.D. Law School1976  
Macalester CollegeB.A.Economics and Speech/Communication05/1973
State / Court Date
Minnesota1976
  • President, Minnesota Women Lawyers (1983)
    American Bar Association (current)
  • Selected by peers as Superlawyer--repeatedly

    Highest AV rating for ethics and competence as selected by peers and published in Martindale Hubbell--over 15 years

    Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers

    Competitive debater 1967-1973; National Debate Tournament Octafinalist; many other competitive awards
  • Piper Kidnapping appeal Outcome: Won Cases resulting in client praise sampled at www.attorneysinminnesota.com Outcome: Won Jordan sex abuse cases Outcome: Won

  • Evolution of Criminal Law and Procedure 1900-2000, Minnesota State Bar Association Millennium publication (1999)
    How to Seek Attorneys Fees on Appeal, Family Law Forum (1999)
    Sequestration of Jurors: Medicine Necessary to Prevent Tainted Verdict and Expensive New Trials Minnesota Trial Lawyer (1982)
    Criminal Jury Trial Handbook
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Carol has the unusual credential of being a Certified Financial Planner as well as having almost 4 decades of practice experience.

Fee: Reasonable retainers--the exact amount is case dependent but is quoted after Carol consults with the client at no charge.

Service Type: Private

Language: English.

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Carol M Grant
219 Se Main St
St. Anthony Main, Ste 403
Minneapolis, MN 55414
44.983935,-93.2540202

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219 Se Main St
St. Anthony Main, Ste 403
Minneapolis, MN 55414


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