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Costello Carlson & Butzon LLP

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Estate, Agriculture, Business, Real Estate, Non-profit


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Costello, Carlson & Butzon LLP is a general practice law firm recognized for our transactional work in the areas of real estate law, probate, trusts, estate planning, estate and gift taxation, elder law, charitable foundations, business and banking law, municipal law, commercial transactions and agricultural law.

The law firm represents individuals, families, trustees and other fiduciaries, small businesses, foundations and corporations, offering a wide range of legal services.

Our lawyers and staff understand client's needs. Our firm is committed to providing common sense explanations of even the most complex legal issues, so that our clients are fully informed.
Since 1896, Costello, Carlson & Butzon LLP has been a presence in southwest Minnesota. The firm has always held to the highest professional and ethical standards. We have a reputation of maintaining long-term relationships with clients. We have supported the talents and endeavors of the local population. We have demanded a strong commitment to professional excellence from attorneys and encouraged their participation in civic, educational, professional and public service.

Position Organization Location Duration
Partner Costello, Carlson & Butzon, LLP Minnesota 1980 - present
Associate Muir, Lundblad, Meyer, Storey, Stier & Simons N/A 1977-1979
School Degree Major Graduation
Creighton University, School of Law. Omaha, Nebraska. J.D. Law School May 1977
Hamline University. Saint Paul, Minnesota B.A. N/A May 1974
State / Court Date
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 1994
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit 1982
United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa 1982
United States District Court for the District of Minnesota 1981
United States Tax Court 1979
Supreme Court of Minnesota 1978
Supreme Court of Iowa 1977
Supreme Court of Nebraska 1977
United States District Court for the District of Nebraska 1977
  • American Bar Association - 1997
    - Vice-Chair of the Animal Law Committee of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Section, 2004; Member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; Law Practice Management; General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Sections.

    Minnesota State Bar Association - 1978
    - Board of Governors, 1993-1994; 2003-2008; Chair of the Outstate Practice Section, 1992-1994, 2008; Chair of the Agricultural Law Section 2002-2004; Agricultural Law Section Council, 2005-2010; Member of the Agricultural Law; Animal Law; Business Law; Elder Law; General Practice; Outstate Practice; Probate and Trust Law; Real Property Law. Sections. Legal Education and Law School Admissions Committee, 2005; Judiciary Committee, 2007-2009.

    Seventeenth Judicial District Bar Association - 1978
    - President, 1992-1993; 2004-2005; Chair of the Fee Arbitration Panel, 1991.

    Iowa State Bar Association - 1997

    Nebraska State Bar Association - 1977

    American Agricultural Law Association
    - Board of Directors, 2007-2010; Chair of Awards Committee, 1998; Publications Committee; Membership Committee.

    American Veterinary Medical Law Association

    Jackson County Law Library Board of Trustees

    Lakefield City Attorney

    Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, Inc.
    - Volunteer lawyer; Campaign for Legal Aid Committee, Greater Minnesota
  • Excellence in Agricultural Law 2010 American Agricultural Law Association
  • American Bar Association:
    - Author: "Impact of Recapture in Deciding to Use I.R.C. Section 2032A". Section of Taxation, 1983

    American Agricultural Law Association:
    - Author: "Starting a Charitable Foundation Using the Community Foundation Option"/ Memphis Tennessee, 1994
    - Author: "Current Developments in Farm Estate Planning". Kansas City, Missouri, 1995
    - Author: Serving Agricultural Clients, Managing a Financially Sound Law Practice". Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2001.

    Minnesota Continuing Legal Education:
    - Author: “Ethical Problems with the Sale of a Solo Law Practice”. General Practice Section, 1993
    - Moderator and Instructor: Agricultural Estate Planning Update: Basic Concepts in Medical Assistance Planning. Agricultural Law Institute, 1994
    - Instructor: Estate Planning for Farmers and Ranchers. Agricultural Law Institute, 1995
    - Author: “Creative Valuation”. Agricultural Law Institute, 1997
    - Author: “Small Business Taxation and Estate Planning Update”. Agricultural Law Institute, 1999
    - Author: “Marital Deductions, Disclaimers and Gifting to Avoid Taxation”. Agricultural Law Institute, 2000
    - Author: “Survey of the Distinctions Made in Minnesota Law for Agricultural Real Estate, with commentary and appendices." Agricultural Law Institute, 2002
    - Instructor: “Business: Case Law and Statutory Update”. 2008 Legal Update, 2008

    Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services:
    -  Author: “Challenges in Legal Ethics”.  SMRLS Continuing Legal Education, 1998
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Fee:In determining the reasonableness of attorney fees, consideration is given to all the following factors:
1. The time and labor required.
2. The experience and knowledge of the attorney.
3. The complexity and novelty of the problems involved.
4. The extent of the responsibility assumed and the results obtained; and
5. The sufficiency of the assets properly available to pay the fee under the circumstances.

Clients are very accepting of this type of arrangement particularly when the maximum amount to be charged is stated.

Service Type:Private



310 Main Street
P.O. Box 929
Lakefield, MN 56150

Other Locations:
  • We have offices located in Jackson, Lakefield, and Heron Lake Minnesota.

    Patrick K. Costello
    Costello, Carlson & Butzon, LLP
    Jackson County Minnesota

    310 Main Street
    Lakefield 56150
    fax 662-6623

    603 Second Street
    Jackson 56143
    265 Tenth Street
    Heron Lake 56137



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