Attorneys-Jeffrey W. Hane

Jeffrey W. Hane

Before shifting his practice toward elder law and estate matters, Jeff Hane had been primarily handling injury and accident cases since 1993. Jeff has handled many cases where his clients recovered sums in excess of six figures, including one case just under $500,000. He has also served as co-counsel in cases where our clients recovered verdicts near $1 million.

Jeff primarily serves clients with estate services, Medical Assistance (Medicaid) planning, and business needs.  In addition to earning a law degree, Jeff holds post-law degree (LLM Elder Law) from the Center for Excellence at Stetson University’s College of Law. This makes Jeff familiar with topics such as retirement benefits, medical assistance, estate planning, special needs trusts, and legal issues for the aging.  Jeff was appointed to the Minnesota Board of Aging by Gov. Mark Dayton and served from 2011 to 2017.

Jeff is also the law firm’s primary attorney for water law, adoption matters, and construction law.  Jeff and his wife are adoptive parents, having adopted their children from China in two separate adoptions.  Jeff worked his way through college doing residential construction and framing. Contractors and homeowners appreciate the fact that Jeff understands the construction process (including finance), construction contracts and timetables, permits & inspections, and construction regulations and lien laws. In his spare time, Jeff is an avid do-it-yourself-er.  When not working on his house, Jeff loves to help friends and family on construction, remodeling, and salvage projects.

In addition, Jeff serves as an Assistant County Attorney for Kittson County. Jeff became a shareholder of the firm in 1998.

Jeff was awarded both The Order of the Coif and The Order of Barristers in 1993.

Areas of Practice
Elder law, guardianships/conservatorships, wills, trusts and estates, personal injury, general litigation, water law, adoption, construction law, criminal prosecution, agricultural law, municipal law, and real estate law.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Minnesota Supreme Court, 1993
  • North Dakota Supreme Court, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Minnesota 1994
  • U.S. District Court, North Dakota, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 1994.

Education
B.A., Bemidji State University, magna cum laude, 1986; M.A., Southern Californian College (Vanguard), with honors, 1993; Juris Doctorate, University of North Dakota, with distinction, 1993.  LIM with distinction, Center for Excellence in Elder Law, Stetson University College of Law, 2013.

Professional Associations
Minnesota State Bar Assoc., State Bar Association of North Dakota, and the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys.