Legal Experience with Roots in Southwest Minnesota

Gilk Legacy Law PLLC is an estate planning law firm that develops creative and advanced solutions. Our legal experience and expertise addresses the complicated and difficult succession planning and protection challenges for businesses, farms and people.

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Jennifer Gilk's legal experience makes a difference.

Jennifer L.J. Gilk, Founder

Hello. I’m Jennifer L.J. Gilk, founder, Gilk Legacy Law PLLC.

As a native Minnesotan, I grew up on a century dairy farm in the Lincoln County community of Tyler. I was raised to walk bean fields, throw hay bales, butcher chickens, as well as feed and milk the cows. I watched my parents manage our farm, especially through the Farm Crisis of the ‘80s. When it was time to go to college, I pursued an education to follow my dream of staying in agriculture and protecting our way of life.

Following my graduation with honors from Drake University Law School, Des Moines, IA, my husband Tim and I moved back to Minnesota where I have been practicing law, primarily for farmers, since 1993. We live in Redwood Falls and have three children.

Legal Experience that makes a difference.

For more than two decades I have practiced law, primarily assisting farmers and business owners navigate the complex process of succession planning. I get the business and financial side of farming. Together we can help you address the challenges and opportunities related to income and estate tax laws, cash flow and debt management, protection of USDA programs and payments when using entities, and tile easements and agreements. I understand the average lifespan of a hog barn and when it starts to nickel and dime you to death with repair costs, along with all the other details that make up the daily business rhythms of farming.

It’s important I provide clients with different options to accomplish their goals, and we work through the pros and cons of each possible solution. I never present just one way to do something.

I strive mightily to keep abreast of all the law changes in my practice areas and belong to a number of professional legal groups in Minnesota that stay on top of the latest laws, opportunities and challenges that face my clients in farm estate matters.

I formed Gilk Legacy Law PLLC to serve Southwest Minnesota, especially those facing the imminent transition from a lifetime of running a farm or business, and the legal, financial and real estate challenges you face looking ahead to retirement.

To handle these complex issues, I am able to draw from my own legal experience as well as an extended network of financial and real estate professionals who, if necessary, are able to provide perspective as I develop the right plan for each family. I am also happy to work with your own long-time advisors and professional team.

Please contact my legal assistant, Jenni Schmidt, or me and we’ll get started on a plan to protect your legacy.

Jennifer L.J. Gilk, owner

Jenni Schmidt, Legal Assistant

Hello. I’m Jenni Schmidt, Legal Assistant, Gilk Legacy Law PLLC.

I assist clients and Jennifer L.J. Gilk during every step of the estate planning process, from helping clarify documents and information for you to bring to the first appointment, to following up with signing details, to making sure all assets are transferred and retitled appropriately for certain types of trusts and other transitions. I’m known for my highly developed organizational skills and outright efficiency, helping to keep your project flowing smoothly in our office. I’m committed to keeping everything on track and making sure your planning process is an exceptional experience.

I am a native Minnesotan. I graduated from Totino-Grace High School in the Twin Cities, before attending St. Cloud State University, where I met my future husband, Jeff. After graduation, we married and moved to Redwood Falls, MN, where Jeff manages his family’s construction company. We have raised our four children here, three of which are currently in college.

Nikki Hermanson, Paralegal

Hi! I’m Nikki Hermanson, Paralegal, Gilk Legacy Law PLLC.

As Paralegal, I assist Jennifer and clients with probate and trust administrations when a client or their family member dies.  I help manage the entire process from opening to closing:  distributing necessary information to heirs, collecting and managing all date of death valuation information and processes, assisting with estate tax return preparation and final inventories and accounts, and working with the estate’s CPA.

I help make sure the administration process stays on track and keeps moving toward completion.  I am proud that the vast majority of our estate administrations are completed within nine to 12 months of starting them.  My personal main objective is to help clients feel comfortable and at ease knowing that the probate or trust administration will be handled in a professional, timely matter.

I grew up on a farm in Redwood Falls and moved away to pursue my Bachelor’s Degree in Paralegal Studies. After working in a Burnsville, Minnesota law firm for 3 years, my husband Will and I decided to move back to Redwood Falls. He works as at a local construction company and is a Lieutenant in the Army National Guard. We are raising our three young children here who love seeing tractors, plants, and especially cows on their way to daycare.

As a family, we enjoy crafting, going on “adventures”, and watching Ellen.