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Alan J. Yanowitz



Email: alan@yanowitzlaw.com
Phone: (507) 252-8997
Fax: (815) 550-2474
Yanowitz Law Firm, PLLC
18 Third Street SW, Suite 200
Rochester, MN 55902


Alan J. Yanowitz has more than thirty years of experience guiding families and small businesses in wealth management.  He has been an attorney in Rochester, Minnesota since 1984.   Before moving to Rochester, Alan was a tax manager for a national accounting firm and owned his own tax firm in Washington, D.C.

Alan focuses on estate planning, business matters, tax, asset protection, charitable giving, elder law, medical assistance planning, probate and trust administration.  Alan helps preserve small businesses by setting up tax sensitive plans.  He regularly represents individual and corporate fiduciaries in estate and trust administration.  In addition, Alan has significant experience in nonprofit taxation, agricultural estate planning and international estate planning.

  • Honors and Distinctions
    • Since 1993, listed as one of “The Best Lawyers in America” by Woodward/White, Inc.’s
    • Voted “Estate Planning Lawyer of the Year” for Minneapolis, St. Paul, St. Cloud, Mankato, Winona and Rochester by “The Best Lawyers in America”
    • Voted as one of the 40 best Trust and Estate Lawyers in Minnesota (as voted by other Minnesota State Bar Association members)
    • “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law and Politics since 2003
    • “Super Lawyer” by Minneapolis, St. Paul Magazine
    • Martindale-Hubbell, a national legal directory, gave him an “AV” rating, the highest rating for legal ability and ethics.
  • Education
    • Boston University Law School, L.L.M. in Tax
    • Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
    • Bard College, B.A.
  • Professional Activities
    • America College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) (Fellow since 1994)
      • Business Planning Committee – Pass Through Entities Subcommittee Member
      • Practice Committee Member
    • Co-author of the fifth and sixth editions of “Drafting Wills and Trust Agreements,” which is published by the Minnesota State Bar Continuing Legal Education Institute
    • Appointed to  Minnesota State Bar Association Probate and Trust Law Legislative Committee, which is reviewing the Uniform Trust Code for possible adoption in Minnesota
    • Published articles in numerous journals including the Journal of Taxation and Journal of Real Estate Taxation
    • Continuing Legal Education Instructor in the areas of Trust and Estate Law for the Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Minnesota’s Annual Probate and Trust Law Institute
      • Chair (1998) and co-chair (1997)
      • Planning Committee Member (since 1995-2014)
      • Member of the “Large Estate Question and Answer Panel” ( 2002 -2014)
    • Member Wealth Counsel Advanced Planning Advisory Committee and Emerging Laws Advisory Group.
    • Governing Council, Probate and Trust Law Section Minnesota State Bar Association (Past member)
    • Rochester Tax Roundtable (Past President)
    • Rochester Estate Planning Council (Past President)
    • Minnesota State Bar Association, Tax Section (Former Steering Council Member)
    • Adjunct Professor of Law in estate planning at George Mason University