Kate Graham

Name: Kate Graham

Email:  kgraham@maserlaw.com

Phone Number: (952) 925-4147

Legal Assistant: Valerie Stedman

Focus Areas:  Estate planning, long term care planning, medical assistance benefits, probate administration, guardianships and conservatorships.

Education:  LL.M. – Agriculture and Food Law, University of Arkansas (degree expected by 2020); JD – William Mitchell College of Law; BA – American Studies, Carleton College.

Community Involvement: Collaborative Community Law Initiative, a mentoring and business development program for new lawyers; Boneshaker Books, a collectively-run bookstore and community meeting space promoting literacy, the arts, and social justice.

Those who know me well say I’m:

  • Hardworking – I’m not afraid of complex and time-consuming challenges.  Whether I’m helping you plan your children’s financial future or get access to the medical care you need, I’m always willing to go the extra mile.
  • Loyal – As my client, you’ll have my full and constant support at all times.  Your priorities become mine and you can be sure you’ll always come first.
  • Empathetic – I’m able to put myself in your shoes and understand where you’re coming from.  I care deeply about your well-being and am invested in making a positive difference in your life.

I chose to become an attorney because I knew going to law school would make me a more effective advocate for those in need.  Clients come to me during difficult times – financially, physically or emotionally.  They may have just been diagnosed with a serious illness, lost a family member or experienced a severe disability.  Helping them sort through a maze of legal, emotional, financial and government benefit issues is a rewarding experience.  Whenever I hear the words, “I’m so relieved – I feel like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders,” I know I’ve chosen the right profession.

I believe that deep inside, we all know what we need.  I listen to my clients to help them figure out what is best for them.  And I help them put a plan in place to address that need.

I can take something complicated and make it simple.  I think of myself as a teacher, explaining the legal system to my clients and their families.

My greatest accomplishment is succeeding in a summer internship on a rural farm in southeastern Minnesota.  I went from a suburban lifestyle to living in a barn (literally).  Life on a farm was physically exhausting and mentally taxing.  It took me a while to catch on, but over the next several weeks I fell in love with the experience of living close to nature and following its rhythms.  As a result, I developed a love and appreciation for gardening and all things related to agriculture.

I’m making a difference by helping people achieve peace of mind knowing that their affairs are in order, that they can afford the health care they need and that they have a plan in place to deal with health or disability issues.

Quote me: “Trust but verify.”  I believe it’s important to look beneath the surface to uncover the right solution.

My next challenge is to go back to school for a Master of Laws degree in agriculture and food law.

On my bookshelf:  Turn Here Sweet Corn by Atina Diffley.

Seven words that describe me:  Advocate, friend, gardener, citizen, volunteer, outdoorsy, artisan.

One thing most people don’t know about me:  My husband and I like to brew beer.  When we meet, make sure to ask me about our Oatmeal Stout, Brown Ales, and IPAs.

When I’m not working, I enjoy gardening, camping, and spending time with my husband, dog, and two cats.

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