Name: Kate Stellmach Freiert
Phone Number: (952) 925-4147
Legal Assistant: Leijette Riopel
Focus Areas: Elder law, estate planning, estate administration, and long term care planning.
Education: JD – Hamline University School of Law; BA – French, English – University of Minnesota, Morris.
Those who know me well say that I’m:
- Pragmatic – I’m practical and down to earth. In the midst of turmoil, I’m able to step back, analyze the situation and take the necessary steps forward. I help my clients by breaking down what can seem like a complex process into easily digestible pieces to make the situation more manageable.
- Independent – I’m not afraid to try something new even if I have to do it alone. I would have missed a lot of great experiences if I waited until someone else was available to go exploring. Being resourceful and self-sufficient gives me the confidence to tackle difficult situations with and for my clients.
- Reliable – My calendar is my friend. Everything from returning a call, following up for additional information and upcoming meetings goes on the calendar so that nothing slips through the cracks. I want clients to be able to reach me when they need to and to know that their questions are important.
I chose to become an attorney because my corporate career and the next promotion were not as fulfilling or rewarding as I had hoped. I wanted to take on bigger challenges, but most of all I was looking to have a more significant impact on people’s lives. As an attorney, I get to see the results of my work on a regular basis. From something as simple as helping someone put together an estate plan that had been put off for years to creating solutions for complicated or stressful problems, I get to witness the impact of clients accomplishing goals and moving forward through difficult times. I am grateful my clients trust me to help them through their unique situations.
I believe that we all need to engage more with our communities (neighborhood, hobby, faith, etc.) and continue to encourage community involvement. Our technology-heavy society is isolating people at a time when sharing a cup of coffee can offer greater solace and support than a website comment or click. Growing and strengthening our communities will provide a place for current and future generations to come together.
I can get through any situation, no matter how tough or complex, by breaking it down into manageable pieces.
My greatest accomplishment was taking the risk to go to law school. I had already built a successful corporate career. I left my routine of certainty and security and moved into a place of total unknowns. I did not know if I had what it took to get through law school, if I would pass the bar exam, what kind of work I would ultimately do and where I would need to move to make that work happen. After a lot of hard work, the risk paid off, and I’m glad I took it. If I hadn’t, I would always wonder what would have happened had I not dared to take the leap.
I’m making a difference by empowering my clients to make decisions for themselves and their futures. I also volunteer my time and knowledge to assist low income seniors with planning, guiding them toward resources they may not otherwise be able to access. Educating our communities on how planning may touch their lives can seem small in the grander scheme. My hope is that each time I speak to a church or community group, one or two attendees will carry a bit of that information with them to their family or friends who will in turn seek out resources in their communities.
Quote me: “Get it done – don’t put off to tomorrow what can be done today.”
My next challenge is teaching my husband to catch fish – he has a talent for catching rocks, trees and weeds.
On my bookshelf: Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women’s Movement by Lori Sturdevant.
Seven words that describe me: Determined, attorney, organized, wife, athletic, knitter, achiever.
One thing most people don’t know about me: I am an introvert. While I truly enjoy meeting with clients and I am social by nature, if left to my own devices I can happily spend an entire weekend by myself.
When I’m not working, I am tackling home improvement projects with my husband, reading, knitting, spending time with family and friends, and training for marathons and triathlons.