“With all the bad information out there regarding estates and trusts, the most rewarding part of my practice is actually explaining how it works to individuals and couples who only want to protect their family and assets.” -Paul Funke
Paul D. Funke has been working on trust and estate issues for his entire career. Fresh out of law school, Paul opened his own small practice with a partner, focusing on estate and business planning. After several years of his practice he received an offer to work as a trust officer for U.S. Bank where he administered trusts all over the country. This role led to a more specialized trust compliance role where Paul excelled in auditing U.S. Bank trust accounts to ensure policy and regulatory requirements were met. Paul eventually missed the personal one-on-one contact with clients, so he made the move back to private practice and has been with Hansen Dordell since 2017.
Paul was made a Partner of the firm in 2021 and in addition to being named a Five Star Professional, Paul has also been named as a Super Lawyers Rising Star – an award only given to less than 2.5% of attorneys in Minnesota. In his free time, Paul enjoys spending as much time with his wife and two kids at their home in Maple Grove. They enjoy walks, bike rides, rollerblading, playing tennis and golf and running around in the backyard together.
- Juris Doctorate, William Mitchell College of Law, 2010 – 2013
- Bachelor of Arts, University of Northern Iowa, 2006 – 2010
Areas of Practice
- Wills, Estate and Trust planning
- Estate Administration/Probate
- Trust Administration
- Supplemental Needs/Special Needs Trust Planning
- Estate Litigation
- Business Succession Planning
Paul’s Focus Areas
Paul Funke is there for people who do not think they need a will or an estate plan, we remind them that without their own plan the IRS and State of Minnesota have one waiting for them – and it’s not a good plan. We will explain in clear, simple language the wide variety of planning options available to an individual or a couple, from simple joint ownership and beneficiary designations to complex trusts with multiple beneficiaries. When a death occurs, we guide our clients through the estate administration process, provide advice about probate and guide you through the tax issues that may arise.
People sometimes become incapacitated due to age, illness or injury. In those cases, it may be necessary for a family member, friend or independent party to be appointed as a guardian or conservator in order to have the legal authority to care for the incapacitated person.
Paul Funke knows occasionally, disputes arise among beneficiaries of trusts and estates or between fiduciaries and beneficiaries. In the event of a dispute relating to a trust or estate, our attorneys will work with you to resolve the dispute in an efficient and respectful manner.
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Ramsey County Bar Associations
- The Twin Cities Estate Planning Council
- Selected to the Minnesota “Rising Stars” list by Super Lawyers, 2021
- William Mitchell Merit Scholarship
- William Mitchell College of Law Dean’s List