Jessica works closely with individuals, families and business owners to achieve their personal and financial estate planning goals.

When helping clients transfer their wealth, she guides them toward determining the most tax-efficient manner of distributing their assets while ensuring that effective safeguards are in place to protect these assets for future generations. The process begins with giving clients the opportunity to describe their goals, letting them know the full range of their options, and ultimately developing a plan that stays true to their intentions while also addressing their concerns.

Jessica understands how difficult and emotional the estate planning process can be. She is able to connect with clients on a personal level, speaking their language, offering examples through which they can recognize their own situation and thereby explaining complex issues in a way her clients can understand. Her experience as a sophisticated estate planning attorney is supplemented by her background as a C.P.A. and a Deloitte tax consultant – a valuable combination as many areas of trusts and estates are so closely intertwined with income tax. Along with Jessica’s welcoming personality, these skills are the reasons why her clients are consistently impressed with the quality of her work and the sense of reassurance it gives them. She takes great pride in the faith her clients place in her with their most important and personal estate planning needs.



  • Preparing wills, trust agreements and related estate planning documents
  • Developing business succession plans for closely held business owners
  • Drafting antenuptial and postnuptial agreements
  • Helping individuals and fiduciaries with probate, estate and trust administration
  • Preparing estate, gift and fiduciary tax returns
  • Forming closely held entities to own and manage family assets
  • Preparing Buy-Sell Agreements for closely held entities



  • University of North Dakota School of Law, J.D., 2008, with distinction
  • Northern State University, B.S. in Professional Accountancy, 2005


  • North Dakota, 2008
  • Minnesota, 2010


  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Chambers High Net Worth Guide, Private Wealth Law—Up and Coming, North Dakota, 2017-2019, 2021-2023
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2016
  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive)

Civic & Professional

Professional Activities

  • State Bar Association of North Dakota
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Cass County Bar Association
  • Clay County Bar Association
  • Minnesota Assistance Council—Veterans, Pro Bono Attorney, 2013-present


  • Red River Estate Planning Council

News & Insights

Legal Updates

Publications & Presentations

Author, "Unfortunately, During a Pandemic, Everyone Should Think About This: What You Need to Know About Your Parents' Estate Planning, Fargo Inc!, April 2022

Co-Presenter, Wills vs. Revocable Living Trusts, 2022 SBAND Destination CLE, Maui, HI February 14, 2022

Co-Presenter, Wealth Transfer Strategies in Today’s Environment, Western Dakota Estate Planning Council CLE, Bismarck, ND, October 20, 2020

Co-Presenter, Estate Planning in Today’s Environment, 2020 SBAND Destination CLE, Maui, HI, February 24, 2020

Author, “How You Can Take Advantage of Today’s Low Interest Rates for Wealth Transfer Purposes,” Fargo Inc!, December 2019

Presenter, 2019 SBAND Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Seminar, December 5, 2019

Co-Presenter, Strategies to Protect the Family Farm in a Changing World, Great Plains Land Expo, June 26, 2019

Presenter, How Does the New Tax Law Impact Estate Planning?, NALS of Fargo-Moorhead, May 8, 2018

Speaker, Estate Planning: What Everyone Needs to Know, Financial Planning Day, Fargo, ND, April 2018

Author, “What You Need to Know About Your Parents’ Estate Planning,” Area Woman, April 2018

Speaker, Income Tax Planning for Farmers, National Business Institute, Fargo, ND, March 2018

Author, Q & A on Estate Planning, Area Woman, October 2016

Speaker, Best Practices in Trusts and Estates Law, State Bar Association of North Dakota and Young Lawyers Section, October 2016

Speaker, What Matters Most 2016—For Trusts & Estates Professionals, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, MN, September 2016

Featured, The Women of Fredrikson & Byron Law Firm, Area Woman, June 2016

Quoted in “The Importance of Having a Will and Tips on Writing One,” Valley News Live, April 26, 2016

Speaker, Estate Planning Strategies for Farmers, Mostad Insurance Services, Langdon, ND, February 2016

Speaker, Overview of Estate Planning, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Fargo ND, January 2016

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