Susan J. Link
Partner
Head of Estate Planning Group

Susan Link is the head of Maslon's Estate Planning Group and practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, and trust administration. She works closely with families to plan the disposition of their assets, both during lifetime and at death, and to accomplish the optimal estate and gift tax planning for clients through wills, trusts, and other instruments. Susan routinely drafts estate plans that include disclaimer planning and credit shelter plans, in addition to drafting and implementing charitable lead trusts, charitable remainder trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, irrevocable insurance trusts, minors' trusts, antenuptial agreements, and postnuptial agreements. She is regularly involved in the analysis and issues of lifetime gifting programs, estate tax planning, and generation-skipping issues.

Susan also works with families after the death of a family member to ensure that the client's wishes are achieved and that the plan they created is carried out. If appropriate, Susan also advises estate and trust beneficiaries during administration in order to maximize their own planning options relative to their share of a decedent's estate through the use of disclaimers and powers of appointment.

Additionally, Susan serves as the program director of Minnesota Wills for Heroes. The Wills for Heroes program, sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association, is designed to provide free legal services for the preparation of basic estate planning documents for Minnesota first responders. She is also a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Selected Experience

Professional Activities

Minnesota State Bar Association: Probate & Trust Law Section, Chair 2010, Governing Council Member 2001-2007; Minnesota Wills for Heroes Committee, Chair since 2006; Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility 2002-2007
Hennepin County Bar Association
The Joseph Durda Foundation: Board Member
University of St. Thomas School of Law: former Adjunct Professor of Estate Planning and Taxation of Gifts 2006; Wills, Estates and Trusts 2005
Basilica Landmark: Board of Directors; Planned Giving Committee, Chair

Pro Bono Activities

Minnesota Wills for Heroes Program, Minnesota State Bar Association: Program Director and Volunteer

Recognition

Recognized as a 2017 (Real) Power 50 Winner, Minnesota Business magazine, 2017

American Bar Foundation: Fellow 2015

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2013-2016 (North Star Lawyer is a designation that recognizes members who provide 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services in a calendar year.)

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2011-2018

Recognized on Women in the Law, Trusts and Estates list, Best Lawyers® Business Edition, 2016

Named a "Twin Cities FIVE STAR Wealth Manager," Twin Cities Business, 2009-2010, 2013

Recipient of the Eugene P. Daly, Jr. Award, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2012

Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, since 2004

Recognized on Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 2002-2017 (Minnesota Super Lawyers® is a designation given to only 5 percent of Minnesota attorneys each year, based on a selection process that includes the recommendation of peers in the legal profession.)

Top 10 Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 2014 (The "Top 10" list represents attorneys who received the highest point totals overall in the yearly Minnesota Super Lawyers® balloting, research, and blue ribbon review process.)

Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 2007, 2012-2017 (The "Top 100" list represents attorneys who received the highest point totals overall in the yearly Minnesota Super Lawyers® balloting, research, and blue ribbon review process.)

Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 2012-2017 (The "Top 50 Women Lawyers”"list features attorneys who received the highest point totals in the yearly Minnesota Super Lawyers® balloting, research and blue ribbon review process.)

Top 100 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers® list, 2005-2009 (The "Top 100 Women Lawyers" list features attorneys who received the highest point totals in the yearly Minnesota Super Lawyers® balloting, research and blue ribbon review process.)

Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota® list, 2012-2017 (The annual edition of the Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota list features attorneys who received the highest point totals in the previous year's Minnesota Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars balloting, research, and blue ribbon review process.)

Listed as a Top 100 Attorney, Worth magazine, November 2007

President's Award, Minnesota Wills for Heroes Program, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2007

AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell® (AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell® certification procedures, standards and policies.)

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3300 Wells Fargo Center, 90 South Seventh Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Bar Admissions
Minnesota, 1994
Illinois, 1986
U.S. District Court
  • N.D. Illinois, 1986
Education
University of Notre Dame Law School
J.D., 1986
Loyola University Chicago
B.A., magna cum laude, 1983
Major: Political Science
Minors: Philosophy and Theology
Notable

SUSAN WAS NAMED A 2017 (REAL) POWER 50 WINNER BY MINNESOTA BUSINESS MAGAZINE. ADDITIONALLY, SHE WAS SELECTED FOR INCLUSION IN THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA® 2018, AND IS RECOGNIZED ON BOTH THE 2017 TOP 100 MINNESOTA SUPER LAWYERS® LIST AND 2017 TOP 50 WOMEN MINNESOTA SUPER LAWYERS® LIST. SUSAN WAS ALSO RECOGNIZED AS A 2016 NORTH STAR LAWYER BY THE MINNESOTA STATE BAR ASSOCIATION.

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