Jill Sauber enjoys a broad-based Estate and Elder Law practice, with emphasis on long-term care planning, asset protection, government benefits, estate planning, estate administration (probate), trusts, litigation, and mortuary law. She obtained her law degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law and earned Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Minnesota in Biology, Physiology, and Mortuary Science. Her background and experience as a licensed mortician provides her with a unique perspective in both estate planning and elder law.
Jill enjoys the diversity of her practice which involves both planning and litigation-related issues. As a result, she has experience working with a broad spectrum of clientele, both business and personal. Litigating matters to conclusion brings perspective in planning for her clients’ long-term care needs, and provides insight to ensuring that her clients’ wishes are carried out in their final estate planning documents. Her litigation experience includes successfully litigating long-term care insurance disputes, probate and trust disputes, and prosecuting financial exploitation cases.
Jill has a focus on special needs planning, which is unique planning for disabled individuals receiving government benefits, designed to ensure continued eligibility for those benefits. She works closely with many attorneys to properly set up and fund Special Needs Trusts and advises on proper distributions out of those trusts to ensure compliance. It is typical that such Special Needs Trusts are established following a large personal injury award, worker’s compensation award, other settlement or inheritance.
In addition to helping clients, Jill is a frequent speaker and lecturer on topics related to elder law, financial exploitation, Medical Assistance (Minnesota Medicaid) benefits, capacity/cognitive issues, estate planning, and a number of other related topics.
Jill is also a volunteer for the Wills for Heroes Program, a participant in the Minnesota Elder Justice Center, a volunteer with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, a Dementia Champion through the ACT on Alzheimer’s Initiative, and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). She is also active on the Elder Law Governing Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section, and as a Board member of the NAELA Minnesota Chapter.
In her spare time, Jill enjoys hiking, yoga, silversmithing, spending time at the dog park with her dog Zoey and hanging out with her husband Jamie at his restaurant brewpub in South Minneapolis. She is known to start off her day with a good soy caramel latte.