Darlene M. Cobian
Vice President; Shareholder
Based in our St. Paul office, Darlene
is Briggs and Morgan's vice president.
She serves on the firm's board of directors and is a member of the Estate Planning and Administration Section.
practices principally in the areas of:
assists multi-generational families with high and ultra-high net worths address complex estate and tax issues.
For many years, Darlene
has helped families and their advisors structure estate plans that accomplish the multiple issues affecting these families.
The relationships Darlene
builds with clients yield great confidence, allowing families to share their most confidential information and concerns.
As a member of Briggs' Estate Planning and Administration team, which boasts more than a 125-year history of counseling Minnesota's most notable families, Darlene
can consult with other senior attorneys (an invaluable resource to clients).
Some of the specific planning activities in which Darlene
is engaged are: wills, revocable trusts, generation-skipping trusts, family partnerships and other family business succession and estate planning techniques to preserve assets and minimize taxes.
practice includes estate administration, trust administration and preparation of related federal and state income and estate tax returns.
works with clients to identify and prioritize their goals, and implement estate planning techniques to carry out those goals.
also advises individuals and nonprofit organizations on donor gift techniques and nonprofit corporate and tax issues.
is admitted to practice before the Minnesota and Wisconsin state courts.
She is a member of the Ramsey County, Minnesota State and American Bar associations.
In addition, Darlene is a member of the Probate and Trust Law and Taxation sections of the local, state, and national bar associations and a member of Minnesota Women Lawyers.
She has been named a "Super Lawyer" by Minnesota Super Lawyers.
Darlene is a member of the board of directors for Gillette Children's Hospital Foundation and the Minnesota State University Moorhead's Alumni Foundation.
is also involved with St. Paul Rotary.
Darlene is a frequent lecturer on topics associated with estate planning, tax-exempt organizations and charitable gifts.
has authored numerous educational articles on these topics.
Darlene received her B.A. summa cum laude from Moorhead State University and her law degree magna cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law.
Darlene was a probate registrar and clerk of court in North Dakota before joining Briggs in 1992.