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Vital expertise for what matters.

Believing that strong representation is the product of good listening, Andrew Willaert—a partner at Gislason & Hunter—is a true counselor to his clients. For over 36 years, he has helped his clients understand their options and make informed decisions in the areas of finance and banking, real estate, environmental law and land use and trusts and estates. Personal experience as well as his years of professional experience in farm and small business succession planning, estate and trust planning, probate, real estate, corporate governance and business and real estate transactions, allow Willaert the unique opportunity to help clients determine which legal service will best serve them.

In addition to a burgeoning law practice, Willeart is an active member of his community. Much of his time outside of work is spent serving on local boards and community organizations, including his current posts on the Community Advisory Board of West Bank and the Board of Governors of the Mankato Brewery.

In his free time, Willaert has a wide range of interests to pursue including travel, cycling, golf, reading, watching sporting events, sharing Saturday morning breakfast with friends and spending time with his family.

Andrew brings special understanding to agriculture, real estate and organizational matters—maybe because they were part of his life from the start, as he grew up on a large family farm run by a partnership of five brothers and working with dozens of relatives.

Areas of Expertise

Agriculture Law & Agribusiness

  • Agribusiness Formation & Transactions
  • Agriculture Contracts
  • Estate & Succession Planning
  • Planning, Zoning & Land Use
  • Purchase & Leasing

Business & Corporate Law

  • Business & Succession Planning
  • Business Entity Law & Formation, including LLC’s, Partnerships and Corporations
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Contracts
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Partner & Shareholder Agreements
  • Professional Services
  • Public Benefit Corporations/Non-Profits
  • Purchase or Sale of Business
  • Start-ups

Finance & Banking

  • Business Planning & Administration
  • Commercial Lending
  • Corporate Governance
  • Loan Transactions
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

General Counsel Services

  • Corporate Governance
  • Commercial Contracts
  • Contract Compliance and Enforcement
  • Micro Acquisitions and Divestitures (i.e., less than $10 million)
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Financing

Real Estate, Environmental Law & Land Use

  • Brownfield & Redevelopment
  • Compliance & Permitting
  • Financing
  • Housing & Community Development

Trusts & Estates

  • Business Succession Planning
  • Charitable Gift Planning
  • Conservatorships
  • Estate & Probate Litigation
  • Estate Planning
  • Farm Estate & Succession Planning
  • Guardianships
  • Health Care Directives & Living Wills
  • Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Home & Elder Law
  • Probate
  • Wills, Trusts, Codicils & Powers of Attorney