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About Us (Meet Our Team)

About Us Welcome to Northwoods Law Group!

After decades of experience serving clients faced with the issues specific to aging as well as clients living with a disability, founders Laurie Hanson and Laura Zdychnec started Northwoods Law Group. Our intention is to continue serving our clients, expand our service area geographically, and to pass our knowledge and experience on to a new generation of elder law and special needs planning attorneys. Our name, Northwoods, is a reflection of our mutual love of all that nature offers in the north woods of Minnesota. We continue to serve our clients based in the Twin Cities and throughout the state, now with added emphasis on populations in Grand Marais and the Walker/Brainerd Lakes area.

We want to build long-lasting relationships with our clients and their families. We are also taking advantage of the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to focus on a virtual practice. The old saying, "Necessity is the mother of invention" means when faced with a difficult situation, we are inspired to create a novel or ingenious solution. We offer a variety of options for remote consultations, including telephone and video conferencing, allowing us to serve Minnesotans statewide. Geography (and weather) are irrelevant! Our virtual model drastically cuts down on overhead costs, allowing us to serve our clients better with more flexibility and efficient services. Do you need a face-to-face meeting? We can accommodate that as well!

Northwoods Law Group proudly serves all of Minnesota, with emphasis in the Twin Cities area, Grand Marais and Walker. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Meet Our Team Northwoods Law Group Attorneys

The attorneys and staff of Northwoods Law Group are dedicated to serving our clients in the area of Elder Care Law. Our four lawyers are incredibly skilled in their areas of practice, with years of experience serving in Elder Care. Together with a team of experienced paralegal and administrative assistants, we work together to make sure that our clients’ needs are met.

Our Team

Meet the attorneys and staff that make Northwoods so special. Our experience, enthusiam, and commitment to each and every one of our clients ensures that you will receive the very best legal services that your situation requires.

Meet our Fabulous Four support team - David Coral, Kari Shogren, Mekdes Yewhalawork, and Erica Bell.

Meet Our Team Meet the Northwoods Team
Picture of Laurie Hanson
Partner & Attorney

Picture of Laura Zdychnec
Partner & Attorney

Picture of Megan C. Kelly
Partner & Attorney

Picture of Martha Amdahl
Attorney

Picture of Kari Shogren
Paralegal

Picture of Erica Bell
Legal Assistant

Picture of David Coral
Legal Assistant

 
Client Reviews
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"Thank you for your continued help. You all seem to be the only place I can go for answers." K.C.
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"I think the world of Laura Z-as a lawyer with incredible expertise and knowledge and as a wonderful human being. I couldn't rate her any higher!" N.B.K.
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"Working with Laura has made all the difference for our family! She's helped us navigate some complex situations with expertise and care. We couldn't have gotten through all of this without her help. We will continue to work with her as family needs arise in the future." B.M.
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"We are so grateful to Laura for her responsiveness, thoroughness and extensive knowledge of the law. She has helped us immensely in our family estate planning. We especially appreciate how she listened to our particular needs and found creative solutions to our situation." D.B.
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"Laura Zdychnec has been wonderful to work with. Her vast experience and reliable advice were indispensable in setting up my trust account and navigating the legal shoals involved. Laura came highly recommended by my close friend Frances Long, a founder of the former firm." S.R.