Kirstin E. Helmers

Kirstin E. Helmers

St. Paul, Minnesota
877-389-5533 (Toll-Free)

Since starting her practice, Kirstin Helmers has focused exclusively on probate and trust litigation.  Inheritance disputes often involve high-tension, high stress situations.  Kirstin utilizes a firm, creative, and thoughtful approach to help clients navigate these emotionally charged situations and achieve optimal results in court, at mediation, or in informal negotiations.

Kirstin also writes and teaches about probate and trust litigation.  She serves on the Minnesota State Bar Association Probate and Trust Section litigation committee and helps plan the annual Minnesota Probate and Trust Section Conference and the entertainment for the Ramsey County Judges’ Dinner.

Kirstin graduated from Columbia University with a degree in Russian History and obtained her law degree from the University of Minnesota.  In law school, she clerked at the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office, taught legal writing, and was the head writer for the Theater of the Relatively Talentless, the law school’s annual musical.  Since law school, Kirstin has enjoyed spending time in court, first as a law clerk for Hennepin County Judge Marilyn Rosenbaum (ret.), then as an associate with Rodney J. Mason, Ltd., and now at Mason & Helmers.

Areas of Practice

  • Probate Disputes
  • Trust Disputes
  • Will Contests
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Power of Attorney Litigation
  • Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults
  • Disputed Business Succession and Inheritance Issues
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Columbia University, New York City, New York


  • Important Considerations for End-of-Life and Incapacity Planning panel, Minnesota Probate and Trust Section Conference, June 7, 2016
  • Trusts 101: Ethical Considerations, National Business Institute, May 17, 2016
  • Powers of Attorney: Uses and Abuses, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education Planning and Drafting for Small Estates Seminar, December 1, 2015
  • Undue Influence and Capacity Issues in Real Estate Conveyances, Minnesota Real Estate Institute, November 3, 2017 (with Anton Cheskis)
  • Beneficiary Designations: Uses and Abuses, Ramsey County Bar Association, October 12, 2017
  • The Capacity Panel – Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Capacity but Forgot to Ask, Minnesota Probate and Trust Section Conference and Legal Quick Sheet, June 12, 2017 (with Susan A. King and Jennifer A. Lammers)
  • Balancing Rights of Inheritance: Exempt Property, Family Allowances, Premarital Wills, and other Legislative Changes in 2016, Ramsey County Bar Association, March 29, 2017 (with Rodney J. Mason)
  • Litigation in Estate, Probate, and Trusts, Minnesota CLE The Complete Estate, Probate, and Trust Lawyer book and seminar, March 28, 2017 (with Pamela D. Steinle)
  • When Family Love Turns to Family Feud: The Judges Speak, MSBA Probate & Trust Law Section Litigation Committee CLE, February 14, 2017 (co-moderator with Steven M. Sitek)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Member
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member
  • Probate and Trust Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association – Litigation Committee, Member
  • Minnesota Probate and Trust Section Conference, Planning Committee Member
  • Ramsey County Judges’ Dinner, Planning Committee Member