Stone Arch Story
Stone Arch Law Office helps you to feel confident that your family and loved-ones are cared for. We are a Minnesota law firm that specializes in trust, wills, estate planning, and trust and estate administration. Our commitment to you is to:
Return phone calls within 24 hours Monday through Friday
Keep your goals in mind
Give up-front cost options
Use plain language to help you understand your trust or estate plan
Philip J. Ruce is a Minnesota trust and estate planning attorney and author of Trustee University: The Guidebook to Best Practices for Family Trustees. Philip opened his practice in February 2014 after six years as a trust and estate administrator. He grew interested in trust funds while watching his grandmother manage family trusts, and pursued this interest at the University of Minnesota (B.A.), William Mitchell College of Law (J.D.), and Thomas Jefferson School of Law with a Master’s of Law (LL.M.) in Wealth Management Law.
He is a widely published academic and has been an adjunct professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he taught classes on wealth management and financial services to LL.M. candidates.
With his law business, he strives to work with families and individuals concerned with making sure they and their family are well cared-for. He puts clients’ needs first and prepares them to protect what they value most.
Megan joined Stone Arch Law Office as a legal assistant in 2017. In addition to managing the office, she brings her unique ability to make clients feel welcome on the phone and when they walk into the office for the first time. You'll hear from Megan when she confirms your meeting or phone call. Make sure to ask about her daughter, Tillie!
Philip is ranked by Super Lawyers as a 2019 Minnesota Super Lawyer and a 2016, 2017, and 2018 Super Lawyer Rising Star. He has earned a five star ratings and is listed as top attorney in Avvo. He is an approved Lead Counsel rated attorney.
Trustee University: The Guidebook to Best Practices for Family Trustees, ArchStone Publications, LLC (2015). Free chapter available at www.Trustee-U.com.
The Trustee and the Spendthrift: The Argument against Small Trust Termination, Gonzaga University Law Review (2013).
The Trustee and the Remainderman: The Trustee’s Duty to Inform, (American Bar Association) Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal (2011)
The Bank Secrecy Act: Considerations for Continuing Banking Relationships After the Filing of a Suspicious Activity Report, Quinnipiac University Law Review (2011)