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.
Philip is married with two little girls. Lately he seems to spends most of his free time watching Disney movies and reading about puppies and bears (and he wouldn’t have it any other way!).
Megan Hansen is the Legal Assistant at Stone Arch Law, ready to help you with your legal inquiries. She has four years of experience as an assistant in estate planning and a media communications degree from Missouri State University. After 17 years of customer service, Megan is happy to greet you in the office and answer your call with a smile.
She adds a pleasant atmosphere, putting your needs first while providing legal assistance to your case.
When she’s not at work, you can find Megan at home with her two black cats, Sasha and Mischa, or out with friends catching a live band.
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)