Ann Burns assists business owners, families, and high-net-worth individuals in matters pertaining to estate and charitable gift planning, business succession planning, estate and trust administration, and fiduciary and tax litigation.
As a certified public accountant (inactive), Ann provides her clients with legal insight informed by a practical understanding of the intricacies of tax and financial planning. She represents multi-generational families of wealth throughout the country, assisting and guiding them in their relationships with trustees and other advisors. Ann also represents individual and corporate trustees in fiduciary controversies in state and federal courts.
While Ann’s clients value the depth of her legal acumen, they also appreciate her sensitivity in navigating the unique interpersonal dynamics that can impact the estate planning process. She collaborates closely with her clients and their advisors to ensure a long-term plan that not only satisfies their financial needs, but also reflects their core personal values.
Ann previously served as chair of Gray Plant Mooty’s Trust, Estate & Charitable Planning Practice Group. In recognition of her leadership and expertise in her field, Ann has been nominated as secretary of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, for which she has served as a regent since 2013. She also serves as a featured speaker for the Salvation Army’s annual Estate and Charitable Gift Planning Institute.
Outside her legal practice, Ann serves as a member of the board of trustees for the Minneapolis Foundation, providing oversight and guidance for the foundation’s efforts to promote education, economic development, and civic engagement in the Minneapolis community.
Gray Plant Mooty is recognized as one of the leading corporate law firms in Minnesota and one of the top franchise firms in the world. Our roots go back to 1866. Today, we are a full-service firm with nearly 180 attorneys and offices in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, Minnesota; Washington, D.C.; and Fargo, North Dakota.