Stuart Bear is a partner, shareholder, and the president of Chestnut Cambronne and holds a national reputation for providing the highest level of succession planning services for individuals and businesses; including single individuals, married couples, domestic partnerships, blended families, and seniors. His practice specializes in wills, trusts, disability planning, powers of attorney, living wills, asset protection, and Medical Assistance planning. A native of Superior, Wisconsin, Stuart received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota, Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law.
Stuart is distinguished as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Its members are elected to the College by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. He has also been designated a Minnesota Super Lawyer, as well as one of the Top 40 Estate Planning Lawyers in Minnesota, by Super Lawyers magazine. Stuart is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a testament to his peers ranking him at the highest level of professional excellence.
Stuart is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Elder Law Section serving as past Chair of the Elder Law Governing Council, member of the Probate and Trust Law Section, and member of the Real Estate Section. He is also a current member of The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA). Stuart has also been recently elected to membership in The International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (TIAETL). Stuart is a frequent speaker at legal education seminars for attorneys, financial planners, and community organizations, including being a featured speaker at ACTEC and the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning sponsored by the Miami School of Law on the prevention of the financial exploitation of seniors and selection of the proper fiduciary. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, located in Minnesota, where he teaches courses on wills and estates.