Thank you for choosing Collins Law Office, P.A.
Our office helps people with planned, and (often) unplanned, transitions in their lives. Julia and Rob can help with simple wills to complex trusts for estate planning and other purposes. With years of experience we can help our clients plan for complex life changes. We can assist people who have lost a loved one and need to navigate the probate process.
We can help people getting into business, or transitioning their business by creating corporations or limited liability companies, adding or removing owners, and buying or selling those companies or the assets of them.
Additionally, we help many people buy or sell real estate on their own, develop real estate, create or advise owner associations, adjust boundary lines, create or modify easements, and assist with creating or terminating liens. Each year there are many families and other private parties we help buy or sell property without a real estate agent.
Collins Law Office, P.A. received the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Forest Lake Times Readers' Choice Award for "Best of the Best Lawyer/Attorney."
Over the years, Collins Law Office, P.A. has developed an extensive list of referral partners through various grass-roots networking organizations, the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and other various professional relationships. If we need to include other professions while helping you achieve your legal goals, we are well-prepared to do so.
Robert H. Collins, Esq. ("Rob") graduated cum laude from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota with a triple major in the areas of Political Science, Economics and Philosophy. He earned his Juris Doctorate Degree from Hamline University School of Law in 1993. In 1994, after working for a local title insurance company handling title examinations and closings, Rob joined Greig Tennis's Law Firm in Forest Lake. Greig and Rob worked together for nearly 20 years providing a wide variety of simple-to-complex transactional services for their firm's clients. Greig Tennis retired from the practice of law in 2020. Rob and Greig continue to be good friends and support each other.
In 2013, Rob began his own firm, Collins Law Office, P.A., to continue to provide superior legal services and practical advice to clients in the areas of estate planning, elder law, probate, residential and commercial real estate, business, mediation, as well as business owner exit and transition planning.
Since 1998, Rob has been and remains a Real Property Law Specialist, certified by the MN State Bar Association. He is also a Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the General Rules of Practice, which means he can act as a mediator to help parties resolve civil disputes. Since 2017, Rob has been entrusted with the position as Deputy Examiner of Titles for Chisago County, Minnesota.
To help clients with business succession and transition planning needs, in 2018, Rob earned his CEPA®, Certified Exit Planning Advisor, designation through the Exit Planning Institute™.
One of Rob's children, Cole, is active in the Forest Lake Scouts. As part of Scouts, Rob agreed to assist the Troop as an Assistant Scoutmaster and, in addition to Troop meetings, he spends many nights each year on "off-grid" camping and other adventures while helping the Scouts develop their leadership, self-confidence and team building skills. Through the Forest Lake Lions Club, Rob volunteered as an adult leader with the Leos Program to help our younger people develop leadership skills while having fun serving others.
Rob has served the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (FLACC) as a Director in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and is currently a Director now in the 2020s. He has twice served as Chair of the Board of Directors of FLACC and will be the Chair for the 2021-2022 year. He also served as a member on the Board of Directors for Ecumen Parmly LifePointes Community Council in Chisago City, Minnesota. He has also twice served as President of the Forest Lake Rotary Club and continues to support its Winter Plunge Annual Community Fundraiser. He remains active in community organizations.
Rob grew up in the Lindstrom/Chisago City/Forest Lake areas. He and his wife live in Forest Lake and are kept busy by their three children, two of whom are in college in the Twin Cities. His hobbies include hiking and photography.
Julia N. Estrem graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2015.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Julia provided personal care to individuals often in their later stages of life as a home health aide. This experience helped her develop a passion for her current work. Through both observation and personal experience, Julia saw first-hand how a well-crafted estate plan can give comfort to individuals and their families. She personally experienced the familial discord that can come from the lack of death planning and understands the importance of having a skilled attorney to help navigate the difficult but important topics and complicated issues related to estate planning, probate, and real estate.
Since law school, Julia has worked in private practice providing services in estate planning, probate, and real estate. She takes the time to ensure her clients know what their legal options are and that they understand how these options will affect not only their future but the future of their families. Julia consistently strives to find the best possible solution for each individual client’s unique legal situation all while providing a sensitive and easy to understand approach.
Julia grew up in central Minnesota, but now resides with her family in the Forest Lake area. She enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, boating, and spending time with friends and family.