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Alexander Ellman advises clients regarding all aspects of estate planning, business succession planning, probate, and corporate law.

Alex approaches estate planning and business succession planning with the heart of a teacher by taking the time to listen to his client’s needs and thoroughly explaining available options.  In this manner, Alex helps his clients develop custom estate and business succession plans that are not only functional, but also understandable.

Alex takes a similar approach when advising personal representatives and trustees in the administration of probate and trust estates.  Alex takes the time to explain the unique responsibilities owed by a fiduciary, and he develops a systematic, tailored plan to ensure that his clients can administer even the most complex estates in an efficient and timely manner.

In conjunction with his estate and business succession planning practice, Alex advises his clients in the formation and management of closely held businesses, including the negotiation and preparation of leases, mergers and acquisitions, and other business contracts and agreements.

Education & Background


Vanderbilt Law School, J.D., Notes Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
University of South Dakota, B.S., magna cum laude


Alex is a senior noncommissioned officer in the U.S. Army Reserve with over twenty years of service, and he currently instructs soldiers on chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological warfare operations at the U.S. Army Chemical School. Alex deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom, and he supported several domestic emergency response missions. Prior to entering law, Alex served as a veteran police officer and crisis intervention team member in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

“The Emergency Aid Doctrine and 911 Hang-ups: The Modern General Warrant,” 68 Vanderbilt Law Review 919, 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • “Basics of Estate Planning,” SENRG Learning Series, 2018
  • “Estate & Succession Planning 101,” Crossroads Summit, August 17, 2017
  • “Special Needs Trusts,” Trusts and Estates Lunch and Learn Series, February 22, 2017
  • “Preparing Your Estate Plan,” Edward Jones Seminar, February 16, 2017
  • “Death and Divorce – Estate Planning Considerations,” National Business Institute, December 7, 2016
  • “Estate Planning from Start to Finish,” National Business Institute, May 10, 2016
  • “Avoiding Litigation Part I: Modifying Irrevocable Trusts and Litigation Pitfalls,” Trust and Estate Lunch & Learn Series, January 6, 2016

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