Ed has focused his career on providing estate, retirement, business planning, tax and financial guidance to individuals, businesses and families throughout the United States. Ed has provided guidance to families just getting started, couples getting ready to retire. As an Advanced Marketing Attorney for Minnesota Life, Ed gave financial advice to Financial Advisors and their clients.
Prior to Minnesota Life, Ed was Legal Counsel to a consulting firm where he provided tax, legal and compliance guidance to financial organizations regarding IRS and ERISA issues. Ed also provided training, consulting and auditing of Department of Labor and IRS compliance and tax matters for Bankers, Brokers and Financial Advisors.
Ed has been elected to the Order of Barristers for excellency in appellate advocacy. He is a graduate of the University of North Dakota School of Law where he earned his Law Degree. Ed earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in from the University of North Dakota and a Chartered Life Underwriter© designation from the American College.
In addition to his duties as an Investment Advisor at Ascent Investment Advisory, Ed also practices estate and business planning at Hellekson Law.
Ed lives in Baxter, Minnesota with his wife Melanie. His daughter is a graduate from Beloit University and is working in the film industry. His son is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Ed enjoys golfing and traveling with his wife.
Ed is a speaker who has conducted over 200 lectures on issues such as:
- Estate Planning
- Retiring with Confidence
- Income Planning for Retirement
- Asset Protection from Nursing Homes
- Divorce Proofing Assets for Younger Generations
- Business Continuation Strategies
- Efficient Wealth Transfer Solutions
- Rollover Strategies & Executive Compensation Arrangements
- Charitable Planning Strategies
Ed is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association.