Margaret Barrett

CEO and Founder

My life experiencestraining, gifts and passions have all come together in my current career.

I have been in situations similar to my clients, and I know what will help them.

  • 25 years ago, my former husband was tragically killed in a car accident. After the initial shock, I spent years supporting our young children as they grieved, navigating a 7 year long  estate battle, and working with the trustee of their trust.
  • As a good parent, I want to ensure things go smoothly for my children if I become ill or when I die.
  • As a business owner I want to ensure my business continues to thrive as I gradually transition out of it.
  • For years, my seven siblings and I worked together to support my parents in my Dad’s advancing dementia.

Because of my personal experiences, I can relate to my clients’ concerns for their aging parents, for their own retirement planning, and for the best interests of their spouses and children.

Professionally, I have worked in accounting and finance, practiced litigation in a big law firm, served as director of women’s ministry, and pursued Medicaid reimbursement at a medical device company.  I am currently active in the Minnesota State Bar Association Elder Law Sections,  the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and Christian Legal Society of Minnesota.  I graduated from the University of St. Thomas, summa cum laude, in 1981, and from William Mitchell College of Law, cum laude, in 1991. I am admitted to practice before Minnesota and Federal District courts. As CEO of Safe Harbor, I spend most of my time running the business, and managing an amazing team of attorneys and support staff.

My family includes two grown, married children, three grandchildren and a young adult daughter adopted from Korea.  My newest grandson, Hugo, was born in September of 2021!

I was raised to value serving others. Currently, I serve as president of the board of Luminarias, a home in Guatemala where underpriveleged teen girls receive comprehensive education, character development, faith formation and community outreach to break the cycle of poverty.  I am also involved in leadership at my church, serving others in various ways, including empowering them to walk in the freedom of all God designed them to be.

I love to entertain, travel and stay active outdoors hiking, biking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing. I recently joined the pickleball craze and can see why it is so addicting!

I enjoy helping families protect their assets and their loved ones – meeting their goals while minimizing expense, conflict and hassle. It’s important to me to add value to the lives of people I meet. I feel rewarded when my clients say they feel relieved to have their estate plan in place, and they enjoyed the process!

Reach out to my experienced estate planning & elder law team today to see how you can get the process started of protecting what matters most to you.