Contact Information


2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh Street

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

D: +1 612 766 8611
F: +1 612 766 1600


Harvard Law School
J.D., cum laude (1981)
University of Florida
B.S. and B.A., with high honors (1977)

Bar Admissions

Florida Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. Tax Court

Charles T. Parks, Jr.


Charles (Chip) Parks focuses his practice on trusts and estates.

Chip's practice involves a wide variety of matters involving transfers of wealth and related issues involving federal income, gift, estate and generation skipping taxes, state income and property taxes, and estate and trust administration. Among the types of matters he has handled are:

  • Representing taxpayers in Tax Court cases involving the effect of the Minnesota estate tax apportionment statute on federal estate tax (Estate of Shannon v. Commissioner) and Internal Revenue Service attempt to include irrevocable trust assets in the gross estate (Estate of Sullivan v. Commissioner)
  • Litigation in Minnesota courts concerning various issues involving trusts and estates, including contests over elective share rights of surviving spouse and interpretation of wills and trusts
  • Development of estate plans for high net worth individuals and preparation of documents to minimize tax costs on receipt and transfer of assets, including planning for ultimate disposition of assets such as closely held business interests, life insurance and retirement plan assets
  • Advising on change of residence of individuals and change of situs of irrevocable trusts and advising on effect of change on state taxation
  • Representation of individuals in negotiating and drafting prenuptial agreements
  • Representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service (including the Appeals Office and the National Office) and various state revenue departments concerning income and estate tax issues, including valuation of property, inclusion of assets in the estate and qualification for deductions
  • Preparing appropriate federal and state income, gift, estate, generation skipping and property tax returns for individuals and fiduciaries
  • Establishment of partnerships and other entities for protection, management and transfer of assets
  • Advising individuals and tax exempt organizations on tax advantaged use of charitable giving techniques and preparation of documents to implement such plans
  • Administration and distribution of large and complex estates and trusts, including assisting fiduciaries in discharging duties to tax authorities, beneficiaries and creditors


  • The Best Lawyers in America — Trusts and Estates, 1995-2015, 2017
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Estate Planning & Probate, 2007-09, 2012-14, 2017 (Top 40 Estate Planning & Probate, 2007)
  • Leading Age Minnesota — Board Trustee of the Year, 2015

Professional Associations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Probate and Trust Law Section (Chair, 1998-99)

Civic Activities

  • Augustana Care Corporation — Treasurer, 1995-96; Vice Chair, 1998-99; Chair, 2000-02
  • Minneapolis Rotary Club #9 — Director, 1997-99; Vice President, 2011-12


  • Portability - Tax "Simplification" Strikes Again
    Minnesota State Bar Association Probate and Trust Law Section Seminar, 2015
  • Estate Planning With Federal Portability in the Face of Minnesota Estate and Gift Tax: Are Your Clients Portable Too?
    Minnesota State Bar Association Probate and Trust Law Section Seminar, 2014
  • Forum Shopping for Dynasty Trusts? Where Do We Send Our Clients and Their Money?
    ABA Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section, Spring Seminar, 1997

Published Articles

  • Charitable Remainder Trusts and the Probability of Exhaustion Test
    Co-author, Tax Analysts, Sept. 7, 2015 
  • Minnesota Estate Administration, 2d Ed., 2002
  • Minnesota Estate Administration, 1991


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