Palmer Horst

J. Palmer Horst

Edina, Minnesota

As a former educator and frequent public speaker, Palmer Horst knows the importance of spending time with his clients to ensure they understand how their planning affects their family and finances. Because each client is different, it has always been Palmer's primary goal to build and maintain a long-lasting relationship with his clients, rather than simply giving them an assortment of documents.

Palmer has seen the effectiveness of well-drafted estate planning in his own life, as three out of his four grandparents are still living well into their 90s. The stability, peace of mind, and financial security that proper planning has brought his family is what inspires Palmer to provide the same level of excellent planning to his clients. Unfortunately, Palmer has also seen what happens when people don't plan, and although he has helped families navigate through unintended probate, family disputes, and other serious complications, we would always rather help clients have a plan that works beforehand.

For these reasons and others, Palmer frequently gives free public workshops and adult education classes in his community, and is willing to speak on a variety of Estate Planning and Elder law topics to local advocacy groups and community organizations.

Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Palmer moved to Minnesota several years ago to marry his wife Lucy, who grew up in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood of St. Paul. They both live in Northeast Minneapolis with their Cairn Terrier, Lacie, where Palmer enjoys cooking, reading, and writing, as well as listening to and performing music.

Areas of Practice

  • 70% Estate Planning
  • 10% Probate
  • 10% Trust Administration
  • 10% Elder Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 10% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2016
  • District of Columbia, 2018


  • Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia
    • J.D. - 2016
    • Law Review: Regent University Law Review, Editor, 2014 - 2015
  • Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 2010
    • Major: English Literature - Deconstructive Literary Criticism


  • Wills and Living Trusts, Thompson Horst, PLLC, 2018 - Present
  • Strategies in Asset Protection, Bloomington Community Education, 2018 - Present
  • Eight Deadly Estate Planning Mistakes, JUX Law Firm, 2017 - 2018

Honors and Awards

  • North Star Lawyer
  • Second Best Brief - Scribes Society of Legal Writers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • MSBA, Member, 2016 - Present
  • HSBA, Member, 2016 - Present
  • ABA, Member, 2016 - 2017
  • DC Bar, Member, 2018 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • JUX Law Firm, Attorney, 2017 - 2018
  • The Brennan Law Firm, Attorney, 2016 - 2017

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN), 2016 - 2018
  • Guardian ad Litem, 2017 - 2018


  • English (Primary)


  • Beta Sigma