Carelle Jean Muellner Stein, Attorney

Born:    Duluth, Minnesota


  • Duluth Cathedral High School, Diploma (with Honors), 1971

  • Parks College of St. Louis University (Aeronautical Engineering Studies), 1976

  • Lakewood (Century) College, A.E.S. (High Honors), 1982

  • University of Minnesota, B.A. (Housing and Community Development, Legal Studies - Academic Distinction), 1990

  • College for Financial Planning (CFP Program), 1993

  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D. (Cum Laude), 1993

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota
  • Iowa

Ms. Stein has been engaged in the private practice of law for more than 20 years. 

Her practice is focused in the areas of elder law, complex probate and trust administration, estate and tax planning, disability and asset protection planning, guardianship/conservatorship law, and residential real estate conveyancing, including proceedings subsequent and initial registrations.

While in Law School, Ms. Stein served as a Student Director of the Tax Law Clinic and of the Family Law Clinic.  She also served as research assistant for Prof. Thomas Waterbury and for Prof. Jean Sanderson (formerly Gerval).  Working with Prof. Sanderson, Ms. Stein developed and implemented a study concerning spousal support awards in Hennepin County, Minnesota, and co-authored the paper entitled, "Spousal Support in Minnesota:  Where Are We Going?"  (Minnesota Family Law Journal, Volume 6, Number 3, Butterworth Legal Publishers, March/April 1993.)  Upon graduation from Law School, Ms. Stein participated in the Guardian Ad Litem Program in Ramsey County, Minnesota.

Ms. Stein served as Court-appointed counsel on both the Ramsey County Probate Court Panel and the Hennepin County Probate Court Panel for more than 10 years combined.  She also served as a volunteer, writer, speaker, and provider attorney for the Minnesota Senior Federation for many years, authoring the article "Who Gets Grandma's Pie Plate?"  (Minnesota Senior Federation Newsletter Carpe Diem, October 7, 2004.)

Ms. Stein was a phone crisis counselor for Y.E.S. (Youth Emergency Service) during her college years.  She also spent a summer as a research assistant for William Frey II, Ph.D., in his Alzheimer's disease research lab at the St. Paul Ramsey Medical Center (now Regions Hospital).

Ms. Stein enjoys music, art, architecture and design, and is one of the owners of Hillside Cottage Guesthouse in Duluth, Minnesota (hillsidecottageduluth.com).  She is an avid reader.  She practices dance and yoga and has also studied Shorin Ryu Karate with Sensei Richard Smith, attaining 4th Rank.

Because of her unique perspectives, interests, family-orientation, experience and training, Ms. Stein is well qualified to assist and advise clients concerning sensitive and challenging probate, estate planning and elder law issues in our modern world.