Terrence A. Merritt

Terrence A. Merritt

Apple Valley, Minnesota
952-953-8824 (Direct Dial)

Terrence has been in the practice of law since 1977. During that time his common thread of practice has been estate planning. Additionally, he is experienced in probate law, elder law, medical assistance, municipal law, boundary adjustment law, and mediation.

A life-long resident of Minnesota, growing up in the southwestern part of the state and attending both college and Law School in Minneapolis, Terrence is active in local events from the Chambers of Commerce, Rotary and his Church. He remains active in sports, including basketball, golf and softball. His other hobbies include travel and photography. He is a past President of the Apple Valley Rotary Club.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Estate planning
  • 25% Elder Law
  • 23% Probate
  • 2% Municipal Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 10% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Qualified Neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1977
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1977
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.S. - 1974
    • Major: Communication Disorders

Representative Clients

  • Plans or revises over 200 estate plans each year
  • Handles approximately 20 probate cases each year


  • Pro Se Attorneys & the Government Lawyer, MATIT, 2007
  • Estate Planning, Augustana Center, 2008
  • Presenter, annual Township Legal Seminar, the annual Municipal Clerks and Finance Officers Association Conference, as well as numerous churches, senior care centers, and civic groups on topics related to estate planning, medical assistance and elder law

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2014 - 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member, 1977 - Present
  • Dakota County Bar Association, Member
  • First Judicial District Bar Association, Member
  • Apple Valley Rotary Club, Past President
  • Richard T. Oakes American Inn of Court, Charter Member and Master of the Bench
  • Church of St. John Neumann, Parish Council Chair, 1999 - 2000
  • Minnesota Municipal Board, Executive Director, 1979 - 1995
  • Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce, Past Board Member