Helping Families through Difficult Times

Divorce, Family Law, and Estate Planning

Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC is a Minnesota-based law firm providing professional, highly skilled, and creative legal representation to help clients achieve their goals in all areas of family law, juvenile law, and estate planning including:

  • Complex and Simple Divorce
  • Custody (including interstate)
  • Paternity
  • Parenting Time (Visitation)
  • Child Support
  • Complex Property Valuation and Division
  • Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)
  • Ante-nuptial Agreements
  • Adoption and Step-Parent Adoption
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Child(ren) in Need of Protective Services (CHiPS)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Mediation; Arbitration; FENE; SENE )
  • Estate Planning (Wills; Trusts; Powers of Attorney; Health Care Directives)
  • Probate
  • Elder Law
  • Conservatorship / Guardianship
  • Professional Responsibility

As a client of Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC you can expect to have a team of professionals working on your individual case, which can include one or more attorneys, a paralegal, a law clerk, and other support staff. Use of the team-based approach at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC can ensure more efficient and cost-effective representation through shared responsibility. You can expect to have a person familiar with your case available to you when you need to speak to someone. The lead attorney on your case will assign various projects to team members at lower billing rates, which can help keep your representation affordable.

The attorneys at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC are committed to resolving your family law matter through various alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, early neutral evaluation, collaborative law, arbitration, and moderated settlement conferences. All of the attorneys at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC are trained as Rule 114 Qualified Neutrals by the Minnesota Supreme Court to serve as mediators, and several are trained in Social and Financial Early Neutral Evaluations. As experienced neutrals, our attorneys can help guide you toward a cooperative and amicable result in your own case, making representation more affordable and less time-consuming so you can get back on track with your life. However, the attorneys at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC have extensive courtroom and trial experience when litigation is the only avenue to get you the relief that you and your family need.

Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC offers estate planning, probate, and elder law services, which can be critical for family law and non-family law clients, alike. Planning for death or incapacity is a necessary and challenging task, which can be made easier with the help of a knowledgeable attorney.  Another consideration is the unique interplay between family law and estate planning.  For instance, blended families often require estate plans carefully drafted to account for a "non-traditional" family structure. Our estate planning team is specially equipped to evaluate all aspects of your case in order to provide security and stability to you and your loved ones.

For more information or to set up an initial consultation with an experienced family law attorney at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC, please contact us at or (651) 771-0050.

Divorce, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Professional Responsibility and Estate Planning Attorneys Serving Saint Paul, Minneapolis, Roseville, Maplewood, Oakdale, Woodbury, Stillwater and the entire twin cities area. Also serving all counties in Minnesota including Ramsey, Hennepin, Washington, Anoka and Dakota.

Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O'Connell, PLLC

Susan M. Lach


Susan M. Lach practices in all areas of family law, including complex divorce, complex property valuation and division, contested child custody matters, spousal maintenance, child support issues, and antenuptial agreements. View Bio

Dan C. O’Connell


Named the 2015 Minneapolis Area Family Law “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America, Dan O’Connell has been guiding clients through the legal system for 30 years. He was the only Lawyer in his community honored with this award. View Bio

Thomas W. Tuft


Thomas Tuft, a native of the East Side of Saint Paul, is a shareholder at Tuft, Lach, Jerabek & O’Connell, PLLC practicing in all areas of family law, including complex divorce, child support, paternity, and child custody. View Bio

John M. Jerabek


John Jerabek is an advocate for his clients in intricate grandparent custody and third-party custody proceedings, as well as juvenile court contested adoption matters. He represents clients in family court and juvenile court appeals. View Bio