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Philip J. Ruce creates wills and trusts for families who want to feel secure that their loved ones are cared for.  A veteran of a financial services career that began in 1999 and wound its way through two recessions and countless market booms and corrections, Philip places a premium on a high level of client service and loyalty. He has built his career on a foundation of frequent communication and deep respect for his clients’ desire to accomplish their goals — without wondering if their attorney shares their priorities. It is your family and your legacy; hire an attorney who is as committed to your dreams as you are.

Philip’s commitment to the planning field goes beyond his work as a legal representative and client advocate. A former professional trustee, Philip has worked on thousands of trusts and estates. He is a widely published academic and an adjunct professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, where he has taught classes on wealth management and financial services to masters of law candidates. In 2013, his paper on trust protectors was cited by the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, in PHL Variable Insurance Company v. 2008 Christa Joseph Irrevocable Trust. He is also the author of Trustee University: The Guidebook to Best Practices for Family Trustees, available on Amazon.

Contact Philip with Stone Arch Law Office, PLLC today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Estate Planning
  • Wills
  • Revocable and Living Trusts
  • Health Care Directives
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Insurance Trusts
  • Spendthrift Trusts
  • Family Trusts
  • Business and Real Estate Succession Planning
  • Trust Administration
  • Probate Administration
  • Trustee Consultations and Representation

Call 612-900-0173 today to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney Profile

Attorney Philip J. Ruce


  • Minnesota, 2008


  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law, LL.M.
  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Minnesota, B.A.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Minnesota Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association


  • Trustee University: The Guidebook to Best Practices for Family Trustees, ArchStone Publications, LLC (2015). Free chapter available at
  • The Trustee and the Spendthrift: The Argument against Small Trust Termination, Gonzaga University Law Review (2013).
  • The Trustee and the Prudent Investor: The Emerging Acceptance of Alternative Investments as the New Fiduciary Standard, South Texas Law Review (2012)
  • The Trustee and the Remainderman: The Trustee’s Duty to Inform, (American Bar Association) Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal (2011)
  • The Bank Secrecy Act: Considerations for Continuing Banking Relationships After the Filing of a Suspicious Activity Report, Quinnipiac University Law Review (2011)
  • The Trustee and the Trust Protector: A Question of Fiduciary Power. Should a Trust Protector be Held to a Fiduciary Standard?, Drake University Law Review (2010)

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