Opened Pat Lowther Law on May 1

Pat Lowther is a familiar name around Sleepy Eye and as of May 1, he will again be practicing law privately at his newly opened Pat Lowther Law office on 2nd Ave SE.

Lowther has been an attorney since 1980, when he graduated from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul. He was hired at Hauser and Schmid in Sleepy Eye where he was employed for several years before opening his own practice in Sleepy Eye in 1985. Originally attorney Matt Vickery and Lowther shared an office together until Lowther bought the building where his law office is currently housed.

In 2003, Lowther merged with Somsen, Mueller and Franta to form The Legal Professionals in New Ulm until 2013, when he decided to practice privately again.

“My wife, Michal, has been a big part of this project,” Lowther said about his law practice. “She has worked in the law office for the past 15-20 years, she takes care of this building and is very supportive. We have what we like to call a ‘mom and pop shop,’ which is what a lot of businesses in Sleepy Eye are,” Lowther added.

Aside from practicing law, Lowther coached the area high school mock trial for 22 years and holds about 60 estate planning workshops in the area per year.

Lowther said it is especially important now that farmers have a family succession plan, since Minnesota adopted a gift tax that goes into effect July 1.

“A lot of farmers who are planning to pass their farm along may get hurt by that tax. It’s a real burden,” Lowther said. “I just participated in getting the 2011 Farm Law amended by working with Farm Bureau and the Farmer’s Union that helps farmers use tools like revocable living trusts and LLC’s for the succession planning.” 

Lowther said his workshops teach people how to avoid probate, to have a disability plan, to minimize or avoid Minnesota and federal estate tax, nursing home planning and succession planning.

In their spare time, the Lowthers enjoy gardening, being active and participating in their church music program.

The law office is located at 134 Second Avenue SE in Sleepy Eye.