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About Spangler and de Stefano, PLLP

At Spangler and de Stefano, PLLP, we are counselors of law who are passionate about providing guidance and insight to business owners and their families through primarily focusing on transactional business law (i.e., from forming or purchasing your legal entity to dissolving or selling your business and most everything in between) and estate planning. As business owners ourselves, we understand first-hand the challenges and rewards that come along with owning a business, and we want to see you and your business succeed. This is why we take a consultative, pro-active approach to the law. We focus on finding pro-active solutions to the legal issues you are currently facing, in order to provide you with the best protection in the future in the event that something bad happens. We provide more than just legal options; we also provide insight from decades of counseling and advising business clients across a wide range of industries, and from owning our own businesses.


Part of our proactive approach also includes helping clients with determining and implementing a comprehensive estate plan that is customized to your unique circumstances and goals. A comprehensive estate plan includes planning for your life as well as for your death. In other words, planning for incapacity and/or incompetency are important goals of any comprehensive estate plan. We focus on understanding your goals and your assets. That way we can provide you with legal options that provide you and your family with the best protection in the future.

Attorneys Who Approach Business Law and Estate Planning From a Proactive and Business Owner Standpoint

The optimal time to hire a business attorney is before you are facing a legal issue. The experienced and compassionate business attorneys at Spangler and de Stefano, PLLP are committed to putting you and your business in the best position possible in the event that something bad happens. As business owners ourselves, we understand the number of hats that you have to wear, and the challenge of fitting everything into your already overscheduled week. We are personally familiar with how hard businesses owners must work every day to ensure the success of their businesses. Unfortunately, if we are not well prepared and protected, your business, your reputation and even your personal assets can all be lost, due to a single mistake or oversight. Legal knowledge provides protection for your business and your family. Taking a proactive, preventive approach to running your business with the support of a trusted business law attorney, accountant, business banker, financial planner and commercial insurance agent is essential to maintain the success of your business.


Similarly the best time to hire an estate planning attorney is now. As counselors of law who are committed and dedicated to protect our clients to the greatest extent possible in the event that something bad happens, we understand and can relate both personally and professionally to dealing with something unexpected. Not only are you unable to predict when a crisis occurs – as it is unrelated to age, health, etc. – depending on the type of crisis, you may not be able to complete any planning. Reducing the stress on your family and your business by having a completed comprehensive estate plan is prudent and perceptive.

St. Paul Business and Estate Planning Lawyers Focused on Finding Solutions for Business Owners

Over the course of their legal careers, our attorneys have litigated more than two hundred cases. While our attorneys are transitioning their practice to being primarily transactional, it is this level of experience in the courtroom that gives us the insight that is necessary when handling your case. As attorneys with expansive litigation experience of more than a combined four decades, we have greater insight into transactional drafting errors. In other words, the expansive litigation experience provided our attorneys a better understanding and clarity as to best practices in drafting contracts, leases, partnership agreements, buy-sell agreements, purchase agreements (to buy or sell a business), trusts, and numerous other transactional documents. In addition, our litigation experience also protects clients when we advise them on how to deal with employment issues, contract issues, business succession issues, siblings who do not get along, and other disputes that arise. While it is our goal that our client does not have to resort to litigation, if our client (or the Trustee or Personal Representative) does have to retain a litigation attorney, then our client’s position is protected to the greatest extent possible through common sense, practical, pro-active advice.

As business owners ourselves, we understand first-hand the challenges and rewards of being business owners.


The Attorneys

Our lawyers focus primarily on representing business owners and their families in transactional matters. These matters include, but are not limited to legal entity formation (corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, joint ventures, etc.), business succession planning, purchasing or selling your business, prenuptial/postnuptial agreements, franchises, buy-sell agreements, and estate planning: trusts and wills, and planning for incapacity.

Evon M. Spangler

Managing Partner

Evon represents business owners with issues affecting both their business and their family in primarily transactional and appellate matters, including corporate formation, starting a business, buy-sell agreements, contracts, business succession planning and estate planning. In her role as a counselor of law, she assists clients in understanding their goals, and provides clients with the knowledge to implement their goals. She particularly enjoys advising clients and being part of and watching business owners achieve success. She helps her business clients understand the need to protect themselves in the event that something bad happens.

Perry M. de Stefano


Perry represents business owners, property managers, common interest communities (e.g., townhomes and condominiums) and commercial landlords in transactional matters, as well as appeals, business succession planning and estate planning in planning for the end of life and incapacity. He helps his business clients with protecting their assets in the event of a judgment against their business, a divorce or legal separation, bankruptcy of another business owner, and in the event of a death or incapacity of a business owner. He helps his business clients by providing them with common-sense, practical and proactive advice.