Mark Betters brings a diverse background to his practice. Other than the legal profession, his experiences include having taught High School, having been a professional musician, and being a three-time marathon finisher. He and his family live in the Mankato area and are an active part of the greater Mankato community. Mark’s wife, Wendy, is a small business owner, photographer, and a board member of a local non-profit organization.
Mark’s practice focuses on criminal law and family law. He practices throughout the State of Minnesota, with the majority of his cases being in Southern Minnesota. As an active litigator, he is uniquely aware of the atmosphere of Southern Minnesota courtrooms, including scheduling, court funding issues, and the differences between the judges. He is engaged in the Minnesota State Bar Association, including having been President of the Minnesota Sixth District Bar Association.
Mark grew up south of the Twin Cities. He went to undergraduate school at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, where Mark graduated as the Student of the Year in the Music Department. He worked as a professional musician around this time, including performing, teaching, composing, and arranging. After college, Mark taught at Eastview High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota. Eventually, Mark attended Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he graduated magna cum laude. Mark has been practicing in Mankato, Minnesota since graduating from Hamline University School of Law.
The motto of Betters Weinandt practice is “your voice…legally speaking.” It is premised on the idea that handling legal problems without someone helping you tends to be intimidating and stressful. When Mark represents you, it is his pledge to: 1) listen to you; 2) help with difficult decisions; and 3) translate those decisions into effective representation. “Your voice…legally speaking” is being able to count on being heard, and having an effective legal voice on your side.
Mark’s family law practice includes divorce, child support, maintenance (alimony), parenting time, harassment restraining orders, orders for protection, relocating children, custody modification, and appeals.
Mark’s criminal law practice includes jury trials, all types of criminal charges, constitutional rights violations, witness issues, juvenile charges, Driver’s License issues, and civil forfeiture actions.
Born in 1974, Elizabeth hails from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. Elizabeth attended undergraduate school at Mankato State University, where she graduated in 1996, having double-majored in history and ethnic studies. As a full-ride athletic scholarship recipient, Elizabeth played basketball at Mankato State University throughout her college years. She graduated magna cum laude.
Elizabeth Weinandt went on to attend law school at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, MN. While at William Mitchell, Elizabeth was accepted onto Law Review, competed in Moot Court, and worked as a law clerk for a Twin Cities law firm. Elizabeth volunteered her time to the Third Judicial District Public Defender Office and in 2000, she was recognized by Minnesota Justice Foundation for her volunteer contributions.
After graduating from William Mitchell, Elizabeth and her family returned to the Mankato area where she began her practice at Blethen, Gage & Krause. During this time, Elizabeth grew her practice in the areas of family law, corporate law, and estate planning. In 2008, Elizabeth Weinandt became a partner at Blethen, Gage & Krause. In 2011, Elizabeth Weinandt and Mark Betters formed Betters Weinandt Attorneys at Law, dedicated to bringing large firm experience to personal client service.
Elizabeth is involved with various professional associations and organizations. Elizabeth is a member of Business and Professional Women, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and Minnesota Women Lawyers.
Elizabeth has served as a Board Member for Life-Work Planning Center, Southern Minnesota Autism Coalition, and the Autism Advocacy Coalition of Minnesota. Elizabeth has given her time to St. Clair Economic Development Authority Board, St. Clair Public School Community Advisory Panel, Mankato State University “HOOPS Club” and Athletics Community Advisory Panel.
Elizabeth helps her family law clients with divorce, complex property division, custody issues (including those involving children with special needs), prenuptial agreements, and adoption.
Elizabeth’s estate planning practice includes wills, trusts, healthcare directives, and probate.
Elizabeth assists her corporate clients with entity creation, contracts, buy-sell agreements, real estate transactions, and complex litigation.