Scott Braden, Attorney-At-Law, is retiring after 42 years of providing legal services throughout West Central and Southeastern Minnesota.

Mary Braden, Paralegal, is joining Scott in retirement. They hope to travel, spend months at their lake home and spend an immense amount of time with their 4 grandchildren. The J. Scott Braden, PA Law Office closed October 31, 2023.

Jessica Hafemeyer, Attorney-At-Law, and Jennifer Starkson, Paralegal, are joining Messick Law, PLLC and opening an office in Faribault on November 1, 2023. Jessica has provided legal services in the areas of Family Law, Bankruptcy, and Estate Planning in the Faribault area since 2004, working for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services and in her own office Jessica A. Hafemeyer Law Office, PA before joining J. Scott Braden, PA in 2018. Her move to Messick Law, PLLC will provide interrupted service for existing clients.

Scott is also joining Messick Law Office as “of counsel”. Scott will be able to assist potential clients’ transition to Messick Law. Steve Messick was Scott’s former associate attorney and partner at J. Scott Braden, PA for 10 years.

Messick Law will continue our 30-year history of Guardianship and Conservatorship, Estate Planning, Bankruptcy and Family Law Legal Services. The Messick Law Faribault contact information is as follows:

J. Scott Braden, PA’s new contact address is:

17 2nd St NE, Faribault, MN 55021

J. Scott Braden, PA was established in September 1990. Scott was originally a solo practitioner focusing on family law clients. Over the years, Scott had 6 associate attorneys and 3 partners and 8 Paralegals/legal assistants. J. Scott Braden, PA attorneys participated in numerous civic organizations, community leadership positions, volunteer activities, community education activities and appointments to governmental organizations. Scott Braden believed the law firm had an obligation to “pay back” which was reflected by its annual charitable giving to local organizations.

Over 6,000 clients received legal services. The number of Divorces, Adoptions, Guardianships and Conservatorships, Social Security Disability Appeals, Probate Proceedings, Estate Planning cases, Bankruptcies and other case types was extraordinary. The number of Court and Administrative Hearings, Motions and Trials easily exceeded 20,000. Scott and his associates also represented many clients in Minnesota Court of Appeals matters.

We have been very fortunate for the individual clients, businesses and organizations who trusted our integrity, zealousness, legal skills and judgment.

Thank you and best wishes.