We achieve outstanding results in difficult family,
probate, civil, and estate matters.

J. Scott Braden, P.A. is a local law firm with over 30 years’ experience focusing on the needs of families, including child custody, adoptions, divorce, juvenile protection, probate and trust litigation, estate planning, guardianships and conservatorships, family businesses, and real estate.

Our hallmark is trial advocacy. We zealously pursue our client’s goals and objectives in-and-out of court. While we are at home in the courtroom, we also excel at resolving disputes cooperatively. We utilize all forms of alternative dispute resolution, including direct negotiations, mediation and early neutral evaluation to achieve our client’s goals effectively and efficiently in cooperation with the other party. We are recognized for a tradition of professional and ethical legal representation, and our willingness to continuously advocate for our clients.

super lawyersIn August, 2022, Minnesota law and politics magazine designated J. Scott Braden. Super Lawyer in family law for the 17th consecutive year.

Super Lawyer rating recognizes the top lawyers in Minnesota based on peer nomination, independent research and peer evaluation.

Practice Areas



You want to start and finish your divorce on the right foot. Our office has assisted client’s through the divorce process for more than thirty (30) years.

child custody

Child Custody

Our attorneys have experience helping clients negotiate reasonable custody and parenting time plans, which create practical solutions that focus on what is best for the child.

child support

Child Support

All parents and custodians are legally required to provide for the needs of their children. The legislature has established a formula to calculate the amount each parent must pay for the support of their children.



Minnesota law permits adoption and step-parent adoption when a parent passes away and the child is under the age of eighteen (18), or when a parent terminates their parental rights.


Guardianship & Conservatorship

Minnesota law provides for protection of persons who are unable to make decisions for themselves regarding their person and/or property. Establishing a guardianship or conservatorship requires action before the court.

trusts and estates

Trusts & Estates

Planning for your departure can be a daunting task. It can rank right next to doing your taxes or visiting the dentist in terms of tasks to avoid. Our office has significant experience crafting comprehensive estate plans as well as managing the administration of estates and resolving estate disputes.



Bankruptcy is the process where individuals or businesses attempt to resolve a hopeless financial situation.

Our Attorneys

J. Scott Braden - Attorney
Chris R. Braden - Attorney
Jessica Hafemeyer - Attorney