Practice Overview

Melissa Hagstrum Bayne advises clients on estate planning, trust and estate litigation, probate, trust and estate administration, guardianship and conservatorship, elder law, long-term care planning, and special needs planning.

Representative Experience

Estate Planning

  • Wills
  • Trusts, including special needs trusts and supplemental needs trusts
  • Prenuptial agreements


Guardianship and Conservatorship

  • Powers of attorney
  • Health care directives
  • Advanced psychiatric directives
  • Disability planning
  • Elder care needs
  • Long-term care planning


Trust and Estate Litigation

  • Will contests
  • Lack of capacity claims
  • Undue influence claims
  • Contested guardianships and conservatorships
  • Breach of fiduciary duty claims
  • Validity of will and trust provisions

In addition, Melissa has extensive experience working with individuals with addiction, mental illness and special needs.


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Bar Admissions
  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, MN; 2009, J.D.
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; 2003, M.Ed.
  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ; 2002, B.A.


  • Rising Star®Super Lawyers magazine, 2015 - present
  • Named a "North Star Lawyer" by the Minnesota State Bar Association, as recognition for pro bono services.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute