Mary Frances focuses her practice on serving individuals and families who are establishing an estate plan, revising an existing estate plan, or dealing with the legal, medical, and financial impacts of aging, chronic illness, and disability. She has counseled and advised hundreds of clients on their estate and elder care plans and provides effective and ethical legal guidance, helping clients make difficult decisions and navigate the complicated issues that arise during times of transition or when planning for the future.

Mary Frances is accredited to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs and counsels and advises veterans and their families on accessing state and federal VA benefits. She drafted the chapter on Veterans Benefits for the Elder Law Handbook published by Minnesota Continuing Legal Education.

Mary Frances is a frequent speaker and community educator on a range of estate and elder law issues, including estate planning, asset protection, medical assistance planning, vulnerable adult issues, and veteran's benefits.



  • Honorable Diane M. Hanson, Minnesota District Court, First Judicial District Court


William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.

Purdue University, B.S.

Certifications / Specialties

  • Accredited to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs


  • Minnesota

Honors & Recognitions

Minnesota Super Lawyers (2019-present)

Minnesota Rising Stars (2012-2015)

News & Insights


Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Elder Law Section – Vice Chair, Treasurer, and Council Member (2012-present)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Probate and Trust Section – Faculty (2012-present)

Community Involvement

  • Certified USA Swimming Official
  • Board of Review, Minnesota Swimming