As a career military veteran and attorney, Kristin M. Franzoni has devoted her life to the service of others. Ms. Franzoni is passionate to serve, both in and out of military uniform. Ms. Franzoni’s military experience spans nearly two decades in both an active and reserve service capacity. As an attorney, Ms. Franzoni concentrates her practice on helping fellow veterans obtain the benefits they valiantly earned and services they gravely need.
Ms. Franzoni first became involved with veteran claims when handling her very own. As a military veteran with service-connected disabilities, Kristin knows firsthand the issues that veterans face when filing veteran claims and dealing with the Department of Veteran Affairs. Her perspective allows her to understand the unique legal issues veterans, military members and their families encounter. Ms. Franzoni’s military background coupled with her experience in handling veteran legal matters, results in dedicated legal advocacy for her veteran clients. Most notably, Ms. Franzoni is the only identified female military veteran attorney in the State of Minnesota that is licensed to represent veterans before the United States Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims. Ms. Franzoni helps veterans and their families with:
In addition to helping fellow veterans, Ms. Franzoni provides legal counsel to persons with disabilities and seniors in areas including supplemental needs trusts, guardianship/conservatorship, estate planning, probate and planning for incapacity. In addition, she advises and assists her clients on government benefit eligibility including Medical Assistance and other available programs.
Ms. Franzoni received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Criminalistics from Saint Leo University. Additionally, she earned her Juris Doctorate from Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. During law school, Ms. Franzoni served as the President of the Mitchell Hamline Veterans Association and as Secretary for the Parents Attending Law School (P.A.L.S.) Association. Furthermore, Ms. Franzoni is a qualified neutral under Minnesota Rule 114 with training in Civil and Family Mediation from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and she holds the following licenses and admissions:
When not serving in the United States Air Force Reserve, Ms. Franzoni enjoys volunteering within the community. Ms. Franzoni has provided extensive legal services when volunteering with Minnesota Justice Foundation, Wills for Heroes and Legal Assistance of Dakota County. In addition, she has volunteered her time aiding the Dispute Resolution Center and served as a court mediator for both family and civil matters in Ramsey and Washington county.
STATE OF MINNESOTA DISCLOSURE: (Minn. Statute 197.6091, Subd. 2.) - Veteran benefits appeal services are also offered by administrative staff at no cost by county veterans service officers and non-profit organizations under Minn. Statute 197.603 and 197.604.
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