Melanie Claassen


Melanie Claassen joined Arden Besunder P.C. as an associate attorney in 2015. Melanie focuses her practice in the areas of Trusts and Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Accountings, Guardianship, Elder Law, and Estate Litigation.

Prior to joining Arden Besunder P.C., Ms. Claassen was an associate attorney at a boutique estate planning and estate administration firm in Westchester. Ms. Claassen prides herself on connecting with clients to explain complex legal concepts and processes and provide both emotional and legal support to clients in difficult situations.

Ms. Claassen is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association (“NYCBA”). She is active on the NYCBA African Affairs Committee where she has assisted in forming panel discussions including expert panels discussing child soldiers, conflict minerals, and wildlife poaching. A native South African, Ms. Claassen enjoys being able connect her career as an attorney with her South African heritage.

Ms. Claassen is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut. Ms. Claassen is also certified to act as a guardian ad litem in the New York State Courts.