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Elder Law Section

Since 1990, the Elder Law Section has supported its members in meeting the needs of the burgeoning elder population. Its membership currently includes over 500 attorneys, law students, and paralegals.

In addition to addressing traditional planning needs relating to wills, trusts, taxes, and pension planning, the section unites legal professionals who address issues specific to the elder community, such as elder abuse and neglect, long-term health care planning, nursing home care, Medicare, Medical Assistance, Social Security, and other public benefits.  Through a monthly e-newsletter, an annual educational institute with Minnesota CLE, a Medical Assistance forum every other month, and the Elder Law Community at, the section provides its members with resources to keep informedon the latest developments in elder law, to network with experienced elder law attorneys, and to serve an increasingly large and complex elder population. 

For more information about the section, please contact any of the individuals listed in Section Administration.

Section Benefits and Activities

  • Monthly e-newsletters including analysis and notice of legislative developments
  • Section-sponsored CLEs with free or reduced registration fees for members
  • Over 10 committees for education, advocacy, and networking on issues affecting the elderly
  • Opportunities for collaboration with government, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and other sections of the MSBA working to address issues affecting the elderly
  • Annual meeting
  • General membership benefits

Legal Needs of the Elderly Addressed within the Elder Law Section include:
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Age discrimination 
  • Durable powers of attorney 
  • Long-term care planning 
  • Guardianship and conservatorship 
  • Health care planning and declarations 
  • Housing options 
  • Medicare, Medical Assistance, Social Security and other public benefits 
  • Health care issues 
  • Tax and pension planning 
  • Probate administration 
  • Trusts 
  • Wills and estate planning

Members can contribute to the work and leadership of the Section through participation in any of the Section's fifteen Standing Committees. Click here for more information about committee participation.  

Section members, visit the Elder Law or Estate Community at!

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