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MSBA ELDER LAW SECTION E-NEWSLETTER
October 12, 2015

Vol. 8, No. 41
E-Newsletter Editorial Staff:
Communications Committee Chair:  Allison Burke
Editor in Chief:  Margaret Kyle
Web Editor: Christine Huberty
Contributors: Barb Brekke, Genevieve Gaboriault, Laura Orr, Mary Frances Price

UPCOMING EVENTS

                       
ELDER LAW INSTITUTE:  Monday- Tuesday October 19-20, 2015 from 8:55 am – 4:50 pm at Minnesota CLE Conference Center, 600 Nicollet Mall # 370, 3rd Floor, City Center, Minneapolis, MN 55402-1641.  Don’t miss this annual event!

Please see attached brochure: https://www.minncle.org/materials/seminars/10616.pdf

Submitted by Genevieve Gaboriault, gegaboriault@mylegalaid.org

ELDER LAW SECTION GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETING: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:30am. This meeting will be held at the Elder Law Institute.  There will be breakfast burritos available for all who attend!

MA COMMITTEE MEETING October 27, 2015 at 3:30 pm (date change due to conflict with the Elder Law Institute) at Estate & Elder Law Services, Monroe Village, 1900 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418. The meeting takes place in the building’s conference room. For directions, or to attend by phone, please contact Tracy Sherman with Pluto Legal, PLLC, at tsherman@plutolegal.com or 507-247-5900 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

                               WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN?

Whether you plan to attend The Elder Law Institute October 19-20th or not, please take a time to check out this year's itinerary. The planning committee assembled great presentations covering emerging issues as well as important basics.

The schedule also happens to include encore presentations of CLEs coordinated by the section's Education Committee in January and April 2015. If you would like to play a role in planning the issues that are studied and taught in CLE seminars during the reminder of the section year, please consider participating in the Education Committee.

Please feel free to contact Education Committee Chair Laura Orr of SMRLS Metro Senior Law Project Laura if you would like to join the committee, participate in a meeting by telephone, or simply share a suggestion about how the section's CLE programming can meet your needs.

Submitted by Laura Orr, laura.orr@smrls.org

FAMILY LAW SECTION OPPOSES PROPOSED PRIVATE DIVORCE SYSTEM

On September 19, 2015, the MSBA Family Law Section voted to oppose House File 1348/Senate File 1367 creating a private system for obtaining a divorce in Minnesota.  The Section intends to request that the MSBA formally oppose this legislation during the 2016 Legislative Session. Contact Jill K. Meyer, MSBA Family Law Section Chair at jill@capistrantlaw.com with comments, questions, or concerns.

To view the proposed legislation Private Divorce Legislation.pdf

Submitted by Mary Frances Price, MFPrice@mnelderlaw.com

ARE YOUR MSBA DUES PAID UP TO DATE?

Do you agree that membership in this exclusive group of esteemed colleagues known as the MSBA Elder Bar is a priceless value?  Maybe that is why some of us have not yet paid the MSBA and section dues for the year.  There is in fact a price, and the MSBA has sent a list of deliquent members to our fearless leader.  Rest assured your editor will not be publishing names (yet) ;-).  I am confident that all loyal readers of this newsletter are up to date, but please help our Section Chair out by encouraging/cajoling/pressuring your colleagues to make it right with the MSBA.

Submitted by Mary Frances Price, MFPrice@mnelderlaw.com

Ms. Price not to blame for editorial attempts at humor.

WEB EDITOR POSITION OPEN

Position Description: Monitor DHS website for new bulletins and manual letters pertaining to Elder Law. Collect and compile these updates and email to Tram Nguyen at tnguyen@statebar.gen.mn.us periodically to include on the Links/Resources page. Annually update the Mary Alice Gooderl Award Recipient page. Research, collect, and submit additional updates as requested by the section. If you are interested, please contact Margaret Kyle at margaret@kylelawmn.com or 612-615-9535. 

PRO BONO OPPORTUNITY

Serve MN:  Real Help from Lawyers for Families Dealing with Dementia

Elder law attorneys are encouraged to sign-up for this new opportunity to provide important information and resources to individuals recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and to their families.  The Pro Bono Committee of the Elder Law Section of the MSBA is working with the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota and North Dakota to engage attorney volunteers to provide legal information and resources to individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s.  Please consider learning more about this new exciting pro bono opportunity.  If you would like to participate, please complete the enrollment form at Pro Bono Application and submit it to icaservemn@gmail.com

Submitted by Barb Brekke, bbrekke@brclawyers.com

ELDER LAW NEWS

Please submit news articles of interest to Margaret@kylelawmn.com

ELDER LAW CASES

Please submit Elder Law cases of interest to Margaret@kylelawmn.com

STATUTES, REGULATIONS, BULLETINS

Please submit statutes, regulations, or bulletins of interest toMargaret@kylelawmn.com

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Do you have a great story, have you read a good book, have you dealt with a case that relates to elder law? The Communications Committee is always looking for informative items for the weekly newsletter. Please email submissions to the newsletter editor, Margaret Kyle, margaret@kylelawmn.com.

ELDER LAW SECTION ACTIVITIES

ADVOCACY COMMITTEE:

Contact David Rephan at drephan@chestnutcambronne.com or Suzy Scheller atsuzy@schellerlegalsolutions.com for more information.

GOVERNING COUNCIL: 

The remaining 2015 meetings of the Elder Law Section Governing Council will be held at 3:30 pm on the following remaining Fridays:

October 20, 2015 at 7:30 A.M. (note date and time change due to Elder Law Institute)

December 18, 2015          

Please be reminded that the meeting location is: Estate & Elder Law Services, Monroe Village, 1900 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418. The meeting takes place in the building’s conference room. There are a few parking spaces behind the building and lots of street parking. People should walk to the back of the building and come to the back door that faces directly into the meeting room. For further information, please contact Mary Frances Price, Chair, at MFPrice@mnelderlaw.com or (952) 929-0622

MA COMMITTEE MEETING: 

The 2014-2015 MA Committee meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of every other month (except the fourth Tuesday in June):

October 27, 2015 (date change due to conflict with the Elder Law Institute)

December 15, 2015

The Medical Assistance Committee is a study group to analyze Elder Law Section member questions and case studies and to discuss administrative policies and procedures in relation to Medical Assistance in Minnesota, Lisa Pluto, of Pluto Legal, PLLC, is Committee Chair.  For directions, or to attend by phone, please contact Tracy Sherman with Pluto Legal, PLLC, at tsherman@plutolegal.com or 507-247-5900 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Topics for the meeting may be submitted to tsherman@plutolegal.com under the subject heading “MA Committee Topic”, or faxed to 507-247-5868.

Please be reminded that the meeting location is: Estate & Elder Law Services, Monroe Village, 1900 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418. The meeting takes place in the building’s conference room. There are a few parking spaces behind the building and lots of street parking. People should walk to the back of the building and come to the back door that faces directly into the meeting room.

NEW LAWYERS COMMITTEE:

Meetings will be held the second Thursday of every other month at noon.  Each meeting has a different topic based upon input from the new lawyers committee.  Minutes of past meetings are available. The meetings are formatted so that a seasoned elder law attorney will speak for the first half hour, and the second half hour will be questions and answers.

Upcoming meeting dates:

November 12, 2015

Meetings will be held at Chestnut Cambronne PA 17 Washington Ave N #300, Minneapolis, MN, 55401. Please contact Pook Grathwol atpgrathwol@chestnutcambronne.com or (612) 336-2919 or Jeanine Johnson atjjohnson@meyernjus.com or  (612) 630-3254.

PRO BONO COMMITTEE:

Meetings will be held the third Friday of every other month, from 12-1pm. Meetings will be held at Chestnut Cambronne PA 17 Washington Ave N #300, Minneapolis, MN, 55401. Questions may be directed to Jill Sauber at jsauber@maserlaw.com.

November 20, 2015

VULNERABLE ADULT COMMITTEE:

Meetings are held from 12:00 – 1:30 at Ken LaBore's office located at 5001 Chowen Avenue South.  Ken always provides pizza and drinks.  Contact Ken for specific meeting dates at Klabore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com or 612-743-9048.

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DON'T FORGET THE ELDER LAW WEBSITE IS A GREAT RESOURCE. 

Here’s what you can find on the Website:  Links to the DHS Health Care Programs Manual, the DHS Bulletin on treatment of uncompensated transfers, the Minnesota Bankers Association Compliance Bulletin on Powers of Attorney, legislative summary; Practice Links to organizations such as NAELA, ABA Commission on Law and Aging, Links to Federal and State Government Agencies, Statutes, and Regulations; Meeting Notices, Listings of Officers and Council Members, Section Bylaws, and more.

To access the ELDER LAW SECTION WEBSITE click here.  

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Please send E-Newsletter contributions by 10 p.m. on Sunday of every other week to Margaret Kyle at margaret@kylelawmn.com.

If you do not wish to receive this E-Newsletter, send your request to be removed from the mailing list to Tram Nguyen at tnguyen@mnbar.org.

Current and prior E-Newsletters are posted on the website for the MSBA Elder Law Section and are available here.