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11-09-15


MSBA ELDER LAW SECTION E-NEWSLETTER

November 9, 2015
Vol. 8, No. 45
E-Newsletter Editorial Staff:
Communications Committee Chair:  Allison Burke
Editor in Chief:  Margaret Kyle
Web Editor: Position Open
Contributors: Julian Zweber, Laurie Hanson, Barb Brekke, Laura Orr

EVENTS UPCOMING IN THE NEXT 3 WEEKS

 NEW (TO ELDER LAW) LAWYERS COMMITTEE: Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. at Chestnut Cambronne PA, 17 Washington Ave N #300, Minneapolis, MN, 55401.  Luther Amundson will speak on Building and Managing a Practice.  Please attend this “must see” speaker in person if possible. Jeanine Johnson will bring lunch.  Please contact Pook Grathwol at pgrathwol@chestnutcambronne.com or (612) 336-2919 or Jeanine Johnson at jjohnson@meyernjus.com or (612) 630-3254.

2015 ELDER LAW SECTION AWARDS

The Elder Law Section presented a number of Section Awards at the Elder Law Institute on October 19, 2015.

The seven original members of the Elder Law Section were inducted into the newly created Elder Law Section Hall of Fame.  They are:  Mary Alice Gooderl (posthumously), Rosalind D. Keppler, Frances L. Long, Leigh D. Mathison, Kris L. Maser, Vincent O'Brien and Stuart E. Schmidt

The Section also presented Special Recognition Awards to Lauren L. Fink and Laura J. Zdychnec for successfully challenging the notorious DHS Life Estate Memo in the Appeal of Rosemary Vait for MA, Appeal # 155286 (December 23, 2014).

Lastly, the Section awarded the Mary Alice Gooderl Memorial Award to Michael S. Brouse, pictured below, of Fosston, Minnesota, for his outstanding contributions to field of Elder Law over many decades of practice in Northwestern Minnesota.

1Michael Brouse, Mary Alice Gooderl Award Winner

Submitted by Julian J. Zweber, Co-Chair, Awards Committee

NEW MN HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS NUMBERS FOR OCTOBER

Attached please find the October 2015 update for Minnesota Health Care Programs for Seniors Income and Asset Eligibility Figures here.

Submitted by Laurie Hanson, lhanson@mnelderlaw.com

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN?

The Elder Section Education Committee is planning several CLE seminars for this upcoming section year. If you would like to play a role in planning the issues that are studied and taught in the seminars, 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

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 to Margaret@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 at suzy@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:

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):

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 at pgrathwol@chestnutcambronne.com or (612) 336-2919 or Jeanine Johnson at jjohnson@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.