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E-Newsletter of August 9, 2011 | Vol. 4, No. 31

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Item of Interest

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There are no Items of Interest to report this week.

 

Link of the Week

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There are no Link of the Week to report.

 


Elder Law News

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Ecumen: Rethinking senior care-- The nonprofit has changed from primarily running nursing homes to developing assisted-living centers | StarTribune

Variety of programs offered for seniors at State Fair | Review Messenger

To afford food, seniors stretch dollars and rely on others | MPR

The cost of caregiving | MPR

States cut programs to help poor cool their homes | MPR

Boomers worry about finances, health costs | MPR



Elder Law Cases

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The following unpublished decision was released by the Minnesota Court of Appeals on August 1, 2011:

A11-233
In the Matter of the Estate of: Genelda M. Nelson, a/k/a Genelda Mae Nelson, a/k/a Gen Nelson, Decedent.


COLLINS, Judge

Appellant, attorney Hugh P. Markley, challenges the amount awarded to him by the district court for his representation of the decedent's estate.  Respondent Animal Humane Society (AHS) filed a notice of related appeal, contending that the district court erroneously failed to consider the extent to which certain estate securities appreciated in value between the time of the decedent's death and the settling of her estate.  We affirm the attorney fees award because it is supported by the record and is not an abuse of the district court's discretion.  We remand, however, for the district court to address and decide whether the final probate account properly recognized appreciation in the value of the estate stocks during the pendency of the probate administration.


The decision is available here.

Elder Law Statutes, Regulations, and Bulletins

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There are no Statutes, Regulations, or Bulletins to report this week.

 

Upcoming Events and CLE Programs

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Minnesota CLE
Highlights from the 2011 Probate & Trust Law Section Conference
August 30, 2011

Ramsey County Bar Association
Medical Assistance – Dealing with the Five-Year Look-Back Period and the Problems It Can Cause
September 23, 2011

Minnesota CLE
2011 Elder Law Institute
SAVE THE DATE: October 6 and 7, 2011
The Elder Law Institute (ELI), a collaboration between the MSBA’s Elder Law Section and Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, is an annual conference designed to provide educational and networking opportunities for attorneys and others interested in the practice of Elder Law.  The ELI offers a wide range of educational programming, ranging from discussions of nursing home and Medical Assistance issues to legislative updates and policy analysis.  ELI Attendees receive from nine to eleven Continuing Legal Education credits, depending upon the length of the conference.
Stay tuned for more information and online registration.

 

Elder Law Section Activities

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MA COMMITTEE MEETING: The next MA Committee meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.  Topics for the meeting may be submitted to MA Committee Chair, Cathryn Reher, at creher@mnelderlaw.com, or faxed to 952-542-9201. For directions, or to attend by phone, please contact Tracie Fenske with Long, Reher & Hanson, P.A. at 952-929-0622.  Please be reminded that the meeting location is: Estate & Elder Law Services (formerly MAO Legal Services), Monroe Village, 1900 Central Avenue NE, Suite 106, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418. 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 which faces directly into the meeting room.

GOVERNING COUNCIL:  The next meeting of the Elder Law Section Governing Council will be 3:30 p.m. on Friday, August 19, 2011.  The meeting will be held at Estate & Elder Law Services (formerly MAO Legal Services), Monroe Village, 1900 Central Avenue NE, Suite 106, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55418.  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 which faces directly into the meeting room.  For further information, please contact Suzy Scheller, Chair, at: suzy@schellerlegalsolutions.com.

 

Elder Law Website

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DON'T FORGET THAT THE ELDER LAW WEBSITE IS A GREAT RESOURCE. Here’s what you can find on the Elder Law Section 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.

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