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E-Newsletter of April 2, 2013 | Vol. 6, No. 13

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PRO BONO OPPORTUNITIES

Become a Minnesota North Star Lawyer

The MSBA is proud to recognize members who provide 50 or more hours of pro bono legal services per year as North Star Lawyers. Attorneys who qualify as North Star Lawyers will be included in an annual roster published in Bench & Bar, receive a certificate suitable for framing, and will be invited to a gala event honoring all the North Star Lawyers. Reporting your pro bono hours is easy, and can be done through April 15th by submitting this simple online form.  

Submitted by Adam Rohne, Esq.
adamrohne@qwestoffice.net

 

Link of the Week

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Since 2004, Genworth has annually conducted a Cost of Care Survey which looks at the cost of long-term care across the United States.  The report and interactive map are linked here for you to peruse.  This survey can be a useful tool to assist you in explaining the cost of long-term care to clients and the importance of advance planning. 

Submitted by Brenna Galvin
brenna.galvin@wmitchell.edu


Elder Law News

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Nursing homes need help, says bipartisan caucus | Echo Press

Commerce Department enlists CPAs to stop financial abuse of seniors this tax season | Insight News

After the Diagnosis, the Get-Togethers | The New York Times

A Financial Self-Defense Guide for Older Americans | The New York Times

Financial abuse costs elderly billions | NBC News

Submitted by Joel Smith, Esq.
joel@koslawfirm.com




Elder Law Cases

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Minnesota Supreme Court Opinion issued on March 27, 2013:

A10-2219
A11-0683
A11-0684

Patricia Ann Langston, Appellant
vs. 
Wilson McShane Corporation, as Administrator for the Twin Cities Carpenters and Joiners Pension  Fund, et al., Respondents.

1.  Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, surviving spouse benefits generally vest at the time of a pension plan participant’s retirement.

2.  A Domestic Relations Order issued after a plan participant’s retirement that requires the distribution to an alternate payee of some or all of a surviving spouse benefit that is payable to another beneficiary under the form of benefit then in effect cannot be qualified because it requires a pension plan to pay the alternate payee a type or form of benefit not otherwise provided by the plan.

Affirmed. 

The decision is available here.

Submitted by Andrea Palumbo, Esq.
andrea.m.palumbo@gmail.com


Elder Law Statutes, Regulations, and Bulletins

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There are no new statutes, regulations or bulletins to report this week. 

Submitted by Marit Peterson, Esq.
MPeterson@gblawoffice.com


Upcoming Events and CLE Programs

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This summer, Hamline Law is offering Elder Law both for law school credit and for CLE.  It will be taught by former Elder Section chair Suzy Scheller, and runs from June 14-17. To view the schedule and course description, click here.

Submitted by Thaddeus Pope, J.D., Ph.D.
tpope01@hamline.edu

 

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, April 16, 2013. 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.  Cathryn D. Reher of Long, Reher & Hanson, P.A., is Committee Chair.  For directions, or to attend by phone, please contact Tracie Fenske with Long, Reher & Hanson, P.A., at 952-929-0622 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Topics for the meeting may be submitted to tfenske@mnelderlaw.com under the subject heading “MA Committee Topic”, or faxed to 952-542-9201. Please be reminded that the meeting location is: Estate & Elder Law Services (formerly MAO Legal 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 which faces directly into the meeting room.

 
GOVERNING COUNCIL: 
 The next meeting of the Elder Law Section Governing Council will be on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm. Please be reminded that the meeting location is: Estate & Elder Law Services (formerly MAO Legal 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 which faces directly into the meeting room. For further information, please contact Laura Zdychnec, Chair, at: lzdychnec@mnelderlaw.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 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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