E-Newsletter of October 23, 2012 | Vol. 5, No. 43
2012 National Pro Bono Celebration Week
The week of October 21-27 is National Pro Bono Celebration Week, sponsored by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. According to ProJusticeMN.org, the week “is a coordinated effort to showcase the work and impact of pro bono lawyers across the country” and “is also dedicated to encouraging pro bono service by lawyers to meet the increasing need for representation of low-income and vulnerable clients in civil legal matters.” This week presents a great opportunity to take a moment from our busy schedules to consider how our unique skills and expertise as elder law attorneys may be used to serve growing populations in need.
An excellent resource for those providing pro bono services is www.ProJusticeMN.org. Many features on the site are restricted to members; however, obtaining membership is free and easy! Just click on the link “Join ProJusticeMN” on the left-hand side of the page to request a membership.
ProJusticeMN’s pro bono placement tool is an easy and convenient way to find new pro bono opportunities. Simply click “Volunteer” on the toolbar at the top of the homepage and select “Find a Case” to search for available elder law cases (or cases in other practice areas of interest). Each posting identifies the referring organization and its contact information, briefly describes the issue(s) of the case, and lists the location of the potential client. Case postings also indicate whether the case is available or currently under review by another volunteer attorney.
For the chronically busy (read: all of us), ProJusticeMN will send alerts directly to your email when new cases become available in your indicated areas of interest. This can be achieved by using the “Sign Up for Case Alerts” function, found on the left-hand side of the website’s homepage. Additionally, the site features a calendar of training and CLE events for pro bono attorneys, an electronic law library packed with resources designed to assist attorneys with issues commonly faced by pro bono clients, and many other helpful resources.
Submitted by Adam Rohne, Esq.
Pro Bono Committee Chair
Mortuary Science Section of the Minnesota Department of Health
The Mortuary Science Section of the MDH provides links that may be helpful for clients in preparing for end-of-life planning or death planning. The website is helpful in finding a funeral home and provides quick access to Minnesota Regulations regarding funeral service, cremation, and disposition. The MDH provides a user-friendly “Consumer Information Manual” available in PDF format. To visit the site, click here.
Submitted by Jill Sauber
"Own Your Future." But How? | Star Tribune
Never too soon to plan for long-term care | Star Tribune
SOCIAL SECURITY Q & A: Retuning your Medicare Part D plan | Grand Forks Herald
UCare announces new Medicare plans for 2013 | Echo Press
Medicare: Sorting out fact from fiction in proposals | MPR News
Will photo ID really thwart seniors? | MPR News
Submitted by Joel Smith, Esq.
For those who have followed the case In re the Guardianship of Jeffers J. Tschumy, the order is available here. The issue in the case was whether a guardian has the authority to terminate the life support of a ward. To read an article providing background on the case, click here.
Submitted by Andrea Palumbo, Esq.
There are no new statutes, regulations or bulletins to report this week.
SAVE THE DATE! "Legal, Medical, and Ethical Issues in Minnesota End-of-Life Care," the Hamline University Health Law Institute's multidisciplinary CLE Symposium, will be held in Hamline's brand new Anderson Center on November 8-9, 2012. To learn more, click here.
Submitted by Thadeus M. Pope, Esq.
MA COMMITTEE MEETING: The next MA Committee meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. 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 email@example.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, December 14, 2012 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Go to the Section Website