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E-Newsletter of February 11, 2014 | Vol. 7, No. 7

 

PRO BONO SPOTLIGHT

Minnesota CLE hosts “Advising the Disadvantaged II” from 9:00am-3:30pm on Wednesday, February 19th. The course features four sessions covering eviction actions, child support, ethics, and criminal expungement for low-income clients. Attendants will earn 5 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics CLE credit, for only $45.00. Click here to learn more or to register.

The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans is seeking volunteers for its upcoming “Drop-in Legal Clinic for Veterans.” The clinic takes place Tuesday, March 11th from 9am-2pm in the Auditorium of the VA Medical Center. Contact Sara Sommarstrom at 651-224-0292 or ssommarstrom@mac-v.org to volunteer or learn more about the event.

You can now log your pro bono hours completed in 2013 with the North Star Lawyers program. Attorneys who provided 50 or more hours of pro bono legal services in 2013 will be recognized as North Star Lawyers by the MSBA. Follow this link to the North Star Lawyers Program webpage to report your hours online. The deadline for reporting your 2013 hours is February 28, 2014. 

Submitted by Adam Rohne
arohne@hdbob.com

 

Elder Law News

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Are Social Security Benefits Taxable? Here is the Bad News from Social Security | Senior Journal.com

Senior Citizen Political Wish List Prepared for Congress by NCOA | Senior Journal.com

Scammers Using MySocialSecurity Solicitation to Get Personal Information from Seniors | Senior Journal.com

Health Care Consumes Over a Third of Social Security Checks | Huffington Post

State accuses Shorewood firm of ‘trust mill’ fraud | Star Tribune

Submitted by Joel Smith
joel@koslawfirm.com


Elder Law Cases

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The Minnesota Court of Appeals released the following unpublished opinion on February 3, 2014:

A13-0920
In re: Guardianship of Dennis G. Esterly
HALBROOKS, Judge

Following the appointment of his brother as his unlimited guardian, appellant argues that the district court abused its discretion when it determined that (1) appellant is incapacitated by virtue of his inability to control his alcoholism and (2) there are no less-restrictive alternatives to an unlimited guardianship.  We affirm.

The opinion is available here.

Unpublished opinions may not be cited except as provided by Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2012).

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

 

 

Elder Law Statutes, Regulations, and Bulletins

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There are no statutes, regulations, or bulletins to report.

 

Upcoming Events and CLE Programs

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Who Calls the Shots? Exploring the Authority of the Principal, Agent, and Provider under a Health Care Directive

Date:

Friday, February 21, 2014 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Venue:

Ballroom / Radisson Hotel Roseville  Roseville, MN 

For further details, and to register, click here. Registration is due by February 18, 2014.

Submitted by Jill Adkins
jadkins@hennsnoxlaw.com

 

Elder Law Section Activities

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VULNERABLE ADULT SUBCOMMITTEE ANNOUNCEMENT: There are planned Vulnerable Adult Subcommittee meetings on the following dates from 12:00 to 1:30 to be held in my office in Edina (5001 Chowen Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55410). The next meeting will be held April 17, 2014. Please call Ken LaBore at 612-743-9048 or email him at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

NEW LAWYERS COMMITTEE: Meetings will be held the second Thursday of every other month starting November 14, 2013 at noon. The new lawyers committee has set meeting topics for the coming year. The meetings are formatted so that a seasoned elder law attorney will speak for the first half hour, and the second half hour would be questions and answers.

The meeting topics have been set in the following order:

 

1.      General Practice Tips including the initial client interview. Meeting date 3/13/14

2.      Billing including software, forms, retainer agreement fee, how to collect payment. Meeting date 5/8/14

3.      Probate including general overview, basic steps and forms. Meeting date 7/10/14

4.      Guardianship/Conservatorship including general overview, basic steps and forms. Meeting date 9/11/14

5.      Veteran's Affairs benefits. Meeting date 11/13/14

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.comor (612) 630-3254.

MA COMMITTEE MEETING: The next MA Committee meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 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, Pook Grathwol of CHESTNUT CAMBRONNE P.A., is Committee Chair.  For directions, or to attend by phone, please contact Bill Lent with CHESTNUT CAMBRONNE, P.A., at 612-336-2948 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting
Topics for the meeting may be submitted to blent@chestnutcambronne.com under the subject heading “MA Committee Topic”, or faxed to 612-336-2940. 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.

 
GOVERNING COUNCIL:  The next meeting of the Elder Law Section Governing Council will be on Friday, February 21 at 3:30 pm. 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 David Rephan, Chair, at: drephan@chestnutcambronne.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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