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E-Newsletter of July 2, 2013 | Vol. 6, No. 27


Input sought on plan to improve services for people with disabilities

Listening sessions aimed at gathering input on a draft plan to improve services for people with disabilities will be held across the state this summer. A sub-cabinet of state agency leaders, including Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, will host the listening sessions to hear from people with disabilities, their families, service providers and other stakeholders on the draft Olmstead plan. The plan, named for a U.S. Supreme Court decision, will help ensure people with disabilities are living, learning, working and enjoying life in the most integrated setting. Meetings will start July 9 in St. Paul and also will be held in Moorhead and Rochester. More information about the subcabinet meetings is on Minnesota's Olmstead Plan website. Comments on the draft plan can be sent to

Submitted by Kim Dayton, Esq.


Bi-Focal, the e-journal of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging, has an article on NAELA’s pro bono initiatives in this issue. To read the article, click here.

Submitted by Jennifer Wright, Esq.


Elder Law News


Groups Want to Reduce Barriers to Health Care Delivery Reform in Minn. | KSTP
Minnesota faces shortage of primary care doctors due to aging population and medical workforce
Submitted by Joel Smith, Esq.

Elder Law Cases

The Minnesota Court of Appeals released the following unpublished opinion on June 24, 2013:
In re: The Jorgenson Family Trust dated March 12, 2001

In these trust proceedings, appellant challenges the district court's orders and judgment (1) denying appellant's request to terminate or reform the trust; (2) removing appellant as trustee; and (3) denying appellant's request for attorney fees.  We affirm.

This opinion will be unpublished and may not be cited except as provided by Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (2012).

The opinion is available here.
Submitted by Andrea Palumbo, Esq.


Elder Law Statutes, Regulations, and Bulletins

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


Upcoming Events and CLE Programs

There are no upcoming events or CLEs to report this week.


Elder Law Section Activities


GOVERNING COUNCIL:  The next meeting of the Elder Law Section Governing Council will be on Friday, August 23, 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 David Rephan, Chair, at:


Elder Law Website


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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