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E-Newsletter of November 12, 2013 | Vol. 6, No. 46

 

ITEM OF INTEREST

The UCare Skyway Senior Center is seeking an attorney with experience working with elders to volunteer to serve on its Friends of the Skyway Senior Center Board.  The Center is located in the downtown Minneapolis skyway between 9th and 10th Streets in the Target store building.  The Center provides a unique array of services to seniors in the downtown area.  Visit its website at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/health/seniors/ucare. This is an excellent opportunity to serve elders in our community.  I was on the Board for several years and found it an enjoyable and rewarding experience and not excessively time-consuming.  Those interested in volunteering should email Terry Diebold at stdiebold@juno.com

Submitted by Jennifer Wright
jlwright1@stthomas.edu

 

ADVOCACY IN ACTION

Judith Stein, the Executive Director of the Center for Medicare Advocay, recently spoke at the 2013 Elder Law Institite.  

The Center for Medicare Advocacy (http://www.medicareadvocacy.org) has on its website a searchable database of ALJ/MAC Medicare Decisions.  Users can search decisions by Benefit Type or Issue.

The Center also has a listing of its current cases in litigation as well as archived cases.   

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

 

PRO BONO SPOTLIGHT

The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans is seeking volunteer attorneys for its upcoming legal clinic at the VA Medical Center, held on Thursday, November 14th from 9am – 2pm. Volunteer attorneys will provide brief legal advice and services for veterans in a variety of areas including child support and family law, employment law, benefits, expungement, debt collections, and wills and estates. Contact Sara Sommarstrom at (651) 224-0292 or ssommarstrom@mac-v.org at your earliest convenience if you are interested in volunteering.

Another excellent way to support pro bono legal services in the state is through donations. November 14th is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota. GiveMN.org is a central location to search for organizations and/or causes, including a number of legal aid service organizations serving Minnesota’s indigent. Take some time to log on and make a donation of any size. 

Keep track of your pro bono hours throughout the year to report with the MSBA’s North Star Lawyer Program. You may also claim 1 hour of CLE credit for every 6 hours of pro bono legal representation provided in a case that has been referred to you by an approved legal services provider or by a MN Judicial Branch program. Visit the Minnesota Board of CLE for more information.

Submitted by Adam Rohne
adamrohne@qwestoffice.net

 

Elder Law News

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Statewide view: Protect Part B meds for seniors | Duluth News Tribune

New Method Predicts Time from Alzheimer’s Onset to Nursing Home, Death | Health News Digest

More Than Half of U.S. Senior Citizens Would be in Poverty Without Social Security | Senior Journal

Depression may triple Parkinson's disease risk, especially in elderly | CBS News

What a senior citizen can do to fight the flu | News Channel 9 WSYR

Submitted by Joel Smith
joel@koslawfirm.com


Elder Law Cases

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There are no cases to report this week.

 

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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There are no upcoming events or CLE programs to report.

 

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 dates are November 21, 2013, January 16, 2014, and 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. 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, December 17, 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 which faces directly into the meeting room.

 
GOVERNING COUNCIL: 
 The next meeting of the Elder Law Section Governing Council will be on Friday, December 20 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 buildings 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: 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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