How to Have a More Dementia-Friendly Law Practice - Practical Tips and Advice

It’s no secret at this point that we are all going to have many more elderly clients on our hands as the generational demographics play out. The broader legal community is justly preparing itself for the projected increase in a particular kind of client capacity issue – Dementia. Specific to Minnesota, the population of clients with Dementia is projected to increase from 94,000 (2018) to 120,000 (2025) – a 27.7% increase.

While Dementia is certainly not a brand-new medical condition, research on it and the statistical upswing of its presence in the general population make this disease something you should know more about. Not only that, but what are the differences between "normal aging" and Dementia symptoms? How diminished is your client’s capacity – and are you expected to acquire medical expertise to deal with the elderly now? What are our professional and ethical responsibilities as lawyers?

While our CLE aims to give attorneys already practicing in Elder Law further resources and insight, our hope is that more general practitioners and those in varied practice fields will recognize and find value in our collective experiences and take away some useful tips for the next time a client with dementia or even just an aging human walks through your door.

This CLE is approved for credit through March 23, 2021.


Anita Raymond – Licensed social worker and certified care manager at Volunteers of America, Minneapolis, MN

Ruthanne Vos – Ruthanne is an estate planning and elder law attorney with Mathison & Vos, PLLC, practicing in the Twin Cities and her hometown of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Ruthanne is passionate about her work to help individuals and families achieve their estate planning and long-term care planning goals. She is happiest when sitting down with clients, seeking to understand their unique circumstances.

Jean Gustafson – Jean is a practicing Elder Law Attorney in Greater Minnesota with offices in Brainerd and Long Prairie.  She is the proud recipient of the 2017 Minnesota Lavender Bar Association Greater Minnesota Fellowship Award, is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council, former Elder Law Diversity Council chair and has presented continuing legal education courses in the area of diversity and inclusion in Brainerd and Walker, Minnesota.  Jean is also a member of the MSBA Elder Law Section Governinng Council, MSBA Elder Law Education Committee, and Elder Law Institute Planning Committee.  Jean is the moderator of the Volunteer Attorney Program in Crow Wing County and is very involved in her community.  Jean is a very busy mom with three daughters, two of whom are in college and the youngest one in curls, who lives with her and their cat Diamond at their home in Crosby, Minnesota. 

Maya Missaghi – Maya is an estate planning and Elder Law solo practitioner in St Paul. She is an enthusiastic member of the MSBA Elder Law Section and would love to tell you all about how it helps her improve her practice and sense of humor. While not coming up with ways to make Elder Law seem exciting and SO important, Maya enjoys gardening with her two children, her husband and a red wheelbarrow. She remains strongly opposed to snow, but chips away at her bias a little bit every year.

CLE Credits:
1.5 Elimination of Bias CLE Credit approved | Event Code: 269577

MSBA Members:  $29.95
Non-MSBA Members:  $64.95



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