Elder Law 101 Series - Emotional Aspects of Guardianship and Conservatorships

Event Description

Remote participation only. 

This program is co-sponsored by the MSBA Elder Law Section and MN-NAELA.

By the time a client decides to contact an attorney to obtain guardianship and/or conservatorship of a loved one, there has likely been significant strife and stress to get them to that point.  Taking the next step to file a petition and go to court can be overwhelming and heartbreaking.  Part of our jobs as advocates is to not only provide our clients with zealous representation, but also to help them through the process. 

For many, the potential person subject to guardianship and conservatorship becomes hostile and bitter towards the petitioner for many different reasons including disagreement that the person needs a guardian/conservator, allegations in the petition, or for dragging up old family history.  Attorneys must be prepared to help their clients through the range of emotions that a petitioner feels when going through this process so that the primary goal of ensuring their loved one’s health, safety, and wellbeing or protection from financial exploitation stays at the forefront to guide decisions.  By recognizing the emotional aspects of guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, attorneys can be not only great advocates, but also great counsel for their clients through these difficult proceedings. 

This session will walk through example cases and discuss the emotional aspects at each stage and how best to support clients through the process. 


Rachell L. Henning,  J.D., M.S. in Administrative Studies, Elder Law Attorney, Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credit | Event Code: 412285


Elder Law Section Member: FREE 
MSBA Member not in the Elder Law Section: $20
Non-MSBA Member: $30
Law Student: FREE

*Join the Elder Law Section:  Not a member of the Section? Sign up now and attend this CLE for Free. 

Deadline to register: October 19, 2021

Remote Participation: Remote instructions will be emailed to you the day prior to the event.

Payments: Due to the pandemic, accounting staff have limited access to the office making the processing of checks difficult. We request that you register online or over the phone by credit card whenever possible. If you need assistance, please contact the program manager.  If you must pay by check, please use this registration form.

Cancellations: Need to cancel? Please see our cancellation policy .

Accommodations: The MSBA is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which all members can participate fully. If you need reasonable accommodations to participate in this event, please notify the program manager.  Please provide notification at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to allow sufficient time to make arrangements for accommodations. Thank you.

Program Manager:
Tram Nguyen


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Thursday, October 21, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Live Webinar via Zoom