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E-Newsletter of March 19, 2013 | Vol. 6, No. 11

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[Editor’s Note: Please take note that the “Getting to Know Elder Law” CLE has been changed from March 14 to March 28- same time, same place. See “Upcoming Events and CLE Programs” below for more details.]

 

THOUGHTS FROM THE CHAIR

The United States Supreme Court is hearing two cases this week which could have a dramatic impact on same-sex couples.  The first deals with California’s Proposition 8, and whether equal protection prohibits the state from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.  The second is a direct challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) in a case involving federal estate taxes paid by the surviving spouse of a same-sex couple who were legally married.  Interestingly, the United States government is not defending the challenge to DOMA.  Nonetheless, a brief in opposition was filed by a bipartisan legal advisory group made up of members of Congress.  Whether this group is determined to have standing remains to be determined, as does the question of whether the Court has jurisdiction to hear the case if there is no case in controversy.  Check out all of the briefs on both cases
here.

Submitted by Laura Zdychnec, Esq.
Section chair
lzdychnec@mnelderlaw.com

 


Elder Law News

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FTC Warns of Scheme Related to the Affordable Care Act | Consumer Information

People who need help with Medicare costs | DHS

Minnesota families demand voice in nursing home inquiries | Star Tribune

How Elder-Friendly is Your Community? | US News

Reasons to Have That End-of-Life Conversation | US News

Submitted by Joel Smith, Esq.
joel@koslawfirm.com




Elder Law Cases

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There are no new cases to report this week.


Elder Law Statutes, Regulations, and Bulletins

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


Upcoming Events and CLE Programs

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"Getting to Know Elder Law"
Are you new to the practice of law? Are you interested in Elder Law? Do you want to learn more? Join the Student Committee of the MSBA's Elder Law Section for light appetizers and drinks while you network with local elder law attorneys followed by a panel discussion.
Topics for the panel discussion include:
- Guardianship and Conservatorship;
- Medical Assistance Basics;
- Care Placement; and
- Marketing, Knowing Your Limits and Other Newbie Frustrations.

Don’t miss the chance to win one of two Elder Law Handbooks!

Details:
Date:   Thursday, March 28, 2013
Time:    5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location:   Ramada Inn Bloomington (formerly "The Thunderbird")
2300 E. American Blvd.
Bloomington, MN

For more information, click here.

Submitted by Jill Sauber
saub8913@stthomas.edu

 

This summer, Hamline Law is offering Elder Law both for law school credit and for CLE.  It will be taught by former Elder Section chair Suzy Scheller, and runs from June 14-17. To view the schedule and course description, click here.

Submitted by Thaddeus Pope, J.D., Ph.D.
tpope01@hamline.edu

 

Elder Law Section Activities

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MA COMMITTEE MEETING: The next MA Committee meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 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.  Cathryn D. Reher of Long, Reher & Hanson, P.A., is Committee Chair.  For directions, or to attend by phone, please contact Tracie Fenske with Long, Reher & Hanson, P.A., at 952-929-0622 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. Topics for the meeting may be submitted to tfenske@mnelderlaw.com under the subject heading “MA Committee Topic”, or faxed to 952-542-9201. 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.

 
GOVERNING COUNCIL: 
 The next meeting of the Elder Law Section Governing Council will be on Friday, April 19, 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 Laura Zdychnec, Chair, at: lzdychnec@mnelderlaw.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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