E-Newsletter of June 18, 2013 | Vol. 6, No. 24
THOUGHTS FROM THE CHAIR
THE YEAR IN REVIEW
I have had the privilege of serving as Chair of the Elder Law Section for the past twelve months. The speed with which that time has passed is, I suspect, a testament both to the frenetic pace of our practice, and to my age. I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for your patience (I still don’t understand the rules of order) and your steadfast commitment.
To be frank, my term as Section Chair has largely proceeded on automatic pilot. Well-oiled machines are like that. We are fortunate to enjoy both the invigoration of new faces and ideas each year, and the value and wisdom of institutional memory. In the past twelve months, we have:
- Continued the commitment to providing our membership with current information through dissemination of the Section’s weekly e-newsletter, thanks to Editor-in-Chief Allison Burke, Communications Chair Joel Button, and MSBA Liaison Tamara Patton, as well as regular contributors Joel Smith and Andrea Palumbo;
- Increased the opportunity for membership to access timely and critical information and education through the Education Committee’s efforts thanks to Chair Jill Adkins;
- Been on the front end of legislative developments impacting our practice thanks to the tireless and indomitable contributions of Legislative Chair Julian Zweber;
- Provided a bi-monthly forum for education and exchange through the Medical Assistance Committee chaired by the ever-tireless Cathryn Reher;
- Seen a recommitment to service of our most vulnerable through the efforts of Pro Bono Committee Chair Adam Rohne
- Developed a slate of new council candidates and officers second to none thanks to retiring Nominating Committee Chair Dan Steinhagen;
- Stayed on track when it was not our nature to do so thanks to By-laws Chairs Tom O’Connell and Dick Hawke
- Witnessed the blossoming of a new Advocacy Support Committee lead by our Vice-Chair David Rephan and former Chair Suzy Scheller into a vibrant force;
- Enjoyed creative and thoughtful input from our law student members thanks to Student Committee Chair Laura Orr
- Seen the Strategic Planning Committee take on significant budget issues to keep us both ‘lean and mean’ thanks to Chair Jennifer Wright;
- Thoroughly enjoyed the ruse required by Stuart Bear and Julian Zweber of the Awards Committee to get Tom O’Connell to attend the Elder Law Institute in order to present him with the Mary Alice Gooderl Award; and
- Maintained a finger on the pulse of the MSBA through liaison Andrea Wing.
I have been honored to work with Lori Skibbie as Secretary, John Kantke as Treasurer and David Rephan as vice-chair. I thank each of you for the opportunity.
Tom O’Connell wrote last week about the rewards available simply by expressing your interest in serving this section. I second his recommendation. If you haven’t already done so, please complete the section survey recently e-mailed to you. (To complete the survey, click here.) The survey results will help the Strategic Planning Committee direct our course for the next few years.
Our challenges as practitioners become more complex, more layered every year. If you are not availing yourself of the opportunity to interact with this amazing group of people, you are doing yourself, and your clients, a substantial disservice. Our Section’s annual meeting is this Friday, June 21st in the conference room of the Monroe Village senior living complex at 1900 Central Avenue N. in Minneapolis. The annual meeting, at which we will elect new council members and officers, will immediately be followed by our governing council meeting. It is always difficult to make time in the day to attend a meeting, but in this case, it is well worth the effort.
ITEM OF INTEREST
The July 2013 numbers have been released for the Current Income and Asset Eligibility Figures Chart. To view the chart, click here. You can also access the chart by going to the Elder Law Section website, under Links/Resources- Elder Law Forms and Documents.
Submitted by Laurie Hanson, Esq.
Coalition pushes to prevent and halt elder abuse | MPR News
Minnesota ranked as healthiest state for seniors | Echo Press
MNsure health plan rates may be secret until October | MPR News
Mitchell students develop app to help first responders with elder abuse cases | William Mitchell News
Analysis: Minnesota Home Health Medicare Margins on Steep Decline } Herald Online
Submitted by Joel Smith, Esq.
The following unpublished opinion was released by the MN Court of Appeals on June 10, 2103:
In re the Estate of: Erna M. Wingen, Deceased
In this appeal from a district court order in probate proceedings, appellant challenges the district court’s adoption of the county taxing authority’s estimated market value as the fair market value of certain real property. We affirm.
The opinion is available here.
Unpublished opinions are not to be cited except as provided by Minn. Stat. § 480A.08, subd. 3 (1996).
Submitted by Andrea Palumbo, Esq.
There are no new statutes, regulations or bulletins to report this week.
There are no events or programs to announce this week.
MA COMMITTEE MEETING: The next MA Committee meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, and the Annual meeting, will be on Friday, June 21, 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: email@example.com.
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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