NAELA Minnesota Chapter


MN NAELA is a community of attorneys who specialize in handling legal issues affecting people as they age and those with special needs. We believe in the importance of continuing legal education, advocacy and examining public policy issues in our mission to enhance the quality of life for older adults and persons with disabilities.

Chapter News and Events

Featured Article: Update on DHS' Treatment of Non-Homestead Life Estates and Intervention by MN NAELA Chapter: Laura Zdychnec of Long, Reher, Hanson & Price, P.A.

Sometime in 2010, the Department of Human Services ("DHS") distributed what has become known as the "Life Estate Memo" to county social services agencies. The undated and unsigned Memo postulates that a non-homestead life estate held by a community spouse must be counted against his or her community spouse resource allowance ("CSRA"), but will not be counted if held by the institutionalized spouse.  Because the Memo provides for differing treatment depending on which spouse owns the life estate, it also states that married couples must identify which of their combined resources will make up the CSRA before an eligibility determination is made. 

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Minnesota UnProgram Coming in 2019!

The chapter is busy organizing our first UnProgram to be held later this year. Date and location will be announced soon! This will be a member only event, so join our chapter now to stay up to date with all things Minnesota.

NAELA Updates

NAELA Celebrates Medicare and Medicaid Anniversary 2021

When President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law on July 30, 1965, he stated, “No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings they have so ca Read More

NAELA Celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary 2021

NAELA celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26. Read More

The Better Care Better Jobs Act Would Transform Long-Term Care for the Better

Last week, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced the Better Care Better Jobs Act, which would vastly expand Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS). The legislation forms the basis of President Biden’s $400 billion Read More

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Announces 2021 Fellows

NAELA Fellows are attorneys who have been members of the Academy for at least three years, whose careers concentrate on elder law, and who have distinguished themselves both by making exceptional contributions to meeting the needs of seniors and by d Read More

Wisconsin Attorney Receives National Community Service Award for Advocacy in Elder Law

NAELA is proud to announce the winner of the 2021 Powley Elder Law Award: Barbara S. Hughes, CAP, Fellow, of Fitchburg, Wisc. Read More

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Brenna M. Galvin

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Brenna M. Galvin

Maser, Amundson & Boggio, P.A. is a boutique elder law firm located in the Twin Cities that has represented clients with elder law planning, special needs planning, and litigation for over 35 years.
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Stuart C. Bear

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Stuart C. Bear

Stuart Bear is a partner, shareholder, and the president of Chestnut Cambronne and holds a national reputation for providing the highest level of succession planning services for individuals and businesses; including single individuals, married couples, domestic partnerships, blended families, and seniors. His practice specializes in wills, trusts, disability planning, powers of attorney, living wills, asset protection, and Medical Assistance pla...
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