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 Joins Other Organizations Opposing Immunity Waivers

NAELA recognizes the tragedy of nursing home resident deaths since COVID-19 and the importance of holding nursing homes accountable for the care they provide to residents. Read More

Social Security Celebrates 85th Anniversary

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935, providing economic security for workers when they retired. Read More

NAELA Celebrates 2020 Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary

NAELA celebrates the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26. Read More

NAELA Attorneys Receive Theresa Award

NAELA is pleased to announce that NAELA Fellows Myra G. Gilfix, and Michael Gilfix, CAP (Palo Alto, Calif.) were named the 2020 recipients of the Theresa Award. Read More

NAELA Announces Winner of 2020 Powley Elder Law Award

This year's national community service award was given to Professor Rebecca C. Morgan, CAP, NAELA Fellow, of Gulfport, Fla. Read More

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Elizabeth C. Henry

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Elizabeth C. Henry

Elizabeth ("Lisa") Henry is a partner at Chestnut Cambronne with a primary practice in contested matters relating to probates, trusts, conservatorships/guardianships, and in elder law abuse matters, such as financial exploitation. Lisa is licensed in Minnesota and Massachusetts.
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Dale M. Krause

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Dale M. Krause

Catering to elder law attorneys and insurance agents nationwide, Krause Financial Services specializes in helping families qualify for Medicaid and Veterans Benefits through the use of insurance products. It is the mission of Krause Financial Services to provide these unique products to elder law attorneys and insurance agents throughout the nation, along with guidance in using them in planning. The chief concern is to ensure that products are u...
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