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 Passage of Latest COVID-19 Relief Package

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) praises the U.S. Senate for passage of the latest COVID-19 relief package. The relief package will aid in three of NAELA’s top public policy priorities for 2021. Read More

NAELA Empowers Consumers Against Scams

NAELA is promoting an education campaign designed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to enlist people over 65 in the effort to recognize and report frauds and scams. Read More

NAELA Pays Tribute on Veterans Day 2020

Association for Elder and Special Needs Law Attorneys Observes National Holiday Recognizing Veterans for Their Service Read More

NAELA Celebrates National Special Needs Law Month in October 2020

Elder and special needs law attorneys focus on education and awareness of legal options for people with disabilities and their families Read More

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

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Lisa Bowen

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Lisa Bowen

Ms. Bowen focuses her legal practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate and Trusts, as well as Real Estate, Business and Business Succession Planning. Ms. Bowen is a frequent guest speaker at State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education programs. Ms. Bowen commonly speaks to community groups and presents seminars regarding estate planning throughout the region.
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Peter E. Grosskopf

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Peter E. Grosskopf

Peter practices in the areas of Elder Law and Special Needs Trusts, including wills, powers of attorney, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, probates, estates and Medicaid or Nursing home planning.
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