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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David Rephan

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David Rephan

David Rephan is a partner at Chestnut Cambronne, PA. In his twenty-five years of practicing law, he has focused his practice primarily in the areas of elder law, disability law (including special needs trust law), government benefits law, and veterans law. He has successfully litigated class actions and individual actions on behalf of government benefits recipients. David has also participated in successful legislative initiatives to increase the...
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Francis J. Rondoni

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Francis J. Rondoni

Francis (Frank) Rondoni is a Partner and Shareholder at Chestnut Cambronne PA. Frank has been a trial attorney and litigator for more than 35 years, with a diverse practice. He concentrates his practice in the areas of Estate Litigation, Probate related Litigation, Fiduciary Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Class Action Litigation, Tort Litigation, Personal Injury, Business Representation, and Governmental Representation. Frank’s Civil Trial wo...
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