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 Supports National Consumer Protection Week 2019

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) supports National Consumer Protection Week, March 3-9, 2019. This annual event, sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission, is dedicated to helping people understand their consumer rights and make we Read More

NAELA Praises Reps. For Introducing Bills to Keep Individuals with Disabilities at Home

NAELA praises Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), and Fred Upton (R-MI) for introducing yesterday two bills that help ensure that individuals with disabilities and frail seniors can receive care at home. Read More

NAELA Releases 2nd Edition of Aspirational Standards for the Practice of Elder and Special Needs Law

The Second Edition of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Aspirational Standards includes two new sections: “Holistic Approach” and “Engagement Agreements and Drafting Documents.” Read More

New Maine Governor Rejects 1115 Waiver

Yesterday, Maine's new Governor, Janet Mills, informed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that Maine would not move forward with its 1115 Medicaid waiver. Read More

NAELA Celebrates Success in CTNAELA, et. al. v. Bremby

In August 2017, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Connecticut Chapter requested a grant as it sought injunctive and declaratory relief against the Connecticut Department of Social Services for failing to make available to the public 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.
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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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