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

Social Security Celebrates 84th Anniversary

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935, providing economic security for workers when they retired. Today, Social Security provides benefits to millions of retirees, workers with disabilities, and their families. Read More

NAELA Celebrates 2019 Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary

NAELA celebrates the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 2019. Congress enacted the ADA “to provide a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabi Read More

NAELA Applauds Sen. Casey for Bill to Protect Spouses of Individuals in Need of Home Care

Last week, Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced S. 2000, The Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act, to permanently extend the guarantee that Medicaid’s spousal impoverishment protections applies to home and community-based services (HCBS). Read More

NAELA Praises House Passage of Bill to Ensure Access to Home Care

The legislation extends, through March 2024, funds for the Medicaid Money Follows the Person Demonstration Project (MFP) and the guarantee that Medicaid’s spousal impoverishment protections will apply to home and community-based service (HCBS) waiver Read More

NAELA Celebrates World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2019

Attorneys for Older Americans and People with Special Needs Join Efforts to Prevent Elder Abuse 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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Ryan M. Prochaska

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Ryan M. Prochaska

Ryan Prochaska is an attorney at Chestnut Cambronne, PA in Minneapolis, MN and practices in the areas of estate planning, tax planning, estate administration (probate), trust administration and asset protection planning. Ryan has a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota. Ryan is a volunteer for the Wills for Heroes Program, participates as a Mentor in the Mitchell Hamline S...
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