Practice Area Listings

Exp Listing (1) - Long Term Care, Continuum of Care 50 hrs
Exp Listing (10) - Probate, Trust, Admin of Estates 15 hrs
Exp Listing (12) - Tax Planning 15 hrs
Exp Listing (13) - Guardianship/Conservatorship 15 hrs
Exp Listing (2) - Disability Planning 20 hrs
Exp Listing (3) - Medicaid Planning 50 hrs
Exp Listing (8) - Wills, Trusts & Powers of Attorney 50 hrs
Exp Listing (9) - Retirement Planning 15 hrs

Chapter Memberships

Indiana Chapter
Michigan Chapter

Additional Locations

Cassopolis, MI
Elkhart, IN

Committee Memberships

Advanced Elder Law Review Course Committeee
Board of Directors
Chapter Committee
Executive Committee
Finance Committee
Foundation Board of Trustees
Indiana Chapter
Medicare Medicaid and Health Care Advocacy Section Dues
Michigan Chapter
Past President Advisory Panel
Practice Development Practice Management
Public Policy Steering Committee
Tax Section Dues
Tax Section Steering Committee
Tax Section Steering Committee
Trust and Special Needs Trusts Section Dues
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Jennifer L. VanderVeen, CELA, Fellow, CAP
212 E LaSalle Ave Suite 100 South Bend, IN 46617
(574) 232-3538
(574) 232-3790
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About the Practice
As an Elder Law attorney for Tuesley Hall Konopa, Jennifer counsels clients in the areas of special needs trusts, guardianships, veteran’s benefits, Medicaid benefits, and probate. In addition to her elder law services, Jennifer provides estate planning and estate administration services
Jennifer VanderVeen is a Certified Elder Law Attorney, a member of the Elder Law sections of both the Indiana and Michigan state bars, and is a past chairperson of the Indiana Elder Law section. A frequent speaker to both professional and lay groups on a wide range of elder law issues, Jennifer has a wide ranging elder law practice, both in practice areas and geography, with areas of law ranging from tax to special needs planning.
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President's Message: NAELA Leading the WayLast year, as the issue of NAELA News highlighting my presidency came out, a colleague sent me a message saying how great it was to see women in leadership positions serving as role models for younger attorneys.
E.B. v. Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services2013 WL 2445163 (June 5, 2013) - Medicaid Agency Requirement That Applicants Use Its Form to Designate Authorized Representative Was Allowed (N.J. App.)
Basics Of Video ConferencingMeeting with clients is more challenging now. You can set yourself up to provide remote client meetings, keeping your clients from having to leave their home to meet with you. Many businesses, including NAELA, use Zoom for remote meetings. If your clients are technically savvy, you can share your screen as well has have your laptop camera include you in the screen share. If your client isn't up for that, this also provides you with a way to have a conference call with multiple users in multiple locations, which would be useful to loop in other employees and your client's loved ones.
Basics Of Remote Phone ManagementManaging office work is challenging now and one issue is how to set your office phones up while working remotely. How do you keep yourself connected to your clients without having to give out your cell or home phone number. This was offered as a live call to discuss ideas and options.
The New POMS on Fee Authorization, What Do We Do Now?On June 25 2019, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published GN 03920.007, Legal and Specialized Services Not Subject to Fee Authorization, in its Programs Operations Manual System (POMS). The POMS language includes examples of drafting or revising special needs trusts that could require fee approval from SSA. This session will focus on the practical aspects of complying with the new POMS through the use of hypothetical and by discussing best practices for attorneys to follow.
Preparing Your Practice For Remote Worklearn about preparing practices for the uncertainties of the COVID-19 emergency.
President's Message: Volunteering, Collaborating, and Making a DifferenceVolunteering is a win/win. You'll be giving back to your professional community while expanding your network and expertise.
Draper v. Colvin2013 WL 3477272 (July 10, 2013) - Special Needs Trust Did Not Meet SSA Requirements Because Parents Established Trust as Agents (D.S.D.)
President's Message: NAELA Delegation to the UKMembers of the NAELA Delegation have a once-in-a-lifetime experience traveling through London and Scotland.
In re Nelson Living Trust2013 WL 3963428 (July 31, 2013) - Ex-Wife Entitled to Claim Against Ex-Husband’s Estate for Nursing and Convalescent Care Provided Prior to His Death (S.D.)
Practice Success Section: What Your Agent Doesn't Know CAN Hurt You! Training the FiduciaryEducating your client’s agents helps your client, his or her agent, and builds your practice. Here are some tips.
Slepicka ex rel. Kaminski v. State ex rel. Dept. of Public Health,2013 IL App (4th) 121103, No. No. 4-12-1103 (September 12, 2013) - Nursing Home Resident’s Payment to Avoid Involuntary Discharge Due to Nonpayment Did Not Make Appeal of Decision Moot (Ill. App.)
Carpy v. Carpy2013 WL 4584814 (August 28, 2013) (unpublished) - Parental Duty to Support Indigent Incapacitated Adult Child Did Not Terminate on Parent’s Death (Calif. App.)
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA)Leading tax experts review the new laws and will: Interpret the significant tax law changes that will most likely impact their practice; Assess how to plan for those changes; Recall the resources available (NAELA and others) for additional knowledge on TCJA.
New Developments From the IRS: Rolling With the PunchesGet up to speed on the latest rules, regulations, tricks and traps in tax law, including valuation discounts, decanting, DSUE, QLATs and more
How Far Do You Push the Envelope on Ethics? Summit 2017Learn to apply ethical rules (including NAELA's Aspirational Standards) to your conferences with clients. Deal with the issues of first impression and be better positioned to advise clients of the potential risks and benefits of being the "test case".
Is My Client Incapacitated?Learn how to prepare questions to ask the potential client to assess whether they have capacity to retain you as counsel; articuate to the court your decision to represent a client who has retained you even after the court has appointed a guardian; and apply the rules of client confidentiality when representing a client who is the subject of an ongoing protective proceeding.
Five Reasons to Attend the NAELA SummitHands-on learning under the guidance of top experts in Elder and Special Needs Law.
Advance Care PlanningAvoid the pitfalls of Advance Care Planning with premature/prolonged dying and unbearable pain, suffering and/or burdensome years. Presented by Stanley Terman, Ph.D., M.D.
Trusts and Special Needs Trusts Section: When Is a Payback Special Needs Trust (SNT) NotA payback special needs trust allows a beneficiary to shelter the assets from settlement for life and use these assets to pay for things not covered by government benefits.