Elder Law Section

Who We Are | Our Mission

Since 1990, the Elder Law Section has supported its members in meeting the needs of the burgeoning elder population. Its membership currently includes over 500 attorneys, law students, and paralegals.

In addition to addressing traditional planning needs relating to wills, trusts, taxes, and pension planning, the section unites legal professionals who address issues specific to the elder community, such as elder abuse and neglect, long-term health care planning, nursing home care, Medicare, Medical Assistance, Medicaid in Minnesota, Social Security, and other public benefits.  Through a monthly e-newsletter, an annual educational institute with Minnesota CLE, a Medical Assistance forum every other month, and the Elder Law Community at my.mnbar.org, the section provides its members with resources to keep practitioners informed of the latest developments in elder law, to network with experienced elder law attorneys, and to serve an increasingly large and complex elder population. 

For more information about the section, please contact any of the individuals listed in Section Council.

What We Do | Section Benefits and Avtivities

Section Benefits and Activities:

  • Monthly e-newsletters which include analysis and notice of legislative developments;
  • Section-sponsored CLEs with free or reduced registration fees for members;
  • Over 10 committees for education, advocacy, and networking on issues affecting the elderly;
  • Opportunities for collaboration with government, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and other sections of the MSBA working to address issues affecting the elderly;
  • Annual meeting;
  • Active online Community (Listserv) with experienced and cooperative colleagues; and
  • General membership benefits

Legal Needs of the Elderly Addressed within the Elder Law Section include:

  • Abuse and neglect
  • Age discrimination 
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) specializing in elder law issues 
  • Durable powers of attorney 
  • Guardianship and conservatorship 
  • Health care planning and declarations 
  • Health Care Issues
  • Housing options
  • Long-term care planning 
  • Medicare, Medical Assistance, Social Security and other public benefits
  • Probate administration 
  • Tax and pension planning 
  • Trusts 
  • Wills and estate planning