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Our members are attorneys who focus on areas of the law that particularly affect older people and people with disabilities. The types of problems we help clients with include:

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The 7th Annual Elder Law Summit:
Trust Code Growing Pains -
What We Have Learned in 7 Years

Friday, Oct. 7, 2016

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   Vermont Trust Code 101

  • Mark E. Melendy, Esq.

   Expert Panel Discussion from
   Both Sides of the Bench

  • Hon. Susan L. Fowler
  • Hon. Jeffrey P. Kilgore
  • Navah C. Spero, Esq.
  • Jack Davidson, Esq.

9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Vermont Law School

3 hours of Vermont CLE credit

Tuition: $95


NAELA Members Only:
  Lunch and Unprogram

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Tempus Fugit


PAULA McCANN has redesigned her website.

The website is deals with end of life, aging and other losses. The site has been updated, to make it easier to access topical material and now includes audio versions of many of the posts. The most viewed post, which has generated international interest, is the one entitled "Sitting Vigil at a Death Bed: A Checklist."

The link to Paula McCann's blog can be found on the Resources page.



has its own page on the website, click here . . . or use the Elder Abuse tab on the navigation bar.



Medicaid information on the Resources page.

At the May, 2014 meeting, Ann Hastings provided a list of the district office workers and supervisors that handle long-term care Medicaid.

Ann also discussed the new possibilities for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The Department has not had a lot of experience with long-term care through the new MAGI category,which does NOT have a resource test.

By request, links have been added to the ESD/DCF Bulletins for updated regulations and to the Social Security life expectancy table used for annuities and promissory notes.

To access the new information, click here , or or use the Resources tab on the navigation bar.

Want to know how the Department will apply the regulations to your difficult LTC Medicaid fact pattern?

You can still send the e-mail to:


In 2014, LTC AOPS is mostly Ann Hastings, Benefit Programs Assistant Administrator. Everyone else has been conscripted to work on health care reform. Ann does have some discussions with two Department attorneys, Robin Chapman and Linda McLemore.


Where you submit your Medicaid applications depends on your district.

The Burlington District Office prefers that you deliver the application directly to the distric office, so that the order of the exhibits can be preserved. Other district offices prefer that you submit the initial application through the central Application and Document Processing Center. All of the district offices now have scanners, so they can input the applications into the system, should they so chose. If you have not submitted an application to a particular district office recently, it might be wise to call and find out that office's preference.



There is a chart of fees and surcharges on the Vermont Judiciary's website. Fees and Surcharges. The surcharges are actually gone, but the new fees are higher than the old "fee plus surcharge" amounts.

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