Category: BGS News & Events

New Veterans Homes Slated for Fillmore County

August 19, 2021  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

By Cathryn D. Reher, VA certified and Elder Law Attorney For years, the Minnesota Veterans Homes has sought funding to build additional campuses. There are currently four Minnesota Veterans Homes located in Minneapolis, Fergus Falls, Luverne, and Silver Bay.  Finally, there has been movement with the projected development for a fifth facility in Preston, Minnesota. Most veterans are not aware that they and their spouses might be eligible for long-term care benefits through federal VA veterans benefits and/or the Minnesota Veterans Homes. I am a VA certified planner and have worked with Minnesota Veterans Homes for 25 years, assisting veterans and their spouses to understand the eligibility rules. I advise on the best approach to protect resources for veterans and their spouses in need of long-term care or wanting to plan as they age. One of the challenges that has been presented is the wait lists for Veterans Home admission. Thus, part of planning is to make sure that any plan around admission to each Veterans Home location also contemplate qualifying for medical assistance to pay for long term care. Medical assistance laws and policies are much trickier. It is critical any plan for the Veterans Homes also enable qualification or not adversely impact eligibility for medical assistance.  Finding local counsel with the…

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Experienced Elder Law/Elder Care and Special Needs Planning Attorney Cathryn Reher Joins Barna, Guzy & Steffen Law Firm

July 26, 2021  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

Attorney Cathryn Reher has joined the firm as a Shareholder with more than 30 years of experience. She is recognized for her thorough and detailed estate and long-term care planning analysis and passionate advocacy on behalf of her clients. Cathryn will work closely with our existing team of Estate Planning Attorneys, enhancing the firm’s ability to serve our community. She is certified in federal veterans benefits and has assisted clients with Veterans Homes planning since 1993. Since the 1990s, Cathryn has regularly served as faculty and makes presentations on elder law and special needs planning topics at continuing legal education courses for attorneys through Minnesota CLE and the Minnesota NAELA chapter. She also teaches courses to non-legal professionals obtaining continuing education credits and served as faculty for more than a decade with Kaplan Professional Schools. Long recognized as a leader in her field of law, Cathryn has received multiple accolades from peers and clients over the years.  She has been repeatedly named a Super Lawyer, including an award as ‘Top 5 Elder Law Super Lawyer.’ The Minnesota State Bar association awarded her the 2005 Mary Alice Gooderl Award and in 2019 she was named to the Elder Law Section Hall of Fame. Elder Law/Elder Care and Special Needs Planning impacts everyone, not just…

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Remote Workers and Foreign Business Registration

July 14, 2021  |  Carole Clark Isakson

Flexible and remote working was tested on a massive scale at the onset of COVID-19 sheltering restrictions approximately 15 months ago. It appears to have been largely successful and may have a permanent impact on how and where we work. Read our blog as we discuss the impact of remote workers on foreign business registration. The positive impact of working remotely Many media outlets have suggested that the ability to work remotely is a very important amenity to the majority of Millennial and Generation Z members. Other proponents cite the desire to live in a more affordable location, or to save on commute times and transportation related costs, or even to reduce their carbon footprint. Employers may find that allowing workers to work remotely improves retention and provides a greater pool of qualified employees to fill job openings. Parameters for multi-state employment If you employ people who reside in another state, you may need to register to do business in that state as well. Each state has its own parameters indicating what “doing business” in a state means, so make sure you know the rules. One interesting website, with which we have no affiliation, is This site lists cities that offer cash incentives to workers who relocate. Some cities require that to…

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