Elder Law Concierge Services

09.21.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Adult children with elderly parents are experiencing stress like never before.

They are often caught between raising their own children, working demanding jobs, and navigating their aging parents’ complicated situations and needs.

Our firm offers a service that is specifically designed to assist busy adult children with their parents’ elder law issues. Our Elder Law Concierge Service is a full-service solution that involves hands-on, compassionate assistance by attorney and paralegal staff. Whether helping Dad get the care he needs after hip surgery, researching living and care options when Mom is no longer able to live independently, or working with staff to assess Mom’s needs and gaining her admission at a facility, we can help. We will help you determine the resources that are available and the process for obtaining them. We combine legal and practical knowledge to take a collaborative approach to gathering information and evaluating options. We focus not only on asset protections and legal capacity planning, but on dignity and quality of life.

We take the time to get to know your family and what is important to you.

We learn the nuances of family dynamics and try to anticipate problems that may arise. If problems do arise, we quickly address the issue. Having us in place as counselors and advisors will minimize the stress and burden on family members. We also establish relationships with service providers to create a network of support for our clients. This collaborative approach to assisting clients and their families creates a feeling of personal connection in a world where isolation is the new norm.

If your family is experiencing a stressful time because a loved one needs help at home or needs care at an assisted living or nursing care facility, don’t hesitate to call us. Let us take something off your plate. Leave the legwork to us.

We’ve got your back.

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Estate Planning is for Everyone – a Testimonial

08.18.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Estate planning is for everyone - a testimonial

The following is an unsolicited testimonial from Chuck and Connie D.


“We have attended a variety of seminars conducted by Henningson and Snoxell.  All the seminars have given us great information and tools to use.  The seminars are free and the takeaway information and understanding is amazing.

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What is Medical Assistance?

06.11.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

What is Medical Assistance?

In Minnesota, Medicaid is called “Medical Assistance” or “MA”.  Under that umbrella, there are several different programs, but the one that we most often work with at Henningson & Snoxell is Medical Assistance for Long-Term Care Services (MA-LTC).  

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Henningson & Snoxell, LTD. Welcomes Attorney Rachell L. Henning to the Firm

06.05.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

New Attorney Rachell L. Henning

Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd. is pleased to welcome Attorney Rachell Henning to the firm. Rachell is a member of the firm’s individual legal services department, with primary practice areas in Conservatorships, Guardianships,  Disability Law, and other areas of Elder Law.

Rachell managed a residential home for individuals with disabilities early in her career. While there, she advocated for the people she served. She worked closely with families and staff to ensure the residents received proper services. She worked alongside county financial workers, social workers, and others who handled eligibility decisions surrounding Medical Assistance and other state-run programs. Rachell built relationships with those individuals to understand the administrative end, and she is able to use this experience to advocate for her clients.

While attending law school, Rachell worked full-time as a Human Resource and Office Administrator at one of the largest law firms in South Dakota. She gained invaluable experience managing benefits, working with insurance companies, and assisting employees of all ages. She especially enjoyed working with older employees as they planned their retirement, helping them navigate the many complex decisions that retirement entailed.

Rachell is a member in good standing with the Minnesota State Bar Association. We are so happy to have Rachell as a member of our talented team of attorneys, each of whom focuses on a specific area of law and is committed to honest and effective legal counsel and representation.

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Emerging Legal Issues for Your Pregnancy Center & COVID-19

05.26.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Pregnancy Centers and COVID-19

As pregnancy centers continue to provide essential services throughout Minnesota, it is crucial to develop and engage in appropriate protective measures specific to COVID-19. This will not only protect your clients, volunteers, and employees, but may also reduce your legal risks.

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Does the SECURE Act Affect Your Estate Plan?

05.01.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Does the SECURE Act affect your Estate Plan?

We want to make you aware of a recent change that may affect your estate plan. On January 1, 2020, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act became law. This law may reduce the amount of time a beneficiary has to withdraw distributions from a decedent plan member’s IRA and may have a significant impact on a beneficiary’s income tax liability.

What about “stretching” an IRA?

Specifically, many estate plans leveraged the “stretch IRA,” extending a beneficiary’s distributions from a decedent’s retirement plan out over a long period of time. Applying this strategy, beneficiaries minimized the amounts they withdrew each year – along with the corresponding income tax they paid on the distributions – by taking small distributions out over their lifetimes. The SECURE Act, however, requires most beneficiaries to withdraw the entire amount of the pre-tax retirement account within ten years of the death of the plan memberThis will likely increase the amounts withdrawn each year and increase tax obligations.

We encourage you to take this opportunity to contact us to schedule a time to review your estate plan to identify any concerns the SECURE Act might present within your plan, and, if necessary, to make updates to your documents. 

We are here to help you, and we are honored when you refer us to advise and assist your own circle of influence with their legal services needs.
Be safe, and be well.


Susan T. Peterson-Lerdahl

Susan T. Peterson-Lerdahl is a shareholder in the Maple Grove, Minnesota Law Firm of Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd. She is Chair of the firm’s Estate Planning Department and has years of experience counseling individuals and families in estate planning, elder law, probate and trust administration as well as family business succession planning.

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L. David Henningson

L. David Henningson retired from the firm on March 31, 2020. Here are his comments on starting Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd., what the firm means to him ,and where he would like to see the firm go and grow into the future:

I started this law firm in 1981. Over the years I have watched it grow far beyond what I ever expected. More important than the size, however, is the kind of law firm that it has become: a firm that is part of the community, committed to taking care of people and serving all who come through its doors. 

Our law firm is large enough to handle most every issue that comes to us but is small enough to allow us to get to know the people individually and deal with their issues in a very direct manner. We can be a key, pivotal part of their lives, and they become a part of ours. We provide a level of service that goes beyond a mere transaction. The outcome – in many cases – results with clients becoming friends and colleagues. 

I am extremely proud of the people that are here, and what we’ve been able to accomplish over these 40 years, helping so many resolve sometimes terrible issues that they’ve had to face. In the end, when I’m done with my career, that will be the thing that matters most to me:  how we were able to help and seeing the wonderful relationships that have developed over those same years.

L. David Henningson

David does not want to focus on his retirement from the firm. He wants a seamless transition of the firm’s leadership which has been in the works for several years. I have had the distinct honor of working side by side with David for 24 years. I value his leadership, guidance and advice, and patience with me as I learned and grew in the world of legal management. David and his wife plan to travel across the country and possibly relocate to South Dakota. We do plan to see him around the office every so often, including at the firm’s 40th anniversary celebration in 2021!

Patti A. Ploehn, CLM, Firm Administrator

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First Responder COVID-19 Presumption Legislation to be Voted on

04.06.2020 Written by: Henningson & Snoxell, Ltd.

Thank You!

To everyone who signed and forwarded this petition, thank you very much.  

We received word today that after 33,000 of you used this platform to show your support for this issue, the legislature plans to convene on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, to pass the workers comp presumption for emergency responders we had been seeking.  And the Governor has told us he is anxious to sign the bill.  

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