Michiana Elder Law Attorney, Jennifer L.. VanderVeen, Tuesley Hall Konopa, LLP

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Phone 574.232.3538
Fax 574.232.3790
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Paralegal Email: Carol Krause
Paralegal Email: April Troyer
Legal Assistant Email: Holly Hall

Education

  • Michigan Bar Probate and Estate Planning Certificate, 2012
  • Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation, 2006
  • The University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1999
  • Albion College, International Political Economy, B.A., 1996

Jennifer grew up in Flushing, Michigan, spending summers working in the family accounting practice. She met her husband, Jay, the day they moved into the dorms their freshman year at Albion College. They moved to the South Bend area in 2006 when Jay joined the Anthropology and Sociology department at IUSB, where he is currently department chair. Jennifer and Jay have one son, Benjamin, who is in middle school.

Jennifer, Jay and Ben enjoy traveling, especially to the Disney theme parks. They are all avid readers, although they each enjoy different genres. The whole family enjoys musical theatre and weekend visits to Chicago.

Jennifer is a self-professed tech geek, always looking for the latest and greatest gadget and can frequently be found using multiple devices at the same time. Friday nights are British television night in the VanderVeen house, with Top Gear and Dr. Who being particular favorites.

Jennifer L. VanderVeen, Attorney

Jennifer, a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation and is accredited by the Veteran’s Administration to practice before the VA. She is 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 and current member of the Board of Directors of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). In 2016, Jennifer was elected to NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). A member of CAP is an attorney who has been nominated and selected by her peers – experienced Elder and Special Needs Law attorneys – to be part of the Council as a result of their commitment and contribution to their clients and the ethical, high-quality practice of Elder and Special Needs Law.

Elder Law

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. Her elder law services include:

  • creating complex long term care asset protection plans for both Medicaid and Veteran’s benefit eligibility;
  • analyzing tax implications of trusts, tax deferred assets, and real estate transactions;
  • counseling clients on fiduciary duties as powers of attorney, guardians, and trustees;
  • drafting complex estate plans, including special needs and disability planning and defective grantor trusts;
  • completing Medicaid and veterans benefits applications for both nursing home and disability cases;
  • managing contested and non-contested guardianship cases, probate estates, and trust administrations;
  • preparation of gift, estate, trust and individual income tax returns;
  • representing clients before the United States Tax Court;
  • and drafting memoranda and pleadings in support of family law litigation.

Estate Planning & Administration

In addition to her elder law services, Jennifer provides estate planning and estate administration services that include:

  • drafting wills and trusts;
  • counseling families with special needs individuals;
  • advising clients on benefits and taxation;
  • powers of attorney;
  • and overseeing the administration of estates.

Business Law

Jennifer’s significant experience as an attorney also includes extensive work in the area of business law, counseling business owners and individuals:

  • drafting corporate and limited liability company organizational documents;
  • providing extensive tax research and analysis on a variety of business related topics;
  • assisting with complex real estate and corporate financing transactions;
  • and providing ERISA and other employee benefit research and analysis.

Professional organization leadership

  • Elder Law Section – Indiana State Bar Association, Chair, 2008-2010
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
    • Board of Directors, 2012-present
    • President-elect of Board of Directors, 2018-2019
    • Treasurer, 2015-2016
    • Tax Section Steering Committee Chair, 2009-2012
    • Co-chair, National Aging and Law Institute, 2012
    • Chair, Unprogram, 2013
    • Co-chair, NAELA Summit, 2015
    • Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP), Member, 2016

Presentations

Jennifer has served as a faculty member for a number of ICELA and NAELA seminars on a variety of topics. As a certified Elder Law attorney, she speaks to both professional and lay groups on a wide range of Elder Law issues, including:

  • Ethics of Medicaid Gifting, ICLEF Elder Law Institute, 2007
  • Planning for Veterans Benefits, ICLEF Elder Law Institute, 2008, 2012, 2013
  • Advising Clients on VA Benefits, ICLEF, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Ethics of Gifting, NAELA Annual Conference 2009
  • Taxation of Special Needs Trusts, NAELA Institute, 2009
  • Elder Law for the General Practitioner, Indiana Solo and Small Firm Institute, 2010
  • Tax Consequences of Settling a Estate Disputes, NAELA Webinar, 2010
  • Drafting in a Time of Uncertainty, NAELA Institute, 2010
  • Tax Primer for Elder Law Attorneys, NAELA Annual Meeting, 2011
  • IRAs and Special Needs Trusts, NAELA Webinar, 2011
  • Tax Issues for the Elder Law Attorney, ICLEF Elder Law Institute, 2011
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About SNTs, NAELA Institute 2012
  • What the Practitioner Needs to Know About Medicaid, St. Joseph County Bar Association, 2012 Veterans Benefits, Indiana
  • Solo and Small Firm Institute, 2012
  • Veterans Benefits, NAELA Advanced Elder Law Review, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Going Mobile and Paperless, NAELA Webinar, 2014
  • Defense of Marriage Act, NELF Practicum, 2014
  • To Marry or Not To Marry, ICLEF Elder Law Institute, 2014
  • Estate Planning Basics, NAELA Essentials Practicum, 2015, 2016
  • Elder Law for the Non-Elder Law Attorney, St. Joseph County Bar Association, 2015
  • Elder Law Basics, St. Joseph County Bar Association, 2016
  • Health and Personal Care Planning, NAELA Essentials Practicum, 2016
  • Rolling with the Punches – 2016 Tax Update, NAELA Annual Meeting, 2016

Professional licensure

  • Indiana State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, 1999
  • State Bar of Michigan, Elder Law Section, 2008
  • St. Joseph County Bar Association, 2013
  • Cass County Michigan Bar Association

Community emphasis

  • Presenter, REAL Services Boomer Bootcamp, 2009-2015
  • Member, Michiana Gerontology Consortium
  • Member, Advisory Board, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Northern Indiana
  • CEU Presentations for Facility Staff
    • Memorial Hospital, 2009 and 2010
    • St. Joseph Hospital, 2009 and 2011
    • Cardinal Nursing and Rehab, 2011
    • American Senior Communities All Staff Meeting, 2011