VanderVeen Elder and Special Needs Law
Jennifer L. VanderVeen, CELA, Fellow, CAP

245 W Edison Rd
Ste 120
Mishawaka, IN 46545-8305

Additional Locations

Extra Locations
21550 Shore Acres Rd Cassopolis, MI 49031
230 N Main, Ste 3 Elkhart, IN 46516

Author Of

Special Needs Planning: Updates & Practice TipsThis session will cover practice and tax planning tips for drafting first and third-party SNTs; utilizing ABLE accounts, and pending changes in the law.
Call for Board Nominations: As a Member of the NAELA Board of Directors, You Can Make a DifferenceOn behalf of the NAELA Nominating Committee, I invite you to consider serving on the Academy’s Board of Directors, or consider nominating a colleague. Nominations must be received no later than October 9, 2020.
President's Message: NAELA Leading the WayLast year, as the issue of NAELA News highlighting my presidency came out, a colleague sent me a message saying how great it was to see women in leadership positions serving as role models for younger attorneys.
Basics Of Video ConferencingMeeting with clients is more challenging now. You can set yourself up to provide remote client meetings, keeping your clients from having to leave their home to meet with you. Many businesses, including NAELA, use Zoom for remote meetings. If your clients are technically savvy, you can share your screen as well has have your laptop camera include you in the screen share. If your client isn't up for that, this also provides you with a way to have a conference call with multiple users in multiple locations, which would be useful to loop in other employees and your client's loved ones.
Basics Of Remote Phone ManagementManaging office work is challenging now and one issue is how to set your office phones up while working remotely. How do you keep yourself connected to your clients without having to give out your cell or home phone number. This was offered as a live call to discuss ideas and options.

Professional Information

About the Practice
VanderVeen Elder Law was founded on the idea that there are different ways than the traditional law firm to deliver our assistance and expertise to those who need it. Jennifer's own creative thinking and love of just talking out a problem until a solution appears has led to a technology focused client experience with the goal of keeping clients informed about their case and explaining complicated concepts as easily as possible. Her goal is to take the stress out of estate planning and to use her knowledge and experience make Medicaid planning and application process as smooth as possible.
Professional Biography
Jennifer VanderVeen is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and has been Board Certified as Trust and Estate Lawyer by the Trust & Estate Specialty Board of the Indiana Bar Association. She is a member of the Elder Law sections of both the Indiana and Michigan state bars, and she has been serving clients with special needs in both states for more than 20 years. She is accredited by the Veteran’s Administration to practice before the VA. In her spare time, she authored the 2nd edition of Elder Law: Advocacy for the Aging, published by Thomson Reuters, writes the case summaries for the NAELA EBulletin, crochets, travels and regularly serves as an adjunct professor of Law in the Elder Law LL.M. program at Stetson University College of Law.

Chapter Membership

Indiana Chapter
Michigan Chapter


Council of Advanced Practitioners
Medicare Medicaid and Health Care Section Membership
Practice Development Practice Management Membership
Tax Section Membership
Trust and Special Needs Trusts Section Membership
This virtual program, spread over three half-days, will be a very fast-paced review of the key components of the Social Security program, including the eligibility requirements for all benefits. 

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