Robert Chesley

Robert Chesley

Attorney at Law


Bob has practiced law for over thirty years. He is currently a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Elder Law Section and Probate and Trust Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA). His areas of practice are:


  • Nursing Home Planning/Medical Assistance
  • Probate
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships


  • Wills
  • Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Directive
  • Supplemental Needs Trusts
  • Special Needs Trusts


Special Needs Trust (see below)

As a Mankato estate planning lawyer, his practice includes disability planning and nursing home planning. He helps clients qualify for government programs, such as Medical Assistance, Elderly Waiver, and Alternative Care. He works with Special Needs Trusts, Wills, Trusts, Estates, Powers of Attorney, Life Estates, and Health Care Directives. Bob is a lecturer at Minnesota Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminars on Medical Assistance. Community involvement is important to Bob. He has served on several committees including being an officer for the Mankato YMCA. Bob is also a past president of the Sixth District Bar Association.


Bob Chelsey and Ruth Harvey worked together to secure a sizeable settlement for a client on medical Assistance. They also protected the proceeds with a Special Needs Trust. The trust was challenged by the Department of Human Services, but Bob was able to protect the trust in court. This was part of a workers’ compensation case. The outcome was an improved quality of life for the client in that she is now able to get an increased amount of care at a much better quality in a nursing home while still qualifying for Medical Assistance. She has access to frequent baths and was able to be moved to a larger room with an accessible bathroom.

The client also has cable TV and receives personal services such as hair washings and stylings. Although she was unable to take her dog to the nursing home, her dog is able to visit her. The care for her dog is funded by her trust.

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