“Help! My Minnesota Conservator is confusing!”
I hear this often from callers to Spence Legal.
MyMNConservator is Minnesota’s online conservatorship accounting program that allows (requires) conservators to file their inventory and annual accountings, which are required, electronically. While the MyMNConservator system has received national recognition, it is not free from complaints.
For the family (non-professional) conservator, MyMNConservator (“MMC”) is confusing. Heck, even for professional conservators (conservators for several non-family member clients), MyMNConservator can be challenging. I think part of what makes it so challenging is that each conservatorship is unique – in terms of assets, income and expenses. The categories offered by MMC don’t always cover the situation. Gathering and entering the appropriate data can be a challenge, particularly during the first year of the conservatorship, when the conservator is just getting used to the assets and expenses of the protected person. Many family conservators are “old school” themselves and do not have the knowledge or sophistication to use an online accounting program, even when there are tutorials, guides and a help line available. I often see family conservators in court explaining to the judge that they don’t even own a computer (really!) and they just want to file their accounting with pencil and paper. Unfortunately, Courts only grant requests to file conservatorship accountings on paper in extraordinary circumstances.
Spence Legal assists conservators with MyMNConservator (and its’ predecessor – CAMPER). If you need help with MyMNConservator, whether it’s creating an account, naming a designated agent, preparing an Inventory, entering accounting data or completing an annual or final account, please feel free to reach out to Cindi Spence at Spence Legal Services, (763) 682-2247.
MyMNConservator, which was scheduled to launch yesterday, has been delayed. It should be up and running after 4:00 p.m. today. The link to MyMNConservator can be found here.
Tomorrow is the big day for My Minnesota Conservator (MyMNConservator or MMC) to launch and replace the CAMPER electronic reporting system. The system promises to be much more user friendly. Patience will be required at the outset, as I am sure there will be some glitches and a learning curve. If you require the assistance of an attorney, please feel free to call Cindi A. Spence at Spence Legal Services at (763)682-2247.
What do you need to know to use MMC?**
- There will be tutorial videos for MMC available on You Tube.
- In order to use MMC you must first create an account. You need an email address to do this. This will be your log in for MyCourtMN, which will have additional features in the future.
- In order to register a case (a conservatorship file), you must enter the file number EXACTLY as it appears in MNCIS, with dashes included. If it is an older case, the last digits have to be six.
- You will need to then enter the anniversary reporting date. If you have already previously filed an annual account, your date will be the period end date on the last filed account. If you have not yet filed an inventory, it will be the date of the Letters of Conservatorship (which will be the date that the Letters are filed).
- You will have to manually fill out an Inventory – you cannot use a CSV.
- The assets from CAMPER were not able to transfer to MMC, so the first time you enter information about a case you will need to create a conversion inventory. You do this by using the assets and numbers from the last annual account.
- For personal property do not enter a value less than $500.
- If you want an attorney or other agent to help you with your accounting, you will need to designate her as a Designated Agent. This process is simpler in MMC – you do not need to fill out a form and send it in and wait for the Court to allow access anymore. Instead, there is a clickable area (a pencil) where you are able to add someone as your designated agent. The Designated Agent has a separate log in.
- Personal Well Being Reports must be filed with the court via paper (or e-file if that is available in your district), NOT through MMC.
Stay tuned for additional blog posts with tips and tricks for using MMC.
**MMC is a work in progress. The information in this blog post may change. If you have questions, consult with MMC at (763)279-0176
My Minnesota Conservator is now scheduled to officially launch on April 15, 2014. For details, see the announcement on the Minnesota Court website.
Of significance to current conservators:
- CAMPER will be completely offline from February 24 – February 28.
- After February 28th, CAMPER will be read only. You will not be able to edit, print or submit accounts during this period (from February 28 – April 15).
- Courts are being asked to extend deadlines for inventories and accounts based on this shut down period. You need to contact your local court and secure an extension – they are not automatic.
- When My Minnesota Conservator launches, you will need to create an account (you must have an email address to do so) and then create a “conversion inventory” with the numbers from the last accounting that you filed in CAMPER.
- Video training will be available for My Minnesota Conservator on April 15, 2014.
If you have questions on CAMPER or My Minnesota Conservator, contact Spence Legal Services
at (763) 682-2247.
The Judicial Branch recently announced that the launch of My Minnesota Conservator has, again, been delayed. Until it is launched, conservators should continue to use CAMPER to file their annual reports with the court. The judicial branch website has a link where you can subscribe to receive updates on the status of My Minnesota Conservator.