MAGiC is proud to have a membership in excess of 175 from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Members include guardians and conservators, attorneys, social workers, long-term care and housing providers, court personnel, and others interested in ensuring that the appropriate level of quality substitute decision-making is applied consistently.
Why Should I become a member of MAGiC? In addition to the list below, you will find being a member of MAGiC helps keep you connected and offers a great resource. You will have access to our email listserv as well as several online tools and resources to help keep you up to date. Additional membership benefits include:
- Quarterly Journal (mailed)
- Standards of Practice
- Legal Affairs
- Annual Conference (discount to attend)
- Speakers and Seminars (at quarterly luncheons, free to members)
- Referral Source
- NGA Affiliation
The MAGiC Journal, a quarterly publication with a readership in excess of 350. This publication is an excellent source of news of the field as well as articles authored by local experts in such areas as Alzheimer's Disease, legal issues, specific conservatorship skills, complex financial management issues, and much more. Members receive the Journal free.
Network with other guardianship professionals at membership events including monthly breakfast meetings which are an excellent opportunity for seeking consultation on complex problems from one's peers. Conservators, attorneys, social workers, and any other interested members are invited to attend.
Standards of Practice
The development of the Standards of Practice includes a Conservatee Bill of Rights and a Conservator Code of Ethics. While not legislatively sanctioned, MAGiC expects its members to conduct their practice in compliance with the Standards. Other agencies have also adopted the Standards and expect their staff to abide by them. The Standards are distributed to all MAGiC members and copies are available to the general community.
Whether informing members and the community of changes in the law, submitting an Amicus Curie brief to the appellate court, being represented on ad hoc committees to address pertinent issues, or testifying to the Minnesota Legislature regarding proposed laws, MAGiC is a definite presence in the field of guardianship and conservatorship, and does not hesitate to get involved in legislative matters affecting its membership or vulnerable adults.
The Annual Conference allows participants to learn the newest information as well as brush up on older knowledge and skills, all while networking with others interested in similar issues. All interested professionals are invited to attend; MAGiC members receive a registration discount.
Speakers and Seminars
Speakers and seminars, held throughout the year, take the form of an educational session on topics such as "Selling Real Estate in the Context of Conservatorship," and "Grieving: Personal Work-Professional Challenge." Arranged for convenience to busy professionals, the meetings are generally held over the lunch hour, either as a brown-bag lunch or more often, with lunch provided by the site hosting the seminar.
The names of professional conservators and attorneys who are members of MAGiC are available to the public. While not an endorsement of these individuals, the community can be reassured that attorneys and conservators who are MAGiC members have committed to adhere to MAGiC's Standards of Practice and participate in a professional organization where there are opportunities for continuing education, peer consultation, expectations of how to conduct their practice, and community involvement, rather than isolation in their work.
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