How an Elder Law Attorney Can Help You

An elder law attorney focuses on the legal needs of seniors. As an elder law firm in Massachusetts, we work with a variety of legal tools and techniques that specifically meet the goals and objectives of our older clients. What can an elder law attorney do for you? We have the expertise and knowledge to…

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How Seniors Can Make It Easier on Their Kids

As a senior, you can help make things a lot easier on your adult children by doing the proper estate planning. Without this planning, the added burden of trying to figure out how to handle difficult situations at the last minute will likely fall on your children. So, what does the plan entail? Prepare for…

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6 Reasons to Call an Elder Law Attorney

Elder law attorneys specialize in helping seniors with a variety of legal issues. Elder law became a specialty in the 1980s when seniors were facing complicated legal issues like qualifying for Medicaid (currently known as MassHealth in Massachusetts). Hiring an elder law attorney, also known as an elder care attorney, is a key step to…

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Estate Planning for Snowbirds

As some Massachusetts residents get older, they choose to avoid the cold New England weather and reside in a warmer climate during part of the year. What does that mean for your estate planning? First you need to determine what your actual state of legal residency will be. Some factors used to determine residency include…

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What is the Medicaid/MassHealth Look-Back Period?

MassHealth (Medicaid in Massachusetts) is a joint federal/state program that assists individuals with payment of long-term care and other medical costs. MassHealth is designed to pay for long-term care once a person’s funds and assets are extremely limited. To be considered eligible for MassHealth, applicants must meet very strict guidelines in regard to their countable…

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5 Legal Steps to Take When Facing Dementia

Over 5.5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2017. This included an estimated 5.3 million people age 65 and older and approximately 200,000 individuals under age 65. And Alzheimer’s disease is just one form of dementia. It’s important to create a plan when you’re in the early stage of dementia. It will help…

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What Assets and Income Count Toward MassHealth Eligibility?

To qualify for MassHealth benefits, seniors (age 65 or older) must meet strict financial eligibility requirements, including both a limit on countable assets as well as income. If you’re married and live with your spouse, both of your incomes and assets count in deciding if  you can get MassHealth. Countable income includes: Wages, salary, tips, commissions (before deductions) Self-employment…

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