Planning for Life

How Can You Help Your Aging Parents from a Distance?

10 Positive Effects of the Coronavirus

Sarah Hartline Gets MassHealth Transfer Penalty Overturned

The Coronavirus and Senior Living Facilities

How Long Must Lawyers Hold Original Wills?

It's Only Fair to Pay Caregivers Above the Table

What to Do About Medicare Observation Status

Divide Things, Not Families

5 Common MassHealth Myths & Misconceptions

Your 18-Year-Old Needs These 3 Documents

How Can Tangibles be Fairly Divided?

Court Rules MassHealth Must Return Annuity Payments

Should There Be a Tax on Just 2,000 Estates Each Year?

What You Need to Know about Special Needs Trusts and Taxes

3 Implications of the SECURE Act

You Can't Amend Your Trust by Post-It Note

What the SECURE Act is All About

Assisted Living Facilities Subject to Landlord-Tenant Law, SJC Rules

Assisted Living and Wishful Thinking

Inequality of Aging Baby Boomers to Create Huge Challenge for the U.S.

The Pernicious Unfairness of MassHealth Estate Recovery

The Ultimate Juggling Act: Working, Raising Children and Caring for Aging Parents

How Does MassHealth Calculate Life Estates?

You Don't Have to Be a Senior to be a Scam Victim

Aging 2.0 Conference in Boston Paints Challenging Picture for Hub Baby Boomers

Massachusetts Scores in Middle of Ranking of Best States for Aging

SNT vs. ABLE Account: Which Makes More Sense for You

Should Landlord-Tenant Laws Apply to Assisted Living Facilities?

Massachusetts Taxes Real Estate in Estates of Non-Residents

Now or Never, MassHealth to Close Door on Pooled Disability Trusts

5 Ways to Divide Tangible Property in an Estate

States Experiment on Long-Term Care, But Where's Massachusetts?

Have You Wondered What You Need to Do as Executor? A Website Provides the Answers

If You Haven't Saved Enough for Retirement, You're Not Alone, and It's Not Your Fault

Social Security Decisions Can Have a Major Impact on Your Benefits

Senior Tax Breaks: Boon or Ticking Bomb?

Is MassHealth Really a State Budget Buster?

7 Questions to Ask Regarding Your Vacation Home

8 Dos and 2 Don'ts for Serving as Trustee

6 Rules of Thumb in Choosing Your Agent Under Your Durable Power of Attorney

5 Reasons to Use a Pooled Trust for MassHealth

D'Agostino Wins MassHealth Trust Case

Timing is Everything: Don’t Wait Too Long to Sue Your Brother

Will the Vacation Home Keep the Family Together or Tear it Apart?

Should Seniors Downsize or Age in Place?

7 Ways to Divvy Up Your Stuff

What is the Standard for Incapacity to Sign a Legal Document?

Trustee Beware -- Fee Petition Turned Down

7 Reasons to Use a Professional Trustee

The Facts on Alzheimer's Disease and Other Forms of Dementia

4 Steps to Protect Your Digital Estate

Where Should You Live as You Age?

What Happens in Massachusetts if You Don't have a Health Care Proxy?

Lawyer for the Situation or for the Family

Don't Let the Perfect Plan Get in the Way of a Good One

How Much Should You Give to Charity? When? Which Charities?

When to Use an ABLE Account

Divorce-Created SNT Deemed Self-Settled for Creditor Purposes

SJC Rules Surviving Spouse Gets Life Estate in Real Estate

Court Faults "Arbitrary and Capricious" MassHealth Hearing Decision

6 Red Flags of Potential Undue Influence, and How to Respond

What's a Trustee to Do Without Guidance? Provide a Letter of Wishes

Beware the Use of Preprinted Probate Forms

5 Management Lessons from Bill Belichick

Don't Ask a Neuropsychologist About Legal Capacity

Benson and Margolis named Super Lawyers, Again

How Will We House an Aging Population?

Benson and D'Agostino Speak at ALCA - New England Conference

Maine to Vote on Universal Home Care Ballot Initiative

Older Couple Ordered to Complete Sale of Nahant Home Despite Claim of Incapacity

Strategies for a Full Life with Dementia

Why the Governor's Council Should be Abolished

Home Care Benefits and Risks

Russell, McTernan, McTernan & Fruci of Norwood, Merges with Margolis & Bloom

Can an On-Line Note Serve as a Will?

Bonazzoli Recommends Program for Dealing with Estate Planning Unknowns

Why Didn't Aretha Have a Will?

If You Live Part of the Year Out-of-State, Do You Need Estate Planning Documents for that State Too?

Why You Don't Need to Review Your Estate Plan Every Five Years (Unless You're Over 60)

Why Would Anyone Do Estate Planning? A Lot of Bang for the Buck

New Organization Supports Caring Policy and Documentary

New End-of-Life Resource in Massachusetts

MassHealth Held to Violate Notice Requirements in Trust Cases

USEFUL TOOL: Pre-Guardianship Checklist

Caregivers Overwhelmed, Survey Reports

John Oliver Explains Guardianship

Does Contested Language Create a Life Estate in Land?

MassHealth Permitted Late Intervention in Personal Injury Case

What's It Like to Meet with an Attorney to Do Your Estate Plan?

Bloom and Margolies, No That's Not a Typo

Globe Reports on Young Man Stung By Social Security System

Brookline Nursing Home Subject to 93A Claim

M&B Attorneys Win Two MassHealth Trust Hearings

Should You Engage in Massachusetts Estate Tax Planning?

Managing Risk for Unpredictable Events

MassHealth Denial in Trust Case Overturned

Why We Don't Plan: Prunes

Why Are Lawyers So Expensive?

Why Most Married Nursing Home Residents Can Get MassHealth Coverage

Is Demography Destiny?

How Many Agents Do You Have?

Be Nice to Your Beneficiaries, or Don't Be Their Trustee

Patricia C. D’Agostino Becomes Partner

Another Reason to Support the Estate Tax

What Do You Do When the Bank is Unreasonable?

What's In the New Tax Law?

Should My Financial Planner Be a CFP, CLU, or a What?

The Estate Tax: Going, Going, Gone?

Can You Name More Than One Person on a Health Care Proxy?

What Happens If Your Trustee Can't Serve?

What Would the House Tax Bill Mean for Seniors?

Assisted Living Facilities Are Subject to Landlord Tenant Law

Risking Old Age in America

Accounting Firm Gets into the Practice of Law: Is this the Future for the Legal Profession?

7 Reasons to Create a Family Protection Trust, and 4 Not To

If Your Trust Isn't Working, Don't Recant, Decant

Should My Lawyer Be a Member of NAEPC, AAEPA, ACTEC, NAELA, etc.?

Are You Aging Wisely? Advice From Those Walking the Path

Why Are Legal Documents So Long?

Where's Your Dog? The Answer Might Affect Your Estate Taxes

MassHealth Planning is Not for Everyone

Is Medicaid Planning Ethical?

Florida Governor Vetoes Electronic Will Act

Senate to Poor, Disabled and Elderly: You're On Your Own

Trump-Ryan-McConnell Plan Takes Aim at Your Parents, and You

Making Charitable Contributions from Your IRA

SJC Rejects MassHealth "Availability" Doctrine

7 Solutions If You Transferred Assets Within 5 Years of Moving to a Nursing Home

Who Should Build a Wall? Mexican Life Expectancy to Equal that in the US by 2030

Appeals Court Confirms Use of POAs in Life Estate Deeds

7 Reasons You Should Consider A QTIP Trust

A Different Approach to Estate Planning

5 Reasons to Use a Lawyer for MassHealth Planning

2 Reasons Surviving Spouses Should File Federal Estate Tax Returns: Portability and Capital Gains

Parenting a Child on the Autism Spectrum: A Curious Incident

Managing Stress Can Save a Caregivers Life

Deconstructing Conflict: Understanding Family Business, Shared Wealth and Power

Reminder: There is No Such Thing as a Medicare "Improvement" Standard

What Happens if Your Lawyer Doesn't Retire?

Trump Tax Plan May Discourage Charitable Deductions

The IEP/BSEA Hearing Process and Pitfalls for Clinicians Working with Special Needs Children

Questions & Answers on Protecting the Family Home

Beware the Mass Estate Tax at the Threshold

Is Your Financial Advisor a Fiduciary?

MassHealth Seeking to Limit Use of Pooled Trusts

Major Change to Eligibility Criteria for Home and Community Based Services Waiver

How LTCI Companies Shoot Themselves in the Foot

Probate Court Upholds Beneficiary Designation: Attorney-in-fact Executed Documents for Her Own Benefit

New Law Adds to Hospital Discharge Protections

Grandfather May Intervene in Granddaughter's Guardianship

Congress Passes Special Needs Fairness Act

Announcing the Creation of the Trump Policy Analysis Group Focusing on Older Americans and Individuals with Special Needs

Benson, Bloom and Margolis are (Still) Super Lawyers

Is Anyone Entitled to an Inheritance?

What Does a Trump Presidency Mean to Estate and Long-Term Care Planning?

The Massachusetts Estate Tax on Out-of-State Real Estate: Conflict, Quandary, and New Court Ruling

Explaining the Inexplicable: Massachusetts Estate Tax and Gifting

Demented Patient Liable for Injuries He Causes

Is Your Trust Subject to Massachusetts Income Tax?

Avoiding Massachusetts Taxes: So You Want  to Move to Florida?

Case Illustrates, but Rejects, Doctrine of Merger in Trust Law

What's a Trust and Why are There So Many Different Kinds?

MassHealth Planning and Real Estate

Using Annuities in MassHealth Planning for Nursing Home Residents

5 Essential Estate Planning Documents and Why They Matter To You

What does it mean to be an agent under a durable power of attorney?

Are You Saving to Leave an Inheritance? Why?

Who Should Get Your Stuff When You Die? And Who Should Decide?

Massachusetts SJC Overturns Pfannenstiehl, Affirming Use of Asset Protection Trusts

So You've Been Appointed Trustee, Now What?

10 Reasons to Review Your Estate Plan

Franklin Institute in PA has Egg on its Face in Disability Lawsuit

To Live Really Long, Be Female and Japanese

Get On It! The Centralized Section 8 Waiting List

Beware Your Old Bypass Trust

Little-Known Social Security Benefit for Parents of Disabled Children

See the US Population Age Before Your Eyes

The Future of Law According to LegalZoom

The Caregiver's Path to Compassionate Decision Making

Favorable Decision from Appeals Court on Irrevocable Trusts

5 Rules You Need to Know About the Tax on Capital Gains

5 Things You Should Expect from Your Attorney

10 Steps You Can Take to Avoid Elder Financial Abuse

8 More Ways to Protect Your Home from MassHealth Estate Recovery: Part 2

What's Wrong with LegalZoom and RocketLawyer?

Court Rejects Income-Only Trust Created by MassHealth Applicant

11 Nursing Homes to Avoid?

4 Ways to Protect Your House from MassHealth Estate Recovery: Part 1

Does an Annuity Make Sense for Retirement Planning?

Organ Donation Saves Lives - Massachusetts

How to Fleece an Estate . . . or Giving Lawyers a Bad Name

5@55: The Essential Estate Planning Documents

Does Pfannenstiehl Case Undermine Asset Protection in Massachusetts?

Why We Should Keep Baby Boomers on the Job

Steinberg Laments Lack of Wheelchair Access in Boston

10 Questions to Ask an Elder Law Attorney

Supplemental Needs Trusts: Do They Need a Separate Tax ID?

5 Tips on Hiring a Lawyer

How Should Fees for Estate Planning Be Set?

4 Models for Attorney-Client Advising

Barreira Provides Guidance on MassHealth Appeals

Assisted Living Keeps Growing in Massachusetts

Using Immediate Annuities in MassHealth Planning for Single Nursing Home Residents

Immediate Annuities in MassHealth Planning for Married Couples

7 Decisions to Make for Your Durable Power of Attorney

If You're a Super Lawyer, Where's Your Cape?

The MassHealth PCA Program Can Pay Sons and Daughters to Care for Parents

Is a Probate Proceeding Always Required After Someone Dies?

How Pushy Should Attorneys Be?

5 Reasons Why Disinheritance is Not a Viable Option for Special Needs Planning

How to Protect an Inherited IRA

How Much Does MassHealth Pay Nursing Homes?

How to Tailor Your Asset Protection Trust

What is a Trust Protector and Should You Have One?

MassHealth Trust Database Online

6 Questions to Ask When You've Been Invited to be Trustee

What should a Trustee to Do? Providing Guidance

Should You Use a Lawyer or LegalZoom for Your Estate Plan?

MassHealth Appeal Denied as Form Defeats Function

Is an Inherited IRA Protected from Creditors? No!

Will MassHealth Take My House? Asset protection in Massachusetts

7 Issues to Consider When Choosing a Trustee

A Short Introduction to Special Needs Planning

The 3 Pitfalls of Joint Ownership for Estate Planning

Michelle Singletary Makes Plea for Durable Powers of Attorney

Beware Beneficiary Designations - Massachusetts Estate Planning

Massachusetts Nursing Home Case Barred by Statute of Limitations

Millionaires on Medicaid? - Massachusetts

Considerations in Making Gifts to Your Grandchildren - Massachusetts

How Should Lawyers Charge? -- Massachusetts

5 Questions to Ask Before Making Gifts for MassHealth or Tax Planning

Cure vs. Care: The Whacked Out World of Medicare Reimbursement

Is My MassHealth Asset Protection Trust Still Good? - Massachusetts

9 (Potential) Problems with Your Trust - Massachusetts

Nursing Homes are Not the Enemy - Massachusetts

Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate? - Massachusetts

LTCI - MassHealth Issues Clarified

How Much Do You Need to Retire? — Massachusetts

Attorney Could Have Prevented Undue Influence

Who Should You Choose as Trustee of a Special Needs Trust?

"Special" or "Supplemental" Needs Trusts? - Massachusetts

Case Raises Serious Issues About Special Needs Trustees

How Not to Settle a Personal Injury Lawsuit

How Many Agents Should You Name on Your Durable Power of Attorney?

How Can I Protect My House from MassHealth?

Beware Engaging Banks as Executors - Massachusetts

What Taxes do Trusts Pay?

MassHealth Programs are Available to Help with the Cost of Care at Home

How Good is Your Durable Power of Attorney? - Massachusetts

Decanting: When is a Trust Like a Bottle of Wine? - Massachusetts

Promissory Notes and Medicaid Planning - Massachusetts

Buy Long-Term Care Insurance with Long Elimination Period

Life Estate Owners: Beware Solvency of Remaindermen - Massachusetts

Should You Prepare a MassHealth Application Yourself? - Massachusetts

Pay Your Mom's Nursing Home Bill or Go to Jail - Massachusetts

Nursing Home Enforces Doctrine of Necessaries -- Massachusetts

Estate Planning Attorneys Beware -- Massachusetts

How to Avoid Problems as a Trustee - Massachusetts

All Senior Marriages Need Prenuptial Agreements

Maguire Decision Limits MassHealth Caretaker Child Exception

What's the Difference Between "Supplemental" and "Special" Needs Trusts? - Massachusetts

Beware Too Specific Language in Special Needs Trusts - Massachusetts

5 Issues to Consider When Creating a Special Needs Trust - Massachusetts

What Can Jim Morrison’s Simple Will Teach Us About Estate Planning?

What is a Life Estate and Why Would You Want One? - Massachusetts

Beware Bankers Life Long-Term Care Insurance - Massachusetts

The Rules in Massachusetts if You Don't Have a Will

In Massachusetts, Can I Get Help with the Cost of Caring for My Parent at Home?

The Descendants Illustrates an Estate Planning Riddle - The Rule Against Perpetuities

5 Rules You Need to Know About MassHealth Nursing Home Eligibility

Check the Language in Your Special Needs Trust

Is Guardianship Necessary When a Child with Special Needs Turns 18?

What Does "Maintenance, Comfort and Support" in a Trust Really Mean?

What to Do About Dueling Powers of Attorney

Should Your Durable Power of Attorney be "Springing"

Does a Health Care Proxy Trump Guardianship

Is a General Assignment Sufficient to Fund a Revocable Trust?

Will Debt Forgiveness in a Will Work?

Should You Have to Spend Down for MassHealth Coverage?

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