Elder and Disability Law

The practice of elder and disability law is multi-disciplinary, looking at housing needs, long-term care needs, financial needs, eligibility for public benefits, decision making in the event of incapacity and quality of life issues and personal preferences are part of the planning process.  Despite recent changes to laws placing more restrictions on planning options, with advanced planning, opportunities still exist to preserve and protect assets.

Elder and Disability Law services include:

  • Initial meeting with client and/or concerned family members to review issues and options.
  • Preparation of plan to best serve the client by preserving assets, maximizing benefits and providing for a positive quality of life.
  • Planning for incapacity including appointments of Guardians, Conservators, also Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies.
  • Preparation of estate planning documents for elders including wills, trusts (including irrevocable trusts), and aforementioned Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies.
  • Preparation of Special Needs Trusts to provide for persons with disabilities.
  • Long term care planning including planning for nursing home care.

Current Massachusetts Medicaid Numbers

Community Spouse Resource Allowance:

Maximum

$109,560.00

Resource Allowance for Individual:

 

$2,000.00

Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance:

Minimum

$1,750.00

 

Maximum

$2,739.00

Allowance for Personal Needs:

 

$72.80

Shelter Standard:

 

$514.00

Standard Utility Allowances:

Heat

$334.00

 

Non-Heating

$534.00

Divestment Penalty Divisor:

Daily

$267.00

 

Monthly

$8,010.00