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    Competence and Capacity

    Oftentimes, we must face the issue of whether an individual has the requisite legal competence and capacity to attend to his or her personal or financial affairs. From an Elder Law point of view, the issue of  competence...

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    Do You Need A Health Care Proxy?

    What is a Health Care Proxy? A health care proxy is a document whereby a person, referred to as the Principal, appoints another person, referred to as the Health Care Agent, to make medical decisions when the...

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    Do You Need A Power of Attorney?

    WHAT IS A POWER OF ATTORNEY? A Power of Attorney is a written document by which you give to another person the legal authority to manage your financial, personal, or other affairs. You are called the “Principal”...

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    Do You Need A Will?

    WHAT IS A WILL? A last will and testament is a written expression or declaration of a person’s mind or wishes as to the disposition of his or her property, to be performed or take effect after...

  • Don’t go broke in a Nursing Home

    1. Introduction: MassHealth is a public health insurance program for eligible low and medium income residents of Massachusetts. There are special eligibility rules for persons who need long-term-care services at a long-term-care facility (nursing home). Long term...

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    Durable Power of Attorney

    Pursuant to the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code A power of attorney is the grant of legal rights and powers by a person, the “principal,” to another, the “agent” or “attorney-in-fact”. Under common law, a power of attorney is...

  • Elder Law Overview

    Generally, Elder Law is comprised of the following components: Alternative Housing Choices, Retirement Income Issues, Estate Planning, Competency Issues (including Guardianship and Conservatorship), Insurance, and Government Assistance Programs. Fee Structure Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish. Legal services...

  • Guardianship in Massachsuetts

    Intro paragraph here PURSUANT TO THE MASSACHUSETTS UNIFORM PROBATE CODE 1. Introduction Some form of Guardianship Law has existed since the time of the Romans, and feudal England, or colonial America. But these early laws existed only...