Practice Areas




Elder Law

Joanne has counseled elders and their families for many years. Her goal is to ensure the highest quality of life for individuals by assisting them with their legal, medical financial social and family issues.

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Guardianships and Conservatorships

A Guardianship may be appropriate when a person is not able to make informed decisions regarding his or her health or personal matters. In some cases, extraordinary authority which can only be granted by the Court may be necessary, such as administering anti-psychotic medications or ordering certain medical procedures, like a "Do Not Resuscitate" order. If a person only needs assistance with his or her finances, a conservatorship may be appropriate. Guardianships and conservatorships may be obtained on an emergency basis if warranted.

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Special Needs and Supplemental Needs Trusts/Disability Issues

Among the many challenges facing parents of children with special needs is planning for the time when the parents will no longer be around to fill the role of primary caregivers. Special Needs and Supplemental Needs Trust (SNTs) may be used to retain assets in order to improve a disabled person's quality of life without disqualifying them from public benefits they receive and depend upon, such as Social Security or MassHealth. It is important to work with counsel who are familiar with this area of the law with planning.

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Probate Administration

After the passing of a loved one, you may be nominated or appointed as a personal representative of their estate. The probate process involves many duties and responsibilities, and usually takes several months to complete. The process can be complex and is often confusing to fiduciaries. It is important to seek legal counsel whenever such an appointment is required.

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