Author Archives: Arthur Bergeron

About Arthur Bergeron

Art has been practicing law in Massachusetts for over 30 years. He focuses his practice on elder law, estate planning, probate and trust administration, and land use matters. Art counsels senior citizens and their loved ones regarding elder law and special needs planning, asset protection and Medicaid planning. He works with individuals in all areas of estate planning, including wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, health care proxies and living wills.

Nursing Home Alternatives During COVID-19

What is the alternative to being in a nursing home? That question is top of mind for many seniors now due to the high risk factors of the coronavirus, and the fact that the disease has become widespread within nursing … Continue reading

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The Impact of COVID-19: We Are in This Together

In these columns, I generally try to provide legal tips and advice regarding how you, as seniors, can plan to make your life easier and to be prepared for life’s inevitable emergencies. Well, here we are. We are all living … Continue reading

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Couples: 5 Reasons to Review Your Estate Plan

I see about 500 new individuals or couples every year to talk about their estate plan. Occasionally, I find couples who have done no planning at all. In the vast majority of cases, though, people have a plan. It just … Continue reading

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Upcoming Legal Clinic

Below is a listing for my upcoming elder law legal clinic.  Contact your local Council on Aging for more information and to register. If you miss a program, you may always watch them on your local cable access station or on … Continue reading

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The Circuit Breaker Tax Credit: A Reason to Possibly Look Forward to Filing Your Tax Return

It is tax season again. You may be dreading it, or figuring you can ignore it because your income is low enough, especially if most of your income comes from Social Security. But, here is a reason to look forward … Continue reading

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Does Your Power of Attorney Do What You Need it to Do?

Oftentimes at my elder law seminars I ask guests if they have a Durable Power of Attorney. Most people raise their hands. A Power of Attorney is needed to authorize someone to handle all your financial and legal affairs if … Continue reading

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Make a New Year’s Resolution: Follow Frank and Mary

Frank and Mary are the fictional couple to whom I refer in my elder law seminars. They have the same questions and concerns you and your loved ones have. They also have the same interest you have in making your … Continue reading

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This Season, Give Something Special and Ask for Something Special in Return

Every year around this time I like to remind people of some basic rules of giving: Gift Tax There is a cap (this year the number is $15,000) on the amount you may give to any one person in one … Continue reading

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Give Your Spouse a Final Gift: Asset Protection

I often meet with a recently widowed man or woman together with one or more of their children. Typically, I am asked how the surviving parent’s assets can be protected should he or she later need nursing home care. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Planning During the Last Year of Your Life

Thanks to modern technology and medical advances, the chances of detection of a chronic illness are much greater than they were say in the 1970s; the likelihood of living a bit longer and enjoying that extra time also outweighs that … Continue reading

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