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If You See Something, Say Something

One of my elder clients (we’ll call her Mary) called about two weeks ago. She had received a call from a caseworker at Springwell, one of the network of regional entities charged by the Commonwealth’s Office of Elder Services with … Continue reading

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Upcoming Legal Clinic

You can always qualify for MassHealth, even at the last minute, if you need nursing home care or a lot of care at home. In this seminar, I will explore how pooled trusts and annuities can help you qualify for … Continue reading

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Asset Protection for Single Seniors

This past spring I did a set of Council on Aging seminars on the legal issues single seniors face. If you are single, and you want your children or friends to avoid the time and expense of probate after you … Continue reading

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What do We have in Common with Scotland and Minnesota?

            Scotland and Minnesota have something in common, it turns out that they are among a handful of places where local governments are being encouraged by the state to develop “dementia-friendly communities.”   Dementia in Scotland, Winter 2014/15 – Issue 85 … Continue reading

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Benefits Planning with Income Tax Deductions

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Co-authored by Janet W. Moore This is the first of a series of blog posts on real-life situations that may apply to you and your family, where the solutions involve some combination of government benefits planning and tax planning. This … Continue reading

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My mother passed away in a nursing home in 1991.  Prior to going into the home, her dementia symptoms had grown progressively worse, but my father was at home taking care of her.  Then she fell, broke her hip, went … Continue reading



Before I came to Mirick O’Connell, I spent the previous 33 years as a solo practitioner in Marlborough, sharing office space in an old Victorian building with a lawyer 10 years older than me.  We first met when I came … Continue reading


What Elder Law Means to Me

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I attended a client’s funeral earlier this week.  About a month ago, I was at her home, where she signed some documents to adjust ownership of her assets and change her estate plan, so that her husband would be protected … Continue reading