Archive | Legal Matters

Medicaid: Emphasizing the need to plan

By Linda T. Cammuso Nursing home care or the need for long-term-care services is among the most serious financial burden a senior will experience in his or her lifetime. In the United States, the average cost for nursing home care exceeds $70,000 annually — in fact some nursing facilities in Massachusetts cost well over $100,000. […]

Read the full story

Posted in Legal Matters0 Comments

Estate planning for non-traditional families

By Linda T. Cammuso The definition of the “typical family” has changed dramatically over the years. Non-traditional family scenarios are increasingly coming into existence, often later in one’s life. The types of families that we encounter today include second marriages in which one or both spouses have children from prior relationships — more commonly referred […]

Read the full story

Posted in Legal Matters0 Comments

Another important chapter in state’s probate code

By Linda T. Cammuso The new Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC) was signed into law several years ago and several important and significant changes took effect on Jan. 2. The new legislation is designed to simplify, streamline and clarify the probate process. In certain cases it will require less court supervision and estate resolution will […]

Read the full story

Posted in Legal Matters0 Comments

Helping families survive after a death or disability

By Linda T. Cammuso Death and taxes are certainties in life, we’ve all heard that. What you may not know is that the likelihood of becoming disabled is much greater than the likelihood of dying. Proper planning for either disability or death is one of the most thoughtful things you can do for your family. […]

Read the full story

Posted in Legal Matters0 Comments

Understanding the five year Medicaid look-back

By Cathleen Summers After acquiring a lifetime of assets, many seniors wish to transfer these assets to loved ones. Before doing so, it is well worth the time and effort to understand the basics of Medicaid (also called MassHealth here in Massachusetts) and the five-year look-back rule, which can be especially confusing. MassHealth is a […]

Read the full story

Posted in Legal Matters0 Comments

Estate planning: The right attorney uses a personal approach

By Linda T. Cammuso If you had a heart condition you would not see a general practitioner or go online to figure out your own treatment. You’d look for a heart specialist — one with extensive training and understanding of coronary heart disease to reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Similarly, if […]

Read the full story

Posted in Legal Matters0 Comments