Boston Elder Law Firm
Pabian & Russell's elder law attorneys and staff specialize in helping seniors and disabled individuals and their families protect themselves, their assets, and plan for the future. We understand the complex issues facing older or disabled clients and their families. Our elder care lawyers will help you navigate complicated government bureaucracies to ensure you receive all of the benefits to which you are entitled. We also work closely with you to develop a plan that will help protect you, your family and your hard-earned assets from the high cost of long-term care.
As an elder care attorney, I often work with families facing a crisis. It can be heartbreaking for a spouse to have to place their husband or wife in a nursing home. I feel a great responsibility sharing these moments with my clients, and I take care to clearly explain the law so they understand their rights and feel comfortable that they have all the information they need to make the best decision for their family.
Steven M. Cohen
Pabian & Russell Elder Law Attorney
Our elder care lawyers understand that life changes quickly, and Pabian & Russell, a leading Boston Law Firm, stands ready to work with seniors and families facing a crisis. We’re committed to responding quickly and efficiently to legal and financial challenges. Our goal is to provide expert guidance and support in elder care law so you can make informed decisions about how best to protect yourself and your loved ones.
What is Elder Law?
Elder law is a broad area of legal practice that addresses the specialized legal concerns of seniors and disabled individuals of all ages. Pabian & Russell's elder law attorneys are members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Our services include:
- Medicaid Planning
- Asset Protection
- Guardianships & Conservatorships
- Supplemental Needs Trusts (also known as Special Needs Trusts)
- Health Care Proxies, Advanced Directives & Durable Powers of Attorney
- Wills & Trusts
- Nursing Home Resident Rights
- Probate Matters
- Life Care Planning
Medicaid Planning and Asset Protection
Careful Medicaid and asset protection planning helps preserve and protect assets from the high cost of long-term care. Our Elder Care Law Attorneys, Boston MA, are experts in Medicaid laws and eligibility, and assist you in developing asset transfer strategies that help protect your home, your spouse, and your family.
Guardianships and Conservatorships
Guardianships and conservatorships are legal relationships established by the probate court whereby an individual (the guardian or conservator) is given responsibility for making decisions for another (the ward). Guardians have authority over personal and medical decisions, while conservators are given authority over financial decisions.
Supplemental Needs Trusts
Supplemental needs trusts (also known as special needs trusts) enable families to leave money and other assets to disabled dependants without jeopardizing the government benefits such as Medicaid, supplemental security income (SSI) or public housing to which those individuals may be entitled.
Health Care Proxies, Advanced Directives & Durable Powers of Attorney
These important legal documents help protect you in the event you become incapacitated and unable to make decisions for yourself. Pabian & Russell's elder care attorney will help you create the necessary documents to ensure that your wishes are respected regarding your finances and medical choices if you cannot speak for yourself. Advanced directives or "living wills" carefully document your medical wishes if you become gravely ill, and will relieve your family of the burden of making difficult end of life decisions on your behalf.
Wills and Trusts
Our elder care law attorneys are available to help you review and revise your existing estate planning documents, implement cost-effective strategies to protect your interests and your assets, and minimize estate taxes for future generations. A carefully drafted last will and testament ensures your assets will transfer according to your wishes, and avoid family discord and costly disputes. There are also a variety of trust strategies available to provide asset protection from the costs of long-term care, minimize estate and gift taxes, and help you pass more of your wealth on to your heirs and beneficiaries.
Nursing Home Resident Rights
Nursing home residents are granted specific rights under federal and state law including rights addressing medical care and respect, services and fees, privacy, and money management. Pabian & Russell's elder care law attorneys clearly explain your or your loved one's rights, and we stand ready to protect and defend your interests.
Our attorneys represent personal representatives (formerly known as executors), and individuals and families in a wide range of estate and probate matters including will contests, fiduciary disputes and equity matters.
Life Care Planning
Pabian & Russell LLC, an elder law firm, is committed to helping individuals and families manage the challenges of aging, chronic illness and disability.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced elder law attorneys.