Estate Planning

Our attorneys provide individuals and families with sophisticated advice on a wide variety of estate planning and wealth transfer issues. In each case, we tailor our estate planning solutions to address the particular needs of the individual or family. 

The clients we represent come from a variety of backgrounds: from principals of closely-held businesses facing succession and liquidity planning issues to executives at public companies, from families just starting out and concerned about guardianship issues to families with mature children and concerns about aging parents, from single-parent families to same-sex-parent families, and from families faced with nursing home and health care issues to families with a non-citizen spouse facing sophisticated international and federal estate tax issues.

Practice Chair

Tracy A. Craig

Tracy A. Craig
Partner

Arthur P. Bergeron

Arthur P. Bergeron
Of Counsel

Emily L. Crim

Emily L. Crim
Associate

Allen J. Falke

Allen J. Falke
Of Counsel

Leah A. Kofos

Leah A. Kofos
Associate

Janet W. Moore

Janet W. Moore
Partner

Lisa M. Neeley

Lisa M. Neeley
Partner

Tara J. Cushing

Tara J. Cushing
Paralegal

Amy L. McIntyre

Amy L. McIntyre
Paralegal

Free Estate Planning Clinic for Low-Income Veterans

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Joint Ownership: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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Even Your Pet Needs an Estate Plan

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Lisa Neeley Quoted in MLW, "Bar wary even after SJC rules against agency"

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SJC rules in favor of Lisa Neeley in Nadeau v. Director of Medicaid

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Lisa Neeley to present "Current Trends in MassHealth and Estate Recovery Litigation" at the January EBPC of Worcester County Dinner

01/30/2020[ read full story ]

Lisa Neeley to present "The Basics and Current Trends in Estate Recovery" at NAELA's January MA Chapter Meeting

01/29/2020[ read full story ]

5 Ways to Incorporate Charitable Giving into Your Estate Plan

03/02/2020[ read full story ]

Tracy Craig authors Kiplinger article, "Should You Give Your House Away?"

06/12/2018[ read full story ]

Trusts and Estates Newsletter - Spring 2018

06/01/2018[ read full story ]

Tracy Craig authors Kiplinger article, "Is Estate Planning Now Dead?"

05/01/2018[ read full story ]

"Limiting State Medicaid Agency Attempts to Expand the Any Circumstances Test: An Analysis of MA Multiyear Legal Battle Over the Use of Irrevocable Trusts in Long-Term Care Planning" by Lisa Neeley

04/18/2017[ read full story ]

Representative Matters

  • Advised clients concerning gift, estate and generation-skipping tax planning 
  • Drafted estate planning documents including wills, durable powers of attorney, health care proxies, revocable living trusts, and homestead declarations 
  • Drafted irrevocable trusts, including life insurance trusts, family gifting trusts and marital deduction lifetime QTIP trusts 
  • Advised clients concerning asset protection issues 
  • Implemented sophisticated leveraged gifting transactions including qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, intentionally defective grantor trusts and family limited liability companies 
  • Implemented charitable gifts including the formation and operation of private foundations and gifts to charitable split-interest trusts, such as charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trusts 
  • Created public charities 
  • Advised clients concerning elder and disability law issues, including asset preservation and Medicaid qualification 
  • Implemented special needs trusts, supplemental needs trusts, irrevocable income-only trusts and private annuities 
  • Prepared estate, fiduciary income tax, estate tax and gift tax returns 
  • Represented clients in tax matters before the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue 

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 …

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THE APRIL 15TH REPRIEVE

The Treasury Department recently announced that certain taxpayers will have an extra three months to pay income taxes that would otherwise be due on April 15, 2020, for the tax year 2019. This extension of time to pay is solely for …

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THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS: CHANGES TO LONG-TERM CARE AND ESTATE PLANNING

Over the past few weeks, our country has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. For seniors and those with disabilities, this health crisis is particularly challenging and scary. Recently, there have been changes to the Medicaid program and guidance …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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