Boston Massachusetts Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney
Welcome – My name is Michael McCarthy, and my law firm helps individuals and families living in Boston, Newburyport and on the North Shore of Massachusetts prepare and plan for issues associated with growing older, including estate planning through the utilization of wills, trusts and healthcare proxies, long-term care planning, applying to and qualifying for Medicaid benefits, protecting assets from Medicaid liens and probate.
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**And if you decide to enlist my help, I’ll meet with you where it’s convenient for you….unlike most attorneys who want you to come to their offices.
If you have found my website, I would guess you’re looking for information related to Elder Law and Estate Planning – and have questions, just like these:
- What legal strategies are available to protect my assets?
- How do I provide for my spouse if I need to go into a nursing home?
- Can I afford long-term care costs of a nursing home or an assisted living facility?
- Do I qualify for Medicaid?
- How do I apply for Medicaid?
- Will my retirement money last?
- How do I minimize any federal and state estate taxes?
- How do I ensure my financial and medical wishes are followed if I become incapacitated?
These are tough questions to face and many individuals would rather ignore the situation and not plan than face reality and take action preparing for their and their family’s future. I am here to help explain how the legal and health care systems work and assist you in navigating the confusing laws and regulations.
I understand my clients often enlist my help in very difficult and emotional periods, and I try and alleviate that stress and fear by explaining the entire process…and more importantly, how I can help.
I am glad you are here. You have taken the first critical step in assessing your situation and preparing for your family’s well-being. When you are ready, I will work closely with you to ensure that your assets are protected and preserved according to your specific circumstances and goals. I am committed to providing top quality legal services for all my clients.
So take a few minutes and review the areas I concentrate my practice in and that I can help you with. When you are ready to discuss your future, call me at 978.478.5400 or send me an email using the form to the right.
The decision to place a loved family member into a nursing home is a difficult one. While the biggest concern for families is obtaining the best care available, finances may be a very difficult obstacle to overcome with nursing homes in Massachusetts costing between $8,000-$12,000 per month. With such high costs for paying privately, many individuals will enroll in Medicaid, also known as MassHealth in Massachusetts, a federal and state program that covers an individual from the catastrophic costs of such care.
An attorney with knowledge and experience with the Medicaid application process can assist you with both qualifying for Medicaid as well as protecting your hard earned assets from the government to pass along to your heirs. I can help you with the process of applying to Medicaid.
I can help you plan for your family’s future by preparing a comprehensive estate plan that will pass along assets and property to your family upon your death. Each estate plan utilizes various documents and techniques depending upon the clients wishes, including wills, trusts, living wills, durable powers of attorney and healthcare proxies.
I can provide legal assistance in all probate matters and trust administration to you. I can determine whether property can be transferred by alternative means, thereby by-passing the probate process.
Guardianship and Conservatorship
My firm can provide legal assistance if a loved one becomes incapacitated, disabled, seriously ill or is no longer capable of making informed decisions, managing their finances or their daily affairs or caring for themselves. We can help request the court appoint a legal guardian or conservator for a loved family member or the estate of the individual. I can advise you regarding all aspects of the guardianship/conservatorship process.
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