We at The Law Offices of Jeremy W. Howe, Ltd. are dedicated and experienced Rhode Island and Massachusetts Estate Planning, Elder Law and Divorce Attorneys in the following practice areas:
- We represent clients with all of their Rhode Island Divorce and Family Law cases. We have drafted hundreds of pension and 401k division documents (Qualified Domestic Relations Orders or “QDROS”) for other attorneys and their clients. We have also spoken on behalf of the Rhode Island Bar Association and other groups such as the Rhode Island Family Court - Inn of Court, to educate divorce and family law attorneys regarding the special knowledge required to represent Military members and their spouses effectively.
- We represent clients and their families and frequently lecture on Estate Planning, Elder Law, Special Needs Planning, Wills, Trusts, and Estates in Rhode Island. We now serve Massachusetts Clients in these practice areas as well.
- Jeremy Howe, Esq. and Nancy Johnson-Gallagher, LICSW are Rhode Island Mediators operating under the name of "Partners in Mediation". Nancy and Jeremy have been mediating together for more than fifteen years with emphasis on Divorce Mediation, Family Mediation, and Elder Law Mediation.
Our family would like to extend our sincere heartfelt thanks to Chad Nelson and the Law Office Team at Jeremy W. Howe for their legal expertise and expeditious services. We were unaware of a significant change in the law scheduled to occur as we were overcome with grief due to my father’s untimely terminal illness. Had Chad not brought this change in the law to our attention and expedited the legal process including several trips to the nursing home to work with my father we could have lost our family home. When you are dealing with the care of a terminally ill family member, having a legal team that is knowledgeable in elder care and expeditious is of utmost importance. For our family it gave us the peace of mind to focus what little time we had left on caring for my Dad. It also gave my father the peace of mind knowing that my mom was in good hands and all legal matters taken care of! Forever Grateful; The Family of Robert D. Silvia Sr.
Case: A client was referred to our office by an attorney. Her case was regarding a parcel of real estate owned by five brothers and sisters who were heirs to their mother’s estate. The property was about to be lost at a tax sale, there was no organization to their “family partnership” and little family communication at all. Results: We guided the family through a redemption of the tax sale, probated their mother’s estate, leased the property to a church group with an option to purchase the property which eventually led to a sale of the building and we ran the family partnership during this long process. Testimonial: After concluding the transaction and distributing the net proceeds to the brothers and sisters our client wrote the following: “Our hearts thank you” said the card to which she added: For your sincere, honest, heartfelt help with our family problems. Without your help we could not have worked things out. Then she added a blessing to Jeremy, to the office and to his family."
"I will continue to utilize their services in domestic proceedings as they provide prompt and efficient preparation and processing of QDROs and they are always accessible to address any of my questions and those of the client."
We Guided the Family Through Redemption of the Tax Sale, Probated the Mother’s Estate and Leased the Property.
Case: A client was referred to our office by an attorney. Her case was regarding a parcel of real estate owned by five brothers and sisters who were heirs to their mother’s estate. The property was about to be lost at a tax sale, there was no organization to their “family partnership” and little family...[more]
Case: Hired by an ex-wife who was owed a substantial amount of child support. The ex- Husband did not have the income or assets to pay her what she was owed, but he did have a substantial interest in a 401(k). Result: We were able to draft a QDRO for child support so she could...[more]
Case: We assisted an attorney at Rhode Island Legal Services to draft appropriate orders to protect the Wife, as much as possible, in a military divorce when the concern was that there were child support orders for the Husband’s illegitimate children already in effect. The children were born after the parties separated, but before the...[more]
Case: Hired by the Wife to complete the QDRO due to the fact her now ex-husband died before reaching retirement. The original QDRO that had been presented to the company was rejected and a final, revised version was never submitted by the original attorney before the Husband passed away. Result: We consulted with the original...[more]
Very soon, the Congressional House Ways and Means Committee will vote on a repeal of the federal estate and gift tax. If the measure gets through the committee, it would then move on to a full vote in Congress, before being decided upon by the Senate. Currently, the federal estate and gift tax threshold is...[more]
SPECIAL NEEDS TRUSTS FOR PERSONAL INJURY AWARDS For persons entitled to large personal injury awards, settlements or proceeds from other legal claims, payment made directly to the claimant can be problematic when the claimant is already receiving certain needs-based public benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid. Where a person is already receiving...[more]
Our Amazingly Plastic Brains Mental and physical exercise can keep the brain fit and help it recover capacities lost to disease and traumaFebruary 9, 2015
We hope that our clients can live full, happy and healthy lives and that they will follow the excellent mental and physical health suggestions contained in this interesting article. But we are surprised at how many clients (and their children) come to us after dementia has “set in” and how often we are asked to...[more]
We’d like to bring to your attention two recent articles from Elder Law Answers highlighting issues in elder law and estate planning that should be on everyone’s radar. The first article concerns President Obama’s recent State of the Union speech, in which he outlined his desire to make the tax-code more “progressive”. Part of his...[more]