The Law Office of Jeremy W. Howe - Divorce - Elder Law


The Rhode Island Divorce Attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeremy W. Howe, Ltd. handle cases in all areas of family law including divorce, child custody, child support, mediation, military family law, legal separations, same-sex agreements and much more. We understand the importance of aggressive legal strategies balanced with compassion in family law matters. Contact one of our Newport Rhode Island Divorce Lawyers today... learn more


The Rhode Island Pension and Retirement Law Attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeremy W. Howe, Ltd. are well versed in domestic relations orders, qualified domestic relations orders (QDRO), Military Pension Orders, Federal Employees Retirement System (COAPs)and much more. As the framework of retirement changes so do the legal guidelines associated with retirement and pensions. Contact one of our QDRO Attorneys today... learn more


The Rhode Island Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeremy W. Howe, Ltd. handle every aspect of Estate Planning and Elder Law including wills and trusts, durable power of attorney, estate planning, guardianship, medicaid planning, mediation, estate administration, charitable giving, and probate. Contact one of our Rhode Island Elder Law Lawyers today!... learn more


The Rhode Island Mediators at Partners in Mediation at The Law Offices of Jeremy W. Howe, Ltd. do Family Law Mediation, Family Court Arbitration, Elder Law Mediation, Superior Court Mediation and Arbitration, and Pension Mediation. Mediation is a cooperative and creative process in which both parties can create their own mutual settlement. If you need Mediation in Rhode Island call Partners in Mediation today... learn more

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.
We have served clients in all counties of Rhode Island for more than 40 years and we now serve our clients in Southeastern Massachusetts. Our offices are located in Newport, Rhode Island and in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. We also make "House Calls" in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Disclaimer

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.

“Kristy went above and beyond to help me with my military QDRO. She is very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions.” -Anonymous

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."

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Special Needs Trust / Guardianship

March 2015 – Case: client received million dollar personal injury settlement in California motor vehicle accident. Settlement proceeds withheld because client had moved to Rhode Island and qualified for Rhode Island Medicaid benefits. Results: Obtained guardianship for client’s brother. Through the guardianship, client’s brother was able to establish a first party special needs trust to...[more]

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]

Qualified Domestic Relations Order/Support Result

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]

Military Pension Orders Result

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]

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Rhode Island Divorce Attorney

May 15, 2015

If you’re facing the decision of divorce or legal separation, let our Rhode Island Divorce Attorney help you navigate the process. Whenever a relationship is brought to a definite end, it can be difficult to understand. We understand the emotional ebbs and flows of going through a divorce. That’s why our divorce attorneys commit THE...[more]

2015 Estate Tax Repeal?

March 27, 2015

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

February 24, 2015

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 trauma

February 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]

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