Seniors are more active and living longer than ever before, but they have a new set of legal concerns that were rarely addressed by earlier generations. Elder Law refers to those areas of law that relate to the elderly and others facing difficult decisions. With decisions typically regarding current living situations, future medical care, estate planning and post-death issues. Elder Law focuses on the drafting of Wills and Trusts, consideration of tax issues, eligibility for state and federal benefits, nursing home care, and Advance Medical Directives.
Elder Law and Estate Planning also includes the probate process, such as guardianships, conservatorships, and the administration of decedents’ estates.
We assist our clients in their decision-making by conducting a complete review of their estate planning. Needs include when and how to pass assets to beneficiaries, the avoidance of probate, tax-saving strategies, Medicaid planning, and the availability of Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefits. We believe that it is important not only to execute the documents that will ensure that our clients’ needs are met but also to develop and maintain a relationship of trust and confidence.
We do this by ensuring that our clients needs are completed early in the process and by continuing to maintain the relationship over time. If you ever have any questions or concerns, we will always be happy to address them promptly and properly. We believe that you should at all time be completely aware of the steps we are taking and that you are involved every step of the way.
The Simplest Planning Document Can Be The Most Useful Document
We routinely prepare Durable Powers of Attorneys for clients, this process usually takes us less than thirty minutes unless the client requires special provisions. This inexpensive document often “avoids probate” during the lifetime of our client because a guardianship of a ward’s estate is not required if there is a proper “DPOA” in place. A durable power of attorney can result in savings of thousands of dollars in fees, costs and bond charges over the lifetime of the ward.
Please contact us if you are interested in Estate Planning documents, durable power of attorney, living wills or fudiciary paperwork.
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“Kristy went above and beyond to help me with my military QDRO. She is very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions.”
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 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.”
QUOTE FROM FAMILY LAW PRACTITIONER, WARWICK, RI
“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.”
QUOTE FROM AN ATTORNEY REGARDING A MILITARY QUALIFYING COURT ORDER TO DIVIDE A PENSION OF A MILITARY MEMBER IN RESERVES:
“Your office is prompt as always; I have already heard from Kristy in regard to the two QDROs. You were a big help to me on this same case last spring, and it is very appropriate that your office receive a thank you.”
WIFE, CONSULT FOR DIVISION OF THE HUSBAND’S MILITARY AND CIVIL SERVICE PENSIONS AND DRAFTING OF THE DOCUMENTS NECESSARY, TIVERTON, RI
“You were able to answer my questions and I am confident that I have covered all of my bases. How do people manage if their attorney doesn’t bother to admit they don’t do enough military and civil service work to know all the nuances?”
WE WERE HIRED BY THE FORMER WIFE TO DRAFT A QDRO AND TRANSFER 100% OF THE EX-HUSBAND’S 401(K) TO HER.
Case: These parties had been in the process of getting this done through their original attorneys for about a year with no success.
Result: We were able to get the QDRO done, and the 401(k) into the wife’s name very quickly. When all was said and done, she said,
Testimonial: “Kristy, this is all set, thanks to you. I cannot thank you enough. The process was started last August.”
- Portsmouth, RI
CLIENT WITH FAMILY ISSUE INVOLVING AN ATTORNEY-IN-FACT USING A DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY IMPROPERLY:
“Thank you again for meeting with me yesterday regarding my family problem, especially on such short notice. I was very pleased with the information and advice you provided. You made it very easy for me to understand my legal standing regarding the concerns as well as the concerns of others who were involved. Again, I can’t thank you enough for the legal counsel and for the consideration you provided me. I especially admired your personable and informative, yet direct, approach regarding my family’s specific needs.”
CLIENT’S FATHER PASSED AWAY. MIDDLETOWN, RI
“Hilary – The day I met you, I was a mess. I was so upset about my dad and everything that I had to get done, and then you helped me out and I just started to feel better. Thank you so much.”
PROBATE CLIENT ISSUE RESOLVED YEARS AFTER HUSBAND DIED. NEWPORT, RI
“Words cannot express my heartfelt appreciation for the kindness you’ve shown me. Making things go perfectly stress-free was a true blessing for me and I will always remember your thoughtfulness.”
OUT-OF-STATE DAUGHTER AND SON-IN-LAW FOR RHODE ISLAND MOTHER AND FATHER’S ESTATES
“Thank you for everything. You have been wonderful to us throughout the almost 2 years of upheaval we’ve been dealing with Mom and Dad’s estate. You have patiently guided and advised us. We have always felt “safe with you and that is most comforting when one is trying to deal with emotional and painful realities. Thank you for your kindness, wisdom, and caring. We know it is a team effort. All of you have made a difficult time more bearable by your professionalism and kindness. We are profoundly grateful.”