June, 2013 – Newport, RI – Kristy Garside, a family law and elder law attorney with The Law Offices of Jeremy W. Howe, Ltd., has been awarded the prestigious Rhode Island Bar Association’s 2013 Pro Bono Publico Award for her outstanding efforts in providing equal access to justice to the poor through the Volunteer Lawyer Program. The Rhode Island Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Awards program seeks to identify and honor individual lawyers who have enhanced the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor and disadvantaged.
Kristy Garside has been advocating on behalf of impoverished Rhode Islanders since law school, when she received her J.D., from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2004. She has been an active participant in the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyer program for many years. Garside offers her family law and elder law knowledge and expertise to the volunteer program, which provides legal assistance to low-income clients who are financially unable to obtain legal representation. She is among over 1000 private attorneys in the State of Rhode Island who volunteer their time for this program.
Newport Attorney Jeremy Howe, of The Law Offices of Jeremy W. Howe, Ltd., offered his congratulations to Garside, saying, “We are very proud of Kristy. Her legal work is of the highest quality, even when she isn’t being paid. Kristy truly cares about the people she represents.” Garside will accept her Pro Bono Publico Award on June 13, 2013 at the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Annual Meeting Dinner.
April, 2013 – Newport, RI – Jeremy Howe and Kristy Garside of The Law Offices of Jeremy W. Howe, LTD. will be speaking at the Rhode Island Bar Association CLE Seminar “When Your Older Clients Divorce” on April 25th, 2013
This event will moderated by Jane F. Howlett, Esq. and also features Barbara Margolis, Esq. It will be held at The Rhode Island Law Center in Providence between 2:00PM to 5:00PM
There are a growing number of divorcing baby boomers. Are you prepared for the special considerations and complex issues that may accompany this group?
This program will focus on three areas of concern when your older clients seek a divorce. The panel will discuss Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; retirement accounts and drafting settlement contracts; and issues that may arise with client competency.
What effects can a divorce have on these benefits and what are the pitfalls and things to avoid to protect these assets? When dealing with elderly clients and/or a long term marriage, what should you focus on in retirement funds? There may also be unexpected issues of confidentiality when an elderly client brings in a family member to a consultation as well as capacity issues that elders often face. What does an attorney do when there is an issue of lack of capacity or perhaps indications of dementia?
Take this opportunity to learn more about the nuances and special issues of senior divorce at this very informative review.
This seminar is designed for attorneys of The Rhode Island Bar Association CLE. For more information please call the CLE office at 401-421-5740 or online at www.ribar.com
November, 2011 – Newport, RI – From November through December 10, 2011, Attorney Kristy Garside on behalf of the Law Offices of Jeremy Howe will participate in Elves for Elders, a charitable event organized and facilitated by Seniors RULE (Resources Unlimited-Liaisons for Elders). Seniors RULE is a non-profit organization whose members provide services for seniors. The services provided can be found by emailing email@example.com and you can visit the website at http://www.seniorsrule.org/ for information about Seniors Rule.
The event involves a secret-Santa program whereby the names of elderly individuals in nursing homes in Rhode Island who may not receive a gift during the holiday season are gathered and placed on a Christmas tree for others to purchase a gift. The trees are placed throughout the states at various locations, and will come down on December 10. The gifts will then be wrapped and distributed by Seniors RULE members.
Dontations can be dropped off at Clements Marketplace in Portsmouth, RI, the Emerald Square Mall Service Desk in North Attleborough, MA, and the Warwick Mall Service Desk in Warwick, RI.
When asked what prompted the office’s involvement in the group, the attorney replied, “This is the time of the year when a lot of elderly people feel the most isolated, some of them literally. We take full advantage of every opportunity to become involved in community outreach programs and donate our time. I think we would all like our communities to be there for all its members, even if they have no loved ones who are able to be there for them. You never know whose life you’re going to touch.”
April 22, 2011 – Newport, RI – On May 25, 2011 Kristy Garside, Esquire of the Law Offices of Jeremy Howe, Ltd. will be present as a member of SeniorsRULE (Resources Unlimited Liaisons for Elders) at Butler Hospital.
The purpose of the event is to inform Butler’s employees about what services our office has to offer. The event takes place from 11:00am to 4:00pm in the Butler Atrium, where other members of this “women’s only” group will be there to share information about their elder services as well. Only members of SeniorsRULE have been asked to attend.
Attorney Garside says, “This will be a great opportunity to reach a large number of employees who live in the community we serve, without asking them to take time out of their day to come see us! I hope to educate people about how we can help them or their elder parents in difficult situations.”
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the group and the services available.
March 31, 2011 – Cranston, RI – Attorney Hilary Carlson, LICSW of The Law Offices of Jeremy Howe, Ltd. will speak at the RI Forum on Aging First Annual “Seniors Staying in Charge” Seminar. The seminar is scheduled for Thursday, March 31, 2011 at the Imperial Room on Rhodes Avenue in Cranston, RI.
When asked about her involvement in the program, Attorney Carlson remarked, “I am excited to be part of an event that provides important information to Seniors at no charge.”
RI Forum on Aging is a state senior action network promoting responsible public policy for seniors in Rhode Island and nationally through an organized voice on federal and state public policy issues. A member of the National Council on Aging (NOCA) and is affiliated with the National Coalition of Consumer Organizations, (NCCO) a constituent unit of NCOA.The seminar will cover topics on Medicare and Social Security, Housing, Transportation, Food Stamps, and End of Life Planning. Reservations can be made by calling (401) 523-1679 or via email at RiForumonAging@gmail.com.
Portsmouth, RI – February 2011 — Kristy J. Garside, Esquire of Tiverton, has been named to Visiting Nurse Services of Newport & Bristol Counties’ Board of Directors.
Ms. Garside is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and earned her juris doctorate at the Roger Williams University School of Law. She is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Family Court Bench Bar Committee, the American Family Law Inn of Court (Rhode Island) and is an accredited attorney with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
Ms. Garside is also a member of the Community Advocacy and Resources for Elders and Seniors RULE: Resources Unlimited and Liaisons for Elders, Newport Group.
Ms. Garside is an attorney with the Law Offices of Jeremy W. Howe, Ltd. in Newport, Rhode Island. Among her presentations are “Military Family Law Issues, Health Care and Retirement Benefits,” for the Inn of Court; “Estate Planning and Long Term Care,” for the Rhode Association for Deaf Senior Citizens; “QDROS: From A – Z, Food for Thought re: Avoiding Malpractice,” for the Rhode Island Bar Association; and conducted the Rhode Island Bar Association’s FREE Health Care Durable Power of Attorney Clinic in Newport at the Edward King House.
December, 2010 – Newport, RI – On October 27, 2010, Attorney Jeremy Howe and Mediator Nancy Johnson-Gallagher (LICSW) presented a two hour training seminar for the Rhode Island Mediators Association regarding Mediating Divorce Cases, Advanced Financial Considerations. The seminar was held at the Providence campus of Roger William University and was attended by 22 individuals including two retired judge-mediators, experienced mediators, new mediators and students.
Attorney Howe commented on his involvment by stating, “We were pleased with the evaluations and were especially pleased that they seemed to appreciate our emphasis on ‘Organizing the Data and Balancing the Power.’”
The Rhode Island Mediators Association is a non-profit association dedicated to serving and supporting Rhode Island Mediators, and serves as a resource for locating practicing mediators in RI.
April, 2010 – Newport, RI – On April 10, 2010, Kristy J. Garside and Hilary M. Carlson, two volunteer attorneys and both associates of the Law Offices of Jeremy W Howe, LTD in Newport, presented a free program, the “Reality of Advance Care Planning.” Over 90 participants attended their presentation at the 3rd Biennial New England Deaf Senior Conference at the Newport Marriott Hotel in Newport RI.
According to Mary E. Lomastro, writing on behalf of the Rhode Island chapter, “You two are to be commended for a truly informational presentation. The topics were very important to the attendees, and they greatly benefited from the information you provided. Thank you for a remarkable job!”
The program was made possible through coordination by the Rhode Island Bar Association’s Elderly Pro Bono Program and the Rhode Island Deaf Senior Citizens organization, and is held twice a year in various locations. The Rhode Island Deaf Senior Citizens organization is a non-profit organization headquartered in Coventry, RI with member meetings twice a month.
We work in specific areas of the law. We are Divorce and Family lawyers; Wills, Estates, Trust & Probate lawyers with emphasis in Medicaid planning, Special Needs Trusts & “Elder-law”. So we work with all families in all of these areas. We also consult, lecture, and practice in the area of Military Divorce Law and we assist lawyers in drafting post-divorce documents called “QDROs” to divide pension assets for divorced husbands and wives.
Briefly stated, estate planning encompasses the process by which people plan to pass what they have accumulated during their lifetime: their personal belongings, their home, their savings, or whatever property they possess, to their spouse, children, grandchildren or other loved ones. Sometimes for charitably-inclined clients, it involves giving, either during lifetime or upon death. In doing so, we help them eliminate the obstacles, pitfalls, and potential family problems, whatever they might be.
No age is too soon to begin the planning process. Obviously the older one gets, and the more property one accumulates, the more important it is to see an estate planning or elder law attorney to discuss the various issues involved. But some of the most urgent estate planning we see involves young people with little or no money or property. We often see clients for the first time when they begin having children. Divorcing couples should also change their plan post-divorce.Having no estate plan in place can be a costly mistake if an unforeseen accident or health issue occurs, so we encourage people of all ages and all walks of life to explore their own planning options.
A will is the most common instrument one considers when they think of estate planning but it’s actually just one piece among a whole variety of tools in the estate plan tool-box. For some people, trusts become a better form of document to distribute property. A carefully planned estate with a trust can avoid probate so that the will would be recorded but it will not “speak” or be used. Estate planning can also consider long term care or estate taxes and income tax issues which might not be part of a person’s will, per se. Other parts of the estate plan other than the will include powers of attorney, medical directives, and living wills. People sometimes assume that these are less important additions to the estate plan but they often can be the most important pieces in one’s estate plan. We’ve written a lot on our website and in our monthly newsletter about the horror stories that accompany not having these basic documents in place.
There are different types of estate planning attorneys. Some concentrate their practice in elder law and Medicaid issues, some in high-end tax planning, and some in more generalized basic planning with a probate court concentration. We have a holistic approach. There is little that we don’t do and little that we haven’t seen in all of these areas and so we think of ourselves as a comprehensive estate planning office for any member of the general public.
Estate planning laws vary from state to state, and it’s important for clients who have either lived previously in other states, own property in other states or who might have family members in other states to understand this.
For example, each state has its own estate tax threshold. For instance, in Connecticut a person may pass away with up to $2 million without having to fear estate tax consequences. In Rhode Island, that cap is much lower, just a hair over $920,000 for 2014. In Florida there is no state estate tax.
Also, when considering the cost of long term care from state to state, costs vary, as do Medicaid rules. Knowing how to navigate the difficult regulations from state to state can save a client tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
These are just a few of the many interstate issues that we assess with our clients.
Our firm is very pro-active in reaching out to the public. We can be reached easily on the internet by or through our interactive website. We post educational articles on our monthly elder law e-newsletter which is sent out to about 500 recipients, our social media outlets and via other writings that we regularly publish in local newspapers and journals.
Generally we will also schedule free initial consultations in our Newport and North Kingstown offices but we also offer house calls anywhere in Rhode Island or Massachusetts after a telephone contact. We offer a toll-free number which is 1-888-358-8388. Our law practice involves numerous older persons and persons with special needs and challenges. Our attorneys live in Massachusetts and in three different parts of Rhode Island and we enjoy visiting clients in their own homes or elsewhere at their convenience. “Have briefcase, Will travel” to recall a television show from a different era.