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Lisa Neeley

On January 5th, 
Lisa argued before the MA Supreme Judicial Court in 
Nadeau v. Thorn

Whether the settlor is entitled to MassHealth long-term care benefits where the settlor's former residence is held in an irrevocable trust.

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Lisa Neeley to speak on the Legal Aspects of Aging

On March 21, 2017, the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers will host its "Overview of Legal and Physical Health Aspects of Aging" training in Framingham, Massachusetts as part of its Aging Training Series. Lisa Neeley will discuss the intersection of aging and the law.

Click here  for more information and to register for the event.

As elder law attorneys, it is our goal to have each and every client's Medicaid application to receive MassHealth benefits ultimately approved. However, the reality is that in some cases, an application may initially be denied.   Applications are denied for a variety of reasons. >>  Continue reading
Massachusetts remains in the minority of states that have not increased their estate tax exemption since the federal estate tax exemption was raised in 2001. The Massachusetts estate tax exemption is currently $1,000,000 per person (though it disappears if you die owning more than this amount) while the federal estate tax exemption is now $5,450,000 per person.

Legislation introduced in Massachusetts would increase the Massachusetts estate tax exemption to 50% of the amount of the federal estate tax exemption. The legislation would also eliminate the disappearing nature of the current exemption. The legislation is currently under review in committee. However, the legislation's future is uncertain given the loss in tax revenues that would result from its enactment. >>  Continue reading
Most of us are familiar with the small heart or other symbol on a driver's license signifying that a person is an organ donor. But what if you would like to donate your entire body-organs and all-"to science," as it is commonly phrased? How does one go about doing this? This post discusses how estate planning can address body donation; note that this discussion covers only the donation of one's entire body, not the donation of one's organs.  >>  Continue reading

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