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At Life Care Planning Law Group, we can assist you in planning for who will handle your medical and financial affairs if you become disabled and who will manage your estate when you are gone. We have experience in drafting documents to accommodate your many needs and in navigating the probate process when administering an estate.

Get estate planning help today: When you are planning for the future of your estate, call 978.745.4410 to speak to our experienced estate planning attorneys.

Building Your Estate Plan

At Life Care Planning Law Group, we can help you to decide which, if any, of the following documents are in your interests:

  • Wills — Writing a will allows you to choose what will happen to your assets when you pass away. Without one, the state will make those choices for you. Our Newburyport wills lawyers assist clients with various wills, including simple wills and pourover wills.
  • Trusts — We assist clients with the formation of various trusts, including:
    • Living trust — Also called inter vivos trusts, living trusts take effect during the life of the person who created the trust.
    • Testamentary trust — Also called a trust under will, testamentary trusts are created by a will and take effect upon the death of the person who created the trust.
    • Revocable trust — Revocable trusts can be altered or terminated by the person who created the trust.
    • Irrevocable trust — Irrevocable trusts cannot be terminated by the person who created the trust.
    • Special needs trust — Also called supplemental needs trusts, special needs trusts are created to ensure ongoing care of individuals with special needs, a handicap or a disability.
  • Living wills — Our Newburyport living wills lawyers assist clients with their living will. A living will expresses a severely incapacitated person's desire not to be kept alive by artificial or extraordinary means should the expectation of recovery become unreasonable. Living wills are not binding in the state of Massachusetts.
  • Health care proxy — A health care proxy is a written directive used to convey your wishes in the event you become incapacitated. A health care proxy can express your desires as well as name someone to make medical decisions on your behalf if you are unable to do so.
  • Powers of attorney — A power of attorney allows you to appoint someone else to handle your financial, health care and other affairs for you. We can provide you with powers of attorney, including durable powers of attorney (powers of attorney that continue even if you become incapacitated).

PROBATE

Going through the probate process, you want an attorney who will support your interests and values. You want a law firm that will work closely with you and provide quality, cost-effective legal services.

Our probate lawyers can assist you with probating and administering an estate. We are familiar with Massachusetts and New Hampshire probate laws. In some cases, it is better to have a third-party probate and administer the estate to avoid family bickering during asset distribution and circumvent the appearance of favoritism.

ELDER LAW

Our elder law lawyers can assist you with all elder law issues, including Life Care Planning. Please schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers to learn more about our services and how they can help your family.

CONTACT OUR LAW FIRM TODAY

For a consultation with an experienced estate planning lawyer, contact our law firm online. We have offices in Salem & Newburyport,, Massachusetts.


Creating Or Revising A Will

At Life Care Planning Law Group, we provide estate planning services to help clients manage their affair during life and after they pass away. We assist with drafting various types of wills to account for an individual's assets when he or she dies. Contact our Salem law office at 978.745.4410 to learn more about creating a will from one of our experienced lawyers.

Newburyport Lawyers Drafting Last Will and Testaments

A last will and testament, commonly known as a "will," is a legal document that states where a person wants his or her assets to go after he or she dies. There are several types of wills, and they can be written in various ways:

  • Simple will
  • Pour-over will
  • Living will
  • Joint will
  • Testamentary trust will

It is important to plan ahead and consider creating a will as soon as possible. For a will to be valid, you must be of a sound mind. You never know if something unexpected happens, like a brain injury or Alzheimer's disease, that would diminish your capacity to make your own decisions. Act now and contact our estate planning law firm to help you draft a will.

Experienced Estate Planning Attorneys

Life Care Planning Law Group can assist you with drafting a will for a reasonable and affordable fee. We will listen intently to your wishes so that your will clearly and accurately expresses what you want. We will be careful in drafting your will to meet the requirements so that it will be legally valid. Let us put our experience to work for you.

Contact Our Law Firm

For assistance with drafting a will, contact our experienced lawyers at 978.745.4410. We have offices in Salem & Newburyport to serve you.

Protecting A Loved One Through a Guardianship Or Conservatorship

Life Care Planning Law Group helps people establish guardianships and conservatorships for loved ones who are not capable of caring for themselves or making sound decisions. For a reasonable and affordable fee, we can create the necessary legal documents and represent you in court to achieve your goal.

In a consultation, we can explain what your legal responsibilities are regarding your loved one and how we can help you protect and provide for your loved one through a guardianship or conservatorship.

Contact Life Care Planning Law Group for a consultation with an attorney about an adult or child guardianship or conservatorship.

The Uses of a Guardianship and Conservatorship

Guardianship or Conservatorship is used for individuals who lack the capacity to make decisions about key matters such as finances or health care. These Guardianships or Conservatorship can be limited in scope. The recent enactment of the Uniform Probate Code allows for customization of a court order to the person's specific needs. Guardianships can be for the elderly, a child whose parents may be unable or unwilling to care for them, or could be for a child prodigy or performer or any other individual who may have a diminished or limited capacity.

Experienced Salem Guardianship and Conservatorship Attorneys

The attorneys at Life Care Planning Law Group have helped many people in eastern Massachusetts establish guardianships and conservatorships to manage the affairs of vulnerable children and adults. By doing so, we have also helped our clients get peace of mind. They appreciate our deep concern for the well-being of their loved ones and the efficient and cost-effective legal services we provide. Let us put our experience to work for you.

Contact a Lawyer

For a consultation with a lawyer, contact Life Care Planning Law Group. We have offices in Salem & Newburyport, Massachusetts, to serve you.

Special Needs Trusts Attorney

At Life Care Planning Law Group, we assist clients with various estate planning needs, such as the creation of trusts. Special needs trusts are a type of irrevocable trust that applies to aging individuals. Our attorneys can guide you step by step to create a trust for your benefit. To learn more about special needs trusts, contact our experienced lawyers by calling our office in Salem, Massachusetts, at 978.745.4410.

What Is a Special Needs Trust?

Also called a supplemental needs trusts, special needs trusts are created to ensure ongoing care of individuals with special needs, a handicap or a disability. The beneficiary of the trust can use the trust to pay for various supplementary needs such as:

  • Vacations
  • Transportation
  • Therapy
  • Medical and dental expenses not covered by insurance
  • Home furnishings
  • Education
  • Recreational activity

Why Are Special Needs Trusts Important?

Special needs trusts are a way to protect the assets and secure funds for aging parents. If you leave your loved one assets through a gift or will, you may end up disqualifying him or her from receiving public benefits like Medicaid or Social Security Disability Insurance.

By leaving money in a special needs trust, your loved one will still be able to apply for government assistance programs. This is because trust money is managed by a trustee for the benefit of a loved one. The trustee uses his or her discretion to use trust funds to buy necessities for your loved one.

Experienced Estate Planning Attorneys

The attorneys at Life Care Planning Law Group can assist with creating a special needs trust for an aging adult. We will go over everything you need to consider before creating a trust, listening carefully to your concerns. We will carefully word the trust in a way that is legally effective and clearly explains what the trust assets can be used for. Let us put our experience to work for you.

Contact Our Special Needs Estate Planning Lawyer Today

Schedule a consultation at our firm for help creating a special needs trust. Contact our Salem law office at 978.745.4410 to speak to an experienced estate planning lawyer.

Creating A Health Care Proxy

At Life Care Planning Law Group we help protect our clients' legal rights when they are no longer able to care for themselves or make sound decisions. We are able to assist clients with creating a health care proxy for end-of-life decisions.

To learn more about creating a health care proxy, contact our Salem lawyers at 978.745.4410 to schedule an initial consultation.

Massachusetts Lawyer Assisting With Advanced Medical Directives

An advanced medical directive is a written document of instructions regarding your future medical care. An advanced directive takes effect when an individual is incapacitated. Incapacity refers to when an individual is unable to make mentally sound decisions.

Advanced medical directives can take the form of a living will or a health care proxy. A health care proxy is a legal instrument that allows for an individual to designate another person to make his or her health care decisions.

A health care proxy is essential because it dictates how you wish to carry out your medical care and treatment toward the end of your life. It is crucial that the person you designate as your health care agent is someone you trust to follow your written instructions. The health care agent is the person who will enforce your wishes expressed in the directive.

Protecting Vulnerable Children And Adults

At Life Care Planning Law Group, we will walk you through the steps of drafting a health care proxy and other types of medical directives. We have a deep concern for the well-being of the aging individuals, putting their needs first. We will take the necessary steps to protect your legal rights by writing the documents in a way that makes them legally enforceable.

The attorneys at Life Care Planning Law Group have helped many people in eastern Massachusetts manage the affairs of vulnerable children and adults. We have helped our clients gain peace of mind. Let us put our experience to work for you.

Contact Our Estate Planning Law Firm

For a consultation with a lawyer with experience drafting health care proxies and medical directives, contact our law firm at 978.745.4410. We have offices in Salem & Newburyport, Massachusetts to serve you.

A Durable Power of Attorney Designation Can Provide Peace Of Mind

Life Care Planning Law Group help aging individuals maintain control of aspects of their life by advising on the various legal options. One such option is a durable power of attorney. For a reasonable and affordable fee, we can create a durable power of attorney in order to preserve the legal rights of an aging adult.

Contact our law office in Salem, Massachusetts, at 978.745.4410 to hear from our lawyers how a durable power of attorney can help you or your aging parent.

What Is a Durable Power of Attorney?

A durable power of attorney (POA) is a legal document that accounts for an aging individual's wishes when he or she becomes unable to manage living on his or her own. In a durable power of attorney, an individual may appoint a trusted agent to manage his or her finances and property. In other cases, a durable power of attorney can be tailored to give the aging adult more control. For example, a person may need a caregiver to handle basic needs but still wishes to maintain control of his or her assets.

At Life Care Planning Law Group, we can help you create a durable power of attorney and adjust the terms to meet your needs. We also assist family members who want to ensure that the rights of their aging parents are protected.

Benefits of a Durable POA

A durable power of attorney goes into effect when the aging individual becomes incapacitated, where he or she would be unable to make decisions on his or her own. Without a durable power of attorney, family members will even be unable to make financial decisions that benefit the aging relative. They will not be allowed to pay bills or do Medicaid planning. Our lawyers will carefully explain the legal effects of having a durable power of attorney.

Experienced Elder Law Attorneys

The attorneys at Life Care Planning Law Group have helped many people in eastern Massachusetts manage the affairs of vulnerable children and adults. We have helped our clients gain peace of mind. We have a deep concern for the well-being of the aging individuals, putting their needs first. Let us put our experience to work for you.

Contact Our Estate Planning Law Firm

For a consultation with an experienced lawyer, contact our law firm at 978.745.4410. We have offices in Salem & Newburyport, Massachusetts to serve you.