Category Archives: Practice Matters

What I’ve Been Up To

When I tell people what I do in my law practice, it is usually something like “I help people with wills and dealing with the process of transferring property after someone passes away.” Despite all the instruction to have an elevator speech, I do not have a snappy one liner that sums up all I do, but here is a sample of things I have helped my clients with recently, and other activities in my practice:

  • helped clients make changes to their existing estate plan, to change the order of some of the agents they had named.
  • facilitated a family meeting to talk about what to do with a vacation home after the parents passed away.
  • assisted a client in preparing the final accounting for a probate estate.
  • spoke to a group of eating disorder professionals about guardianships and its alternatives.
  • worked with a family to choose future guardians for their child with special needs and set up a special needs trust.
  • worked with a client’s bank to help them properly title the accounts into the name of their trust.
  • took at class on updates to the guardianship process.
  • spoke to a reporter about what instructions people should leave behind for their families.
  • helped clients with a MassHealth application for their relative who had been admitted to a nursing home.

As you can see, there is a lot more to an “estate planning and elder law firm” than might first be expected. If any of these things seems like services you might need, please don’t hesitate to contact my office.

A Typical Week In My Law Practice

What is a typical week like here? While the clients and matters may vary, there are certain themes that carry throughout each week. I might be spending a few hours drafting a client’s special needs trust, and then reviewing some documents I drafted yesterday for a different client. Most days find me writing letters toContinue Reading

A Reminder to Myself and to Other Service Providers

Whenever I need to hire a service provider to assist me with something that is vitally important but that involves a field that is unfamiliar to me, it reminds me again of what I want to be for my clients. Whether it’s needing a repair for strange noise that my car is making, having myContinue Reading

What Is Holding You Back?

If you are like a lot of people, sometimes it is the first step in a new direction that holds you back. Maybe you want to change jobs, but can’t even bring yourself to open a new computer document and call it “Resume.” Or you need to get healthy to lower your blood pressure andContinue Reading

My Office Has Moved

As of September 1, 2006 my office is now located at 160 Old Derby St., Suite 225 in Hingham. It is easily accessible by Route 3, right off exit 15 and across from the Derby Street Shoppes.  My office is on the first floor. 

Home Visits

I like to make home visits to my clients. I practice in a small town, and most of my clients are in the surrounding few towns. Meeting in someone’s home is quite different from meeting in the office, in a good way. The client feels more at ease, they don’t have to lug the tackleContinue Reading