Arthur P. Bergeron
Art has been practicing law for over 40 years. He joined Mirick O’Connell in 2010 to focus his practice exclusively on elder law in general, while continuing to handle land use permitting matters in his native Marlborough and neighboring Hudson communities.
Art is passionate about helping seniors and their loved ones plan for and cope with issues surrounding aging and the personal and economic hardships facing those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. His elder law practice focuses on all aspects of lifetime and estate planning for seniors; specifically planning that incorporates protection for seniors and families in crisis who may need additional assistance to deal with dementia symptoms. These plans typically involve some combination of wills with testamentary trusts, inter vivos trusts (both revocable and irrevocable), powers of attorney, health care proxies, asset restructuring, and the use of other planning tools that maximize eligibility for MassHealth and other government benefits.
Art currently serves as a member of the “COME 2B Dementia Friendly” advisory committee, whose mission is to develop dementia-friendly communities in the MetroWest area, so that people living with these symptoms can continue to live in their home and their community. In addition, he is the Co-Chair of the COME 2 B Dementia Friendly Marlborough, actively working towards making Marlborough, where he grew up and lives, a safe and respectful community for people with dementia and their families and caregivers.
In 2017, Art received the Deborah Blumer Community Health Leadership Award from the MetroWest Health Foundation for his work in promoting dementia-friendly communities. Also in 2017, he and the Council on Aging Directors from Hudson, Marlborough and Northborough were jointly awarded the “Innovator of the Year” award by the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging (MCOA) for their work in building dementia-friendly communities. In 2015, Art was named “Person of the Year” by BayPath Elder Services, the regional non-profit agency that deals with the needs of seniors in 14 communities.
Bar & Court Admissions
- Boston University School of Law JD
- Princeton University AB, cum laude
Presents annually over 75 seminars and free legal advice clinics at local senior centers in Ashland, Holden, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Southborough and Sudbury.
Contributor to Council on Aging monthly newsletters in Ashland, Framingham, Hudson, Marlborough, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Northborough and Southborough with “Frank and Mary’ columns that address the many elder law issues that keep seniors up at night.
Films monthly installments of “Frank and Mary”, cable interview programs in the communities of Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Natick, Northborough, Southborough and Westborough, aimed at introducing seniors to thought leaders and program administrators regarding innovative programs and services available to seniors in their community and neighboring communities. These programs are scheduled for weekly broadcast on those local public access stations.
All seminars, Frank and Mary shows and Arthur’s Elder Law Q&A “Fireside Chats” can be seen on YouTube at www.youtube.com/ElderLawFrankAndMary
Professional / Community Affiliations
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter
- Dementia Friendly Communities Sub-Committee co-chair, Public Policy Committee member
Visit our YouTube Channel, Elder Law with Frank and Mary
Does Your Power of Attorney Do What You Need it to Do?
Oftentimes at my elder law seminars I ask guests if they have a Durable Power of Attorney. Most people raise their hands. A Power of Attorney is needed to authorize someone to handle all your financial and legal affairs if …[ load webpage to read more ]
Make a New Year’s Resolution: Follow Frank and Mary
Frank and Mary are the fictional couple to whom I refer in my elder law seminars. They have the same questions and concerns you and your loved ones have. They also have the same interest you have in making your …[ load webpage to read more ]
This Season, Give Something Special and Ask for Something Special in Return
Every year around this time I like to remind people of some basic rules of giving: Gift Tax There is a cap (this year the number is $15,000) on the amount you may give to any one person in one …[ load webpage to read more ]
Give Your Spouse a Final Gift: Asset Protection
I often meet with a recently widowed man or woman together with one or more of their children. Typically, I am asked how the surviving parent’s assets can be protected should he or she later need nursing home care. Unfortunately, …[ load webpage to read more ]
Planning During the Last Year of Your Life
Thanks to modern technology and medical advances, the chances of detection of a chronic illness are much greater than they were say in the 1970s; the likelihood of living a bit longer and enjoying that extra time also outweighs that …[ load webpage to read more ]
Upcoming Legal Clinics
Below is a listing for my upcoming program. Contact your local Council on Aging for more information and to register. If you miss a program, you may always watch them on your local cable access station or on my You Tube …[ load webpage to read more ]
Getting Ready for the Rest of Your Life
I will turn 70 in January. I have been blessed with good health, a wife I adore, three great kids, good friends in a great community. Both my parents died in their early 80’s. Despite all the great advances …[ load webpage to read more ]
Who Ya Gonna Call?
As seniors, you are probably the greatest beneficiaries of the Great Society, that incredible combination of programs created by President Lyndon Johnson and passed during the 1960s. The anchors of those programs, of course, were Medicare and Medicaid. Before the …[ load webpage to read more ]
Protecting the Cottage
Are you lucky enough to own that special place, whether it’s a camper in Maine or a house on the Cape, where you, your children and your grandchildren can go to enjoy some time away together during our all-too-brief New …[ load webpage to read more ]
If You See Something, Say Something
One of my elder clients (we’ll call her Mary) called about two weeks ago. She had received a call from a caseworker at Springwell, one of the network of regional entities charged by the Commonwealth’s Office of Elder Services with …[ load webpage to read more ]