Brenda  Costa

Brenda Costa

Elder Law Coordinator

Brenda is a paralegal in the Trusts and Estates Group and the firm's Elder Law Outreach Coordinator. She specializes in elder law, Medicaid planning, serves as a liaison in the elder community and is an advocate for our clients with elder service providers.

Brenda received her Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Middlesex Community College and her AS with high honors from Bentley College. She earned her BA with a Marketing Concentration from Southern New Hampshire University, receiving their Outstanding Graduate award.

Prior to joining Mirick O’Connell, Brenda was a paralegal for the Law Offices of Arthur P. Bergeron. She is secretary of the Marlborough Council on Aging Board, past president of the BayPath Elder Services Board and a member of Elder Community Collaborative. Brenda serves on the advisory committee for the COME 2 B Dementia Friendly initiative for Marlborough, Northborough, Hudson, Westborough and Sudbury and serves as a member of the Alzheimer’s Association’s MetroWest Alzheimer's Partnership.

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Temporary Remote Notarization

In these complicated times, people still have vital estate planning and other financial needs requiring notarized and witnessed documentation. Indeed, the current circumstances have motivated many to get vital documents executed as soon as possible. To facilitate this, there has …

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Couples: 5 Reasons to Review Your Estate Plan

I see about 500 new individuals or couples every year to talk about their estate plan. Occasionally, I find couples who have done no planning at all. In the vast majority of cases, though, people have a plan. It just …

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The Treasury Department recently announced that certain taxpayers will have an extra three months to pay income taxes that would otherwise be due on April 15, 2020, for the tax year 2019. This extension of time to pay is solely for …

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Over the past few weeks, our country has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. For seniors and those with disabilities, this health crisis is particularly challenging and scary. Recently, there have been changes to the Medicaid program and guidance …

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Upcoming Legal Clinic

Below is a listing for my upcoming elder law legal clinic.  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 …

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The Circuit Breaker Tax Credit: A Reason to Possibly Look Forward to Filing Your Tax Return

It is tax season again. You may be dreading it, or figuring you can ignore it because your income is low enough, especially if most of your income comes from Social Security. But, here is a reason to look forward …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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