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.
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 ]
Sick? Call Your Doctor – Then Call Your Lawyer
This past month two different people called (neither of them were an existing client) with the same story. Each one had a relative close to death and wanted to know if there was anything that should be done. In each …[ load webpage to read more ]
How “Waiving the Will” Could Affect You
In the spring, as part of a my seminar series, I will be presenting “Elder Law for Couples,” in which I will discuss the ins and outs of estate planning for seniors. One of the new issues is a new …[ load webpage to read more ]
It’s Tax Time Again – Here Are Four Quick Tips
If you or your spouse is chronically ill, here are four quick tips to consider if you itemize deductions on your income tax returns: LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE PREMIUMS ARE USUALLY DEDUCTIBLE. They are part of your medical expense deduction. …[ load webpage to read more ]
Upcoming Elder Law Legal Clinics
Below is a listing for two of my upcoming programs. 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 …[ load webpage to read more ]
Boston Globe article highlights the importance of estate planning for blended families
A recent article in The Boston Globe – “A patriarch leaves no will and the home he meant for his Cambridge family may be lost” – demonstrates the importance of having an estate plan, particularly with blended families, and shows how not having …[ load webpage to read more ]