Estate Planning

Our attorneys provide individuals and families with sophisticated advice on a wide variety of estate planning and wealth transfer issues. In each case, we tailor our estate planning solutions to address the particular needs of the individual or family. 

The clients we represent come from a variety of backgrounds: from principals of closely-held businesses facing succession and liquidity planning issues to executives at public companies, from families just starting out and concerned about guardianship issues to families with mature children and concerns about aging parents, from single-parent families to same-sex-parent families, and from families faced with nursing home and health care issues to families with a non-citizen spouse facing sophisticated international and federal estate tax issues.

Practice Chair

Tracy A. Craig

Tracy A. Craig
Partner

Arthur P. Bergeron

Arthur P. Bergeron
Of Counsel

Emily L. Crim

Emily L. Crim
Associate

Allen J. Falke

Allen J. Falke
Of Counsel

Janet W. Moore

Janet W. Moore
Partner

Lisa M. Neeley

Lisa M. Neeley
Of Counsel

Tara J. Cushing

Tara J. Cushing
Paralegal

Amy L. McIntyre

Amy L. McIntyre
Paralegal

Lisa Neeley Quoted in MLW, "Bar wary even after SJC rules against agency"

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SJC rules in favor of Lisa Neeley in Nadeau v. Director of Medicaid

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Tracy Craig authors Kiplinger article, "Should You Give Your House Away?"

06/12/2018[ read full story ]

Trusts and Estates Newsletter - Spring 2018

06/01/2018[ read full story ]

Tracy Craig authors Kiplinger article, "Is Estate Planning Now Dead?"

05/01/2018[ read full story ]

"Limiting State Medicaid Agency Attempts to Expand the Any Circumstances Test: An Analysis of MA Multiyear Legal Battle Over the Use of Irrevocable Trusts in Long-Term Care Planning" by Lisa Neeley

04/18/2017[ read full story ]

Representative Matters

  • Advised clients concerning gift, estate and generation-skipping tax planning 
  • Drafted estate planning documents including wills, durable powers of attorney, health care proxies, revocable living trusts, and homestead declarations 
  • Drafted irrevocable trusts, including life insurance trusts, family gifting trusts and marital deduction lifetime QTIP trusts 
  • Advised clients concerning asset protection issues 
  • Implemented sophisticated leveraged gifting transactions including qualified personal residence trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, intentionally defective grantor trusts and family limited liability companies 
  • Implemented charitable gifts including the formation and operation of private foundations and gifts to charitable split-interest trusts, such as charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trusts 
  • Created public charities 
  • Advised clients concerning elder and disability law issues, including asset preservation and Medicaid qualification 
  • Implemented special needs trusts, supplemental needs trusts, irrevocable income-only trusts and private annuities 
  • Prepared estate, fiduciary income tax, estate tax and gift tax returns 
  • Represented clients in tax matters before the Internal Revenue Service and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue 

Asset Protection for Single Seniors

This past spring I did a set of Council on Aging seminars on the legal issues single seniors face. If you are single, and you want your children or friends to avoid the time and expense of probate after you …

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Elder Law Clinics

My fall elder law presentations kick-off on September 18th!  Learn about Irrevocable Trusts:  Do you need one?  Is the one you have working? Below is a listing of my upcoming programs.  Contact your local Council on Aging for more information …

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Upcoming Elder Law Clinics

    Estate planning, tax minimization and asset protection concerns are very different for single people versus married couples.  Learn what steps singles need to take to protect yourself and preserve your assets.  Attend one of my elder law seminars …

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Lisa Neeley featured in NAELA News

Mirick O’Connell’s Lisa Neeley was recently interviewed in NAELA News. Click here for the feature.…

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Elder Law Seminars

During the next couple of months, my elder law seminars will be focusing on how the new Massachusetts CARE Act, changes to the federal tax code, the tightening of MassHealth regulations, and other changes in the law might affect you, …

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Highlights of the New Tax Bill

On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law a new tax bill that has dramatic effects on the current tax system.  Here are highlights affecting most individuals: Increase in the standard deduction to $12,000 for individuals filing single and …

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‘Tis the Season for Giving

This is the time of year when I receive numerous calls from clients asking about year-end gifts they want to give to their children or other relatives and friends. Many have questions about the amount they can gift away without …

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Elder Law Seminars: Honoring Choices

During the next couple of months, my elder law seminars will be focusing on “Honoring Choices” in regards to your health care planning, should you become ill or in case of an emergency.  Below is a listing of my upcoming …

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Leaving Your Wealth in Trust for the Protection of Your Children

Consider how your assets can benefit, or perhaps complicate, the lives of your children or other loved ones when you pass away. You know your children better than almost anyone else, and your estate plan should take into consideration their …

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MCLE Webinar on 7/18 to discuss the Daley and Nadeau decisions and their implications for irrevocable trusts and Medicaid planning

Lisa Neeley will be speaking about her role as lead counsel in the Nadeau case as well as offering her thoughts on the future of Medicaid planning in Massachusetts. Click here for more information and to register for the Webinar.…

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