Westport ElderLaw: 10 Estate Planning Must-Haves

Whether you have considerable assets earned over a lifetime of work and investments, are just beginning your career, or if you have children or not, everyone should have an estate plan in place. In Westport, Massachusetts, Patricia Bloom-McDonald has been handling Westport estate planning for her clients, regardless of their age or amount of their assets or family condition.

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Elder Law Trends in Rehoboth

Elder law is a growing practice and encompasses numerous other legal disciplines given the unique needs of an aging population. The baby boom generation that arose after World War II, ranging from the years 1946 to 1964, is the largest demographic group in the US. In 2011, the first boomers reached age 65 and now account for some 78 million people, a figure that will double by 2020.

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Pat Bloom-McDonald on Womens Radio Network by Open Forum with Marcus Edwards

Marcus Edwards: And we are back here on Open Forum presented by the Womens Radio Network. I’m your host, Marcus Edwards, and it’s my pleasure today to introduce everybody to my next guest.  I’m now joined by attorney Patricia Bloom from Patricia Bloom-McDonald’s Attorney at Law. Mrs. Bloom, thank you for joining me today. Read more

MassHealth News Update: No More Caretaker Exemption Law

There are times when an adult child will undergo care of an elderly parent at home. When the needs of the parent surpass the capability of the child or if the care simply becomes too overwhelming, the parent may have to go into a nursing home or assisted living care facility. Under MassHealth law, nursing home benefits are provided to low and medium income patients if they require assistance with daily living activities such as feeding, bathing, dressing, hygiene and continence. Read more

When Should I Hire an Estate Planning Attorney?

Most people would rather avoid having to hire an attorney at all because they fear high legal fees. Accordingly, many individuals in need of legal help turn to low cost clinics or cut-rate legal websites, as well as do-it-yourself alternatives. One of these legal areas is estate planning where you can easily find a variety of documents online such as wills, trust forms, health directives and other templates for you to fill in. Unfortunately, in many cases where someone has attempted to execute a will or other testamentary instrument without competent legal counsel, or without any legal assistance, they failed to follow certain formalities or other requirements leading to costly disputes and to the courts’ often thwarting their real intent in how they wished to disburse of their assets after their death. Read more