When to Engage a Special Education Lawyer

Peter S. Farrell Special Education laws are complex and challenging to implement for families and school districts alike. Navigating your way through what has become an adversarial process in many cases requires an honest discussion about retaining a lawyer who understands and can identify with your unique situation. As a father of children with special (more…)

Estate Planning for Parents of Young Children

Kimberly Butler Rainen March 27, 2015 While it is important for everyone to have an estate plan in place, it should be a top priority for those just starting a family. And it is never too late to start! New parents may believe they are too young and healthy for estate planning, or that their (more…)

Massachusetts Begins to Regulate Adult Day Care

Kimberly Butler Rainen March 20, 2015 Massachusetts recently enacted 105 CMR 158 which, for the first time, requires Adult Day Health Programs to be licensed. Approximately 150 Adult Day Health Programs in Massachusetts currently receive Medicaid funding, but due to the lack of regulation and oversight for these programs, it is unclear how many are (more…)

Timing is Everything with Long-Term Care Planning

Kimberly Butler Rainen February 20, 2015 Approximately fifty percent of nursing home care in the United States is paid for by Medicaid. With the rising cost associated with nursing home care and longer life expectancy, this number is expected to increase. So the question arises not only how one should plan for the possibility of (more…)

Why Everyone Needs a Durable Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy

Kimberly Butler Rainen October 24, 2014 We would all like to live long, fulfilling lives, in which we do not need to worry about all the contingencies and situations that may come our way. We should all, however, have a durable power of attorney and health care proxy, so that our financial and health care (more…)

Massachusetts Enacts New Law Regulating Retainage on Private Construction Projects

Robert P. Joyce, Jr. October 17, 2014 Massachusetts has just passed a new law that governs the retainage process on private construction contracts that owners, lenders, contractors and sub-contractors in Massachusetts should be familiar with. This new law alters and accelerates the payment process on Massachusetts commercial construction projects. The new Massachusetts Retainage Law, applies (more…)

IRS Announces One-Per-Year Limit on IRA Rollovers

Darcy M. Hamilton October 2, 2014 A recent decision by the U.S. Tax Court in Bobrow v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2014-21 effects the IRS’s once liberal interpretation of the tax code relating to rollovers from IRAs and poses a risk for investors unaware of this new interpretation of long-standing rules relating to IRAs. Retirement account (more…)

SJC Rules on Arbitration Agreements Signed by Health Care Agents

Kimberly Butler Rainen April 29, 2014 The process of admitting a loved one into a nursing home can be a long and arduous process, made all the more complicated by the paperwork required. With increasing regularity, nursing homes are including an arbitration agreement in their admissions papers, requiring all claims against the nursing home to (more…)