Westwood: Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate
Roger works closely with residents of Westwood, Massachusetts in support of all legal matters pertaining to Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate.
Elder Law, Westwood MA
Loosely defined, it is the substantive body of law dealing with issues of concern to today’s seniors. Such issues may involve probate matters, estate taxes, Medicare/Medicaid matters, protection of primary residence and other assets, Social Security concerns and other related health and financial issues.
Elder Law, as a substantive body of law, is actually quite new, having only evolved in the last twenty years or so. Elder Law evolved as a combined result of the passage of the Medicare and Medicaid Act of 1966, the increase in the number of people reaching the age of 65, and the increasing longevity of the 65 and over group. In response to these changes, government at both federal and state levels started passing legislation which attempted to deal with the problems and situations this changing demographic is facing. Lawyers now specialize in this constantly changing and evolving field of a law and a nationwide Bar association dedicated to the legal concerns of seniors was created. This Bar group is known as The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, or NAELA.
Estate Planning, Westwood MA
Roger has a proven track record helping individuals of Westwood, Massachusetts organize and create important documents to protect assets.
Estate Planning is the field of law dedicated to creating and filing legal documents in order to protect assets and avoid family disputes or litigation after the loss of a loved one. There are a few core legal documents every person should have in an estate plan: a will, durable power of attorney, and a few healthcare related documents. Regardless of the size of one’s estate, every person should have these five key documents in place to ensure that all his or her financial and medical affairs are in order when the inevitable crises of aging occur. A small investment of time spent now setting up a simple estate plan can save thousands of dollars and avoid the family disputes that often occur when decisions have to be made in difficult situations, or worse still, are never made.
If you have questions about Elder Law, call or email Attorney Roger Levine today.