If you live in the Metrowest area of Massachusetts and need the services of a dedicated estate planning attorney, Jennifer A. Deland, Counselor-at-Law is here to provide them. At Deland Law Office, our goal is to provide well-crafted solutions to help you put and keep your affairs in order while planning for someone to handle your affairs when you cannot.
With in-depth knowledge of trust and estate law, Jennifer Deland and her associate, Kenneth Collinson, III, will prove invaluable in taking the necessary steps to plan your estate in an orderly fashion. There is a fee for this consultation, usually $400, because it is legal work. If you are ready to start the process of planning and organizing, contact Deland Law Office today for an in-office or Zoom consultation.
Our practice covers a full spectrum of estate planning matters: elder law, tax law, real estate law, trust law, and probate. Jennifer Deland is truly a counselor-at-law.
We teach and guide, making sure that you understand your options and helping you to make wise decisions in view of your financial and family situation.
At Deland Law Office, we are committed to:
Helping you create the estate plan that works best for you, including health care documents, powers of attorney, trusts and wills.
Ensuring that your documents are properly executed.
Ensuring that you have your own original documents, and that you and your family know how to use them.
Helping you integrate beneficiary assets such as life insurance and retirement plans into your complete estate plan.
Helping you to protect your property, whether by a simple homestead or by the use of irrevocable trusts
We know that, at one time or another, elder law concerns affect just about everyone. That’s why it is important to have a well-informed, compassionate elder law attorney at your side as you plan your estate. Jennifer Deland will offer you several strategic approaches to protecting your financial assets for retirement and planning for potential healthcare assistance as you age.
She will help you help another person, whether by guiding them to develop a plan of their own, or by helping you to obtain guardianship or conservatorship authority to act for them.
She will help you understand how government assistance, such as medicaid for long term care can ensure the care of an elder or disabled person, while making the most effective use of available assets. With proper planning, and effective assistance of counsel you can remain eligible for Medicaid/Mass Health benefits without having to spend down all of your assets. We can help you navigate the Medicaid system to offset the exorbitant expense of long-term nursing care.
We will also assist you in preparing the documents that will protect you and your family if you are seriously injured or ill, including a Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, Living Wishes, and HIPAA Release form.
When an individual dies, their estate must be settled. This may require a court process known as probate. Probate can be expensive and time-consuming.
If you have your assets set up with appropriate beneficiaries and ownership by trusts, this process may be simpler, since no court may need to be involved. Your trustee may still appreciate our assistance.
When you become our client, we will find ways to simplify the process. In many cases, we can use a trust instrument to protect your estate from complex probate to make certain that your family receives their inheritance as promptly as possible, without excessive taxation.
Jennifer Deland is also adept at advising you if you have taken on the role of personal representative/executor of someone else’s estate. Being an executor is a serious responsibility; she will help you understand your fiduciary duties and organize the multiple tasks involved so that they can be managed efficiently.
Needs of Your Children
We will assist you in choosing and designating guardians for minor children, as well as providing for control of putting assets in trust for your children while they are minors and arranging for them to take control if and as you think wise.
She is also well aware that every family’s situation is unique and will help you deal with your child’s special needs or exceptional talents (sometimes both). A Special Needs Trust can ensure that your child will be eligible for government benefits (e.g. Medicaid, Social Security Disability) and still have the funds to enhance their later life.
If your child has trouble managing money — whether due to immaturity, carelessness or a substance abuse problem, Jennifer Deland can help you establish a Spendthrift Trust to protect them from their own worst impulses.
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Jennifer A. Deland wants to have an ongoing, supportive relationship with you in regard to all aspects of your estate plan or the one you are administering. She is dedicated to providing you with the level of professional service you deserve.
Jennifer A. Deland, Counselor-at-Law advises clients throughout the Metrowest area, including Holliston, Hopkinton, Milford, Medway, Medfield, Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Sherborn, Dover, Southborough, Sudbury, and Westborough.
Holliston, MA 01746
Call our office 805.964.1170