John L. Roberts

John L. Roberts

Certified Elder Law Attorney
  • Elder Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate Law ...
  • Connecticut, Massachusetts
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Biography

Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning. Probate of Estates in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Guardianships and Conservatorships under the Massachusetts Probate Code. Advance Directives that avoid the need for Guardianship - Conservatorship: Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy. Real Estate Purchase and Sale. Supplemental Needs Trusts. Obtaining and coordinating benefits covered by Mediciad, Medicare, VA, Social Security, private insurance, and other resources.

I prepare and coordinate estates and trusts for people who plan for succession of their assets and property, and protect benefits eligibility for themselves and for disabled family members.
I serve as legal counsel, and provide estate administration services, to Administrators and Executors of taxable and non taxable estates.
I resolve and avoid problems in a wide variety of circumstances involving probate, real estate and Medicaid estate recovery

Education
Western New England University School of Law
J.D.
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Honors: cum laude graduate; Law Review staff member
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Boston University
B.S. | Journalism
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Professional Experience
Practicing Attorney
Law Office of John L. Roberts
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Judicial Law Clerk
United States District Court
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Law Clerk
United State Department of Justice
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Law Clerk
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
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Speaking Engagements
Intersection of Real Estate and Elder Care Planning., Massachusetts Practitioners' Forum, Massachusetts
WFG National Title Insurance
Negative examples (from Bankruptcy Court and MassHealth Hearings Decisions) discussing why planning real estate ownership should be coordinated with Caregiver Compensation whenever elder care is provided by family members.
Discussion of real estate title issues in Guilfoil Case, Springfield, MA
Hampden County Bar Association Real Estate Section
Medicaid Applicant was denied eligibility for MassHealth based on Nominee Trust real estate ownership arrangement. (See video)
Estate Planning for Digital Assets, Springfield, MA
Hampden County Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Practice Section
Summary at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpGir4B710o Focus on an SJC case and the difficulty for a family seeking to access the emails of a man who died without making a Last Will & Testament that included Digital Assets.
Hospital Observation Status cancels Medicare nursing home coverage and "Improvement Standard” can’t cut off Medicare nursing home days, Moderator, Westfield, MA
Massachusetts Chapter, NAELA
https://masshealthhelp.com/pdf/MassNAELA%20Hospital%20Observation%20Summary.pdf Medicare laws enacted by Congress say a patient becomes qualified for Medicare paid skilled nursing home care, IF he was a hospital inpatient for 3 days in a row.
Antipsychotics and Demntia: What attorneys and geriatric advocates need to know, https://masshealthhelp.com/pdf/antipsychotics_dementia_2016.pdf, Westfield, MA
Massachusetts Chapter, NAELA
https://masshealthhelp.com/pdf/antipsychotics_dementia_2016.pdf What attorneys and geriatric advocates need to know about the (over) use of antipsychotic medications with memory loss residents in a facility setting.
Certifications
Certified Elder Law Attorney
National Elder Law Foundation, a private organization,whose standards for certification are not regulated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. NELF is accredited by the American Bar Association to certify lawyers in the specialty area of elder law.
Professional Associations
Hampden County Bar Asociation Real Estate Section
Member
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Massachusetts Chapter of NAELA, The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Member
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Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts
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Hampden County Estate Planning Council
Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Connecticut
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Massachusetts
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1st Circuit
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2nd Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Fees
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    My clients value the ability to control expenses and manage their circumstances. I charge flat fees that help you and your family obtain the elder care planning and estate planning services you need. I do handle Social Security Disability Insurance cases on a contingency fee basis. The fee is paid only when I recover retroactive benefits for you.
Practice Areas
    Elder Law
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Social Security Disability
Additional Practice Area
  • Public Benefits
Websites & Blogs
Website
Estate Planning, Probate and Estate Settlement for Hampden County, Massachusetts
Blog
Elder Law and Elder Care Resources for Hampden County, Massachusetts
Blog
Social Security Disability Insurance information for Hampden County, Massachusetts
Videos
The 3 sound bytes in the beginning are from a court case that dramatized how your Estate (life savings, house) could be hit with Medicaid lien IF you used Medicaid... Don't Lose the House to Medicaid Estate Recovery

The 3 sound bytes in the beginning are from a court case that dramatized how your Estate (life savings, house) could be hit with Medicaid lien IF you used Medicaid...

https://estateplansplus.com for PDF Estate Planning Calculator
This video is about Probate License to Sell Real Estate. If an owner of real estate has passed, you need either Power of Sale in... Is Probate always required for Real Estate after death of the property owner?

https://estateplansplus.com for PDF Estate Planning Calculator This video is about Probate License to Sell Real Estate. If an owner of real estate has passed, you need either Power of Sale in...

Home care page: https://masshealthhelp.com/html/at-home-elder_care.html
MassHealth Home Care Programs in Hampden County PDF: https://masshealthhelp.com/pdf/athomecare.pdf
Leave a comment below if you or a loved one have benefited from Money Follows the Person or other... Money Follows the Person + other MassHealth Home Care Programs

Home care page: https://masshealthhelp.com/html/at-home-elder_care.html MassHealth Home Care Programs in Hampden County PDF: https://masshealthhelp.com/pdf/athomecare.pdf Leave a comment below if you or a loved one have benefited from Money Follows the Person or other...

Link to At Home Care page. Download PDF on Home Care Income, News Articles on Sustainable Home Care and MassHealth Memo on Income:
https://masshealthhelp.com/html/at-home-elder_care.html


Link to Medicaid page for PDF on Medicaid... MassHealth Home Care Asset and Income Limits

Link to At Home Care page. Download PDF on Home Care Income, News Articles on Sustainable Home Care and MassHealth Memo on Income: https://masshealthhelp.com/html/at-home-elder_care.html Link to Medicaid page for PDF on Medicaid...

Be sure you are making the right beneficiary choices. The estate planning attorney can explain how beneficiary designations can achieve your intentions. Download the Trust and Estate Planning Template at:
https://estateplansplus.com/pdf/Estate_Planning_Template.pdf
https://estateplansplus.com/pdf/Estate_Planning_Template_Married.pdf

... You must review Beneficiary Designations on Retirement Accounts

Be sure you are making the right beneficiary choices. The estate planning attorney can explain how beneficiary designations can achieve your intentions. Download the Trust and Estate Planning Template at: https://estateplansplus.com/pdf/Estate_Planning_Template.pdf https://estateplansplus.com/pdf/Estate_Planning_Template_Married.pdf ...

The law provide ways to designate who gets control of your digital assets upon disability or death.
In this video, see how you can designate a back up person, using online... Will Big Tech's TOSAs control YOUR Digital Assets?

The law provide ways to designate who gets control of your digital assets upon disability or death. In this video, see how you can designate a back up person, using online...

Plan to Prevent Probate Problems: Massachusetts Spousal Elective Share

This video explains what happened when a Massachusetts resident didn't update his Will. His estate and surviving family members ended up in... Potential problem if you don't update your Will after Second Marriage

Plan to Prevent Probate Problems: Massachusetts Spousal Elective Share This video explains what happened when a Massachusetts resident didn't update his Will. His estate and surviving family members ended up in...

Negative examples (from Bankruptcy Court and MassHealth Hearings Decisions) discussing why planning real estate ownership should be coordinated with Caregiver Compensation whenever elder care is provided by family members. Can I get paid to take care of my parents?

Negative examples (from Bankruptcy Court and MassHealth Hearings Decisions) discussing why planning real estate ownership should be coordinated with Caregiver Compensation whenever elder care is provided by family members.

Guilfoil Case – a Medicaid Applicant was denied eligibility for MassHealth based on Nominee Trust real estate ownership arrangement: Massachusetts Real Estate Law Trumps Medicaid nursing home denial

Guilfoil Case – a Medicaid Applicant was denied eligibility for MassHealth based on Nominee Trust real estate ownership arrangement:

Contact & Map
Attorney John L. Roberts
1200 Converse Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106
Telephone: (413) 567-5600
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Office Hours are by Appointment. Call 567-5600 to schedule an Educational Meeting
Attorney John L. Roberts
60 Ruthven Street
Springfield, MA 01128
Telephone: (413) 567-5600