“A Safe Harbor...”
Elder Law is a highly specialized field of law. The laws acknowledge and address the specific quality-of-life needs of those over the age of fifty. Its effective practice provides the elderly with qualified legal, financial, ethical and emotional advantages. While encompassing literally all legal services for seniors, Elder Law's primary objective is Asset Protection and Long Term Care Planning.
A number of new laws have been enacted in the past several years which have impacted the areas of Estate Planning and Asset protection and upcoming changes in both state and federal law could have a dramatic impact on our joint conerns in these areas. Our Estate Planning and Elder Law Forums & Seminars for the Spring of 2017 will cover these matters in some detail. See Schedule of Events for details.
News & Updates
February 26, 2017:
IMPACT OF THE 2016 ELECTIONS ON ESTATE PLANNING
NEW MASSHEALTH REGULATIONS EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 1, 2017 & PENDING FEDERAL LEGISLATION
On February 1, 2017, sweeping changes to the MassHealth regulation which mandate how those seniors who are in need of financial assistance for either community based services or nursing home placement were enacted.
These changes are draconian and punitive and have also been labeled as inhumane. The changes are also being enacted with RETROACTIVE application. This may result in seniors who are presently on benefits to lose their benefits.
This website will be brought up to date to reflect these changes. There are also several bills pending in the U.S. Congress which will also have a negative impact on asset protection for seniors facing a nursing home placement.
Furthermore, the leadership of the House of Representative has inficated a goal of abolishing Medicaid as we know it and making fixed bloc grants to the individual states without the present protections which Federal law allows. STAY TUNED!
Last year, Expanded Estate Recovery was defeated and was not included in the Fiscal Year 2017 Commonwealth Budget, which would have expanded estate recovery for MassHealth members to non-probate assets.
In the video below, Attorney Crooks explains what this would have meant for MassHealth recipients. This concern is still relevant, because the present Administration has pledged to reintroduce this legislation again.
On May 5, 2015, at the Annual Meeting of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc. Mr. Crooks was also unanimously elected to a three year term of the Board of Directors of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, and is presently serving as Vice President of the board of Directors.
Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc., was founded in 1972 as a private, not for profit, community based organization dedicated to promoting the welfare and enhancing the quality of life and maintaining the dignity of the older citizens of the Cape and Islands. Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc., is the federally designated Area Agency on Aging (AAA) and the state designated Aging Services Access point (ASAP) serving the towns and communities of: Bourne, Falmouth, Sandwich, Mashpee, Barnstable, Yarmouth, Dennis, Harwich, Brewster, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, Wellfleet, Truro, Provincetown, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.
Attorney Arthur B. Crooks, Jr. has over 25 years experience providing legal solutions for seniors and their families. Attorney Crooks has spoken before senior and professional groups as well as lectured at Cape Cod Community College on Estate Planning, Elder Law and Special Needs issues and has been selected as a faculty member by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. for presentations on Guardianship and Elder Law.
- Tufts University, B.A.
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law, J.D.
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
- Past Chairman & Present Member, Council on Aging, Dennis, Massachusetts
- Estate Planning Council of Cape Cod
- Board of Directors ,Elder Services of Cape Cod & Islands, Inc.
- National Guardianship Association, Certified Guardian
- Alzheimer's Association of Cape Cod & The Islands
- President & Board Member, West Dennis Free Public Library
- U.S. District & Appeals Court
- Supreme Court of the United States