“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 2016 will cover these matters in some detail. See Schedule of Events for details.
News & Updates
March 24, 2016:
Expanded Estate Recovery has reared its ugly head again! Governor Baker's House 2 budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017 includes Outside Section 11 which will expand estate recovery for MassHealth members to non-probate assets. It also allows MassHealth to recover assets to pay for the Prescription Drug "Clawback" which are the funds states are required to pay the federal government for the cost of Medicare Part D.
This is a sweeping change that all individuals should know about. In the video below, Attorney Crooks explains what this means for Mass Health recipients:
May 6, 2015:
On May 6, 2015, on the occasion of the 42nd Annual Meeting of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands, Inc., Arthur B. Crooks, Jr., was honored for his 6 years of service on the Advisory Council of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands. Mr. Crooks was also unanimously elected to a three year term on the Board of Directors of Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands.
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 20 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