Attorney Profile: John L. Roberts

Medicaid, Medicare, VA, and other elder care benefits laws are always changing. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Member: National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysChapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, an organization committed to education and advocacy that serves your interests. This important work helps us to look ahead, to see where the law is going. We can explain how changes in laws and regulations will affect you and your family. Our clients understand how this commitment serves them, as they plan for the future. We work to serve you according to the standards established for elder law and special needs attorneys.

I attended Law School at Western New England University, School of Law. and graduated with a J.D. cum laude in 1989. I worked for several years in media jobs in Boston, Providence and South Carolina after earning an undergraduate degree from Boston University in Journalism in January, 1976. My best education came several years ago when I came face - to face with the challenges of family care giving: my father developed dementia. The experience transformed my law practice, and the experience helped me to help clients who are family caregivers. Read more at Agingcare.com

Government experience prior to law practice: Judicial Law Clerk, United States District Court, Springfield, Massachusetts. 1989 - 1991.

Admitted to: U.S. District Court, Massachusetts U.S. District Court, Connecticut U.S. Courts of Appeals, 1st & 2d Circuits U.S. Supreme Court U.S. Tax Court Massachusetts and Connecticut trial and appellate courts.

Understand the Need for Elder Care Planning. This video explains why it is so important to take care of estate planning issues while you have good health. The need becomes more urgent when there is a diagnosis, such as Alzheimer's disease.

 

 

Bar/Professional Activity:
• Member: Board of Directors, Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts, Estate Planning, Trusts & Estate Administration Committee
• Member: Real Estate Section, Hampden County Bar Association
• Member: Hampden County Estate Planning Council

Lectures:
• Presented to Massachusetts Chapter, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys – March 5, 2015, Moderator, Hospital Observation Status cancels Medicare nursing home coverage
• Presented to Massachusetts Chapter, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, professional breakfast, Westfield, Massachusetts – March 5, 2015, Moderator, “Improvement Standard” can’t cut off Medicare nursing home days

Articles:
Special Needs Trust Beneficiaries Should Exercise Caution When Allocating Trust Funds
Removing a Trustee: Trust Law May Tip Final Shot in Sterling Case
Can Hired Caregivers Sue Patients and Their Families?
Proposed Changes to Aid & Attendance Affect Caregiver Pay
Hospital Observation Status Can Be Financially Devastating
Glen Campbell Lawsuit Highlights POA and Alzheimer’s
Adult Children Sue Caregiver and Get Unpleasant Surprise
Medicaid Planning with (d)(4)(C) Pooled Trusts - (2014) Comparison of Pooled Trusts serving elderly and disabled clients in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Eight Questions to Help Clients Avoid Antipsychotic Medications - (2012) published in NAELA News: We help you find ways to protect a memory-loss patient's quality of life.
High-Yield Securities and Elderly Investors: Risks and Remedies - (2011) published in ElderLaw Report: How elder law attorneys, protective services workers, and probate court judges can spot unsuitable securities that threaten the elderly. Call if you would like a printed copy.
Erratic behavior and memory loss: Help your clients find alternatives to antipsychotic medication - (2011) published in Elder Law Report: When providing you with legal counsel on Medicaid planning and asset protection, we can also help you understand alternatives to antipsychotic medication. Protect the quality of life for your loved one, and give long-term care and asset planning the best chance of success.

Videos:
Medical Expenses paid by Aid & Attendance Pension, 2015. Everyone is wondering whether and when the proposed regulations discussed in this video will take effect. How long do we wait, and will all of this make the wait time longer? Another big question is whether VA even has authority to make many of the changes it is proposing. The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys is taking the position that VA cannot impose the lookback and penalty period regulations, because those must be authorized by a Congressional VA statute to be valid., Aid & Attendance asset limits, primary residence, and transfer look back regulations, 2015
• You may be confronted by hospital or nursing home staff, who tell you that Medicare will not continue to pay for care. But there are many Medicare Regulations that protect your rights to continued coverage if you need skilled care., “Improvement Standard” can’t cut off Medicare nursing home days, 2015
• Hospital observation status cancels Medicare nursing home coverage, 2015
• Family relationships can be hurt when elders make emotional decisions to transfer assets, without understanding Medicaid rules and the significance of their decisions., Damages caused by asset transfers to children, 2014
• Limits written into your Health Care Proxy can moderate the actions of a Health Care Agent, and protect you in difficult circumstances., Reasons to limit powers of a Health Care Agent, 2014
• Some nursing homes in Massachusetts ask their residents to sign an Arbitration Agreement as part of the admission process., Should I sign a Massachusetts Nursing Home Arbitration Agreement?, 2014
• We can work around Incapacity and maximize capacity, If we re-think the way, shape and form of our Activities of Daily Living. We can Age In Place, and continue living safely at home., Planning for 24 hour care at home., 2014
• Damages caused by Life Estate Deeds. Consider risks before transferring property.