Helping You
Protect Your Legacy

Your golden years should be a time of rest, relaxation, and making new memories with loved ones.

A team you
can trust

We treat you
like family

Dedicated to
your needs

Have you planned for your future?

We understand how stressful it can be to plan for an unknown future and fight to protect your life’s work. Unfortunately, the changes and responsibilities that come with aging can be difficult for both elders and their families.

When you work with us, you and your family come first.

Our team of compassionate attorneys and staff have worked with thousands of seniors and their families in Hanover, Quincy, and throughout the Boston, Massachusetts area. 

We help walk through the tough, but necessary, decisions regarding future long-term care needs. We give you the confidence and peace of mind that you deserve.

Hanover Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorneys specializing in protection for your needs

Seniors elder law estate planning

Senior Asset Protection

I want to shield my home and savings from probate, taxes, lawsuits, and long term care costs.

Nursing home

Nursing Home Care

I need help paying for a nursing home without losing my home and life savings.

Hanover Trust & Probate Attorney

Probate & Trust Administration

I need guidance carrying out my loved one's final wishes.​

Special Needs

Special Needs Protection

I want to ensure that my loved one with disabilities is cared for in the future.

Our 3 Step Treasure Chest Process

treasure chest

Step 1

We meet with you to learn about you, your needs, and goals.

Together we design a legal plan to protect your home and savings (assets).

This forms the walls of your treasure chest.

Step 2

In step two, the magic happens!

Our team gets your treasures (assets) into your treasure chest.

Once your assets are inside the treasure chest, you are now protected.

Step 3

With inevitable law and life changes, our process keeps your treasures safe in your chest as you journey through life.

Now, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your best years.

Patrick Kelleher Elder Law Attorney

A lawyer who cares

Hi, I’m Patrick. Welcome to Patrick J. Kelleher & Associates, P.C.! We are a caring and compassionate law firm located in Hanover, Massachusetts.

I know the aging process all too well because I lived it with both of my parents. 

My dad ended up in a nursing home after a bad fall. My mom made a courageous decision to go on hospice after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. Both of these times were gut wrenching for me and my family.

Because of my experience, my practice is dedicated to protecting our clients and their loved ones from the Four Headed Monster of Estate Planning and Elder Law:

  1. Probate Court
  2. Estate Death Taxes
  3. Financial Creditors & Predators
  4. Nursing Homes

The Four Headed Monster’s goal is to steal everything you’ve worked for your entire life. 

Without a properly designed plan, the consequences can be devastating for you and your family members. Fighting this battle may seem daunting at first, but we are here to help.

Education is a big part of our process. I’m so passionate about education that I even wrote a book walking you through a step-by-step process on how to get your affairs in order. Check it out on Amazon here.

We also regularly host free workshops where we arm you with the information and resources you need to make educated, empowered decisions about what is best for you and your family. 

When you work with us, you can expect a lifelong relationship that includes annual plan reviews and ongoing communication.

Our goal is to make planning for the unexpected as simple as possible. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Elder law and estate planning overlap in many ways. They both involve planning for your future as it relates to your wishes for your home, savings, investments, and other items (also called your assets).

The main difference is that elder law focuses more on planning for the use of your income and assets while you are alive, and estate planning focuses more on what will happen to your assets when you pass.

Watch my YouTube video “What is Elder Law” to learn more.

We help you prepare for future long term care costs. Currently in the Pittsburgh area, the average nursing home is $10,038 per month. That would devastate most families.

An Elder Law attorney can help you qualify for Medicaid or other benefits that can help pay for that expense, while protecting your home and other assets that can be passed down to your loved ones.

Watch my YouTube video to learn more.

Hiring an attorney is a big decision. It is important to work with someone who has extensive experience, and that you can trust to always have your best interests at heart. 

Some questions you should ask an elder law attorney before making your decision are:

  • How experienced are you?
  • How long have you been practicing elder law?
  • How do you get paid? Flat price or hourly charge?

Watch my YouTube video to learn more.

No. While there are strict requirements to meet for both income and assets, with proper planning you may become Medicaid eligible before spending all of your assets.

Watch my YouTube video “The importance of Elder Law Planning” to learn more.

When a person dies without a Will, it is called Intestacy. In this case there is a statute that determines how the deceased’s assets are distributed.

Generally, surviving spouses and direct heirs are first to inherit an intestate estate. In their absence, aunts, uncles and cousins may inherit. It is a common misconception that the State will take all of your assets if you die without a Will.

It is only in the absence of any surviving heirs that the State would stand to inherit. To open an Intestate Estate, an Administrator must be appointed. Your first step is to contact our office for guidance.

Watch my YouTube video “What happens if I die without a Will?” to learn more.

If your other parent is still alive and they owned their property jointly, you likely do not have to do anything. Assets owned jointly by married individuals pass by operation of law to the survivor.

If your parent was a widow and he/she had a Will, the Will must be probated so the assets may be distributed accordingly.

Your first step is to contact an experienced attorney for guidance.

Get in touch with us

Patrick J. Kelleher & Associates, P.C.
Elder Law Care Center

1415 Hanover Street
Hanover, MA 02339
(781) 871-PLAN (7526)

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