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Wellesley, MA Family Law Attorneys - Newton Family Law Experts

Family Law


Divorce and Separation

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins represents individuals in all aspects of divorce and separation-related proceedings, including attendance in court for motion hearings in all counties in Massachusetts.  Our attorneys work with clients on all related matters such as attendance at conferences and trials, conducting financial and nonfinancial discovery (including written discovery and depositions), preparation of financial disclosures and review of adverse party’s financial disclosure, advising clients on custody and visitation issues, and negotiation and preparation of divorce-related agreements (including tax analysis of property transfers and support payments).

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins's attorneys represent individuals throughout the negotiation and preparation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Our lawyers draft these agreements and advise clients regarding the laws governing such agreements and the suitable terms for inclusion in such agreements. We also assist clients with preparing mandatory financial disclosures required in connection with prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Post Judgment Modifications and Contempts

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins handles all matters relating to the enforcement of existing court orders and judgments, including preparation and prosecution of complaints for contempt in all counties in Massachusetts. Our work also includes all matters relating to modifications of existing court orders and judgments, including the preparation and prosecution of modification complaints in addition to the defense of such claims — from preparation of the complaint through discovery and trial.

Custody and Visitation

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins represents clients in all matters relating to custody and visitation of children, including the preparation and prosecution of custody-related claims, representation of clients through guardian ad litem or family service investigations, conducting child-related discovery (including written discovery and depositions of parties and third party witnesses), attendance at motion hearings and conferences and conducting of trials.

Paternity Actions

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins's attorneys represent individuals in connection with the prosecution and defense of paternity actions involving nonmarried parents.  These matters include preparing court pleadings, attending motion hearings, conferences and trial, conducting financial and child-related discovery (including written discovery and depositions of parties and third parties) and negotiating and preparing agreements.

Guardianships and Conservatorships

Guardianship and conservatorship proceedings may be required for persons who are physically incapacitated and/or mentally disabled (whether due to mental retardation or mental illness) and unable to conduct their own financial and/or personal affairs. There are also a number of situations where guardians are required to be appointed for children. Sometimes special procedures are required, such as for disputes over the proposed guardianship or conservatorship, the administration of antipsychotic medications as part of a treatment plan, or when extraordinary medical authority is needed.

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins attorneys are fierce advocates in court for our clients; preparing and following through to comply with all of the court-imposed forms, hearings, inventories, accountings and other requirements. With, and on behalf of our clients, we are accustomed to communicating with other professionals that may necessarily be involved in the guardianship or conservatorship process (such as medical doctors, mental health professionals, federal, state and local agencies and court-appointed guardians ad litem). If relevant, estate planning documents, such as trusts, durable powers of attorney and health care proxies are evaluated and incorporated into the process.

In addition to advising and counseling clients regarding a guardianship or conservatorship, in some circumstances our attorneys are asked to serve as the guardian or conservator on a temporary or permanent basis. Our attorneys and paraprofessionals are part of the team that carefully undertakes the fiduciary responsibilities required of a guardian or conservator.

Elder Law & Long-Term Care Planning

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins's elder law attorneys are responsive to the unique and sensitive challenges related to aging and the possible need for long-term care. We help clients understand and adapt to the complex and frequently changing rules about making gifts and protecting their home and other assets from long-term-care costs. Wilchins Cosentino & Novins's attorneys work with clients to develop and implement practical solutions so that they can properly qualify and apply for Medicaid assistance to pay for needed health care and related services, whether they live at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing home.

In addition to planning in advance of a long-term-care need, we also have extensive experience in preparing and filing applications for Medicaid coverage, including subsequent dealings with caseworkers and hearing officers. We can also be a valuable resource for referring clients to qualified elder health professionals, such as geriatric care managers and private and public health care agencies.

Estate planning for elders involves several special considerations because of the very specific rules that apply to long-term-care planning. The lawyers at Wilchins Cosentino & Novins regularly work with elder clients to craft tax-efficient plans suited for their personal needs, including the use of certain types of irrevocable and revocable trusts, wills and testamentary trusts, life estate and special power of appointment deeds, intra-family agreements and transactions, caregiver contracts, long-term-care insurance, reverse mortgages, durable powers of attorney, health care proxies, advance care directives and other important documents.

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins's attorneys help clients file for guardianships and conservatorships when mental and/or physical disabilities prevent a person from being able to competently make decisions about their personal, health and/or financial affairs. Guardianship and conservatorship proceedings take place in the probate and family courts, where our team of attorneys has extensive experience in both amicable and contested cases.