Wellesley, MA Family Law Attorneys - Newton Family Law Experts
- Divorce and Separation
- Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
- Post Judgment Modifications and Contempts
- Custody and Visitation
- Paternity Actions
- Guardianships and Conservatorships
- Elder Law & Long-Term Care Planning
Divorce and SeparationWilchins 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
Post Judgment Modifications and Contempts
Custody and Visitation
Guardianships and Conservatorships
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
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.