John L Roberts’s Guides

John L Roberts

Springfield Probate Attorney.

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  1. Damages caused by Life Estate Deeds. Consider risks before transferring property

    Video posted by attorney John Roberts, 6 months ago.

    A widow sued her lawyer and won a $100,000 verdict in Hampden County Superior Court in September, 2013 because she and her late husband did not use a Life Estate deed to transfer property to their chi

  2. Medicaid Planning: Damages caused by Asset Transfers to Children

    Video posted by attorney John Roberts, 8 months ago.

    This Video Podcasts does not provide any legal advice. The Video Podcast is limited to general information and resources pertaining to Hampden County, Massachusetts. You can't rely on general informat

  3. Crisis Medicaid Planning for a Single Person

    Video posted by attorney John Roberts, over 1 year ago.

    Even in a Crisis, Medicaid Planning can save assets that provide special care, and the memories are priceless. If you are at a point of health care crisis and need an immediate nursing home admission, call for an educational meeting and Medicaid Planning that can save time, money and memories.

  4. Formal Probate Proceedings in Massachusetts

    Video posted by attorney John Roberts, about 2 years ago.

    It's very important to choose the correct approach to settle an estate during the difficult time following the passing of a loved one.Since Informal Proceedings leave the door open for objections to the Will for 12 months after the Personal Representative is appointed, or for 3 y...

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  5. A Better Understanding of Clients Who Have Memory Loss and Dementia

    Written by attorney John Roberts, about 2 years ago.

    I took a ten minute Virtual Dementia Tour that opened my mind and heart to the emotions that might be experienced by a person who has diminished capacity. The tour was provided by the staff at Keystone Woods Assisted Living in Springfield. Have you have ever taken a guided tour ...

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  6. Choose a Personal Representative Who Will Manage Your Estate

    Video posted by attorney John Roberts, about 2 years ago.

    If You DO have Will as part of your plan, YOU can decide who will manage your Probate estate, and distribute assets.The person who manages the Probate estate is the PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE. You can designate that person in your Will. The person must be 18 years of age at the time...

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  7. Planning the Powers of Your Personal Representative

    Video posted by attorney John Roberts, about 2 years ago.

    Without advance planning, Probate may be needed to distribute real estate, bank accounts, and other assets. If you have a Will, you designate the Personal Representative who manages your estate. You can also decide what powers the Personal Representative will have over your esta...

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  8. Your Role as Personal Representative of an Estate: Good Decisions During a Difficult Time of Loss

    Video posted by attorney John Roberts, about 2 years ago.

    You can't start settling a probate estate until the Court has allowed your appointment as Personal Representative. Turn to trusted professionals to advise you on legal, financial and real estate matters. This is a time when people are vulnerable. Look at the study by researcher...

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  9. Informal Probate: Will it Work in Your Case?

    Video posted by attorney John Roberts, about 2 years ago.

    In Massachusetts, there are three options if assets in an estate need probate: 1 Voluntary Administration 2 Informal Probate, and 3 Formal Probate Voluntary Administration and Informal Probate are discussed in this video. Informal Probate is for estates where there's no contr...

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  10. How Time and Order of Death Can Affect Shares, When a Beneficiary Disclaims Assets from An Estate

    Video posted by attorney John Roberts, about 2 years ago.

    In some states there is a requirement that an estate beneficiary must survive for days or weeks after the death of the person who leaves an estate. Not in Massachusetts. Here, it doesn't matter whether a person dies one minute, one week or one month later; the shares from an inte...

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