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Rebecca Benson

Rebecca Benson

Practice areas:

Elder Law, Guardianship, Estate Planning, Trusts

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About Me

Rebecca J. Benson is Of Counsel to Margolis & Bloom, LLP.  Since 1991, her practice has been focused on long-term care planning, estate planning for beneficiaries with special needs, and guardianship and conservatorship.  She is also an experienced advocate for the rights of nursing home and assisted living residents.

Rebecca serves on the SJC’s Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, the Steering Committee of the Women’s Bar Foundation’s Elder Law Project, and a state-wide task force of advocates to strengthen regulatory protections for nursing home and assisted living residents.  She is the author of several works on estate planning and elder and disability law, including chapters in Thomson/RIA's Estate Planning Law and Taxation and MCLE’s Estate Planning for the Aging or Incapacitated Client.  She frequently presents seminars on elder law and disability planning for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.  She has also taught at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s Gerontology Institute, and is the author of Check Your Rights at the Door: Consumer Protection Violations in Massachusetts Nursing Home Admission Agreements.

Rebecca is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Academy of Special Needs Planners, the Massachusetts Guardianship Association, and the Massachusetts Bar Association.  Before joining Margolis & Bloom, Rebecca was of counsel to Cohen & Oalican, LLP.  She also worked as a staff attorney for the Senior Citizens’ Law Project of Cambridge & Somerville Legal Services and an associate with Goulston & Storrs in Boston.  She received her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School and her B.A. summa cum laude and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.


 

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Languages Spoken: Serbo-Croatian, Russian, French

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Elder Law: 50%
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
  3. Guardianship: 20%
  4. Trusts: 10%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Jeffrey Allen Bloom

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    Jeffrey Bloom Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Harry S Margolis

    Rebecca is the leading attorney in Massachusetts in the field of residents' rights in assisted living facilities and nursing homes. She also takes on some of the more difficult and complicated guardianship matters, where Rebecca is a fierce advocate for her clients.

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    Harry Margolis Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

Margolis & Bloom

535 Boylston Street
8th Floor
Boston, MA, 02116-3720

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive198604/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Of CounselMargolis & Bloom2008 - Present
Of CounselCohen & Oalican2001 - 2007
Of CounselMargolis & Cohen1996 - 2001
Staff AttorneyCambridge & Somerville Legal Services1991 - 1995
AssociateGoulston & Storrs1987 - 1991
Law Clerk to R. Ammi CutterMassachusetts Appeals Court1986 - 1987

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
SJC Mental Health Legal Advisors CommitteeBoard Member2010 - Present
Women's Bar Foundation -- Elder Law ProjectSteering Committee Member2009 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1996 - Present

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolN/AJ.D. cum laudeN/A
University of PennsylvaniaSlavic Language & LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts summa cum laudeN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Law School for Social WorkersGuardianship and Conservatorship2014