OUR FIRM SPECIALIZES IN ELDER AND SPECIAL NEEDS LAW
We help you navigate and understand the many laws and regulations affecting seniors and the special needs client in areas such as Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Veterans Benefits, Real Estate, Nursing Homes, Long Term Care Insurance, Reverse Mortgages, Trusts, Pensions, Asset Preservation Transfers, Taxes, Health Care, Housing, Physical and Financial Abuse, and Probate.
However, our representation of the elderly and special needs client means more than an expertise in the law. We recognize and empathize with the physical, mental and emotional difficulties that often accompany aging and special needs disability.
We are aware of the real life problems that face our clients and their families.
We provide coordination of services with a comprehensive network of social workers, financial, medical, health care, and other professionals who can be of assistance to our clients.
We help you achieve independence, dignity, and peace of mind.
We provide expert legal solutions in a caring and supportive environment.
We offer direction to a choice of comprehensive services to help you prepare for life’s transitions.
Let us help put all the pieces of elder and special needs planning together for you and your loved ones.
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Ian Oppenheim is one of the preeminent Elder Law attorneys in the United States. He has helped thousands of individuals and many hundreds of elder law attorneys. He is the only elder law attorney to ever have a recurring annual program named after him due to his enormous contributions to the field of elder law. That program, produced by the prestigious Board Certifying Authority in Elder Law, The National Elder Law Foundation, is the Ian Oppenheim WOW program.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certified Elder Law Attorney since 1998||National Elder Law Foundation, a private org. whose standards for certification are not regulated by the Comm. of Mass.||2013|
|Annual "Ian S. Oppenheim WOW" Program since 2011||National Elder Law Foundation||2013|
|Recognition||Massachusetts Super Lawyers||2013|
|Recognition||Massachusetts Super Lawyers||2011|
|Recognition||Massachusetts Super Lawyers||2010|
|Recognition||Massachusetts Super Lawyers||2009|
|Outstanding Chapter Member, Massachusetts||National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||2007|
|Member of the Year||National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts chapter||2006|
|Fellow||National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||2005|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Principal||Oppenheim & Cole, LLC||2010 - Present|
|Adjunct Professor||Western New England College School Of Law||2009 - Present|
|Managing Partner||Oppenheim & Cole, LLP||2005 - 2010|
|Managing Partner||Oppenheim & Maire, LLP||1997 - 2005|
|Managing Partner||Oppenheim & Maire, PC||1993 - 1997|
|Principal||Law Offices of Ian S. Oppenheim||1973 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Chair, Fellows Nomination Committee||2011 - 2011|
|National Elder Law Foundation||Chair, Standards Committee||2010 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Co-Chair, Advanced Elder Law Review Course||2010 - 2012|
|National Elder Law Foundation||Chair, Certification Examination Appeals Committee||2008 - 2010|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts chapter)||President||2006 - 2006|
|Plymouth County Bar Association||President||2000 - 2000|
|National Elder Law Foundation||Board of Directors||2000 - 2010|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts chapter)||Board of Directors||1998 - 2007|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||1994 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts chapter)||Member||1994 - Present|
|Plymouth County Bar Association||Board of Directors||1993 - 2001|
|Plymouth District Bar Association||Member||1974 - Present|
|Plymouth County Bar Association||Member||1974 - Present|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Member||1973 - Present|
|National Academy Elder Law Association Journal||A National Perspective on Expanded Estate Recovery: Case Law Analysis, Emerging Legislative Trends and Responsive Strategies for the Elder Law Attorney (with Alex L. Moschella, CELA)||2005|
|Northeastern University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1972|
|Marietta College||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1969|
|2013 Law Day presentation at Pembroke, MA Council of Aging||Estate Planning Issues||2013|
|2013 Law Day presentation at Hanson, MA Council of Aging||Long Term Care Asset Protection||2013|
|Veterans' Benefits 101||Veterans' Benefits (Moderator)||2009|
|Monthly meeting of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts chapter)||What the Doherty case (Muriel Doherty v. Director of the Office of Medicaid) means to elder law attorneys||2009|
|Fundamentals of Elder Law||Medicaid & Long Term Care after the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act (with Marta Williger, CELA)||2007|
|Medicaid & Real Estate Preservation Strategies||"Where to Put the House" (with Karen B. Johnson, CELA)||2005|
|Reaching New Heights in Law & Aging Partnerships||Expanded Estate Recovery: Emerging Trends||2004|