|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Volunteer of the Year Award||Supportive Day Program - Pittsfield Senior Center||2014|
|Outstanding Program Committee Member||Margot G. Birke, MassNAELA Program Committee Chair||2012|
|Principal Attorney||Almgren Law||2006 - Present|
|Attorney||McCormick, Murtagh, Marcus & Almgren||2000 - 2006|
|Associate Attorney||Grinnell, Dubendorf & Smith||1997 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Advisory Committee for Elder Law Publication||2016 - Present|
|Pittsfield Council on Aging||Board of Directors||2014 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter||Board of Directors||2004 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter, Public Policy Committee||Member||2004 - Present|
|Fairview Hospital Ethics Committee||Member||2002 - Present|
|Berkshire County Alzheimer's Association||Member||2001 - Present|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Member||1996 - Present|
|Berkshire County Bar Association||Member||1996 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter||Clerk||2009 - 2012|
|Massachusetts Bar Association||Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Check Up||2017|
|MASSBAR 2016 Elder Law Education Program Community Based Care||Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup||2016|
|Albany Law School of Union University||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|Williams College||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Co-Chair 16th Annual Elder & Disability Law Conference||Medicare, Assessing Capacity, Protecting Clients from Financial Abuse, Mental Health Law and the Elderly||2015|
|Memory Matters||Assessing Legal Capacity in the Elderly||2014|
|Co- Chair MCLE 15th Elder & Disability Law Conference||Irrevocable Trusts, Community Based Care and Veteran's Benefits||2014|
|Long Term Care Insurance and the Home, The Jimmo Class Action and Medicare; Intra-Facility Transfers; Arbitration Clauses||Recent Must Know Changes to Laws Directly Affecting Seniors||2013|
|Co-Chair MCLE 14th Annual Elder & Disability Law Conference||Medicare, Community Based Care, DDS & Hospital Discharge Protections||2013|
|Elder Law Institute XVIII||Mastering Community MassHealth||2012|
|Community Housing Options for the Elderly & Disabled||Community Housing Options||2012|
|Preserving the Principal Residence||Preserving the Principal Residence||2009|
|Elder Law Institute XV||Maximizing Community Benefits||2009|
Posted by Douglas
I first contacted Paula when I was in need of some legal advice and counseling as my Father was approaching the end of his time. He had named me as his Personal Representative, and when the time came, Paula further assisted and advised me as I carried out the provisions of his will.
Needless to say, this was a very difficult time for my family and me. I had never been through this process. When I first met with Paula, she struck me as a person who was caring and highly competent. I found her and her staff to be very responsive to the way I preferred to handle things, while keeping us within the boundaries the state codes. Her communications were always clear, and I was confident throughout the process that she was expertly guiding me to the completion of my task.
I believe that I was fortunate to have found Paula and I will not hesitate to contact her again in the future should the need arise.
Posted by Pat
When Mom could no longer live independently, my sister and I met with Paula and were immediately struck with her attention to detail. She was well versed in the steps needed to assist us in locating a community that would be comfortable for my mother. Paula provided the best legal and financial advice, as she constructed a plan that was flexible and met my mother’s individual needs. Paula and her team worked quickly to streamline the application process and obtained a benefit that provided financial assistance. The peace of mind it gave my mother was priceless. Paula and her knowledgeable team are presently applying for a VA benefit that will keep my mother independent in her assisted living apartment. Paula, Teri, Dawn and the team at Almgren Law have done a great job for my Mom!! She is enjoying her independence and a social life with new friends. We are grateful for Paula’s assistance in helping us to keep our mother safe and happy. Let Paula take the worry away from finding a place for your Mom.
Posted by David
My mother had a fall and suffered a spinal cord injury. She was in a local nursing home, was paralyzed and needed significant care. Before we met with Paula we had no idea where to begin and we were stressed out, overwhelmed and we all felt helpless. We didn’t think we had any choices beyond nursing home for my mother. My parents did not want to be apart and they were both very sad. Even though my mother needed total care, Teri the registered nurse from Almgren Law, met with the nursing home staff and began to put together a safe plan for my mother’s discharge home. Paula put together an estate plan for my parents and applied for community based MassHealth for my mother which helped with the significant cost of her care. My parents were so happy to be together at home and they both cherished their time together. From her wheelchair my mother was even able to critique the way we decorated the Christmas tree! My mother recently passed away but the precious time we had at home together as a family would not have been possible without the support and extensive knowledge of the entire staff at Almgren Law. Their assistance was truly Priceless!
Karen Johnson, Elder law Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
Paula and I are both Board Members of the Massachusetts Chapter of Elder Law Attorneys. She is THE attorney to go to in the Berkshires for issues facing elders. She has helped me with connecting to resources in the area when advising my own family members.
Patrick Curley, Estate planning Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I have served as a volunteer Board member on the Board of Directors of MassNAELA (an elder law professional association with roughly 500 attorney members in Massachusetts). She has also taught a couple of seminars I have attended. Paula has many years of elder law experience and uses that knowledge to serve her clients incredibly well. She is a tireless advocate for elders and those with special needs. She knows the government system and available benefits programs in and out, and fights to ensure that her clients achieve the best possible results to ensure that they can achieve the highest quality of life in the future. I enjoy discussing challenging legal issues with Paula and I value her input. I heartily recommend and endorse Paula.