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After moving my mother from another state into a nursing home in Massachusetts, we quickly entered into a downhill battle with Mass Health. We had previously transferred assets (without any profit or investment) within the 5 year look-back period and were facing automatic denials for benefits. No one would listen to reason of the situation nor consider the law detailing the conditions for a hardship waiver. Not until Mr. DellaMonaca took our case.
Mr. DellaMonaca knew the inner-workings of the Mass Health process and advised us on how to prepare and proceed through a no-win, but obligatory first round of appeal. During the next step, he assembled a bullet-proof portfolio highlighting the conditions to address a hardship waiver. We stressed to Mass Health from day one that my mother met all the conditions, but without Mr. DellaMonaca, no one would listen, nor would they process a waiver application. All they were focused on was the rule against the transfer of assets. Mr. DellaMonaca's staff was well-versed in the procedures to process said waiver and walked us through the steps to assemble a comprehensive support package. I had discussed our situation with several other lawyers previously - none of whom would take our case because the statistics against Mass Health showed to be too difficult.
Mr. DellaMonaca was honest from the beginning - advising the process would be difficult, and the outcome may not be ideal; however, he offered his willingness to fight the system based upon what was written in the law, and he was willing to continue to appeal as far as necessary. Because of his determination and attention to detail, we won! My mother was approved for nursing home benefits as well as standard Mass Health benefits.
We weren't sure how we were going to pay out of pocket for the nursing home (which she required), nevermind all the costly medical bills that continually arrived due to her medical condition. I was even facing a personal suit from a law-firm representing the nursing home. Mr. DellaMonaca quickly acted against the notice, sparing us time while we fought the case. I can't say enough how much we appreciate Mr. DellaMonaca and his staff. They were personable and attentive from day one. He is definitely a top-notch attorney. I hope I don't require his services again anytime soon, but I definitely recommend him without hesitation.
Posted by Bob
As my wife and I approached retirement and the "Golden Years," we realized, especially after attending one of Michael's free seminars on the subject, that we should aggressively address our needs for "the future."
And it turned out to be an excellent investment in time and money. After several years, we still call for advice and talk about where things are headed. The future is never static, but rather very fluid and dynamic. We are confident that we are now well positioned for the future and what it holds for us.
Posted by barbara
I have known Michael for about 4 years now introduced through a mutual friend/coworker. He helped me during a very difficult time in dealing with my deceased husband's affairs. He told me what to do and what not to do and it saved me a lot of hassle and grief!
Posted by bob
Very knowledgeable. Very enthusiastic. I had a lot of "catch up" work that needed to be done and this guy was able to handle it all. He has a very busy practice and you may need to wait a bit for an appointment but it is worth it! Honest. Compassionate. The real deal!
Posted by Linda
Michael D is great at what he does and always kept me informed. I have had other experiences with lawyers that have not been positive, but Michael is different. He made me trust lawyers again!
Posted by Paul
Michael DellaMonaca worked with me to create a comprehensive estate plan/trust. He took the time to understand my estate planning needs and clearly explained how they could be addressed. He created very clear, understandable documents in a very timely manner. He as been easily accessible for any follow up questions that I had (without charging). He is very knowledgeable. I highly recommend him for anyone who is looking to set up an estate plan and or trust.
Posted by Mark
This attorney is a pleasure to do business with. He explains things clearly and in an easy to understand manner. His fees are not the cheapest but they're also not the most expensive. We did estate planning, and when you factor in all the phone calls and visits and time he spends with you he is a GREAT value for the money.
Posted by Kristi
A few years ago I signed up for an online service to have our wills drawn up and all that I received were these files with pages of documents that I was expected to just fill in the blanks. The legalese was confusing and I just had too many questions. The files just sat on my desktop and I did nothing with them.
Instead of going that route, we decided to meet with an actual estate planning attorney. Our initial meeting with Attorney DellaMonaca proved to be very informative. He explained that beyond general estate planning there are other issues to consider like probate court and estate taxes. (These could be a large expense for the beneficiaries, but expenses could be eliminated with a Trust fund.)
He highly recommended that we have durable powers of attorney in place. This document governs who can manage financial and transactional matters in the event of incapacity. I didn't realize there are different types to consider and if one isn't determined at the time of incapacity, a court appointed one would have to be paid for by the family.
When it came time to sign all of our estate planning documents, the signing was witnessed (by two witnesses) and notarized in his office. We have two "hard copies" and one electronic file and of course he has these files in his office. We have the opportunity to make any changes over the next couple of weeks.
Attorney DellaMonaca is extremely knowledgeable, forthright and down-to-earth. He made this not-so-pleasant experience easy. I am glad to know that we have taken care of wills for our kids and that we have a local attorney that I can call or email with any questions about our estate planning.
Posted by Marshall
.We hired Michael for estate planning services. He had to totally re-write the doccuments previously prepared by a prominate Worcester attorney which were obviously thrown together with software, and not reviewed by him. Michael was thorough, explained every deatail and all our options. He is easy to deal with and understand.Prices were explaiined and reasonable We had no surprises. His no hourly fee is great, nd his Plan for Life is a great relationship. He is a great attorney.
Posted by Dave
Mike was fantastic in explaining and developing a living trust for my mother. My mother was very skeptical of lawyers because she had bad experiences with them in the past. Mike came to the house and without any pressure at all explained trust options to my mother. He was very thorough in explaining and answering questions about her trust options. My mother was very happy with Mike's follow-up services in her final days. When my mother died, Mike made the implementation of the trust very smooth. I was the exector of my mother's estate and any questions I had Mike responded quickly and professionally. Also, he followed through on his pay one price policy. Mike answered questions, contacted other lawyers and corresponded with the real estate agent when we were selling my mother's house for no extra expense. Any documents that had to be developed had an extra charge that were very reasonable and expected. My daughter, wife and I have developed are own living trust due to our experience working with Mike on my mother's trust. I would recommend Mike DellaMonaca highly to anyone seeking to develop an estate plan.