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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.


Practice areas

  1. Elder Law: 50%
    28 years
  2. Trusts: 20%
    43 years
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
    43 years
  4. Probate: 10%
    43 years


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Stephen J Spano

    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.


    Stephen Spano Elder law Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Marilyn G. Miller

    Ian is a true leader in this field, both nationally and in his local community. I have relied on his counsel in various matters over the years and it has always proved to be accurate and insightful. I endorse him without reservation.


    Marilyn Miller Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Oppenheim & Cole, LLC

313 Plymouth Street
Halifax, MA, 02338


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Elder Law Attorney since 1998National 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 2011National Elder Law Foundation2013
RecognitionMassachusetts Super Lawyers2013
RecognitionMassachusetts Super Lawyers2011
RecognitionMassachusetts Super Lawyers2010
RecognitionMassachusetts Super Lawyers2009
Outstanding Chapter Member, MassachusettsNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys2007
Member of the YearNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts chapter2006
FellowNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys2005
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalOppenheim & Cole, LLC2010 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorWestern New England College School Of Law2009 - Present
Managing PartnerOppenheim & Cole, LLP2005 - 2010
Managing PartnerOppenheim & Maire, LLP1997 - 2005
Managing PartnerOppenheim & Maire, PC1993 - 1997
PrincipalLaw Offices of Ian S. Oppenheim1973 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Elder Law FoundationChair, Standards Committee2010 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1994 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts chapter)Member1994 - Present
Plymouth County Bar AssociationMember1974 - Present
Plymouth District Bar AssociationMember1974 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember1973 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysChair, Fellows Nomination Committee2011 - 2011
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysCo-Chair, Advanced Elder Law Review Course2010 - 2012
National Elder Law FoundationChair, Certification Examination Appeals Committee2008 - 2010
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts chapter)President2006 - 2006
National Elder Law FoundationBoard of Directors2000 - 2010
Plymouth County Bar AssociationPresident2000 - 2000
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts chapter)Board of Directors1998 - 2007
Plymouth County Bar AssociationBoard of Directors1993 - 2001
Publication nameTitleDate
National Academy Elder Law Association JournalA 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
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
Marietta CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2013 Law Day presentation at Pembroke, MA Council of AgingEstate Planning Issues2013
2013 Law Day presentation at Hanson, MA Council of AgingLong Term Care Asset Protection2013
Veterans' Benefits 101Veterans' 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 attorneys2009
Fundamentals of Elder LawMedicaid & 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 PartnershipsExpanded Estate Recovery: Emerging Trends2004