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Practice Areas

We are a general practice firm, but each attorney has his or her own areas of focus. Clients benefit from the individual attention paid to each legal issue raised with the breadth of experience of a full service general practice law firm.

The practice areas in this section represent broad categories of our most common areas of practice. This is not an exhaustive list. If you are looking for assistance in a particular area and don't see it listed, please contact the firm for information as to whether we can help.

Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate Administration

Our firm represents individuals in all aspects of estate planning and administration, including Elder Law and Medicaid planning/asset protection for long-term care. We believe that estate planning is best done as a team effort that involves our clients, their accountants, insurance agents, their financial planners, trust officers, and other advisers.

We assist our clients in planning for the management and disposition of their assets through documents such as wills, trust agreements, and durable powers of attorney. In doing so, we advise our clients on the form of ownership of their assets, and the beneficiary designations for their retirement accounts and life insurance policies. In addition, we also assist our clients in making decisions for their health care, should they become unable to make those decisions themselves, through advance directives.

We further assist our clients with all aspects of probate and trust administration, and with the preparation of the attendant tax returns, including Vermont and Federal Fiduciary and Estate Tax Returns. We also help families prepare Medicaid applications and work with the families as they prepare for long-term care and health care decision-making.

Contacts – Estate Planning: Joseph F. Cook, Jonathan D. Secrest or Amelia W.L. Darrow.

Estate Planning, Elder Law/and Probate Administration

Estate Planning and
Probate Administration

Estate Planning

  • Wills
  • Trust Agreements
  • Durable Powers of Attorney
  • Advanced Directives for Medical Powers
    of Attorney and Living Wills
  • Beneficiary Designations for Assets
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Fiduciary Advising

Probate Administration

  • Drafting and Filing Petitions
  • Estate and Income Tax
    Return Preparation

Medicaid Planning
and Asset Preservation

  • Property and Income Issues
  • Long-term Care Matters
  • Medicaid Applications
  • Caregiver and Caretaking Agreements

Elder Law

  • Elder Abuse Claims
  • Guardianship