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Certified Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorneys

Attorneys licensed in Massachusetts & New Hampshire, serving clients throughout the globe.

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About Us

Spano & Dawicki, LLC has remained open throughout the entire pandemic, utilizing extensive infection control procedures. We continue to offer our clients essential and comprehensive services and adhere to guidelines that exceed CDC recommendations.

Spano & Dawicki benefits you with over 65 years of cumulative and expert legal experience in the complex areas of estate planning (will, power of attorney, health care proxy, HIPAA), asset protection, probate & trust administration and elder law. We are dedicated to helping individuals and families from planning for a new-born to retirement, estate planning and end-of-life issues, including Medicaid (MassHealth), asset protection, probate, and trust administration. As attorneys and financial experts who focus exclusively on these practice areas, we are able to quickly identify legal and financial issues, explore planning options, create solutions tailored to the individual needs of each client. We serve as a single point for all resources to assist our clients. We will be honored to assist you.

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Why You Need a Board-Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)

If you are looking for elder law, not all attorneys are created equal. When it comes to counseling and representing mature persons and persons with special needs or their representatives, according to AARP, elder law attorneys that are board certified by the National Elder Law Foundation (CELAs) are the “gold standard of expertise.”

Certification provides the public, as well as other attorneys and professionals, with certified experts who have the enhanced knowledge, skills, experience, and ethics to be properly identified as certified elder law attorneys.

The only organization that certifies attorneys specializing in elder and special needs law throughout the United stets is the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF.) The certification process is rigorous and there are currently just over 28 CELAs in Massachusetts. Before being certified, an applicant must have practiced for at least five years with a focus of at least half their matters in elder and special needs law; demonstrated at least a minimum number of individual cases in numerous distinct categories comprising elder and special needs law; passed a full day-long written examination (recent pass rates have been below 35%). In addition, the attorneys must undergo a successful review by peers and colleagues focused on their intellect and ethics in representing elder and special needs clients.

Practice Areas

We pride ourselves on our support and dedication to the client. Our firm makes sure your legal matters are handled with care and dignity.


Elder Law & Estate Planing

Elder Law addresses many issues faced by seniors and their families. Our team helps plan for medical care needs, tackles crisis intervention, assists with placement decisions, and much more. Our estate planning attorneys will custom draft documents, including Wills, Health Care Proxies, Powers of Attorney, and/or Trusts uniquely structured to protect your individual needs.


Trusts & Special Needs Planning

Every client has different needs involving the creation of trusts. Whether you have a dependent or disabled child, specific wishes for distribution of funds, or want to create a trust to avoid probate or protect your assets from a nursing home, we will identify your objectives and create a unique trust just for you.


Conservatorship/Guardianship

If your loved one needs help making financial or medical decisions, and you need to obtain a Guardianship or Conservatorship, we can help. Whether your loved one was disabled at birth or suffers from dementia or a traumatic brain injury we can assist you in obtaining the appropriate legal status to protect their health and security.


Probate Law

The probate process is complex. Having a clear understanding of your rights as well as your obligations is important. If you are the Personal Representative (formerly known as the Executor) our team will guide you through the process from appointment through final settlement. If you are the beneficiary of an estate, we will represent your interests and make sure the administration is efficient and proper.


Asset Protection

Restructuring assets can ensure Medicaid benefits are available to you, your spouse or your loved one. We will review your financial situation, identify immediate and long-term solutions, and protect your security and assets. Whether you come to us early and protect for the future, or come in an emergency, we can help you.


Real Estate

Whether you are looking to buy or sell real estate, or transfer to a trust or life estate, we can assist you from start to finish. Assisting with finding a broker, reviewing the listing agreement, the offers to purchase, and the final purchase and sale agreement, we will be by your side.


Estate Tax & Retirement Planning

Worried about preserving income and assets for retirement? Want to minimize taxes upon your death? We can advise you regarding taxation, gifts and estate planning. Taking the time to plan now can protect your assets into the future and minimize estate taxes.


Medicaid/MassHealth

You don’t need to spenddown! As Medicaid experts we develop strategies to protect assets for your family. From the application to the fair hearing (appeal) we will help you qualify and obtain an approval for benefits.

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‘Spano & Dawicki has more than 65 years of experience protecting and serving individuals and families through life’s transitions.’