MGL c.6A, § 18L Silver alert community response system
MGL c.19D Assisted living
MGL c.62, § 6(k)(1) Real estate tax credit for those 65 and older
MGL c.90, § 22I Permits health care providers and law enforcement officers to report "cognitive or functional impairment or incapability to operate motor vehicle safely" to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
MGL c.111, § 236 Designation of caregiver to receive patient health information and discharge plan. Note: The legislature inadvertently created 2 laws with the same citation. Scroll down past the organ donation information to see the correct section
MGL c.112 § 12G 1/2 Physician reporting of diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease to family member or legal personal representative of patient
Crimes against the elderly
MGL c.19A § 14 Elder abuse, definitions
MGL c.265 § 15A Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, victim 60 or older
MGL c.265 § 15B Assault with a dangerous weapon, victim 60 or older
MGL c.265 § 18 Assault with intent to murder, victim 60 or older
MGL c.265 § 19 Robbery by unarmed person, victim 60 or older
105 CMR 309 Safe driving. "designate[s] for health care providers and the Registry of Motor Vehicles cognitive or functional impairments that are likely to affect a person's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle."
540 CMR 24 Medical qualifications for operators of motor vehicles. "provid[es] minimum physical and mental qualification standards determined to be necessary for the safe operation of a motor vehicle."
Selected case law
Guilfoil v. Secretary of Health and Human Services, 486 Mass. 788 (2021) Provides a lengthy discussion of the use of nominee trusts in Medicaid planning, and the difference between nominee trusts and traditional trusts.
Ryan v. Mary Ann Morse Healthcare Corp., 483 Mass. 612 (2019)
The landlord-tenant security deposit law does apply to assisted living, but those residences can also charge additional up-front fees for the unique services they provide.
The Attorney General’s elder hotline, Mass. Attorney General.
“Senior volunteers with the Elder hotline can help you find answers to your questions, resolve disputes with businesses, and assist with other issues.”
Complete guide to managing your parents' finances when they cannot, Atlantic Publishing, 2009. Requires library card for access.
Elder law education guide, Mass. Bar Association, July 2020.
This nearly 100-page guide covers many important topics, including COVID-19 issues, estate planning, long-term care, veterans' benefits, Medicare, homestead and other real estate options, Social Security, and more.
End of life care, Executive Office of Health and Human Services.
Includes links to brochures in many languages, regulations, forms and more, regarding Mass. requirement that health care providers "distribute to appropriate patients...culturally and linguistically suitable information regarding the availability of palliative care and end-of-life options."
The family caregiver handbook: finding elder care resources in Massachusetts, MIT Workplace Center
"The Family Caregiver Handbook is a "gateway" to key elder care organizations across the Commonwealth, providing telephone numbers, locations and website addresses so that caregivers can find the most appropriate resources closest to their own community." Topic areas include housing, health care, insurance, financial, transportation, recreation, and more.
Find an elder law attorney, NAELA, 2020
Use the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys’ database to find an attorney who specializes in elder law.
Get it together: organize your records so your family won't have to, Nolo, 2020
Includes information on health care directives, durable power of attorney, organ donation, insurance, bank accounts and more. Requires library card for access.
HelpSteps.com, Mass. 2-1-1 service.
"HelpSteps connects individuals to local health and human resources." Provides information about elder care, including help applying for medicaid and medicare, and transportation resources.
IRAs, 401(k)s and other retirement plans: taking your money out, Nolo, 2019
Includes information on early distributions, periodic payments, types of retirement plans, and more. Requires free library card for access.
Nursing home consumer information page, Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality
Includes nursing home regulations, information on choosing a nursing home, and more
POMS Manual: SSA's Program Operations Manual System, Social Security Administration
Social Security, medicare and government pensions: get the most out of your retirement and medical benefits, Nolo, 2021
"This book is intended to help you get all the benefits to which you are entitled: Social Security (both retirement and disability based), Supplemental Security Income, veterans benefits, and civil service benefits." Requires free library card for access.
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