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Serving Leominster, Fitchburg, Gardner and the Surrounding Massachusetts Towns and Cities

Comprehensive estate planning covers nearly every aspect of life. It begins with protecting yourself and your personal dignity, and extends to protecting your loved ones and your hard-earned assets.

Follow the links below to learn more about our Estate Planning services provided at Gelinas & Ward LLP:

Real Estate

From residential to commercial, we can assist with sales, purchases, negotiations and lease agreements. We are also able to assist with complex title issues, land use / zoning issues and environmental law.
Learn more about our Real Estate services.

Probate & Estate Administration

Probate and estate administration are the processes through which estate assets are transferred after death. Assets to be transferred under terms of a will go through probate. Assets transferred outside of a will, such as by operation of law, or those planned for in a trust are handled through an Administration process. Administration also refers to the process whereby assets are transferred by rules of the state when there is no will. We can help make the process easier, more efficient, and provide peace of mind during a difficult time.
Learn more about Probate and Estate & Trust Administration.

Planning for Business Owners

We assist with business entity selection and formation for all types of businesses.
Learn more about Planning for Business Owners.

Buying & Selling a Business

Are you considering purchasing a new business or selling your existing business? Our business lawyers can assist every step of the way.
Learn more about Buying & Selling a Business.

Business Succession

Family businesses are the backbone of the American economy. From agriculture to services, technology and manufacturing, family businesses generate an estimated one-half of the U.S. Gross National Product and pay half of all wages earned in this country.
Find out how we can help you preserve your family business.

Fundamental Estate Planning

There are many legal strategies involved in estate planning, including wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, durable powers of attorney, and health care documents.
Learn more about the Estate Planning process.

Estate Tax Planning

Historically speaking, the federal estate tax is an excise tax levied on the transfer of a person's assets after death. In actuality, it is neither a death tax nor an inheritance tax, but more accurately a transfer tax. There are three distinct aspects to federal estate taxes that comprise what is called the Unified Transfer Tax: Estate Taxes, Gift Taxes, and Generation- Skipping Transfer Taxes. Legal planning to avoid or minimize federal estate taxes is both a prudent and an important aspect of comprehensive estate planning.
Learn more about Estate Tax Planning.

Asset Protection

Asset protection planning involves making prudent decisions today to protect yourself, your business, and your hard-earned assets from loss due to lawsuits, creditors or bankruptcies.
Find out how we can help you protect your assets today.

Elder Law

Elder law is another aspect of estate planning, focusing primarily on the needs of families and individuals as they age. Issues of aging include senior housing and home care, long-term (or nursing home) care, guardianships and health care documents, Medicare and Medicaid.
Learn more about planning for Long-Term Care.

Special Needs Planning

Special Needs Estate Planning focuses on providing for the special needs of our loved ones with disabilities when we are no longer there to organize and advocate on their behalf. Parents of children with special needs must make careful estate planning choices to coordinate all of the legal, financial, and special care needs of their children – both now and in the future.
Learn more about Massachusetts Special Needs.

Medicaid Crisis Planning

Finding and affording quality care on short notice can be stressful and draining. We can help you determine the best options for care and how to qualify for Medicaid to help finance them.
Learn more about Medicaid Crisis Planning.

Charitable Planning

We encourage and assist the tradition of giving to charitable causes, including the employment of tax-advantaged strategies that maximize the value of your gift. We help clients make charitable gifts and practice good stewardship in the most tax-efficient manner.
Learn more about Charitable Giving Strategies.

 

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Gelinas & Ward, LLP serves families, individuals and businesses in the Leominster, Massachusetts area. They specialize in all-inclusive estate planning services for both you and your business. They also provide extensive planning through Elder Law services, wills and trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, special needs planning, probate and estate administration, trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships, business succession planning, real estate transactions, and business mergers and acquisitions. Their offices are located in Leominster, but they serve clients all throughout North Central Massachusetts, including Fitchburg, Gardner, Worcester, Lunenburg, Sterling, Worcester County, and the surrounding cities and towns.

Gelinas & Ward, LLP

106 Merriam Avenue
Leominster, MA 01453

365 Main St
Worcester, MA 01608

978-537-2200
info@gelinasestateplanning.com
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