Denise N. Yurkofsky is an attorney in private practice in Wayland, Massachusetts, concentrating primarily in the area of estate planning, including planning for family members with special needs, elder law and probate.

Attorney Yurkofsky works with people of all ages to help them create an estate plan that is tailored to their needs. She prepares wills, durable powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills and trusts with a view to providing for young children or other dependents, minimizing estate taxes, protecting assets, and addressing special family situations. She also counsels parents, grandparents and other family members of persons with special needs on the impact of their estate plan on their loved one’s eligibility for public benefits and prepares supplemental needs trusts when appropriate.

Clients with young families often want to get their estate plans in order to protect their families and best provide for them in the event of a tragic illness or death. Clients may also want to understand and plan for their potential estate tax liability. Clients may also be concerned about what will happen to them and their property if they become chronically ill and are unable to care for themselves. Attorney Yurkofsky advises clients about certain issues they face, such as how to avoid probate, guardianship or conservatorship, how to minimize their potential estate tax liability, different ways to finance long term care costs and what public benefits and services may be available to them. She also works with other professionals who can advise families about nearby resources and facilities, including home care, assisted living residences, and nursing homes.

Our practice includes:

  • Protecting families and assets, including preparation of wills, revocable “living” trusts and irrevocable life insurance trusts, planning to avoid probate and minimize potential estate tax liability where appropriate
  • Planning for disability, including preparation of durable powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills, and income only irrevocable trusts
  • Planning for children and adults with disabilities with supplemental needs trusts and benefits planning
  • Probate and Estate Administration, including review of the probate process, payment of debts, distributions to beneficiaries, the preparation of estate tax returns, and the funding and administration of trusts
  • Planning in conjunction with transitions to continuing care retirement communities, assisted living facilities and long term care facilities, including reviewing all benefits, including Veterans Benefits, which may be available to help you meet the cost of paying for your care
  • Long Term Care Planning, including preparing income only irrevocable trusts and MassHealth applications

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