Todd C. Ratner

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Todd C. Ratner

Shareholder
Location:
Springfield, Massachusetts
Phone:
413-693-2787
Fax:
413-739-7740
Email:

"A successful law practice is best built on an understanding of the practical aspects of the transactions themselves, not just the laws governing them. My business education and corporate consulting background enhance my ability to appreciate and comprehend the complex legal issues that face local and public companies. In addition, being born and raised in the greater Springfield area, I fully appreciate the challenges faced by area residents and businesses. Ultimately, I consider each single legal transaction to be an event in a long-lasting relationship rather than a closed-ended occurrence. I keep that perspective with all my professional relationships."

Todd is a shareholder and member of the firm's Estate Planning & Elder, Real Estate and Business & Corporate departments. He handles all aspects of estate planning, all types of commercial and residential closings for buyers, sellers and lenders, as well as general business matters.

Prior to joining Bacon & Wilson, P.C., Todd spent six years holding senior business and managerial consulting positions in a fortune 100 company.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning & Elder
  • Business & Corporate
  • Real Estate & Zoning

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 2003
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • Connecticut

Education

  • Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
    • J.D.
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
    • Visiting Student
  • Boston University Graduate School of Management
    • M.B.A.
  • Babson College
    • B.S.

Published Works

  • Estate Planning in the Digital Age, Prime, September 1, 2014
  • Things Not to Include in a Will: Documents Have Limitations, and Some Language Is Not Suitable, Healthcare News, July 22, 2014
  • Estate Planning in the Digital Age: Make Sure Your Heirs Can Access Your Online Information, BusinessWest, February 10, 2014
  • Eliminating Guesswork: Effective Legal Planning for People with Alzheimer’s Disease, Healthcare News, November 1, 2013
  • Deed with Life Estate, The Springfield Star, A Publication of the City of Springfield Department of Elder Affairs, July 1, 2013
  • Assisted Living or In-home Care? This Can Often Be a Difficult Decision for Your Loved One, Healthcare News, June 1, 2013
  • Regional Law Firm Attorneys Honored as 2012 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars, February 21, 2013
  • Estate Planning 2013: Changes That May Affect You, Live Well, Daily Hampshire Gazette, February 15, 2013
  • The Legal End of Alzheimer’s A Diagnosis Leads to Special Legal, Financial Issues, Healthcare News, November 1, 2012
  • Demystifying the Health Care Proxy, The Springfield Star: A publication of the City of Springfield Department of Elder Affairs, July 11, 2012
  • Testamentary Capacity: The Concept of ‘Sound Mind’ Is Not a Black-and-White Matter, Healthcare News, March 1, 2012
  • Finances and Alzheimer’s Disease: There Are Many Such Matters Involved with ‘the Long Goodbye’, Healthcare News, November 1, 2011
  • Deed with Life Estate: Understanding the Pros and Cons of This Handy Estate-planning Tool, Healthcare News, September 1, 2011
  • Demystifying Probate - The Probate Process, Step-By-Step, We, July 28, 2011
  • The MUPC: an Overview Uniform Probate Code Features Several New Provisions, Healthcare News, July 1, 2011
  • Male Perspective Estate Planning, Prime, June 1, 2011
  • Demystifying Death: Steps to Take from the Funeral Home Right Through to Probate, BusinessWest, October 11, 2010
  • Health Care Proxies and Durable Powers of Attorney: Most People Fail to Plan for the Threat of Incapacity Despite Real Need, Healthcare News, June 1, 2010
  • Elderly Drivers: an Age-old Problem - How To Tell Your Loved One That It’s Time to Hand Over the Keys, BusinessWest, February 1, 2010
  • 10 Perils of Joint Tenancy, BusinessWest, September 14, 2009
  • Is It Time to Update the Estate Plan? - Consider These Triggering Events to Avoid Potentially Disastrous Results, Healthcare News, August 1, 2009
  • Age-old Question - When Should You Begin Receiving Social Security Benefits?, BusinessWest, February 2, 2009
  • Will in a Box - The Dangers of Estate Planning Software Programs, December 17, 2008
  • Batter-up: Stepping up to the Plate - Estate Planning for Men, Prime, June 9, 2008
  • Who Will Care for Your Minor Children if You Can't? May 2, 2008
  • Your Plan Your Way - Peace of mind through retirement and beyond, April 4, 2008
  • Some Things to Chew On - Estate Planning Considerations for the Baby Boomer/Sandwich Generation, Business to Business, February 20, 2008
  • Cautionary Contemporary Estate Planning Tales - Learning Our Lessons from the Rich and Famously Departed, BusinessWest, May 1, 2007
  • Vacation Home Co-ownership - Proper Documentation Can Help Avoid Some Headaches, BusinessWest, October 2, 2006
  • Business in a Box - Is Franchising Risk Worth the Potential Payoff? BusinessWest, January 16, 2006
  • Real Estate Buyer Beware - What You Don't Ask May Come Back to Haunt You, BusinessWest, October 5, 2005
  • Eminent Domain - Ruling Blurs the Line Between Public Use and Private Economic Development, BusinessWest, October 5, 2005
  • Caught in the Web? Beware Your Email Becoming A Binding Contract, BusinessWest, June 3, 2005

Classes/Seminars

  • Seminar: Living With ALS April 21, 2013
  • Seminar: Plan Today \ Preserve Tomorrow September 27, 2012
  • Seminar: Alzheimer’s Disease Legal and Financial Issues & Answers July 31, 2012
  • Seminar: Estate Planning Basics July 19, 2012
  • Seminar: Alzheimer's Disease: Legal and Financial Planning June 4, 2012
  • Seminar: Alzheimer's Disease: Make Your Home Dementia Safe and Supportive May 21, 2012
  • Seminar: First Time Homebuyers' Workshop May 16, 2012
  • Seminar: Alzheimer's Disease: Understanding the Behavior - A New Skill May 14, 2012
  • Seminar: Alzheimer's Disease: Enhancing Communication Skills May 7, 2012
  • Seminar: Alzheimer’s Disease Legal and Financial Issues & Answers March 13, 2012
  • Seminar: What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s Disease July 13, 2011
  • Seminar: Estate Planning Basics June 21, 2011
  • Seminar: 3 Things to Avoid May 25, 2011
  • Seminar: First Time Homebuyers' Workshop May 16, 2011
  • Seminar: First Time Homebuyers' Workshop May 7, 2011
  • Seminar: New Estate Tax Laws Impact on Alzheimer's Disease Legal and Financial Issues April 13, 2011
  • Seminar: Caregivers February 9, 2011
  • Seminar: Demystifying Basic Estate Planning January 27, 2011
  • Seminar: Basics of Developing an Estate Plan January 25, 2011
  • Seminar: First Time Homebuyers' Workshop January 19, 2011
  • Seminar: First Time Homebuyers' Workshop December 15, 2010
  • Seminar: Estate Planning for Families of Multiples November 1, 2010
  • Seminar: Estate Planning for Special Circumstances October 21, 2010
  • Seminar: Estate Planning Basics October 18, 2010
  • Seminar: Special Needs Planning Seminar October 12, 2010
  • Seminar: Basic Estate Planning September 13, 2010
  • Seminar: Trust Basics for the General Practitioner April 13, 2010
  • Seminar: Elder Law Education Program - Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup March 24, 2010
  • Seminar: Demystifying the Guardianship/Conservatorship Process Under the New Uniform Probate Code March 24, 2010
  • Seminar: Basics of Developing an Estate Plan January 25, 2010
  • Seminar: Elder Law Basics January 13, 2010
  • Seminar: Demystifying the Emerging Treatment & Law of Eldercare December 9, 2009
  • Seminar: Drafting the Simple Will November 10, 2009
  • Seminar: Demystifying the New UPC November 9, 2009
  • Seminar: College Isn't Getting Any Cheaper October 22, 2009
  • Contributor: Estate Planning Bits
  • Lecturer: Legal and Financial Planning workshop, JFS, February 26, 2014
  • Meeting the yearly requirements to remain on the court approved list, July 2008
  • Lecturer: The Real Estate Smorgasbord, Real Estate Section of the Hampden County Bar Association, March 2008
  • Lecturer: ACORN First Time Homebuyer Seminar, January 2008
  • Lecturer: First Time Homebuyers, December 2007
  • Lecturer: Real Estate Section of the Hampden County Bar Association, Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley, October 2007
  • Lecturer: ACORN First Time Homebuyer Seminar, October & June 2007
  • Guest: "On the House" radio program on 560AM, July 2005

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient: Excellence in the Law, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2014
  • Recipient: SuperLawyers Rising Star Award, Boston Magazine, 2012
  • Recipient: SuperLawyers Rising Star Award, Boston Magazine, 2011
  • Designated as "SuperLawyer Rising Star" 2010 in Boston Magazine
  • Recipient: SuperLawyers Rising Stars Award, Boston Magazine, 2009
  • Recipient: SuperLawyers Rising Star Award Boston Magazine, 2008
  • Recipient: SuperLawyers Rising Star Award Boston Magazine, 2007
  • Graduate: Affiliated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield's Leadership Institute

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • Hampden County Estate Planning Council
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Real Estate Bar of Hampden County

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chairperson: Alzheimer’s Association Tri-County Partnership
  • Member: Massachusetts/New Hampshire Alzheimer’s Association Leadership Council
  • Board President: Longmeadow Montessori Internationale
  • Member: Board of Directors, Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts
  • Chair: Planned Giving and Board Member, Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation
  • Instructor: Pre-Licensing Salesperson Course, Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley, Inc.
  • Instructor: American International College, Elder Law
  • Instructor: HAPHousing
  • Volunteer: Law Consortium of Western Massachusetts
  • Instructor: American International College, Elder Law
  • Volunteer: The Law Consortium of Western Massachusetts, 2008
  • Member: Board of Directors, Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts
  • Volunteer: Massachusetts Bar Association Dial-A-Lawyer
  • Committee Member: Annual Max Classic Golf Tournament to benefit the Baystate Medical Center Children's Hospital
  • Committee Member: Omar T. Pace, M.D. Recognition Gala to benefit the American Cancer Society

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Education

  • The Pennsylvania State University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Visiting Student
  • Boston University Graduate School of Management, MBA
  • Babson College, BS

Bar Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • State of Connecticut

Awards, Achievements & Appointments

Professional & Community Activities

  • Chairperson: Alzheimer’s Association Tri-County Partnership
  • Member: Massachusetts/New Hampshire Alzheimer’s Association Leadership Council
  • Board President: Longmeadow Montessori Internationale
  • Member: Board of Directors, Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts
  • Chair: Planned Giving and Board Member, Longmeadow Educational Excellence Foundation
  • Instructor: Pre-Licensing Salesperson Course, Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley, Inc.
  • Instructor: American International College, Elder Law
  • Instructor: HAPHousing
  • Volunteer: Law Consortium of Western Massachusetts
  • Instructor: American International College, Elder Law
  • Volunteer: The Law Consortium of Western Massachusetts, 2008
  • Member: Board of Directors, Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts
  • Volunteer: Massachusetts Bar Association Dial-A-Lawyer
  • Committee Member: Annual Max Classic Golf Tournament to benefit the Baystate Medical Center Children's Hospital
  • Committee Member: Omar T. Pace, M.D. Recognition Gala to benefit the American Cancer Society

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • Hampden County Estate Planning Council
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Real Estate Bar of Hampden County

Estate Planning in the Digital Age
Prime, September 1, 2014

Things Not to Include in a Will: Documents Have Limitations, and Some Language Is Not Suitable
Healthcare News, July 22, 2014

Estate Planning in the Digital Age: Make Sure Your Heirs Can Access Your Online Information
BusinessWest, February 10, 2014

Eliminating Guesswork: Effective Legal Planning for People with Alzheimer’s Disease
Healthcare News, November 1, 2013

Deed with Life Estate
The Springfield Star, A Publication of the City of Springfield Department of Elder Affairs, July 1, 2013

Assisted Living or In-home Care? This Can Often Be a Difficult Decision for Your Loved One
Healthcare News, June 1, 2013

Regional Law Firm Attorneys Honored as 2012 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars
February 21, 2013

Estate Planning 2013: Changes That May Affect You
Live Well, Daily Hampshire Gazette, February 15, 2013

The Legal End of Alzheimer’s A Diagnosis Leads to Special Legal, Financial Issues
Healthcare News, November 1, 2012

Demystifying the Health Care Proxy
The Springfield Star: A publication of the City of Springfield Department of Elder Affairs, July 11, 2012

Testamentary Capacity: The Concept of ‘Sound Mind’ Is Not a Black-and-White Matter
Healthcare News, March 1, 2012

Finances and Alzheimer’s Disease: There Are Many Such Matters Involved with ‘the Long Goodbye’
Healthcare News, November 1, 2011

Deed with Life Estate: Understanding the Pros and Cons of This Handy Estate-planning Tool
Healthcare News, September 1, 2011

Demystifying Probate - The Probate Process, Step-By-Step
We, July 28, 2011

The MUPC: an Overview Uniform Probate Code Features Several New Provisions
Healthcare News, July 1, 2011

Male Perspective Estate Planning
Prime, June 1, 2011

Demystifying Death: Steps to Take from the Funeral Home Right Through to Probate
BusinessWest, October 11, 2010

Health Care Proxies and Durable Powers of Attorney: Most People Fail to Plan for the Threat of Incapacity Despite Real Need
Healthcare News, June 1, 2010

Elderly Drivers: an Age-old Problem - How To Tell Your Loved One That It’s Time to Hand Over the Keys
BusinessWest, February 1, 2010

10 Perils of Joint Tenancy
BusinessWest, September 14, 2009

Is It Time to Update the Estate Plan? - Consider These Triggering Events to Avoid Potentially Disastrous Results
Healthcare News, August 1, 2009

Age-old Question - When Should You Begin Receiving Social Security Benefits?
BusinessWest, February 2, 2009

Will in a Box - The Dangers of Estate Planning Software Programs
December 17, 2008

Batter-up: Stepping up to the Plate - Estate Planning for Men
Prime, June 9, 2008

Who Will Care for Your Minor Children if You Can't?
May 2, 2008

Your Plan Your Way - Peace of mind through retirement and beyond
April 4, 2008

Some Things to Chew On - Estate Planning Considerations for the Baby Boomer/Sandwich Generation
Business to Business, February 20, 2008

Cautionary Contemporary Estate Planning Tales - Learning Our Lessons from the Rich and Famously Departed
BusinessWest, May 1, 2007

Vacation Home Co-ownership - Proper Documentation Can Help Avoid Some Headaches
BusinessWest, October 2, 2006

Business in a Box - Is Franchising Risk Worth the Potential Payoff?
BusinessWest, January 16, 2006

Eminent Domain - Ruling Blurs the Line Between Public Use and Private Economic Development
BusinessWest, October 5, 2005

Caught in the Web? Beware Your Email Becoming A Binding Contract
BusinessWest, June 3, 2005

Seminar: Living With ALS April 21, 2013

Seminar: Plan Today \ Preserve Tomorrow September 27, 2012

Seminar: Alzheimer’s Disease Legal and Financial Issues & Answers July 31, 2012

Seminar: Estate Planning Basics July 19, 2012

Seminar: Alzheimer's Disease: Legal and Financial Planning June 4, 2012

Seminar: Alzheimer's Disease: Make Your Home Dementia Safe and Supportive May 21, 2012

Seminar: First Time Homebuyers' Workshop May 16, 2012

Seminar: Alzheimer's Disease: Understanding the Behavior - A New Skill May 14, 2012

Seminar: Alzheimer's Disease: Enhancing Communication Skills May 7, 2012

Seminar: Alzheimer’s Disease Legal and Financial Issues & Answers March 13, 2012

Seminar: What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s Disease July 13, 2011

Seminar: Estate Planning Basics June 21, 2011

Seminar: 3 Things to Avoid May 25, 2011

Seminar: First Time Homebuyers' Workshop May 16, 2011

Seminar: First Time Homebuyers' Workshop May 7, 2011

Seminar: New Estate Tax Laws Impact on Alzheimer's Disease Legal and Financial Issues April 13, 2011

Seminar: Caregivers February 9, 2011

Seminar: Demystifying Basic Estate Planning January 27, 2011

Seminar: Basics of Developing an Estate Plan January 25, 2011

Seminar: First Time Homebuyers' Workshop January 19, 2011

Seminar: First Time Homebuyers' Workshop December 15, 2010

Seminar: Estate Planning for Families of Multiples November 1, 2010

Seminar: Estate Planning for Special Circumstances October 21, 2010

Seminar: Estate Planning Basics October 18, 2010

Seminar: Special Needs Planning Seminar October 12, 2010

Seminar: Basic Estate Planning September 13, 2010

Seminar: Trust Basics for the General Practitioner April 13, 2010

Seminar: Elder Law Education Program - Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup March 24, 2010

Seminar: Demystifying the Guardianship/Conservatorship Process Under the New Uniform Probate Code March 24, 2010

Seminar: Basics of Developing an Estate Plan January 25, 2010

Seminar: Elder Law Basics January 13, 2010

Seminar: Demystifying the Emerging Treatment & Law of Eldercare December 9, 2009

Seminar: Drafting the Simple Will November 10, 2009

Seminar: Demystifying the New UPC November 9, 2009

Seminar: College Isn't Getting Any Cheaper October 22, 2009

Contributer: Estate Planning Bits

Lecturer: Legal and Financial Planning workshop, JFS, February 26, 2014

Meeting the yearly requirements to remain on the court approved list, July 2008

Lecturer: The Real Estate Smorgasbord, Real Estate Section of the Hampden County Bar Association, March 2008

Lecturer: ACORN First Time Homebuyer Seminar, January 2008

Lecturer: First Time Homebuyers, December 2007

Lecturer: Real Estate Section of the Hampden County Bar Association, Realtor Association of Pioneer Valley, October 2007

Lecturer: ACORN First Time Homebuyer Seminar, October & June 2007

Guest: "On the House" radio program on 560AM, July 2005