Regional Law Firm Attorney Attends National Elder and Special Needs Conference

June 1, 2011

Hyman G Darling Esq Hyman G. Darling, Esq.

Springfield, MA - The Springfield-based regional law firm of Bacon Wilson, P.C. is pleased to announce that partner, Hyman Darling recently attended the 2011 NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys) Elder and Special Needs Law annual meeting in Las Vegas. Some of the highlights of the meeting include:

  • What every elder law attorney should know about Alzheimer's disease
  • Ethics of Medicaid planning
  • Financial literacy for a client with special needs
  • What health care reform means for people with disabilities

Additionally, there were sessions that covered end-of-life issues, advice on how to manage a law practice, estate planning, and ethical issues.

Darling earned his A.B. from Boston University and his J.D. from Western New England College School of Law. He serves on the board of the national academy and previously on the Massachusetts board, in addition to serving as an instructor at Bay Path College and in the LLM program at Western New England College School of Law. He is the author of numerous estate planning and elder law articles, a contributing writer to a nationally recognized estate planning blog called, Estate Planning Bits, and has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC News, and WGBY. He has been the recipient of numerous charitable recognition awards, and he lives in Longmeadow with his wife.

Elder and special needs law is a specialized area that involves representing, counseling and assisting seniors and people with disabilities and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for individuals. Typically, elder and special needs law address the convergence of legal needs with the social, psychological, medical, and financial needs of individuals. This practitioner handles estate planning and counsels clients about planning for incapacity with health care decision making documents. He also assists clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including at-home, assisted living or nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating public and private resources to finance the cost, settling up special needs trusts, and working to ensure the client's right to quality care are all part of elder and special needs law.

With 44 attorneys, Bacon Wilson, P.C. is the largest law firm in Western MA. Additionally, they have 65 paralegals, secretaries and other support staff to assist with your legal work. The firm's four offices are located in Springfield, Westfield, Northampton and Amherst to convenience you, and free parking is offered at all locations. Founded in 1895, Bacon Wilson provides legal services in most areas of the law to clients throughout Western Massachusetts and Northern Connecticut.

by: Christine Pilch Marketing Director