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"I get tremendous satisfaction from knowing that my clients are well-advised before making important decisions. While consistently accomplishing client objectives, assisting with tax savings, preserving assets for the next generation, and maintaining family harmony, I meet my clients' goals. I strive for each client's satisfaction and comfort with his or her plan."

Hyman, chair of the estate planning and elder law department, is recognized as the area's preeminent estate planner. He has extensive experience with all aspects of estate planning, trusts, tax law, probate and estates, guardianships, special needs trusts and planning, elder law, and long-term care planning. Additional specialties include adoption and real estate.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts


  • Western New England College School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1977
  • Boston University
    • A.B. - 1972

Classes and Seminars

  • Presenter, “Advocacy for Client in Nursing Homes,” Massachusetts Association of Social Workers, June 2021
  • "Alternatives to Guardianship”, Estate Planning for the Ageing or Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts, MCLE, 5th Edition, 2021
  • "Estate, Gift, an Income Tax Planning for the Advanced Planning Program,” NAELA, 2021
  • Webinar Presenter, “Estate Planning in Uncertain Times” Boston University Alumni Association, May 27, 2020
  • “IRA Contributions,” National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, December 2019
  • “Elder Law: My Life, My Choice,” Western New England Law Review, 2019

Awards, Achievements & Appointments

  • Recipient, Best Lawyer in Republican/MassLive ReaderRaves poll, 2014-2020
  • Recipient, SuperLawyers Massachusetts and New England Award, Boston Magazine, 2005-2020
  • Quoted, When Heirs Collide, Wall Street Journal, September 2014
  • Quoted, Estate Planning: Put a Plan in Place to Ensure Pets’ Care, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, June 2013
  • Quoted, Market Watch, 10 Things Estate Sales Won’t Tell You, Wall Street Journal, June 2013
  • Quoted, Childless and Aging? Time to Designate a Caregiver, New York Times, September 11, 2012
  • Guest, When Disaster Strikes—Couples Divorcing to Pay Medical Bills, TodayShow, March 13, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • President, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2017-Present; Vice President 2015-2016; Treasurer 2013-2014
  • Instructor, Bay Path College, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Probate
  • Reader, Mass Mutual Children Center Kindergarten/Pre K class, 2004-Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Western New England University School of Law, LLM Program

Contributor: Estate Planning Bits

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

Restoring Veterans’ Benefits: Proposed Federal Legislation Could Bring Financial Changes
Healthcare News , April 1, 2014

Reverse Mortgages for the Affluent, Too: Are You Up to Speed on the Advantages and New Regulations for 2014?
BusinessWest, December 30, 2013

The Importance of the Special-needs Trust
BusinessWest, October 7, 2013

Does My Child Need Guardianship?
The Voice, June 1, 2013

Capital Idea: Changes in the Law Greatly Benefit Those Selling Their Homes
Healthcare News, May 1, 2013

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

Cliff Notes — A 2013 Tax Update — What’s Changed, and What Hasn’t
Healthcare News, February 1, 2013

Designating Beneficiaries: A Critical Step to Allocating Your Assets as You Desire
Healthcare News, December 1, 2012

Caring for Your Ailing or Aging Parent – Know and Fully Understand the Personal and Financial Ramifications
Healthcare News, October 1, 2012

Elders and Driving: The Delicate Balance Between Safety and Independence
Healthcare News, August 1, 2012

Usernames & Passwords & Logins, Oh My! Preventing a Disaster for Your Heirs
Westfield Evening News, July 26, 2012

Peace of Mind: A Health Care Proxy Ensures That Wishes Will Be Honored
BusinessWest, April 9, 2012

The Do-not-resuscitate Order: Understand the Significance of This Important Document
Healthcare News, February 1, 2012

Estate Planning in Blended Families Considerations for Couples with Children from Previous Relationships
Healthcare News, October 1, 2011

Charitable Giving and Medicaid Issues
August 30, 2011

Estate Planning: Not Just for Elders You Should Prepare Now to Prevent Future Problems
Healthcare News, June 1, 2011

Understanding Veterans’ Benefits Assistance: Is Available to Those Who Qualify Financially
BusinessWest, January 3, 2011

Life Insurance on a Child with Special Needs: Benefits and Challenges
The Voice, October 1, 2010

The Sunset Provision of Estate Taxes: How Much Tax Will Be Owed by the Survivors of Those Who Die in 2010?
Healthcare News, August 1, 2010

Life Insurance and Children with a Disability
The Voice, April 1, 2010

In Sickness and in Health – Long-term Care Costs Force Tough Choices
BusinessWest, March 29, 2010

Borderline Tax and Estate Planning: Know the Rules — and the Numbers — Before Making Your Move
BusinessWest, March 15, 2010

Usernames, Passwords, and Logins, Oh My! – How to Prevent a Potential Disaster for Your Heirs
BusinessWest, September 14, 2009

The Uniform Probate Code – Enhanced Protection Available for Those Needing Guardianship
BusinessWest, March 30, 2009

Planning Your Estate: When a “Simple Will” Won’t Suffice
Healthcare Ledger, October 1, 2008

Designating Beneficiaries
Healthcare Ledger, August 22, 2008

Planning Your Estate: When a “Simple Will” Won’t Suffice
The Voice, August 1, 2008

Special Needs Children: Proper Planning Can Preserve Assets to Support Them When You’re Gone
Healthcare Ledger, June 2, 2008

The Deed with Life Estate – A Smart Way to Preserve Your Home from Long Term Care Expenses
Healthcare News, May 2, 2008

Caring for Your Ailing or Aging Parent – Personal and Financial Ramifications
March 25, 2008

Fair Questions – Making a Case for Effectively Contesting a Will Isn’t Easy
Business to Business, Healthcare News, October 18, 2007

Home Sweet Home – Reverse Mortgages Can Keep You from Becoming Institutionalized
Healthcare News, August 21, 2007

What Are the Benefits of Hospice Care?
Healthcare Ledger, May 29, 2007

Co-owning Property with Your Spouse or Children – How To Chose the Right Type of Ownership
Prime, November 18, 2006

A Sense of Community – Assisted Living Facilities – A Means to Live Independently Longer
Healthcare News, June 19, 2006

Death Without the Estate Tax?
BusinessWest, December 16, 2005

Effective Planning to Transition a Business
Chamber Channels, August 12, 2004

New Massachusetts Estate Tax Exemptions Are Likely to Cause Hardships for the Unprepared
Quality Senior Guide, June 21, 2004

Preparing For Incapacity – The Durable Power of Attorney Helps Assure a Proper Flow of Funds
Healthcare News, May 16, 2004

Deed With Life Estate
Quality Senior Guide, October 30, 2003

End of the Year Tax Strategy – Charitable Planning
Loomis Advantage – The Newsletter of Loomis Communities, October 30, 2003

Smart College Planning With Section 529 Plans
Valley Business Outlook, February 20, 2003

Deed With Life Estate
Healthcare News, February 3, 2003

Nine Bacon Wilson Attorneys Selected as 2015 Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
October 19, 2015

Bacon Wilson, P.C. Attorneys Honored as 2014 Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
October 23, 2014

Regional Law Firm Attorneys Honored as 2013 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars
October 30, 2013

Regional Law Firm Attorney Named Secretary of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
June 6, 2013

Regional Law Firm Attorneys Honored as 2011 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars
December 9, 2011

Regional Law Firm Attorney Attends National Elder and Special Needs Conference
June 1, 2011

Smart Tips for Parent-Child Family Finances
US News & World Report Money, March 4, 2011

Regional Law Firm Attorneys Honored as 2010 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars
December 17, 2010

In Sickness and in Health – Long-term Care Costs Force Tough Choices
BusinessWest, March 29, 2010

Regional Law Firm Attorneys Honored as 2009 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars
November 16, 2009

Regional Law Firm’s Attorney Named to American Cancer Society’s Nationwide Gift Planning Advisory Council
November 6, 2009

Springfield-Based Attorney is Appointed to National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Board
April 17, 2009

Local Lawyers Recognized as 2008 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars
November 21, 2008

Bits and Hits – Estate-planning Blog Success Shows That Where’s a Will, There’s a Way Forward
BusinessWest, September 24, 2008

State of the Estate Tax – Beyond 2010: Uncertainty Reigns, but There’s Still Planning to Do
BusinessWest, September 17, 2008

Local Attorney Contributes to New Long Term Care Planning Book
May 27, 2008

Local Attorney Earns Distinction as a Certified Elder Law Attorney
April 21, 2008

Local Attorney Presents at National Seminars
November 12, 2007

Boston Magazine Distinguishes 7 New England SuperLawyers from Regional Law Firm
November 8, 2007

Local Lawyer Invited to Serve on Prestigious National Alliance
April 24, 2007

Partner in Regional Law Firm Presents at National Conference
November 22, 2006

Boston Magazine Distinguishes 9 SuperLawyers from Regional Law Firm
November 6, 2006

A Big Problem – For The Long Term, Recently Passed Legislation Dramatically Changes The Landscape of Medicaid Planning
Healthcare News, BusinessWest, March 7, 2006

Catching the blog wave – Law Firms See Benefits In A Growing Medium
BusinessWest, October 5, 2005

Seminar: Preserving the Family Gems June 11, 2014

Seminar: The Crystal Ball/Magic Wand Approach to Late Life Planning – 24th Western Massachusetts Elder Care Conference May 29, 2014

Seminar: Protect Your Assets from Long-term Expenses March 12, 2014

Seminar: Tax issues relative to sales of real estate September 11, 2013

Seminar: Plan Today Preserve Tomorrow September 27, 2012

Seminar: Mapping the Road Ahead June 13, 2012

Seminar: A Potpourri of Current Estate Related Issues November 30, 2011

Seminar: Tax Questions Answered: an Open Forum September 22, 2011

Seminar: Paralegal Program: Trust Administration June 10, 2011

Seminar: Unraveling the Medicaid Mystery June 9, 2011

Seminar: Securing Your Family’s Future Long Term and Asset Protection Planning: Long Term and Asset Protection Planning June 7, 2011

Seminar: Tax Section Free Webinar: The Attorney is Quarterback of the Estate May 25, 2011

Seminar: Protecting Your Assets April 26, 2011

Seminar: Estate Planning Primer June 10, 2010

Seminar: Changes to the New MUPC; Guardianship & Conservatorship – Substantive law, applicable procedures, forms and practice May 27, 2010

Seminar: Elder law planning for the general practitioner January 27, 2010

Seminar: Estate Planning for Real Estate Owners January 14, 2010

Seminar: Creating Special Needs Trusts January 8, 2010

Seminar: Estate planning and protecting your assets January 5, 2010

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

Seminar: Use of Paralegals in a private law practice November 18, 2009

Seminar: Utilization of Paralegals November 16, 2009

Seminar: When It’s All Going to the Dogs: A Primer on the Emerging Trend of Pet Trusts and Estate Planning November 15, 2009

Seminar: Elder Law and Asset Planning Techniques October 27, 2009

Lecturer: “How to Afford a Retirement Community”, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing, March 12, 2014

Lecturer: Tax Truths and Myths, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Washington D.C., November 2013

Lecturer: Pre and Post Mortem Estate Planning Options Regarding Estate, Gift and Income Taxes, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Washington D.C. November 2013

Contributing Author: “The CPA’s Guide to Long-Term Care Planning”, May 2008

Author: Fair Questions – Making a Case for Effectively Contesting a Will Isn’t Easy, BusinessWest & Healthcare News, October 2007

Lecturer: Succession Planning, The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys’ Advanced Elder Law Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah

Elder Law TV Show, Wilbraham Public Access TV, various dates and times, Fall 2006

Lecturer: Getting Your Affairs In Order, May 2005

Author: “Conservators and Guardianship in MA Estate,” MCLE, 1992, 1996, 2004

Guest: WARE Radio Medicaid Show, March 2004

Co-Author: “Understanding Special Needs Trusts in MA” Professional Education Systems Institute, 2003

Guest: WWLP TV Senior Showcase, November 2003

Lecturer: “Preservation of Assets and Medicaid Rules Update,” October, 2002

Lecturer: Investment Educational Forum, October, 2002

Author, “Life Estates,” Trusts and Estates, May 2002

Presenter: “Preserving the House from Long Term Care Costs,” Hampden County Bar Association, 2002

Presenter: “Charitable Giving in the 90’s,” Hampden County Estate Planning Council

Co-Chair: “Estate Planning For Elders in Crisis,” MCLE, 2001

Presenter and Author: “Family Business Succession,” National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May, 2000 Presenter and Author: “Tax Consequences of Transfer of Real Estate,” National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, St. Louis, Missouri, 2001

Presenter: “Child Records in Massachusetts,” P.S.I., 2001

Author: “Use of Trusts,” MCLE, 2001

Author: “Basic Estate Planning,” MCLE, 2000

Author: “Elder Law Basics,” MCLE, 2003, 2000

Lecturer: “Medicaid Planning in Massachusetts,” MCLE, 1998

Author: “Preserving the Family Residence,” MCLE, 1996-1997

Author: “Last Rites for the Massachusetts Estate Tax,” MCLE, 1996-1997

Author: “The Simple Estate Plan,” MCLE, 1996

Lecturer: “Health Care Issues for Elderly & Incapacitated Clients,” MCLE, 1989-1994

Author & Panelist: “Nominee Trusts,” 1994

Presenter: “Common Estate Planning Errors,” MCLE, 1992, 1994

Author: “Estate Planning for AIDS Clients,” MCLE, 1991

Lecturer: “Medicaid/Estate Planning for the Elderly,” MCLE, 1990

Lecturer: “Basic Probate in Massachusetts,” National Business Institute, 1987, 1989

Contributing Author: “Families Adopting Children Everywhere,” Becker, 1988

Lecturer: “Beyond the Safety Net III,” MCLE, 1988