Law Offices of Maureen E. Lane
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My firm is a second-generation, family practice in Malden, Massachusetts. I have served the greater Boston area since 1995, when I began working with my father, Timothy J. Lane, Jr., who founded his practice in 1976. My practice areas include Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Medicaid, and Veteran's Benefits. I represent clients in every level of the Massachusetts state court system and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

Elder law and estate planning are my primary focus areas. I shifted my practice to these areas after my grandparents spent close to $300,000.00 for their own nursing home care. We had no idea of who we could seek help from or how the system worked. I decided then, that I would master this area of the law in an effort to help others learn more about their legal, financial, and health care options. I now help individuals plan for the possibility of nursing home costs and work to protect elders from nursing home abuse and neglect. I also help my clients apply for and survive the Mass Health (Medicaid) application process and the Veteran's Benefits process.

One of my most memorable nursing home negligence cases was a case in which I represented a plaintiff client who died as a result of being trapped between the bed rail and the mattress. The cause of death was strangulation, but the nursing home told the family it was from natural causes. Ultimately, we found that the death was caused by a poor alarm system design and the nursing home's failure to install inexpensive safety features. The case settled shortly after the complaint was filed. Thankfully, it led to the redesign of the nursing home's alarm system and an investigation by the Massachusetts Department of Health. I am confident that our work brought this risk to the attention of many nursing homes across the state and improved the quality of care for numerous patients.

The cornerstone of my success is the personal relationship that I maintain with my clients. I treat my clients like members of my family, with personal attention and care. I help manage the affairs of my clients, if there is no family member available to help. I listen to, and communicate with, my clients in order to provide them with the best representation possible. My first-hand experience with these issues has given me a greater understanding of the problems and difficulties involved with these decisions.