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Paula K. Almgren

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Lenox, MA

Almgren Law Group
1 West St
Lenox, MA 01240
Phone: 413-216-3538
Fax: 413-637-5077
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021
Licensed in Massachusetts Since: 1996
Education: Albany Law School
Practice Areas: Elder Law (50%), Estate Planning & Probate (50%)
Attorney Profile

An elder law and estate and care planning attorney with two decades of experience, Ms. Almgren is the founder of Almgren Law Group, one of only a few U.S. law practices taking a holistic team approach to helping seniors and their families plan for and navigate through complex legal, medical, financial and lifestyle-housing care decisions. Alongside attorneys and paralegals, its team includes a registered nurse/certified care coordinator, public benefits coordinator, and retired army veteran services officer. The firm is based in Lenox, Massachusetts, near Tanglewood in Berkshire County.

Ms. Almgren with her team provide a full range of elder law services from helping clients protect assets (like their homes) and triggering and obtaining approval for long-term care insurance benefits to fully accessing programs like Medicare, Medicaid and veterans’ benefits to supplement private resources.

Inspired by Ms. Almgren’s own experience caring for a chronically ill parent, the firm is also home to Life Care, an annual flat-fee program that takes the pressure off family members caring for elderly loved ones by coordinating all aspects of care – assessing living arrangements and care services to see what improvements can be made, addressing immediate and long-term needs, finding appropriate care – and resources to pay for it – and arranging for other providers when needed.

Ms. Almgren also provides comprehensive estate planning services for high net worth clients in the managing and transferring of property in the event of incapacitation or death. This includes making recommendations to save estate taxes by using trusts that help avoid probate while keeping client’s assets and beneficiaries private.

Recognized as a state expert in leveraging community resources to help older people stay in their homes, Ms. Almgren has gained a reputation for her compassion and integrity as well as her commitment to those she serves. In 2020 she served as President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Massachusetts Chapter. Her work alongside chapter peers on the Advocacy Committee has been instrumental in changing laws to benefit seniors, disabled and veterans throughout the Commonwealth.

A life-long learner and mentor, she regularly contributes her insights and expertise to the state’s leading law forums and journals published by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).

 

Ms. Almgren serves on Fairview Hospital Ethics Committee, is a board member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Massachusetts Chapter and the Pittsfield Council on Aging, and is a member of the Alzheimer’s Partnership, the Berkshire County Estate Planning Council, and the Massachusetts and Berkshire Bar Associations. She is also a member of the Women’s President Organization (WPO).

 

Known for her engaging style, she frequently addresses attorneys, financial professionals, hospital administrators, health care professionals, women, and senior and disabled individuals and families.

Ms. Almgren is a graduate of Williams College and Albany Law School of Union University.  She is also an accredited attorney with Veteran’s Administration.

She is rated 10.0 “Superb” through Avvo, the attorney consumer and peer-review rating website.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Elder Law
  • 50%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts

Selections

2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2020 - 2021

About Paula K. Almgren

First Admitted: 1996, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: https://almgrenlaw.com/our-team/

Educational Background

  • Albany Law School of Union University, 1995
  • Williams College, 1992

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Accredited Attorney with the Department of Veteran's Affairs, 2008

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Alzheimer’s Association, 2021
  • Immediate Past President, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter, 2021
  • Pittsfield Council on Aging, 2021
  • Fairview Hospital Ethics Committee, 2021

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • MCLE author Assisted Living: Services, Regulations, and Financing:  Estate Planning for the Aging or Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts, 2021
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Co-author - Veterans Affairs Financial Benefits;  Pension and Compensation for Eligible Veterans and their Surviving Spouses  , 2021
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Co-author - Community Medicaid (MassHealth) Benefits:  Programs for Seniors at Risk for Institutionalization, 2021

Honors/Awards

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter, President's Service and Dedication Award, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter, 2021

Bar/Professional Activity

  • MCLE author of Assisted Living: Services, Regulations, and Financing Chapter:  Estate Planning for the Aging or Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts, 2021
  • Massachusetts Bar Association Co-author Community MassHealth and VA Benefits chapters, 2021
  • Member, MassNAELA’s Public Policy Committee, 2021
  • Board of Directors National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys 2003 to 2019, 2021
  • Immediate Past President, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter, 2021
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Office Location for Paula K. Almgren

1 West St
Lenox, MA 01240

Phone: 413-216-3538

Fax: 413-637-5077

Last Updated: 6/22/2021

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