Welcome, thank you for taking the time to visit. My name is Noreen Murphy and I am an attorney who focuses on elder law, estate planning, veterans benefits, and estate/trust administration. My practice is dedicated to helping clients of any age, as well as seniors and their families, navigate through the difficult legal and personal issues that come with growing older. This can involve:
• Protecting your assets for your enjoyment today and that of your loved ones after you are gone
• Preserving your independence and dignity as you age
• Transferring wealth to the next generation
• Obtaining assistance from Medicaid (MassHealth) to pay for long-term care
• Obtaining veterans benefits
I also work with veterans and their families who have been denied claims for Service-Related Disability Compensation, Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, and Aid and Attendance.
I take a personal approach to the practice of law. I begin by listening closely to you to gain a thorough understanding of your unique goals and concerns. Then, I explain your options in clear, easy-to-understand language. Only when we agree on the ideal approach to address all of your needs and concerns do I design and implement the plan that’s right for you.
While I believe that advanced planning is always the best approach, I realize that sometimes this is not always possible. In that case, I can guide you and your family through a Medicaid crisis situation. In an emergency, or if someone is unable to come to my office, I am happy to make a house call. I often meet with clients in the privacy of their own homes, as well as at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes, and hospitals.
I serve clients throughout the state of Massachusetts, particularly in Winchester, Arlington, Lexington, Woburn, Medford, Burlington, Medford, Somerville, and most of Eastern Middlesex County. I invite you to contact me for an initial consultation, and look forward to meeting you in person.
Education, Memberships and Community Service
I graduated magna cum laude from the New England School of Law, where I was a member of the Law Review and presently serve as an Adjunct Professor.
I am a member of both the national and Massachusetts chapters of The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. I am one of the few Certified Elder Law Attorneys* in Massachusetts, and one of less than 500 in the country. I earned this distinction by completing a rigorous process that requires many years of focusing on the areas of Elder Law and Estate Planning, a Bar-style Exam, taking numerous continuing legal education courses, and receiving multiple references from fellow Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorneys.
In addition, I am a member of the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA), which is dedicated to assisting attorneys representing veterans in disability claims against the Veterans Administration. I have also been a VA Accredited Attorney since 2009, meaning that I am authorized to represent veterans in claims for benefits such as Aid and Attendance before the Veterans Administration. Lastly, I am a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and admitted to practice in the Federal U.S. District Court for Massachusetts.
I volunteer at the Arlington Council on Aging, the Jenks Center in Winchester, and the Woburn Council on Aging. In addition, I am frequently asked to speak to groups on estate planning issues and how to protect assets from the overwhelming costs of nursing home care.
*Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation.
The National Elder Law Foundation is a private organization whose standards for certification are not regulated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Noreen is also a founding member of the Arlington Elder Abuse Prevention Task Force. For more information click here.