Managing the Probate Process Through Careful Estate Planning

We all work hard throughout our lives with the expectation we will be able to leave an estate to our children and heirs. Too often however, we fail to take the necessary steps to preserve our wealth and our heirs are left to deal with Massachusetts probate. Fortunately, the Massachusetts law regarding probate has been simplified over the last few years but there are still some steps you can take to ensure your assets are divided up per your wishes and avoid probate.

Your retirement accounts

Fortunately, most financial institutions require retirement account owners to specify a beneficiary when they open their accounts. However, it is important to verify the beneficiary after a divorce, death of a spouse or other life changes.

Other financial assets

There are a number of ways you can ensure your assets are divided up per your wishes while you are still alive including:

  • Stocks/bonds/mutual funds – there are two options for transferring these assets to an heir upon your death. One way is to jointly register assets using joint tenants with rights of survivorship where the ownership automatically transfers upon your death. A second method is using what is known as a “transfer on death” option which will require the designee to provide a copy of a death certificate and a letter of instruction for the new registration. [Read more…]

Great Lawyer!

We hired Christoper Sharry for our son’s Social Security case. He was great to work with. Kept us up to date on everything, was responsive to my e-mails and calls. I would definitely recommend him to anybody.

by Heather

Social Security Disability Case

I had a Social Security Disability case that to me was very confusing. Attorney Christopher Sharry was extremely
helpful throughout the entire case. The amount of time it takes for such a case is usually very long, my case took about four years. Christopher Sharry was right there with me every step of the way. Whenever I had a question or was confused about anything, Christopher Sharry was always right there to help me out anyway he could. I would recommend Christopher Sharry to anyone that needed any kind of help, in such a matter. I will definitely keep in touch with him in case his services are needed again.

by William, a Social Security client

How You Qualify For Social Security Disability Benefits

For those who have recently become disabled, finding out how you qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits can become a pressing matter. SSDI benefits are designed to help those that qualify to pay for their everyday expenses and household bills. In many cases, Social Security Disability Benefits can make all the difference on making ends meet for those who are disabled for a year or more.

“Disability” Defined

The Social Security Disability Administration defines “disability” as an injury or condition that:

  • Prevents you from performing work required by your current profession
  • You cannot successfully adjust to other types of work because of your condition
  • Your disability will last at least one year or will result in death

Work History

The first qualification depends on whether or not you have ever had a job in which you paid into SSDI. Each pay period, your check stub will state your deductions and how much of your pay was deducted for SSDI. The percentage deducted is referred to as SSDI credits. For each $1200 you earn each year, you are given one credit toward SSDI. The law states that in order to qualify for SSDI, you must have 40 credits, 20 of which must have been earned in the last 10 years. The number of credits is subject to change depending on the age of the applicant.  If you do not meet the above criteria, you may still qualify for benefits under the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. [Read more…]

Looking For The Best, Look No Further

As a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps with severe & chronic PTSD due to combat service, I say this. I was lucky to find such a compassionate, reliable, highly intelligent, and hard working disability attorney. I found his knowledge of PTSD in Veterans to be quite impressive. Attorney Sharry possessed the knowledge others dismissed in the sense of if there’s no physical impairment, there’s no PTSD. I told him of some of my experiences, and he was very compassionate of my fallen comrades. And in closing, my comparison; I say this of Atorney Christopher Sharry & his firm. I tip my lid to you, and if your firm were troop… I would want them in my fighting hole. I do not wish to remain anonymous, and have that right. If you are looking for the best, look no further. Thank you and Semper Fi,

by Robert, Cpl. U.S.M.C.

Expert and Compassionate Disability Attorney

Mr Sharry handled my Social Security Disability case and from the very beginning it was obvious to me that he was very knowledgeable, quite skilled and professional.

As my case progressed Mr Sharry answered all my questions and took great pains to recognize that he was speaking to a layperson, not an Attorney and tailored his explanations to be as simple and easily understood as possible.

His responsiveness to my concerns and attention to detail makes him a credit to his profession. There was never a call he did not take or return promptly. Any question or concern I had was addressed with professionalism and honesty. The amount of work done on my behalf still astounds me and I know for certain that I could have never accomplished even a quarter of this on my own.

As a client I could not be more pleased with the work that was done on my behalf and would without the slightest reservations recommend Mr Sharry to anyone in need of expert and compassionate legal representation.

by ktmeans, a Social Security client

Protect The Estate And Family Home From Cost of Long Term Care

We were called by family as mom had suffered from alzheimer’s and required long term care in a nursing home.  Dad was able to continue to live in the family home. The family was paying $330 a day for long term care.  By repositioning this couples assets and transferring the interest in the family home to dad, we were able to further protect their estate and family home.

File For Disability For Scoliosis

Male in his 40’s filed for disability for scoliosis. Over the years, he had multiple back fusion surgeries. He was unable to walk without the assistance of a cane. His doctors unfortunately could not perform any further surgeries. His case was scheduled for hearing. Prior to hearing, we filed a brief outlining our theory of the case and why our client should be awarded benefits.

Result: The day before hearing, his claim was approved “on the record” prior to hearing.

How does SSA determine disability?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses a 5-step evaluation process to determine if you are disabled:

1. Are you currently working?
If your earnings are above the substantial gainful activity (SGA) level, you may be disqualified for benefits.

2. Is you condition severe?
Your condition must prevent you from performing basic work activities for at least twelve (12) months to qualify for benefits. [Read more…]