Attorney Christopher Sharry SSA claim

Attorney Sharry help me get my social security disability in just 1 and half years. He was very friendly easy to understand the legal laws and what I needed overall. He fought for my rights and won my case. Thank you

by Carmen

Assisted me with SS Disability claim

I was nervous and humbled having to ask for help. From day one, he made me feel comfortable and confident. He stayed in constant contact and seemed genually empathetic to my situation. He was there for me until approval.

My contact at Social Security told me the reason for my quick resolution was the preparation and forms from his office were always complete and easy to follow. I will always use him if I need advice or legal issues. You should too.

by Troy, disability client

Awesome Lawyer

Christopher Sharry handled my disability case which I did not have much knowledge in pursuing one, he was very knowledgeable and took the time to explain things to me that I did not understand. I would definitely recommend him to represent your case. You won’t regret it.

by Gina, disability client

Estate Planning Considerations for Singles and Massachusetts Law

Single persons without heirs have unique considerations when planning for the future. Unlike most married couples with spouses and/or children, they need to involve friends or other relatives in their financial, medical emergency and end of life arrangements.

Documents used to convey what should take place if a single person becomes incapacitated can include a durable power of attorney, springing power of attorney, a health care proxy advance care directive and an authorization under HIPAA. Employing one or more of these documents will authorize your agent to make medical and financial decisions on your behalf in the event you are not able.

The springing power of attorney only comes into effect upon an event such incapacitation or disability. In contrast, a durable power of attorney applies when it is signed.

Despite being childless, a single person may have dependents such as parents or siblings. Perhaps, there are valued charities and friends he or she wishes to endow. Setting up a revocable living trust or making a will is the way to make sure that his or her wishes take precedence.

If there is no Will, trust, or beneficiary designations in place, the estate of a single person may become subject to Massachusetts probate process and is disbursed under Massachusetts law.

For those without family, choosing the right person to carry out your wishes might be difficult.  In this case, working with an estate planner is beneficial.

Elder Financial Abuse in Massachusetts

In 2013, there were 21,000 contacts made with the Massachusetts Protective Services which concerned elder abuse – a third of these involved financial exploitation.

In the Massachusetts General Laws financial exploitation is described as the substantial monetary or property loss of an elderly person due to an act or omission of another person.  This exploitation also applies to circumstances where the elderly person has given consent of the act or omission under coercion, threat of force, or misrepresentation.

Financial exploitation is any action that is harmful to the elderly victim through the illegal acquisition, inappropriate use or concealment of funds, assets or property for the benefit of another.  It can encompass misdeeds from theft of money or valuables, unauthorized withdrawals, illicit use of credit cards, identity theft, transferring property, coercing a change in a Will, forging signatures on checks to internet scams.

Because seniors often have accumulated more wealth than the younger population they are attractive targets.  The ability to properly manage one’s finances generally diminishes with age.  A 2010 study found that the annual financial loss due to elder financial exploitation was close to $2.9 billion. [Read more…]

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.