Area Lawyer to Lead Series at Holyoke Community College

Focus on current issues in elder law and estate planning

HOLYOKE - Attorney Karen G. Jackson of Jackson & Torrone, P.C., will lead a series of classes on elder law and estate planning at Holyoke Community College on Mondays, Nov. 3, 10 and 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Jackson, an elder law attorney, will address hot topics in Medicare law and new opportunities a recent legal decision created for the extension of Medicare payments for rehabilitation. She will also focus on other current and significant elder law issues.

Through stories and real examples, Jackson will highlight the core estate plan and the importance of each document in it. She will discuss the problems that can occur when proper documents are not prepared before a loss of mental capacity, and she will explain the different types of trusts that can be considered, including supplemental needs trusts, revocable trusts and irrevocable trusts.

Jackson will also address the probate court process and explain how to determine which assets must go through probate after a death. In addition, she will discuss various Medicaid programs that provide financial assistance for community and long-term skilled nursing care.

The cost for all three classes is $85. Couples are encouraged to attend. To register, call Holyoke Community College at (413) 552-2500 or online at

For more information, contact Jackson at (413) 532-1200 or