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Empowering Families: Understanding Guardianship/Conservatorship and Alternatives

February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Have you been told your family member needs court ordered Guardianship or Conservatorship? It is possible to avoid the cost, time, and emotional stress of going to court.


In this webinar, we will discuss:
– The basics about Guardianship/Conservatorship as well as the alternatives
– When Guardianship and/or Conservatorship is the only or best option
– How to initiate the process and how to get named Guardian or Conservator

We will also answer questions like:

– What is Guardianship/Conservatorship and who needs it?
– What happens when your siblings think they should be Mom Or Dad’s Guardian or Conservator but you are positive you are the better choice?
– How much does it cost to become Mom or Dad’s Guardian or Conservator?
– Is Guardianship or Conservatorship permanent?

Please come with questions if you have them! Our moderator will be taking questions before and during the webinar for Ron and Judy to answer. We hope to see you there!

Meet Our Speakers: 

Ron Kearns, R.N., Esq. Nurse Attorney and Shareholder @ Senior Resource Center, Inc.

Ron graduated from Fitchburg State College with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. He has been a Registered Nurse for the better part of 39 years both in medical-surgical as well as community health nursing.  Ron graduated with honors from Suffolk University Law School in 1991 and has been a practicing attorney for 33 years concentrating in Elder Law, Asset Preservation and Estate Planning for the last 20 years.  He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Ron serves as the Chairperson on the Compliance Committee of the Norwell VNA & Hospice.  He also is active at his Church chairing both the Stewardship and Finance Committees.

Ron utilizes both his nursing and legal backgrounds to help clients devise custom Estate and Medicaid plans.  He educates professionals on the complex subjects of Medicaid regulations and planning and the importance of advocating for seniors and the disabled.Professionally, Ron also serves as a Trustee on many private as well as charitable Trusts.

Ron and his wife, Karen, have two adult children and he lives on the South Shore. Their son, Rob, is a climate specialist at the Charles River Watershed Association and is passionate about the environment.  Their daughter, Lauren, is a new RN on a medical-surgical floor at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.  Ron enjoys boating, physical fitness, sports, reading, and spending time with his family.

Judy Flynn, Esq. CELA* Attorney and Shareholder @ Falco and Associates P.C.

Attorney Judith M. Flynn, CELA is a shareholder in Falco & Associates, PC and its ancillary business, Senior Resource Center, Inc. Judy represents elders and their families in all aspects of elder law and estate planning, with an emphasis on assisting clients to obtain public care benefits to remain safely in the community, or to cover nursing home care when necessary.

Judy currently serves as Vice President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and will begin serving a one-year term as President of NAELA beginning June 1st. She served as co-chair of NAELA’s State Advocacy Committee for several years, connecting NAELA members and chapters across the country to collaborate in advocating for the rights of older adults and people with disabilities. She served as president of MassNAELA in 2014 and as President of the Massachusetts Guardianship Association (MGA) in 2010 and 2011.

Judy was honored as a “Top Woman of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and has received numerous other professional awards, including Massachusetts “Super Lawyer” in Elder Law (2013–23), the MassNAELA President’s Award (2013 and 2016), and the 2022 Deborah H Thompson Advocacy Award from MassNAELA. Judy is one of approximately 30 certified elder law attorneys in Massachusetts.

* Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the non-profit National Elder Law Foundation, (NELF), the only national organization accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to offer certification to attorneys in the specialization of elder law. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) does not recognize legal specialties for certification.