As a parent who has been through the process personally with her own son, Holly helps clients get the education their children are entitled to. Services include reviewing evaluations, IEPs, and 504 plans; communicating and negotiating with school districts; and assisting parents in navigating the special education appeals process.
Holly's role as a school committee member gives her an additional perspective and intimate knowledge of how districts manage special education costs. This insight helps Holly to evaluate issues and concerns from both sides and provide her clients with objective, honest advice.
As we enter different phases of our lives, our needs change. Whether your need is to carefully choose a guardian for your minor children, to provide for your children for years after your death, or to ensure that you will be able to pay for nursing home care, Holly can help. She will thoughtfully draft an estate plan that will address your objectives and goals. Services include:
- Probate administration
- Review of current estate plan
- Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts
- Durable and Limited Powers of Attorney
- Testamentary and Medicaid Trusts
- Health Care Proxies and HIPAA Releases
- Life Estate Deeds
A person receiving governmental benefits such as SSDI, SSI, Medicaid, and Medicare can protect his or her assets with specialized trusts drafted for that purpose. These trusts may be funded by the person receiving benefits or a third party. In addition to trusts, Massachusetts allows the creation of ABLE Accounts, which have fewer restrictions and requirements than trusts.
When minors are disabled, oftentimes, well-meaning grandparents want to leave assets to a disabled grandchild. Without a properly drafted trust already in place, however, these assets could become part of the disabled beneficiary's estate, thus ultimately going to the state. Parents of disabled children should do the proper planning NOW to to ensure that the disabled child and other children are taken care of later.
Holly Vietzke, Esq. graduated from Boston University and Massachusetts School of Law, magna cum laude. Prior to opening her own practice, she was a professor for 17 years at the Massachusetts School of Law and is currently a member of the North Andover School Committee. Holly also spent five years serving on the board of her town's SEPAC (an advisory council of parents of children with special needs) and has a deep understanding of the challenges both parents and schools face in special education. As the parent of a child with disabilities, Holly is passionate about ensuring that every child receives the education he or she is entitled to.