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Jess Oyer Joins the Advisory Board of The Venture Forum

Congratulations to attorney Jess Oyer who recently joined the Advisory Board of the Venture Forum. To see more:

Atty. Mark Donahue Moderates C9 Legislative Breakfast

Fletcher Tilton attorney Mark Donahue moderates the Corridor 9 Chamber's annual Legislative Breakfast on January 26, 2017. Legislators include, from left to right: State Senators Harriet Chandler and James Eldridge, State Representatives Carolyn Dykema, Hannah Kane, (Harold Naughton--missing), Danielle Gregoire, and David Muradian, Jr.

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Attorney Ruran Elected Officer of the Firm

Trust & estate attorney Dani Ruran has been elected officer of Fletcher Tilton PC.

After working at large firms in and around Boston for nearly 20 years, Mr. Ruran joined Fletcher Tilton in July, 2016.

The firm's trust and estate department has over $450 million of trust assets under management. The firm provides fiduciary services to estates, trusts and individuals with portfolios of every size.

Mr. Ruran received his law degree from Boston University School of Law, his bachelor's degree in math and music from Amherst College, and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Florida. He works from the firm's Framingham and Worcester offices.

Congratulations, Dani!

Congratulations to The 2016 Super Lawyers

Six attorneys from Fletcher Tilton PC made this year’s Super Lawyers list. Richard C. Barry, Jr., Estate & Probate; Mark L. Donahue, Real Estate; Robert Dore, Jr., Business & Corporate; Marisa W. Higgins (Rising Star), Family Law; William D. Jalkut, General Litigation; and Samantha P. McDonald (Rising Star), Business & Corporate/Real Estate.

Super Lawyers selects attorneys using peer nominations and evaluations, combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis.

The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

Congratulations to all!

Five Fletcher Tilton Attorneys Make Best Lawyers List for 2017

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Over 79,000 leading attorneys globally are eligible to vote, and we have received more than 12 million votes to date on the legal abilities of other lawyers based on their specific practice areas around the world.

For the 2017 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, 6.7 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in more than 55,000 leading lawyers being included in the new edition. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

Attorneys John McNicholas and Mary Proulx Join the Fletcher Tilton Elder Law Team

McNicholas and Proulx, LLP, is now “of counsel” to Fletcher Tilton PC. The Medfield firm is highly regarded in the elder law field.

Jack McNicholas and Mary Proulx bring over 55 years of experience in elder law, sophisticated long-term care planning and complex MassHealth applications. 

Both Jack and Mary have been active in the Massachusetts chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (MassNAELA). Jack served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of Mass NAELA and is currently co-chair of the Litigation Committee which supports member attorneys in administrative and court advocacy on behalf of individuals needing MassHealth benefits.

We are thrilled that Jack and Mary have joined the Special Needs and Elder Law Practice Group as they share a wide range of knowledge and experience in the area of elder law.

Jack and Mary will be available to meet clients in Worcester, Framingham and Cape Cod offices on an as-needed basis. Their Medfield location will also be used for Fletcher Tilton client meetings.

Fletcher Tilton Welcomes Attorney Lauren Miller to the Firm

Lauren Miller is an associate with the firm’s Trust and Estate Department and Elder Law and Special Needs Practice Group. Her practice focuses primarily on estate planning, asset protection planning, MassHealth applications for long term care, and complex MassHealth appeals. She is dedicated to making her clients feel comfortable and informed when navigating the process of setting up an estate plan or applying for MassHealth.

Attorney Miller works primarily from our Worcester office and can be reached at 508.459.8044 or

Fletcher Tilton Welcomes Dani Ruran to the Firm

Dani N. Ruran, a resident of Hopkinton, MA, recently joined Fletcher Tilton where he will continue to practice Trust & Estate law (estate planning and trust and estate administration). Mr. Ruran has 20 years of experience practicing Trust & Estate law at large law firms, mostly in Boston.

Attorney Ruran received his law degree from Boston University School of Law and is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and three other states.

He works out of the firm’s Worcester and Framingham offices and can be reached at 508.459.8048 or

Attorney Christopher Yates is voted #1 Attorney in Hudson

For 20 years, the Reader's Choice Awards have given communities the opportunity to recognize their favorite local businesses. This year we congratulate Fletcher Tilton attorney Christopher Yates for being voted the #1 attorney in Hudson, MA. 

Attorney Rodolakis Appointed Trustee of Cape Cod Community College

BARNSTABLE – Governor Charlie Baker has appointed a new member to the Cape Cod Community College Board of Trustees.

Fletcher Tilton attorney Alex Rodolakis was recently named to the board, joining three other appointees to boards at colleges throughout the Commonwealth.

“Lieutenant Governor Polito and I congratulate the trustees on their new roles and thank them for their willingness to step forward and serve the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

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Fletcher Tilton attorney prevails in Heyn v. Office of Medicaid

April 2016 – Attorney Patrick C. Tinsley has obtained a favorable decision from the Appeals Court in the case of Heyn v. Office of Medicaid, also reported as Roche v. Thorn. This case arose from the termination of MassHealth long-term care benefits to Mrs. Everlenna Roche. Mrs. Roche, a resident of a long-term care facility prior to her death, had been a recipient of benefits for several years. In 2013, MassHealth terminated her benefits, claiming that the corpus of her irrevocable, income trust was a countable asset, even though the trust had previously been allowed by the agency. This change in position by MassHealth jeopardized Mrs. Roche’s continued receipt of long-term care benefits. The Board of Hearings upheld the denial, and Attorney Tinsley pursued appeals at both the Superior Court and Appeals Court.

In a precedent-setting ruling issued by the Appeals Court on April 15, 2016, the unfavorable decisions of both the Board of Hearings and the Superior Court were reversed. In finding that the assets of the trust were not countable in determining Mrs. Roche’s eligibility for benefits, the Appeals Court rejected MassHealth’s claim that the investment powers extended to the trustee would have allowed the trust’s income beneficiary to access trust principal through the purchase of an annuity. The Court also summarily rejected several of the agency’s other arguments in favor of treating the trust as a countable asset, including the agency’s claim that the grantor’s right to substitute trust assets with those of equivalent value and the grantor’s power to appoint trust assets to her issue somehow rendered the assets of the trust countable. Attorneys from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys submitted an amicus brief in support of this case, which was noted by the Court. According to Frederick M. Misilo, Jr., Chairperson of the Elder Law and Special Needs Practice Group and Trust and Estate Department, “This case required deep knowledge in the area of trust law, asset protection strategies and MassHealth planning. Attorney Patrick Tinsley demonstrated extraordinary competence in their handling of this case.”

The decision, which has been highly anticipated, will have a positive impact on clients across the Commonwealth as they plan for their affairs in anticipation of a nursing home placement. Over the past several years, MassHealth has been rejecting numerous applicants whose trusts would have passed muster in prior years. As a result, applicants who created identical trusts are sometimes approved and other times denied. This decision is expected to restore clarity and consistency to the process, ensuring that everyone who is eligible for nursing home benefits receives fair and equal treatment. The decision can be reviewed by accessing the following link:

Fletcher Tilton President, Richard C. Barry, Jr., Esq. commented that “this decision not only helps Massachusetts residents breathe easier but, by compelling the state to abide by its own rules, it speaks to the very foundation of a democratic society. We are proud of our fine work in this case as it continues the firm’s nearly 200-year legacy of excellence, and highlights our expertise in the fields of estate planning and elder law.”

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) honors Warner Fletcher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) honors Warner S. Fletcher, WPI trustee emeritus, with an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Mr. Fletcher’s dedicated service to WPI is just one component of his overall contributions to Worcester. He is a trustee of many charitable foundations and non-profit organizations in the region including the George I. Alden Trust, The Stoddard Charitable Trust, the Fletcher Foundation and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation. Fletcher has also been a tireless advocate for WPI’s Worcester Community Project Center, which sets students to work on solving real problems for the city and its residents.

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Attorney Nelson Santos Presents Business of the Year Award

In his capacity as ambassador for the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, Fletcher Tilton attorney Nelson Santos presents the Business of the Year award to Boston Scientific.

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