Audrey O'Shaughnessy

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Audrey O’Shaughnessy concentrates her practice in the areas of elder law, special needs, and disability planning. She regularly counsels clients on long-term care planning, estate planning, Medicaid applications and advocacy, probates and guardianships, and other related issues that concern older individuals and their families. Audrey also serves as a guardian ad litem (GAL), has experience reviewing nursing home and assisted living contracts, and regularly advocates on behalf of clients’ rights.

Admitted to Practice: 

Massachusetts
New Hampshire

Background: 

Prior to joining Bowditch & Dewey, Audrey was the principal attorney at a boutique elder law practice  - the Law Office of Audrey Heidt O’Shaughnessy in Waltham, MA. She also co-founded Starting Out Solo, Inc. (SOS), a Massachusetts bar association designed to support attorneys who open a law practice as a first step out of law school. 

Representative Experience:

  • MassHealth Applications and Fair Hearings: Routinely helps families prepare and submit MassHealth applications on behalf of loved ones. In the event a MassHealth application is denied, Audrey helps families appeal the denial and represents them through the Fair Hearing Process. 
  • Long-Term Care Planning: Helps clients and their families plan for the possibility of long-term care, including pre-planning, post-diagnosis planning, and emergency planning. Long-term care planning includes traditional estate planning documents, as well as documents unique to long-term care planning such as testamentary special needs trusts and irrevocable income only trusts.
  • Elder Advocacy: Helps families advocate for loved ones when interacting with hospitals and care facilities, banks and financial institutions, insurance agencies, and other institutional entities. Advocacy includes direct attorney intervention in ongoing conflicts, as well as helping families self-advocate and referring to geriatric care managers when appropriate.
  • Estate Planning: Creates comprehensive estate plans to ensure client safety and peace of mind for clients and loved ones.
  • Probate and Trust Administration: Helps families navigate the probate court system after the death of a loved one, as well as manage trusts and other estate planning vehicles.
  • Guardianships and Conservatorships: Help families obtain guardianship and/or conservatorship appointments to help care for loved ones.
Professional/Community Affiliations: 
  • Member, Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
    -Publications Committee
    -Director from 2011 - 2014
  • Founder and Immediate Past President, Starting Out Solo
  • Member, The Women’s Bar Association
  • Member, The Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, The Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association