He HAS to go into a nursing home, we need Medicaid eligibility, and we need to protect our assets. Please…


She can’t make decisions for herself anymore.  It’s sad, we need court appointed guardian and a conservator to protect her. …


With his disability, when he inherits our estate, he will lose Medicaid & Social Security.  It’s not right.  Please Help…


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Boston Elder Law Attorney


Medicaid Law, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Special Needs Trusts

There are times when senior citizens and disabled Americans need legal support getting through the bureaucracies that, ironically, were created to help you.  Protecting your assets, and your dignity, through this process is the core mission of each of the attorneys at Machado & Carden, LLP. Each of our lawyers belongs to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  Combined, we offer you more than sixty combined years of elder law and estate planning experience.

Greater Boston Elder Law Attorneys, Practicing Only Elder Law and Disability Law

Machado and Carden is one of Massachusetts' leading elder law, estate planning, and asset preservation law firms.  We were founded in

"Joshua Machado and Eric Carden have both been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers for each of the last five years".

2001.  Since then, we have helped literally thousands of greater Boston's elderly and disabled.Because of our exclusive focus, we quickly earned our reputation for being sensitive and effective when dealing with the multiple stresses that confront senior citizens, disabled individuals' and their families.  We measure our success by how well we are able to protect our client's financial security.

The complex nature of elder law, asset protection planning, Medicaid planning, and trusts and estates is compounded by the bureaucratic complexities of our legal and health care systems. Machado & Carden, LLP, navigates this system for you. Contact us about the legal services we offer to help your family preserve assets and ensure your family's future financial security.



In a nutshell we serve clients who are worried about protecting their assets if they become ill an dneed nursing home care. We can help you get Medicaid (MassHealth in Massachusetts). This is the focus of our practice.


Guardianship attorneys in our firm help you protect family members who are unable to make financial or health care decisions for themselves. A conservatorship or guardianship attorney assists the family in having the court appoint a legal guardian or conservator to serve in the best interest of the family member.

Special Needs Trusts

Special Needs Trusts (also known as Supplemental Needs Trusts) are drafted so that funds will not be considered to be owned by the beneficiary in determining his or her eligiblity for Mediciad, Social Security, Disablilty housing or other public benefits.  Parents of special needs children should consult with a special needs trust attorney to ensure that the child's inheritance will be held in a special needs trust and protected so that it does not impact his or her eligibility for Medicaid, Social Security, or other public benefits.  Appropriate special needs planning will help ensure the special needs child receives adequate support during the course of their lifetime, without compromising their MassHealth or medicaid eligibility.

Additional Practice areas

In addition to our core services, there are many other areas where we serve the elder community:

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People we have helped

R. B.
When I came to see Eric, my husband had just entered a nursing home and I kept hearing a lot about applying for MassHealth. I was overwhelmed and wondered if there was a way to help my husband get assistance from the government and still be able to pass along some of our savings to our family. Er...