Attorney Karen G. Jackson

I have been an attorney since 1978. For the last 20 years I have focused my work in the practice areas of elder law and estate planning. I felt “called” to do this work.

Currently, my most important memberships in professional organizations are the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; the Western Massachusetts Elder Professional Association; the Greater Springfield Estate Planning Council; and, the Pioneer Valley Estate Planning Council.

In addition to my full-time practice, since 2010, I have been teaching estate planning and elder law at Holyoke Community College to members of the community. More specifically, twice a year I teach a series of three two-hour classes three weeks in a row covering the core estate plan, trusts, estate administration; how to pay for community care, assisted living, and the skilled nursing home. Throughout the year I also teach seminars to members of the community, bankers, and other professionals. I strive to keep my presentations interesting by giving real examples and taking questions throughout. For a six-month period I had a weekly radio show called, “Will Power.” It was a lot of fun!

When I meet with my clients I view it my highest duty to listen to their needs and goals and, utilize my experience and expertise, to timely provide a practical plan to meet those needs and goals.

I am highly motivated to not only educate but also to facilitate the timely execution of the necessary plan and documents. I see the stress, worry, and cost family and friends suffer when their loved one doesn’t do proper planning before mental incompetency or death. I realize that these are difficult topics and I strive to step my clients through the process as easily and least stressfully as possible.