Comprehensive Estate Planning &

Elder Law Services

At the Estate Planning & Elder Law firm of Fletcher Tilton, we believe that proactive planning creates a foundation for peace of mind, financial security and personal satisfaction.

With over 70 years of combined legal experience, our Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Florida law firm has developed a comprehensive understanding of how to effectively serve our clients' estate planning and elder law needs, such as:

Fletcher Tilton's Headquarters
Providence, RI

Complimentary Initial Consultation…

Our free initial consultation, at no cost or obligation, provides important information on asset protection, basic and advanced estate planning, business succession planning, special needs planning, Medicaid planning, and more.

In addition, our free consultation can explain family limited partnerships, living trusts, nursing home planning, planning for incapacity, retirement planning, special needs planning, guardianships and state & federal tax law.

Contact our Providence, Rhode Island office at 401-331-0808 to arrange a meeting to discuss your questions and goals with an experienced Massachusetts, Rhode Island or Florida admitted attorney. From outside of Rhode Island, call our toll free phone line at 888-EST-ATTY, or (888) 378-2889.

We Listen Intently…

Regardless of your stage in life, it is important to consider future plans for healthcare decisions, passing your estate to loved ones, minimizing estate taxes and avoiding Probate.  We believe that we can most  effectively meet your needs by handling all of these concerns collectively.  

We listen intently to your wishes regarding your family, your acquired assets, and your objectives.  After we fully grasp your unique situation, we help you tailor a plan that will most effectively achieve your goals.

Our Certified Elder Law Attorney Can Advise and Protect…

Trust in the experience and skills of a compassionate  Certified Elder Law Attorney.  Michael T. Lahti has been so designated by the American Bar Association's approved certifying entity, the National Elder Law Foundation.  He is one of only five attorneys in Rhode Island holding this certification (among 4,200 RI attorneys).  He is one of only 24 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in Massachusetts (among 43,000 MA attorneys).

For proactive assistance in planning for Medicare or Medicaid eligibility in Rhode Island, Massachusetts or Florida, contact our Providence, RI Office at 401-331-0808.  Out-of-state residents can use our toll free phone line 1-888-EST-ATTY.

Request a Speaker...

Fletcher Tilton will be happy to conduct complimentary Estate Planning & Elder Law educational workshops and seminars for professional management organizations, retired professional groups, financial advisor firms and senior support groups.  Seminar attendees will learn ways to protect personal property, why some wills do not work, avoiding probate, easy ways to reduce estate taxes, protecting houses from nursing home expenses, and more. 

To arrange an educational seminar or workshop for a group of 25 or more people, call 401-331-0808 for a free telephone consultation with a Fletcher Tilton attorney.


Here are some of the nice things our clients have said recently about our Estate Planning and Elder Law services:

  • “Michael Lahti was the perfect person to guide my wife and I through this very continuing process. His knowledge, experience and patience in explaining the details, made it a pleasant and painless experience. Thank you for all your help.” -J&DT, Warwick, RI September 14, 2018

  • “Attorney Lahti was very professional, easy to talk to, and explained everything to me as we went along each section. He made me feel at ease. It seemed like the whole process of putting my will together, by my wishes, went smoothly. If someone asked, I would certainly recommend attorney Lahti.” -PT, Norwood, MA July 28, 2018

  • “Knowing nothing about our financial situation, we attended a seminar put on by Mike. From that seminar alone, we learned that we needed Mike’s help, so we set up a meeting and had very beneficial results. As stated above, we were extremely satisfied. Thanks Mike.” -RF, Seekonk, MA July 18, 2018

  • “Your team made the estate planning process simple and easy, giving us peace of mind. We should have done this long ago.” –R&LD, North Kingstown, RI July 17, 2018

  • “Thanks for your patience in answering our questions and explain the process.” -JG, Cumberland, RI July 13, 2018

  • “Mr. Lahti and associates were understanding to our needs and wants. Definitely would recommend this firm, and would go back, if needed."  -FS, Medfield, MA, June 28, 2018

  • “I am planning on having my daughter work with Michael Lahti to prepare an estate plan. Both my husband and I felt the process of completing an estate plan went very well, and we are happy that we decided to work with Michael Lahti to complete our plan.”   -K&WB, Medfield, MA, June 20, 2018

  • “A great experience! We felt well cared for!”   -LJ, Attleboro, MA, April 21, 2018

  • “Very pleased with Mr. Lahti’s assistance. Have already recommended him to friends twice.”  -K&TS, Warwick, RI, May 23, 2018

  • “Everyone was so helpful, professional and understanding during the process. Made sure we fully understood how and why, along with options. Thank you all. Definitely telling friends of our experience, and how satisfied we and our children are.”   -R&CA, Warwick, RI, May 19, 2018

  • “Attorney Lahti and the paralegal staff are very qualified and professional. Attorney Lahti answered all of my questions and went above and beyond in handling the specifics of my situation. They are a great team, also very organized.”   -RJ, Pawtucket, RI, May 16, 2018

  • “Michael was great explaining my wishes to get my affairs in order. The team works great together to get everything completed.”   -AS, Portsmouth, RI, May 15, 2018

  • “So glad my sister recommended your services.”   -F&KR, Ridgefield, CT, May 9, 2018

  • “Good experience. Learned a lot concerning wills and trusts during the process. Courteous and very knowledgeable staff.”   -KC, Woonsocket, RI, May 8, 2018

  • “Very satisfied with everything you have helped us with. We feel much more prepared for our retirement knowing our estate is in order. Thank you!”   -CJ, North Smithfield, RI, April 20, 2018

  • “The documents drawn up and given to me included a very detailed table of contents.  Very helpful for reference purposes.  Copies of all documents are retained by the firm at no charge.  The service given to me by Laurie was very prompt, efficient and correct.  I highly recommend Attorney Michael Lahti for your legal services.  -LPM, Mansfield, MA, April 2, 2018

  • “We were extremely satisfied with the legal experience we were given.  Both Attorneys Lahti were professional and attentive to our family needs.  We highly recommend them.” -C&KS, Lakeville, MA, March 31, 2018

  • “My husband and I felt extremely comfortable with both Michael and Laurie.  They are very professional and personable in making a difficult process flow smoothly.  We will recommend the office, Michael and Laurie to our family and friends with no hesitation.” -JJ, North Kingstown, RI, March 6, 2018

  • “Everyone was extremely professional.  Information was presented in a manner that was easy to understand, and legal advice was very beneficial.  We feel a sense of peace to know our affairs are in order.”  -D&TD, Warren, RI, February 2, 2018

  • “We found Michael Lahti Esq. and team to be very knowledgeable, efficient and courteous. They took the time to address all of our questions and concerns in a very comfortable way. We highly recommend them.”  -L&RF, Cranston, RI, February 1, 2018

  • “The law firm was very easy to deal with.  We gained a lot of knowledge from their expertise.” -L&DF, Norton, MA, January 14, 2018

  • “Very satisfied with the time taken to explain every detail.”  -D&MP, North Providence, RI, January 11, 2018

  • “Consultations from two prior attorneys proved confusing and too costly.  I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the Lahti’s fee was about half of one of the other firms….  I would, and do, recommend your services to the young and old alike.  Thank you.”   -RG, West Warwick, RI

  • “We couldn’t be more pleased with the firm for helping us with our estate planning needs….We never felt rushed or intimidated or confused.  They always welcomed questions and are very accessible.  Thank you for your incredible professionalism and patience in the planning as well.”-L&RD, East Greenwich, RI

  • “Very hospitable. Easy to understand and talk with.” –W&SG, Attleboro, MA, November 22, 2017
  • “We enjoyed working with Michael & Mia Lahti on our estate planning. We found both to be very professional and informative. We are pleased that they are affiliated with Fletcher Tilton as they represented our granddaughter. We would highly recommend the firm.” -G&DD, Attleboro, MA, November 21, 2017
  • “Mike and Mia were extremely competent professionals & also very nice to work with. They turned around our wills and related documents within one week. Administrative staff also very professional. Thanks for getting it done for us. We appreciate the efforts of all!” -C&DP, Portsmouth, RI, November 18, 2017
  • “Extremely professional and made us feel at ease.” –PD, Chartley, MA, November 17, 2017
  • “Everyone we encountered acted very professional, especially Mr. Lahti. He was very thorough in his explanation of all details of this trust creation and the manner he employed to resolve issues that arose in finalizing the necessary agreements reflected in the estate planning.” -K&LD, West Greenwich, RI, November 4, 2017
  • “Very informative presentation at the Blackinton Inn, and approachable personally. Very pleased with our interaction and experience.” -R&DF, Attleboro, MA, October 12, 2017
  • “Everyone who worked with me was professional, courteous and extremely patient. They were able to work around my time constraints at the time. I have suggested this office to some of my young relatives already” -GSB, Somerset, MA, October 2, 2017
  • “Estate Planning services were professional, inquisitive, thorough, timely and well executed. I am extremely satisfied.” -JTH, North Providence, RI, September 25, 2017
  • “Thank you! You were extremely organized and very thorough. The color-coded flow chart & draft were excellent ways to illustrate a complicated process.” -J&JR, East Greenwich, RI, September 21, 2017
  • “Michael Lahti provided a clear explanation of the legal issues concerning my estate, and developed an effective set of documents to address my concerns.” .”-ML, Cranston, RI, September 20, 2017
  • “I am very grateful for all the time, effort and expertise that went into preparing my documents. Mike explained everything in simple terms, so I could understand. I loved the screen presentation and color-coding. Laurie was pleasant and professional. I now have a sense of peace that everything is in order. Now I’m on ‘auto-pilot’ to enjoy the rest of my life.” -MM, Cranston, RI, September 15, 2017
  • “Michael Lahti handled my father’s estate work at a very emotional time for me and did it with the utmost professionalism and empathy. That’s why I returned to him for my own estate work.” -EG, Providence, RI, September 3, 2017
  • “We were very happy with our service at Fletcher Tilton. Michael Lahti was outstanding. He explained everything to us so, we left the office with a clear understanding of contracts we had signed.” -JS, Coventry, RI, August 29, 2017
  • “We were impressed with your professionalism and the timeline you established, and that the work was completed within that time fame. Special thanks to Kelly for responding quickly to phone call returns and emails.” -SC&DG, Bristol, RI, August 18, 2017
  • “Very easy, even enjoyable to work with. Made the whole process understandable.” -JS, Swansea, MA, August 17, 2017
  • “I was very pleased with the way you handled our particular situation. Your expertise, knowledge and patience were greatly appreciated.” -MR, East Providence, RI July 31, 2017
  • “Care and service was outstanding and respectful.” -AB, Pawtucket, RI, July 27, 2017
  • “It was nice to finally have someone explain the entire process in a way that made sense to us. Always answered all of our questions and we never felt pressured or rushed through the process. Everyone on the staff was always professional and a pleasure to deal with.”- -P&DJ, Seekonk, MA, July 18, 2017
  • “Appreciated the patience and detailed explanations and drawings on Michael’s yellow pad! Great service all round.” -S&PL, Providence, RI, July 12, 2017
  • “Professional and personable, competent and caring. Thank you for guiding us through the process with ease.” -L&JG, Exeter, RI, June 28, 2017
  • “Everyone in this office was courteous and professional. I would definitely recommend them to family and friends.” -D&JM, Swansea, MA, June 16, 2017
  • “Michael and Mia set the tone, friendly, timely and professional- who know every aspect of estate planning. The staff is a great compliment to them.”-J&CA, East Greenwich, RI, June 14, 2017
  • “We have found our experience with this firm truly enlightening. They are professional, courteous and most of all very knowledgeable in Estate Planning and Elder Law. We both are very glad that we received the invitation to attend the seminar at the Crowne Plaza which was put on by Michael Lahti. We were most impressed with his presentation and decided to go forward and set up our trust.” -C&BP, West Greenwich, RI, June 12, 2017
  • “I wish I drove off the island sooner. What a waste of time and money dealing with the local talent (?). It was a disaster. Thanks for your talks and for your work! –LK, Middletown, RI, June 3, 2017
  • “Excellent service!” –AP, Swansea, MA, June 3, 2017
  • “I’m so happy I decided to have the firm oversee my legal concerns. Their professionalism is exceptional. Their ability to communicate my needs effectively, in my legal documents, was right on target. I cannot emphasize enough how satisfied I was with the experience.” -–CL, Bristol, RI, May 16, 2017
  • “It is such a relief to know that our family and assets are protected. We feel it will be an easier process for our children when the time comes. Also, did not realize how much we really have until you do the paper work. A big plus is all the legal paper work is all done and in an easy to follow binder. Thank you Mike for explaining everything in detail, so we understood it all.” -D&MM, Rehoboth, MA, May 12, 2017
  • “Michael Lahti and his team expertly, deftly and patiently navigated the challenges of creating our estate plan. The team comes highly recommended.” –DS, Rehoboth, MA, May 11, 2017
  • “Very professional, yet innately friendly. Sensitive and considerate. Patient and thorough. Extremely competent. Provided a level of comfort and satisfaction. Genuine care and concern was experienced.” –R&PB, Portsmouth, RI, May 9, 2017
  • “Very pleased with the entire process!!!” –RP, Slatersville, RI, May 4, 2017
  • “Very impressed with the final package, in a gift bag.” - LP, Providence, RI, May, 2017
  • “Your firm helped me through the most difficult year of my life.” –KK, Little Compton, RI, April 24, 2017
  • “We were impressed by how streamlined the process was. The effort they make to maintain the power of attorney and to explain everything to any family member is impressive and somehow reassuring. They are delightful people who make Will and Estate matters actually a pleasant experience.” –T&CP, Wakefield, RI, April 24, 2017
  • “Comfortable environment, personable staff, knowledgeable. This process was not as difficult as expected. Recommending this firm to others. We feel a real sense of security now, knowing our affairs are in order.” –R&DP, Attleboro, MA, April 22, 2017
  • “Excellent, detailed and patient law firm.” –JW, Lincoln, RI, April 11, 2017
  • “Completely satisfied. Friendly staff. –PB, Providence, RI, March 29, 2017
  • “Explained concepts in layman’s terms. Friendly staff. Easy to ask questions.” -LG, North Attleboro, MA, March 23, 2017
  • “Alicia was extremely helpful and professional. She listened to our needs, understood and advised appropriately.” -RP, Coventry, RI, March 15, 2017
  • “We felt the presentation to the final signing of the estate binder was very professional and well organized.” -DD, Seekonk, MA, March 3, 2017
  • “Overall, we are satisfied with the firm, and would recommend them to others.” -M&DN, North Attleboro, MA, February 26, 2017
  • “We appreciate the time and courtesies that were extended to us. Everything was explained in simple terms that could be easily understood. All questions were answered quickly. -J&PD, Smithfield, RI, February 18, 2017
  • “Everyone was so friendly and helpful.” -P&KM, Mansfield, MA, January 30, 2017
  • “Laurie was tops!!! -GJS, Fall River, MA, January 26, 2017
  • “We were extremely pleased with Mike Lahti and everyone else in the office. Everything was made clear and simple, and explained clearly. We would recommend anyone to this office.” -JDS, Providence, RI, January 24, 2017
  • “Very professional experience. Never felt like questions were left unanswered.” -M&JC, Cumberland, RI, January 13, 2017
  • “Clearly explained the estate planning. Did not feel rushed about anything at any time.” All topics labeled easy to find. Very courteous.” -JMM, Rumford, RI, January 13, 2017
  • ““The lawyers were so knowledgeable in their work, and the members of the team so polite and courteous.” -AEZ, Warwick, RI, December 21, 2016
  • “We were extremely happy and satisfied. Thought that everything was covered, and we were treated with extreme kindness and professionalism.” -P & DM, Portsmouth, RI, December 16, 2016
  • “Everyone was very helpful, efficient, friendly and well organized.” -CC, Greenville, RI, December 15, 2016
  • “Very pleasant atmosphere, very efficient, very courteous staff. Thank you.” -JM, Slatersville, RI, November 30, 2016
  • “In the beginning the momentum could have been a little slower paced, to enable us to have more clear thoughts on the process we were engaged in. Sometimes we don’t realize that we are so good in what we do, we over assume our receptors.” -EB, Lincoln, RI, November 23, 2016
  • “We had been talking about estate planning for several years. I went to a very informative seminar, then went in for a consultation. Michael Lahti answered every question we had. We loved his ‘no pressure’ attitude. He made everything so easy. We should have done this much sooner. We can now sleep at night knowing our daughter will have an easier time when something happens to us. They also have different plans to fit your financial needs. We would highly recommend this law firm for the smallest to the largest estate plan.” -KL, North Providence, RI, November 14, 2016
  • “Very satisfied with service, knowledge and professionalism. Would definitely recommend to family/friends.” -DE, Warwick, RI, November 15, 2016
  • “We are grateful for the time and effort given to us from your law firm. The Portfolio was a great help to get organized. We thank everyone at your firm for their help.” -AC, Providence, RI, November 14, 2016
  • “My husband attended the seminar with Michael and found it very informative. We spoke to Kelly on the phone several times. She was very helpful and courteous. Alicia was wonderful. She did an outstanding job explaining the various documents to us. She was very professional, but made us feel comfortable and made a potentially intimidating situation pleasant.” -GK, November 2, 2016
  • “Michael and Mia took their time to make sure we understood everything. Very thorough and professional.” -G & FT, Scituate, RI, October 20, 2016
  • “We appreciate the time and patience to explain the documents and the confidence we feel that you will continue to address any concerns we may have in the future. P.S. Thanks for the chocolates and wine glasses!”-B & GJ, Sarasota, FL
  • “Thank you Michael and Mia for putting us at ease as we go through this process. We are looking forward to meeting with you again, and with your very caring staff.” –FRM, Pascoag, RI, October 12, 2016
  •  “We look forward to recommending your services to friends / acquaintances in the future.”-P&BW, East Greenwich, RI, September 20, 2016
  • “Everyone was courteous, respectful and professional.  We are very pleased with the fact that you completed the legal framework necessary to settle our estate, when the time comes.  Thank you.”  -D&DT, East Greenwich, RI, September 9, 2016
  • “The initial seminar at Kirkbrae was extremely informative, and convinced us that we needed to update our wills and health information.  Michael was very straight forward with valuable information.”  -W&DB, Harrisville, RI, August 23, 2016
  • “Knowledgeable, and done to our satisfaction,” - J&JK, Portsmouth, RI July 18, 2016
  • “Starting with the seminar and office visits we attended, all were very informative. Michael, Mia and all the staff were very friendly and helpful with our many questions. Thanks!” - R&CB, Greenville, RI July 15, 2016
  • “From our initial meeting with Michael, until the end of our whole estate planning procedure, it was the most educational, professional and stress less experience! Thank you so much.”- D&RF, Middletown, RI July 1, 2016
  • “Recommended you to our friends. Very Satisfied!” - B&DD, W. Greenwich, RI June 28, 2016
  • “I found all the folks in the office to be very friendly. Job was well done in a timely and professional manner. There were no pressure tactics to go for more than what I wanted.” - TN, Riverside, RI June 14, 2016
  • “Terrific! Professional!” - A&AD, East Providence, RI May 5, 2016
  • “Very satisfied with all aspects of the estate planning experience.”- J&KB, Bristol, RI May 6, 2016
  • “It’s great to have the peace of mind that a comprehensive estate plan provides. Working with a legal team that specializes in this area is the only way to go.” - J&EK, Cumberland, RI April 19, 2016
  • “Well organized. Clear discussion & overview. Very satisfied.”- A&DK, West Warwick, RI April 8, 2016
  • “As I opened the (LL&O) binder, I was again impressed with the organization and ease of use. My husband and I are totally satisfied with your services, and we are relieved to get all this business taken care of. Thank you again.” - DM, Middletown, RI April 5, 2016
  •  “You are the most client satisfaction focused legal team we have ever experienced.  Your work is thorough, detailed, well explained and very we presented and organized.  Mike and Mia and the entire staff have been so nice to work with, and very patient with us.  We have already referred you to our friends and family.”- WL, Tiverton, RI, March 21, 2016

  • “An estate is representative of investing/saving of your assets that you have worked for. Michael Lahti provided me with an estate plan that is comfortable and protected.  Michael is very knowledgeable of estate law, explained the trust very clearly and put my mind at ease.  Additionally, Mia was engaging and provided explanations that were straightforward, and she encouraged me to call the office at any time should I have a question.  Thank you Michael and Mia, and to Kelly for fielding my telephone calls with courtesy. - 

    AF, North Kingston, RI, March 21, 2016

  • “Excellent communication and explanation” - EF, Plymouth, MA, March 19, 2016

  • “We are very happy with your professionalism, and your complete explanations making our trust easier to understand.  Well done!” - C&BJ, Barrington, RI, March 11, 2016

  • “Very knowledgeable attorney and staff.  We appreciated the time spent with us, and the quick response to all our follow-up questions.  Thank you.” - S&JJ, Warwick, RI, February 26, 2016

  • “My wife and I are both ‘elders’ and are experiencing some aging issues.  However, attorney Mike, Alicia and the ladies in office were so gracious with us, as they guided us through our trust with patience and understanding.  I am very happy we have our trust in place.” - JC, North Attleborough MA, February 20, 2016

  • “Very professional and friendly legal work. We are extremely satisfied.  Thank you.” - J&NP, Bristol, RI February 12, 2016

  • “All good-friends impressed.  Hope kids will feel eased now that they know I am not worried.” - KM, Wakefield, RI, January 23, 2016

  • “Very pleased with Michael’s presentation that convinced me to have Lahti, Lahti & O’Neill handle my estate planning, and do it now.  Very pleased with the professional and thorough work filling my needs, including some I did not know I had.  My thanks to Laurie and Alicia for their excellent explanations and professionalism.” - DP, Seekonk, MA, January 22, 2016

  • “Out of three firms we talked to, Lahti, Lahti & O’Neill was by far the most helpful and professional.” - K&DR, Greenville, RI, January 19, 2016

  • “Breakfast meeting in Bristol was very professional & informative.  Office visits very efficient and right on time.  Very personable attorneys and staff.” - RC, Barrington, RI, January 12, 2016

  • “Very clear explaining in detail and in recommending what we could do regarding our will, power of Attorney, financial account and dispersments, etc.  Basically answered all our questions, and took care of all of our needs.  Satisfied and happy to have this firm handling our affairs.” - R&JM, North Attleboro, MA, January 12, 2016

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