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From Dacier's Take: Dacier’s Take on . . . “One Mission: Justice with Dignity and Speed”

Mention the term “strategic plan” and eyes may glaze over. Detailed by their very nature, these documents do not make for light reading. The other risk of a strategic plan is that despite the best of intentions, it may end up on a shelf gathering dust. Still, no institution can maximize strengths, leverage opportunities, address weaknesses, and prepare to deal constructively with threats to its future without a plan.

With 7 court departments and 379 judges who deliver justice in 101 courthouses across the state, the Massachusetts Trial Court is a major institution affecting every person in Massachusetts.  So we applaud the Trial Court for keeping its strategic plan, “One Mission: Justice with Dignity and Speed,” front and center.  Under the leadership of Trial Court Chief Justice Paula Carey and Court Administrator Harry Spence, judges and court staff meet regularly to track progress in implementing the plan adopted last June.

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Trusts & Estates Committees

  • Ad Hoc Spousal Elective Share Committee
    Ad Hoc Spousal Elective Share Committee
  • Elder Law and Disability Planning Committee
    This committee addresses a variety of legal matters generally associated with elder clients, disabled clients and clients with disabled dependents. Areas covered include basic and sophisticated estate planning, Medicaid planning, disability, SSI, special needs and long-term care planning, guardianship and conservatorship.

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    Michael Couture

    Winston Law Group

    Michael A. Stankavish

    North Shore Elder Law & Estate Planning

    (781) 979 9050

  • Estate Planning Committee
    This committee provides a forum to exchange tax-planning ideas and discuss common problems among lawyers specializing in estate planning.

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    Kelly A. Aylward

    Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, PC

    (617) 218-2038

    Kerry Spindler

    Goulston & Storrs PC

    (617) 482-1776

  • Fiduciary Litigation Committee
    This committee focuses on a range of litigation matters involving trusts and estates. Areas covered include will and trust contests, disputes over the distribution of trust assets, instrument interpretation, trust modifications and accounting actions.

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    Jennifer Locke

    Goodwin Procter LLP

    (617) 570-1152

    Marshall D. Senterfitt

    Goulston & Storrs PC

    (617) 482-1776

    Jillian B. Hirsch

    Day Pitney LLP

    (617) 345-4621

  • New Developments Committee
    This group of lawyers works to track developments in trusts & estates law.

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    Jaclyn S. O'Leary

    Day Pitney LLP

    (617) 345-4682

    Melissa E. Sydney

    Burns & Levinson LLP

    (617) 345-3232

  • Practice Fundamentals Committee
    A part of the Trusts & Estates Section, the Estate Planning Fundamentals Committee focuses on the fundamentals of trusts and estates practice. Its monthly meetings typically feature a presentation on topics of interest to new practitioners. The committee welcomes practitioners with all levels of experience, but its activities are most valuable to trusts and estates practitioners with less than five years of experience.

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    Jennifer Shingleton Ewing

    Ropes & Gray LLP

    (617) 951-7552

    Jennifer A. Civitella Hilario

    Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, PC

    (617) 218-2028

    Anne L. Warren

    Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.

    (617) 742-1818

  • Steering Committee
    The leadership committee of the Section organizes programs and discusses policy. To inquire about opportunities, please contact the Section Co-Chairs.
  • Tax Law Update Committee
    The Tax Law Update Committee tracks estate, GST and gift tax law developments throughout the year and presents a summary of those developments twice annually at the Year In Review and Mid-Year Review.

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    Alison Irving Glover

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

    (617) 3481661

    Charles C. Platt

    Fiduciary Trust Company, Boston

    (617) 482-5270

  • Trusts & Estates Education Committee
    Help develop relevant and innovative educational sessions led by a diverse group of talented speakers who cover trusts and estates issues.

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    Joseph L. Bierwirth

    Hemenway & Barnes LLP

    (617) 557-9728

    Stacy K. Mullaney

    Fiduciary Trust Company, Boston

    (617) 549-0339

    Amiel Weinstock

    Thomas Brady & Associates

    (617) 266-0019

  • Trusts and Estates Communications Committee
    This committee publishes information relevant to the trusts & estates bar. If you are interested in an editorial position or publishing an article, please contact us.

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    Angie Christopher Guarracino

    Regnante, Sterio & Osborne, LLP

    Amy R. Lonergan

    Bingham McCutchen LLP

    (617) 951-8822

  • Trusts and Estates Public Policy Committee
    The BBA is very active in legislative and regulatory changes. Trusts and Estates attorneys are often asked to lend their expertise.

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    Christopher M. Falzone

    Rockland Trust Company

    (617) 261-3583

    Peter M. Shapland

    Day Pitney LLP

    (617) 345-4766

  • Trusts and Estates Public Service Committee
    This committee, working in collaboration with the Probate & Family Court and the Massachusetts Bar Association created the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code Resource Desk. The aim of the Resource Desk is to assist attorneys with understanding the transition to the new Code and how it affects their practice. Volunteers will be providing advice and guidance to the attorneys.

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    Nikki Marie Oliveira

    Bass, Doherty & Finks, PC

    (617) 787-5551

    Tamara Sturges

    Law Office of David W. Adams, LLC