CLE Program

Fifth Annual Probate Law Conference


Date: Friday, November 3, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Four Points Sheraton
1125 Boston Providence Turnpike
Norwood, MA, 02062

Program Code:



MBA Paralegals : $99.00
MBA Law Student : $99.00
MBA New Admittee : $99.00
MBA Member : $99.00
Non-member : $250.00

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Join fellow probate judges and practitioners for the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Fifth Annual Probate Law Conference. The largest gathering of probate practitioners in our state, this unique conference provides something for everyone, from aspiring to veteran practitiones, whether your focus is estate planning, administration, probate litigation or guardianship/conservatorship matters.

Featuring twenty courses over multiple programming tracks, the Conference provides timely updates to probate practices, procedures and forms, new regulations, important Court decisions, and practice tips from an extensive faculty of judges and leading probate and estate planning attorneys.

This MBA program qualifies for four credits for CPCS and for GAL's Category D re-certification.

The only probate conference you'll ever need!

NOTE: Registration opens at 8 a.m. Programming sessions begin promptly at 9 a.m. (No walk-ins will be accepted.) Please email with any questions about the conference.

*Suffolk PDR -- This MBA program is certified as an official Suffolk University Law School Professional Development CLE.



John G. Dugan, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon PC, Franklin
Janice C. Nigro, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas LLP, Newburyport
Hon. Angela M. Ordonez, Keynote Speaker, Panelist
Probate & Family Court Department, Boston
Hon. Kevan Cunningham, Panelist
Taunton District Court, Taunton
Hon. Peter DiGangi (Ret.), Panelist
Mextaxas, Brown and Pidgeon, LLP
Hon. David Kopelman (Ret.), Panelist
Hon. Robert Langlois (Ret.), Panelist
Verrill Dana LLP, Boston
Hon. Anthony Nesi (Ret.), Panelist
Hon. George F. Phelan, Panelist
Norfolk Probate and Family Court, Canton
Hon. Susan Ricci (Ret.), Panelist
Hon. Alexander Sands (Ret.), Panelist
REBA Dispute Resolution, Inc., Boston
Hon. John M. Smoot (Ret.), Panelist
Law Office of John M. Smoot, Quincy
David Aptaker, Esq., Panelist
Law Office of David Aptaker, Somerville
Luke C. Bean, Esq., Panelist
Cushing & Dolan PC, Waltham
Joseph L. Bierwirth, Jr., Esq., Panelist
Hemenway & Barnes LLP, Boston
Brian Bixby, Esq., Panelist
Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston
Alexander Bove, Esq., Panelist
Bove & Langa PC, Boston
Rebecca Brendel, M.D., Esq., Panelist
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
Lisa Cukier, Esq., Panelist
Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston
George L. Cushing, Esq., Panelist
McLane Middleton, Woburn
Patricia L. Davidson, Esq., Panelist
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Worcester
Tara DeCristofaro, Esq., Panelist
Middlesex Probate and Family Court, Cambridge
Phyllis Federico, Esq., Panelist
Schmidt & Federico, P.C., Boston
John Ford, Esq., Panelist
Northeast Justice Center
Eric P. Hayes, Esq., Panelist
Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston
Thomas P. Jalkut, Esq., Panelist
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Boston
Carol Cioe Klyman, Esq., Panelist
Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin PC, Springfield
Joseph Kropp, Esq., Panelist
Gilmore, Rees & Carlson PC, Wellesley Hills
Melissa Langa, Esq., Panelist
Bove & Langa PC, Boston
Jennifer Maggiacomo, Esq., Panelist
Norfolk Probate and Family Court, Canton
Matthew Marcus, Esq., Panelist
Colucci, Colucci & Marcus & Flavin PC, Milton
Patricia Keane Martin, Esq., Panelist
Pabian & Russell, LLC, Boston
Thomas J. McCord, Esq., Panelist
Nixon Peabody LLP, Boston
James McLaughlin, Esq., Panelist
South Natick Law
John J. McNicholas, Esq., Panelist
Fletcher Tilton PC, Worcester
Kristin A. Monaco, Esq., Panelist
Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas LLP, Newburyport
Lisa Neeley, Esq., Panelist
Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP, Worcester
Edward Notis-McConarty, Esq., Panelist
Hemenway & Barnes LLP, Boston
Pamela Casey O'Brien, Esq., Panelist
Essex Probate and Family Court, Salem
James O'Sullivan, Esq., Panelist
O'Sullivan & Connolly, P.C.
Evelyn Patsos, Esq., Panelist
Probate and Family Court Department, Boston
Anastasia Welsh Perrino, Esq., Panelist
Barnstable Probate and Family Court, Barnstable
Jeffrey W. Roberts, Esq., Panelist
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Boston
Mary Schmidt, Esq., Panelist
Schmidt & Federico, P.C., Boston
David Schwartz, Esq., Panelist
Law Office of David A. Schwartz, Cambridge
Marshall Senterfitt, Esq., Panelist
Goulston & Storrs, Boston
Peter M. Shapland, Esq., Panelist
Day Pitney LLP, Boston
Elizabeth White, Esq., Panelist
Hanover, MA
Elizabeth Young, Esq., Panelist
Westcor Land Title Insurance Company, Norton

Sponsoring Sections:

Probate Law Section
Real Estate Law Section
Taxation Section
Family Law Section

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