MassBar Bulletin: Member Updates

Thursday, May 17, 2018

John R. Hope (241x315)MBA member John R. Hope, a Watertown elder law and estate planning attorney, passed away on April 19, 2018.

After beginning his career as a quantitative analyst, John earned his juris doctor at Boston College Law School and found his calling in the legal profession, ultimately establishing Hope Elder Law in Watertown in 2003. Those who knew John describe him as the quintessential “Main Street” lawyer, known for his friendly demeanor and supportive approach to client relations, as well as for his pragmatic, accessible brand of legal services. An active member of the MBA and the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, John also left a lasting impact in his home community of Watertown, where he had resided since 1995.

Among his many surviving loved ones, John leaves his partner of 10 years, fellow MBA member and attorney Debra L. Smith. 

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