CLE Program

Sixth Annual Probate Law Conference (SOLD OUT)


Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


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

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Program Options:


MBA Member 2018-2019 : $99.00
MBA Member 2017-2018 : $250.00
MBA Paralegals 2018-2019 : $99.00
MBA Paralegals 2017-2018 : $250.00
MBA Law Student 2018-2019 : $99.00
MBA Law Student 2017-2018 : $250.00
MBA New Admittee : $99.00
Non-member : $250.00

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The Only Probate Conference You'll Ever Need

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

In addition to opening remarks by Probate and Family Court Chief Justice John D. Casey, this year's keynote speaker will be Raymond H. Young. Attorney Young has been active in probate and trust reform, including enactment of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code and the Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code.  

The conference offers 20 courses over multiple programming tracks, providing timely updates about probate practices, procedures and forms, new regulations, and important court decisions. You’ll also hear practice tips from an extensive faculty of judges and leading probate and estate planning attorneys. Featured topics at this year's conference include:

  • MUPC late and limited proceedings
  • ABC’s of guardianship
  • Resolving will contests by motions to strike and motions for summary judgment
  • MassHealth updates
  • Guardianships involving alcohol, opioids and other substances

This MBA program qualifies for GAL’s Category D re-certification.  This MBA program has been approved for up to 4 CPCS Mental Health credits; 1 credit for each guardianship session attended.

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. Additional faculty will be announced.

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

Additonal faculty and full conference agenda will be forthcoming.


John G. Dugan, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond & Weil PC, Franklin
Janice C. Nigro, Esq., Conference Co-chair
Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas LLP, Newburyport
Hon. Edward F. Donnelly, Jr., Panelist
Probate & Family Court Department, Boston
Hon. Patricia A. Gorman, Panelist
Norfolk Probate and Family Court, Canton
Hon. Richard J. McMahon, Panelist
Bristol County Probate and Family Court-Taunton, Taunton
Hon. Elaine Moriarty, Panelist
Hon. Anthony Nesi (Ret.), Panelist
Hon. George F. Phelan, Panelist
Norfolk Probate and Family Court, Canton
Hon. John M. Smoot (Ret.), Panelist
Law Office of John M. Smoot, Accord
Hon. Paul M. Sushchyk, Panelist
Worcester Probate and Family Court
Joesph L. Bierwirth, Jr., Esq., Panelist
Hemenway & Barnes LLP, Boston
Brian D. Bixby, Esq., Panelist
Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston
Marc J. Bloostein, Esq., Panelist
Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, Boston
Alexander Bove, Esq., Panelist
Bove & Langa PC, Boston
Rebecca Brendel, M.D., Esq., Panelist
Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics, Boston
Marlee S. Cowan, Esq., Panelist
Rubin and Rudman LLP, Boston
Lisa M. Cukier, Esq., Panelist
Rubin and Rudman LLP, Boston
Maureen E. Curran, Esq., Panelist
Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch Ford LLP, Boston
George L. Cushing, Esq., Panelist
McLane Middleton, Woburn
Leo J. Cushing, Esq., Panelist
Cushing & Dolan, P.C., Waltham
Cara J. Daniels, Esq., Panelist
Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas LLP, Wakefield
Tara E. DeCristofaro, Esq., Panelist
John Ford, Esq., Panelist
Northeast Justice Center, Lynn
Christina T. Geaney, Esq., Panelist
Land Court Department of the Trial Court, Boston
Ward Graham, Esq., Panelist
WFG National Title Insurance Company, Lynnfield
Eric P. Hayes, Esq., Panelist
Goodwin Procter LLP, Boston
Jillian B. Hirsch, Esq., Panelist
Hirsch Law LLC, Newton
Benjamin F. Harley, Esq., Panelist
Melissa A. Howitt, Esq., Panelist
Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond & Weil PC, Franklin
Thomas P. Jalkut, Esq., Panelist
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Boston
Carol Cioe Klyman, Esq., Panelist
Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin PC, Springfield
Debra Kornbluh, Esq., Panelist
Elise Kopley, Esq., Panelist
Department of Developmental Services-Hogan Reg Ctr, Hawthorne
Dale Krause, J.D., LL.M., Panelist
Krause Financial Services
Melissa Langa, Esq., Panelist
Bove & Langa PC, Boston
Mark A. Leahy, Esq., Panelist
Burke, Whittum & Leahy, LLC, Hingham
Joan LeGraw, Esq., Panelist
Jennifer A. Maggiacomo, Esq., Panelist
Norfolk Probate and Family Court, Canton
Richelle Maguire, CPA, Panelist
Denise McCarthy, Esq., Panelist
Cody, Cody & McCarthy LLC, Quincy
Thomas J. McCord, Esq., Panelist
Nixon Peabody LLP, Boston
Lisa M. Neeley, Esq., Panelist
Rubin and Rudman LLP, Boston
Edward Notis-McConarty, Esq., Panelist
Hemenway & Barnes LLP, Boston
Adam Nussenbaum, Esq., Panelist
Law Office of Adam Nussenbaum, Newtonville
Pamela Casey O'Brien, Esq., Panelist
Robert J. O'Regan, Esq., Panelist
Burns & Levinson LLP, Boston
James O'Sullivan, Esq., Panelist
O'Sullivan & Connolly PC, Norwell
Evelyn Patsos, Esq., Panelist
Probate & Family Court Department, Boston
Anastasia Welsh Perrino, Esq., Panelist
Barnstable Probate and Family Court, Barnstable
Maria L. Remillard, Esq., Panelist
Bowditch & Dewey LLP, Worcester
Jeffrey W. Roberts, Esq., Panelist
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Boston
Tannaz Nourafchan Saponaro, Esq., Panelist
Saponaro Law Offices, Wellesley
Peter M. Shapland, Esq., Panelist
Day Pitney LLP, Boston
Daniel M. Surprenant, Esq., Panelist
Surprenant & Beneski PC, South Easton
Elizabeth A. White, Esq., Panelist

Sponsoring Sections:

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

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