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Denise Leydon Harvey
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Denise Leydon Harvey

Practice areas:

Guardianship, Probate, Estate Planning

About Me


I concentrate my practice on protecting elder and disabled clients and their assets. I regularly appear in probate court to obtain guardianship and conservatorship authority for family members whose loved ones are no longer able to make their own decisions, whether it is an elder who has been diagnosed with advanced dementia or Alzheimer's disease, a disabled child who is reaching adulthood, or someone who suffers a traumatic brain injury. I also work to avoid these scenarios by proper estate planning, such as wills, durable powers of attorney, health care proxies and medical care directives. I help protect assets through the use of trusts, transferring or re-titling property, and homestead protection.

When the time comes, I also assist families in getting a proper personal representative appointed to administer the estate of their deceased loved ones. I advise the personal representative and the family in navigating the probate process and settling the estate, including selling real estate, negotiating the payment of debts, distributing any inheritance and resolving inter-family disputes. When necessary, I also litigate probate matters that cannot be settled among family members. I most frequently practice in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk and Norfolk Probate Courts.

My work is primarily aimed at helping my clients retain as much independence and control over their lives as possible. I am serving my second term as a member of the Massachusetts PCA (Personal Care Attendant) Workforce Council, to which I was appointed by Attorney General Martha Coakley in 2009. The Workforce Council aims to improve the quality of care available to individuals who would be in a nursing home without the care provided by in-home care providers and to assist PCA users in obtaining and keeping qualified home care.

Due to the nature of my clientele, I am always happy to meet with people at their homes or at the hospital or nursing home.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Guardianship: 40%
    26 years
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    26 years
  3. Probate: 30%
    26 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

11 total 

  • Adam Matthew Milam

    Ms. Harvey has proven to have exceptional legal acumen and talent that would be an asset to anyone. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients.

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    Adam Milam Construction & Development Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeffrey T. Stinson

    I endorse Attorney Harvey. Her advice is consistent and accurate and she is precisely the type of attorney estate planning clients should consider hiring for their probate matters and beyond.

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    Jeffrey Stinson Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Harvey Law Offices

27 Congress Street
Suite 305-18
Salem, MA, 01970

Harvey Law Offices

75 Arlington Street
Suite 500
Boston, MA, 02116

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive198804/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyCohen & Oalican, LLP, Boston, MA2007 - 2012
AttorneyStern, Keilty & Wall, LLP, Salem, MA2003 - 2006

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Massachusetts PCA Home Care Workforce CouncilTreasurer2014 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMemberN/A

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Regis CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Our Community Tapestry: Weaving Our Way Through Challenging TimesPreparing for the Inevitable, Protecting Against the Unexpected2013
Independent Living Centers Staff in-trainingGuardianship and Conservatorship proceedings2013
Beverly School for the Deaf Parent Advisory GroupSpecial Needs Planning for Children Turning 182012
Autism Consortium Parent GroupSpecial Needs Planning for Children Turning 182010