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Danielle G. Van Ess is a Massachusetts (born and raised) attorney and mother of 4 children (currently between 1 and 10 years old), helping people add to, protect, & move their families® by providing professional legal services in the areas of adoption, estate planning, & residential real estate.  In 2008, Danielle’s desire to help people through the law and entrepreneurial spirit caused her to think hanging out an actual shingle and going solo was a great idea. Since then she’s become passionate about helping you build, grow, and nurture your business™ too. To learn more, please visit:



Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 95%
  2. Adoption: 2%
  3. Real Estate: 2%
  4. Business: 1%



Fixed (always), Retainer (always)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • William John Smyth

    Danielle is an outstanding lawyer. I have known Danielle for a long time and have had the pleasure of working with her on several matters. She is professional, knowledgeable, and really cares about her clients. Her tech savvy is second to none! I recommend Danielle without reservation.


    William Smyth Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Amy H. Martell

    I have known Danielle for many years as a fellow attorney-mama colleague, and most recently I became a client. Danielle has always impressed me with her insight and knowledge, but what really sets her apart as an estate planning attorney is how deeply she cares about her clients and the level of precision and personalization she brings to the plans she drafts. I enthusiastically recommend her!


    Amy Martell Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info


VAAuthorized to practice law200109/15/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
40 Under 40 AwardCape & Plymouth Business Magazine2011
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerDGVE law, LLC2008 - Present
Independent Legal ConsultantSouthwest Center for Law and Policy2007 - 2008
Staff Attorney and Lead TrainerNational Center on Full Faith and Credit2002 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Massachusetts Forum of Estate Planning AttorneysBoard Member2013 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Virginia Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Sharing Our Stories of SurvivalUsing Full Faith and Credit to Protect Native American Survivors of Domestic Violence, Stalking, and Sexual Assault2007
National Association of State Judicial Educators ResourcesFull Faith & Credit for Protection Orders2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
George Washington UniversitySpanish Language & LiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
"Peace of Mind Planning for Parents" (TM)"Peace of Mind Planning for Parents" (TM)2012
Babyproofing Your Estate (TM)estate planning for parents of young children2011
Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate Cupcakesestate planning2010
Naming Guardians for Your Childrenlegally appointing guardians for minor children2009