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Leanna Hamill

Leanna Hamill

Practice areas:

Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship

About Me

I help strong families through trying times – to protect your
choices, preserve your relationships and pass down the things that
matter. I take care of the legal matters so you can take care of your
family.


 


I know that the best attorney-client relationships are
collaborations, and that the greatest partnerships (professional or
otherwise) are built on communication. For this reason, communication
and collaboration are the foundations of each area of my practice, and
are central to your experience when we work together. The value I
provide my clients comes not only from my years of legal experience,
but also from my understanding that every family has a myriad of
intertwined goals—personal and professional, financial and
familial—that should not be separated, but rather approached
holistically.


 


When working with blended families or families with elderly parents,
I clearly establish who my client is while recognizing that each member
has a crucial role to play. I understand that the encouragement and
preservation of strong family ties is essential when creating a legacy
strong enough to last for generations.



As we work together toward your goals my role is to draft the legal
documents you need to memorialize your wishes, provide analysis of laws
and regulations to help you determine a course of action, give
compassionate guidance in carrying out the wishes of a loved one (via
Power of Attorney, Trust or Will administration, or Healthcare
Directives), be your legal representation during proceedings for a
protected person, and provide legal assistance in planning for and
paying for long term care expenses.


 


My practice focuses on planning for those people who understand that
the time to act is now, even if you have put it off in the past. My
guidance and legal expertise are the perfect complement to those
clients who know their goals and recognize the need for legal
assistance as they work toward those goals.


 


Education and Accomplishments


 


My education, experience, and ties to the community can help you
accomplish your goals. I graduated cum laude from Suffolk University
Law School, and have a degree in Sociology from the University of
California, Davis. Prior to practicing law, I worked at Tufts Health
Plan for over seven years, in the Appeals and Grievances Department. I
live in Hingham and am a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association,
the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the South Shore
Coalition of Workers with the Elderly. I am a co-founder of the Women
Attorneys Network of the South Shore (http://www.wanss.org/) and enjoy
cooking, doing yoga and hiking.



 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2004

  1. Probate: 30%
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
  3. Elder Law: 30%
  4. Guardianship: 10%

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($325/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

17 total 

  • Gail Otis

    Leanna is an outstanding elder law and trust/estate attorney. She is very active in the legal community, professional, and well regarded by clients and colleagues alike. I refer all clients with estate planning or elder law issues to Leanna. I can recommend her without reservation.

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    Gail Otis Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jennifer Nicole Sawday

    Leanna is an excellent attorney practicing elder law and related matters in Mass. She is a great source for my California clients who need an attorney in the Boston area. I highly recommend her services for those in need. She is also the author of an excellent blog focusing on elder law and related matters.

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    Jennifer Sawday Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

190 Old Derby St.
Suite 211
Hingham, MA, 02043

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive200404/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2010
ABA Top 100 Law BlogAmerican Bar Association2009
American Jurisprudence Award - Civil ProcedureSuffolk University Law School2002
American Jurisprudence Award - Fiduciary RelationsSuffolk University Law School2002
Academic Leadership ScholarshipSuffolk University Law School2001
Distinguished Brief - Legal Practice Skills ClassSuffolk University Law School2001
Honorable Mention: Oral ArgumentSuffolk University Law School2001

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Principal AttorneyLeanna Hamill, Attorney at Law2005 - Present
AssociateLoring and Robinson2004 - 2005
Appeals & Grievances SpecialistTufts Health Plan1997 - 2004

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Crossroads for Kids10Event Committee Member2013 - Present
South Shore Chamber of CommerceMember2012 - Present
Anodyne CorporationHuman Rights Committee, Member2009 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationLaw Practice Management Council2009 - 2010
Public Policy Committee of Mass. NAELAMember2008 - 2011
Women Attorneys Network of the South ShorePresident2007 - Present
South Shore Coalition of Workers with the ElderlyMember2005 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts Chapter)Member2004 - 2011
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2004 - 2011
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Estate Plan & Long Term Care AssistanceHelped client preserve funds & receive care.

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
AARPHow To Leave An Inheritance To Your Kids2013
American Bar Association GPSolo MagazineElder Abuse2013
Lexis Nexis PublishingHow To Manage Your Law Practice, contributor.2013
Lawyers USAVirtual Assistants for Solos, Small Firms2012
AARP4 Costly Estate Planning Blunders2011
New York TimesHow To Choose The Right Executor for Your Estate2011
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMarketing Your Law Practice for Little or No Money2010
Kiplingers Retirement NewsletterPlanning Can Be Tricky For Childless Seniors2010
Lexis Nexis PublishingEstate Planning During Divorce (Podcast)2010
Money MagazineRethink Your Legacy2009
JD SupraProtecting Yourself & Your Property Before, During and After Divorce With a Properly Prepared Estate Plan2009
BankRateEight Life Stages of Estate Planning2009
Kidding AroundHow to Choose a Guardian For Your Children2007
Massachusetts Estate Planning and Elder LawMassachusetts Estate Planning and Elder LawN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2004
University of California - DavisSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1996

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Living Longer: Aging with Intellectual DisabilitiesGuardianship and its Alternatives2014
Inservice for staffGuardianships & Eating Disorders2014
Friendship HomePlanning for Your Child With Special Needs2013
What if...Workbook WorkshopEnd of Life Planning2012
New BeginningsEstate Planning for The Widowed & Divorce2012
Elder Law MonthTake Control of Your Future2012
Stafford Hill Assisted LivingProtecting and Caring for an Incapacitated Adult2011
Quincy Ward 4 SeniorsMedicaid Myths & Facts2011
Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association Annual ConferenceGuardianships & Health Care Decisions In the Eating Disorder Field2011
First Parish Church, NorwellWhat If...Workbook Workshop2011
Allerton House Assisted LivingThe 7 Things Adult Children Need To Know About Caring for Aging Parents2011
Multiservice Eating Disorders Association 2010 National ConferenceEmpowerment In Health Care Decisions2010
Mass Bar. Annual ConferenceThe Most Bang for Your Grand - Practice Building For Under $10002010
Avvo WebinarDivorce & Estate Planning: Basic Planning Tips2010
Women's Bar AssociationPlanning for the New Law Office2009
Why & How To Avoid Guardianship or ConservatorshipConservatorship & Guardianship2009
Surviving Divorce: The Road AheadProtecting Yourself Before, During and After Divorce with a Properly Prepared Estate Plan2009
Starting a Solo Law PracticeLaw Practice Management2009
Parents of Transitional Age Youth - Parents Info. NetworkEssential Planning for Young Adults-Alternative to Guardianship2009
Money Matters RadioEstate Planning For All Ages2009
Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Guardians for Your ChildrenEstate Planning for Parents of Young Children2009
Military Officers Association of AmericaEstate Planning Basics2009
Divorce Talk RadioDivorce & Estate Planning - Protecting Yourself, Your Kids and Your Property2009
Women Attorneys Network of the South ShoreEstate Planning and Divorce: What the Family Law Attorney Needs to Know2008
Smash The LadderBlogging for Business2008
New BeginningsEstate Planning After Divorce2007