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Sarah M. Allen is a partner at Pabian & Russell, LLC, concentrating her practice on estate, gift and charitable planning, as well as special needs planning.  She also has extensive experience handling trust and estate administration matters including will contests, probate/trust administrations, trust/trustee disputes, guardianships and conservatorships.


Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Allen was an associate at Taylor, Ganson & Perrin, LLP in Boston from 2008 through 2010. From 2004 to 2008 she was an associate and head of the estate planning department at Clark, Hunt & Embry in Cambridge.


Ms. Allen earned her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where she served as editor of the Journal of Science and Technology Law.  She also received a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism, summa cum laude, from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.  Ms. Allen is currently pursuing an LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.


In 2009, 2011 and 2012, Ms. Allen was named to the Massachusetts Rising Stars list by New England Super Lawyers, a distinction limited to the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in Massachusetts. She regularly serves as a lecturer for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) on various estate planning and elder law topics and routinely hosts presentations on special needs planning, guardianships and conservatorships for various organizations throughout the state. In 2012, Ms. Allen was an adjunct professor for the Northeastern University Masters of Taxation Program where she taught estate and gift taxation.  Ms. Allen is the Vice Chair of the Programs Committee for the Boston Estate Planning Council (BEPC) and serves as a member of the Leadership Development Committee for the same organization.  She also serves on the Boston Foundation’s Professional Advisors Network.   Ms. Allen is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association and the Trusts & Estates Consortium.  She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.



Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 100%



Hourly ($300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Matthew E. Moore

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Sarah Allen for several years, both professionally and personally, and I hold her in the highest regard. I would recommend her services for any estate planning, probate or related matter.


    Matthew Moore Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

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    I endorse this lawyer. I worked as a legal assistant under the supervision of Sarah Allen from October 2007 through July 2008. Working with Sarah I observed her exceptional professionalism and dedication to serving clients. Sarah set high expectations for those working for her and for herself, always striving to efficiently represent her clients. She has continued to be an influential mentor as I pursued my law degree and started my career. She remains a valuable source of guidance and role model for a diligent and successful attorney.


    Anastasiya Bogdanovskaya
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Rice, Heard & Bigelow, Inc.

50 Congress Street
Suite 900
Boston, MA, 02109


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuperLawyers2011
Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPabian & Russell, LLC2011 - Present
AssociateTaylor, Ganson & Perrin, LLP2008 - 2010
AssociateClark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry2004 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Boston Estate Planning CouncilDirector and Chair of Gala Committee2013 - Present
Boston Estate Planning Council, Programs CommitteeVice Chair2012 - 2013
The Boston FoundationCo-Chair of the Professional Advisors Network2012 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMemberN/A
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Boston Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyGood news from IRS: relief for missed portability election2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse UniversityBroadcast JournalismBS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Estate Planning BasicsEstate Planning2014
Estate Planning BasicsEstate Planning2013
Advising Elder Clients in CrisisElder Abuse2013