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There are lots of Elder
Law and Estate Planning lawyers out there and all of us have many things in
common, whether we are a large firm or a small firm like mine.  Some of our commonalities are: law
degrees; experience; websites and publications; all sorts of marketing; and
charging fees for services.  So what distinguishes Lannik Law from the
 Many of you know that
I dealt with my own parents’ estate planning, elder law and emotional issues
for years.  If that weren’t
experience enough!!  But that may
not be what makes my practice unique. 
We all have parents; many of us have difficult families.  It is the personal touch that I want to
give, and want everyone on my staff to give, because of my extensive experience
and interest in the arts that began from the age of 8 and continues to date. It
is my background in theater, and an advanced art history degree, that has
shaped this practice more than anything else.  After all, great artists are perfect, right?  A great work of art or a wonderful play
or ballet is a challenge.  It makes
one see something new every time, and there is a constant learning process
about both the art and yourself. 
The same holds true in the law. 
The challenge is constant change, and the beauty is a never-ending need
to learn more to achieve excellent service for clients, and to draft the very
best, most up-to-date documents we can. 


But it is more than
that. I view my clients “theatrically.” 
No one else does this. 
Actors, dancers, and musicians are all part of a large family.  There is the older generation who holds
the tradition and becomes a “knowledge repository” for the middle generation.
The latter is working in the field and breaking new ground.  They are actually on the stage.  Both groups teach and pass on the
tradition to the youngest generation, the student, who is “learning the
trade.”   My function is to
hold the tradition—e.g., know and understand the present and past history of
the law; work with clients of all ages; and adapt what I know to their
particular needs. At Lannik Law we serve people from age 20 to 90 and
beyond.  The fact that my clients
and I establish a relationship beyond the documents that are drafted on their
behalf makes me different from other lawyers.   Many become and remain my extended family.  As they move through their lives, I
have had the exciting experience of helping them grow from student, to
performer, to knowledge repository. I attribute all of this to the background I
have in the arts.


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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 45%
    33 years
  2. Elder Law: 40%
    33 years
  3. Probate: 10%
    33 years
  4. Guardianship: 5%
    33 years



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    Susana and I belong to several of the same professional groups that focus on elder law and elder care issues. In addition to knowing her for many years, she and I have collaborated together to co-author a book due out in Spring 2014. I have the highest respect for Susana's legal abilities and professionalism. I also know that she cares for her clients and is compassionate to their needs. She is a 'difference maker' for good in their lives.


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  • J. Randall Clinkscales

    I endorse this lawyer. A great elder law attorney needs compassion. Susana has a deep well of compassion for her clients. She is very client driven--what is in the client's best interest. She is a great elder law and estate planning lawyer that brings great tools to the table.


    J. Clinkscales Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Lannik Law, LLC

1320 Centre Street.
Suite 305
Newton, MA, 02459


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Accredited AttorneyDepartment of Veteran's Affairs2009
CharterElder Care Matter's2009
Founders AwardHadassah2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal AttorneyLannik Law LLC2006 - Present
Principal AttorneyLaw Office of Susana Lannik LLC1982 - Present
AttorneyMendel & Associates2004 - 2006
OwnerLaw Office of Susana Lannik1982 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Wealth Counsel, LLC.Member2013 - Present
HadassahPlanned Giving-Co Chair Attorney's Council2010 - Present
Boston BalletOverseer2010 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysFormer Board Member1992 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
George and MildredProtected the home and savings from the cost of nursing home care.
Last Minute!We were able to help Jenny in the nick of time and had a good outcome!
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Publication nameTitleDate
Olive Grove Press, LLCBloopers Episodes In Estate Planning & Elder Law: Lessons From Prime Time TV2014
Office PublicationGuide to Alzheimer's Care2013
West Suburban Area Alzheimer's PartnershipCommunity Resource Guide to Services for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders2012
The Jewish AdvocateHow to keep long-term care from devouring assets2011
Law Resource CenterA Family Guide to Parkinson's Disease2010
Law Resource CenterFamily Guide to Paying for Long Term Care2009
Divorce NetEstate Planning,re-Marriage and Divorce: A Massachusetts State of Mind & a Cautionary Tale2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Boston UniversityN/AMA - Masters1971
New York UniversityArt HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
May 8, 2013 - Guest Speaker - Chestnut Hill, MATricks to Beating Death and Taxes2013
May 8, 2013 - 7 Tips You Need to Know to Get Your House In OrderEstate Planning2013
May 15, 2013 - Wellesley, MA7 Things You Need to Know to Put Your House in Order2013
Watertown LibraryHow to Put Your Legal House in Order2012
How to Preserve Your Assets - June 21, 2011Preserve and Protect Your Assets2011
How to Legally Protect Your Assets - May 17th 7pmProtecting Your Home2011
Cadbury Commons - April 12, 2011 6pmTransitions: A Step By Step Guide to What You Need to Know to Live Well as You Age2011