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the practice of Elder and Disability Law -

"Our clients often come to us feeling overwhelmed by their concerns,
whether about impoverishing themselves in paying for a spouse's nursing
home placement, or ensuring the personal and financial protection of a
child with special needs after they are gone, or obtaining essential
disability benefits and health care services. These needs pose complex
issues. The law itself is complicated and government procedures and
bureaucracies seldom help. Also, we need to take into account sensitive
personal and family considerations, particularly involving the effort to
find a balance of autonomy and protection that is appropriate for the
particular client.

With seven lawyers and five paralegals concentrating on every aspect of
elder and disability law, trust administration and estate settlement,
our staff has the commitment, knowledge, depth and expertise to respond
quickly and effectively to even the most difficult situation. Being an
integral part of a full service firm, the second largest in Newton,
gives us the capacity to bring relevant expertise - in real estate,
domestic relations, creditor protection, or litigation, for example - to
bear on any elder and disability law issues. We are very willing to
work with a client's other financial, tax, accounting and care advisors,
to help the client forge a comprehensive response to his or her needs."


Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 40%
    44 years
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
    44 years
  3. Trusts: 20%
    44 years
  4. Social Security: 15%
    44 years


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  • Robert K Crabtree

    I've know Don for years as one of the most knowledgable, reliable and accessible practitioners in the Boston area in the fields of estate planning and probate work, elder law and disability law. He brings a sharp and always current understanding of the complex ins and outs of these fields to his clients along with practical good sense, creativity, wisdom and compassion.


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Contact info

Rosenberg, Freedman & Lee LLP

246 Walnut Street.
Suite 201
Newton, MA, 02460


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Named among "Best Lawyers in America" in Elder Law, 2008-2011Woodward/White, Inc.2011
"MA Super Lawyer" in elder law & estate planning, 2004 - 2010As published in Boston Magazine2010
Scholar-Mentor AwardMassachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.2009
Among three "Boston Best Lawyers" in Elder LawAs published in Boston Globe Magazine2007
Among top 100 Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2006 and 2007As published in Boston Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ARosenberg, Freedman & Goldstein LLP1982 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Learning Prep SchoolChairman, Board of Directors2011 - Present
Boston Jewish Family & Children's ServicesBoard of Advocates2010 - Present
The Arc of MassachusettsExecutive Advisory Council2009 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Life Course Perspectives on Adulthood and Old AgePlanning for Now and the Future: Social, Legal and Financial Concerns1994
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. ("MCLE")Estate Planning for the Aged or Incapacitated Client in MassachusettsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston College Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
Brandeis UniversityLatin American StudiesBA - Bachelor of Arts1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium, Baltimore, MarylandThe Disability Rights Model and Guardianship: Mutually Exclusive or Compatible Models?2011
International Rett Syndrome Foundation 27th Annual Education and Awareness ConferenceSpecial Needs Wills and Trusts2011
International Rett Syndrome Foundation 27th Annual Education and Awareness ConferenceTransition to Adulthood and Community Programs2011
Hospice of the Good Shepherd Special ProgramIntimate Conversations: A Panel presentation about end-of-life issues2011
Guest Talk, Boston University School of Social WorkElder Law for Social Workers2011
Caring for Our Parents and Planning for OurselvesThe Business-End of Aging2011
Annual Meeting, Massachusetts Gerontological AssocationLet There Be Law: Empowering Aging Families2011
Alzheimer's Association In-Service TrainingElder Law Issues for Help-Line Volunteers2011
Alzheimer's Association "Map Through the Maze"The Current Massachusetts Guardianship Law: What Elder Services Professionals Need to Know2011
Alzheimer's Association "Map Through the Maze"Treatment Decisions at End-of-Life: Legal and Medical Considerations2011
Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. "The Health Reform Law"Implications for Elders and People with Disabilities2010
Map Through the MazeTreatment Decisions at End-of-Life: Legal, Medical and Spiritual Considerations2010
Map Through the MazeWhat Alzheimer's Professionals Need to Know about the New Massachusetts Guardianship Law2010
Alzheimers Education SeriesYoung-Onset Alzheimers: Legal and Financial Issues2010
Turning 22Legal and Benefits Issues for People with Severe Disabilities Turning 222009
New England UpdateSpecial Needs Trusts2009
Estate Planning UpdateThe Use of Trusts in Elder and Disability Law2009
Caring for Our ParentsLegal and Financial Issues for Elders2009
Caring for Our ParentsEnd-of-Life Decision-Making2009