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Sarah W Peterson

Practice areas:

Guardianship, Elder Law, Probate, Estate Planning

About Me

My desire to enter the legal field manifested through my frustration with the advocacy limitations of social services.  I had previously worked in elder services for many years as a case manager, intake assessment specialist, and volunteer and felt strongly about protecting the rights of seniors.  As an attorney, I now have knowledge of the full range of options available to advocate for my clients.  I have a demonstrated commitment to public service, and providing access to justice to our most vulnerable citizens. 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Guardianship: 40%
  2. Elder Law: 35%
  3. Probate: 15%
  4. Estate Planning: 10%

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Alisha S. Tomasino

    Sarah is amazing! I'm so fortunate to be able to draw on her immense knowledge of all things Probate (guardianships, estate planning, elder law), and whenever I have a question, or need information about this subject area, Sarah provides the most comprehensive information. I have also had the benefit of seeing her interactions with client, and she is not only knowledgeable, but kind and compassionate. I would highly recommend her!

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    Alisha Tomasino Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Meredith Ann Stratford

    I have consulted with Attorney Peterson on a number of elder and estate planning cases. She is extremely knowledgeable in both areas of law and well respected in the legal community. I highly recommend her.

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    Meredith Stratford Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Zalkin Law Firm, PC

10 Laurel Avenue
2nd Floor
Wellesley, MA, 02481

Resume

License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MAActive200604/14/2015
MEActive200608/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

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

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Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
VA Accredited AttorneyDepartment of Veterans Affairs2012

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Russo & Minchoff2010 - 2010
AssociateSpano & Dawicki2010 - 2013
Volunteer AttorneyMetro West Legal Services2009 - 2010
Staff AttorneyLegal Services for the Elderly2006 - 2009

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Massachusetts Guardianship AssociationPresident2015 - 2016
HESSCO Elder Services - Money Management ProgramAdvisory Board2014 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts chapter)Member2013 - Present
Neponset Valley Alzheimer's AssociationMember2013 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2011 - Present
WealthCounselMember2011 - 2013
Life Care Planning Law Firms AssociationMember2011 - 2013
North Reading Council on AgingSecretary2011 - 2013

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Petriello v. IndresanoDecision overturning a District Court finding of harassment, orders vacated.

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Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Lewiston Sun JournalMaine's Elderly at risk of mistreatment2009
Lewiston Sun JournalElder Citizens can become victims of abuse2008
Lewiston Sun JournalExposing the problem of elder abuse2007

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maine School of LawN/AJuris Doctorate2006
Capital University Law SchoolInternational Law Summer Program (Germany & Greece)N/A2004
University of Massachusetts, AmherstSocial Thought and Political EconomyBachelor of Arts2002

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Visions of Community 2015Questionable Decision-Making Ability: Exploring Guardianship and Other Options Available2015
The Use of Guardianship & Conservatorship for Individuals with Fluctuating CapacityThe Use of Guardianship & Conservatorship for Individuals with Fluctuating Capacity2015
MCOA Outreach SummitMental Health Law and Aging2015
Annual Paralegal Course - Massachusetts ChapterGuardianship and Conservatorship for Paralegals – The Nuts and Bolts of Managing a Case2015
MCOA Fall Conference 2014: Where do we Grow From Here?Mental Health Law and Aging - Legal Mechanisms for Protecting Those with Impaired Capacity2014
MCOA 2013 Conference "Senior Centers 2013: Where Do We Grow From Here?"Mental Health and Aging/ Mental Health 1012013