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Robert P. Ford

Elder law Attorney at North Andover, MA

5.0   1 review

About Robert

Learn Robert’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Advising clients and drafting documents for asset management and protection for elderly clients and disabled and special needs individuals, utilizing trusts, property transfers, powers of attorney, powers of appointment, care agreements, annuities, etc. Preparation of applications for Medicaid long term care benefits and handling appeals when necessary.

    33 years

  2. Estate planning
    Advising clients and drafting documents for asset management and protection, utilizing wills, trusts, powers of attorney, powers of appointment, health care proxies, deed transfers, etc. Planning for probate avoidance upon incapacity or death; savings on gift and estate taxes; orderly distribution of estate upon death; provision for special needs children; premarital agreements.

    41 years

  3. Probate
    Assisting families with administration of deceased person's estate, both probate and in trust, ensuring orderly disposition of property in accordance with wishes of deceased person, challenging when necessary improper actions of persons taking advantage of enfeebled person. Handling of guardianship petitions and accounting matters.

    43 years

  4. Residential real estate
    Advising clients and drafting documents assisting with purchase and sale of personal residences and investment properties, mortgage issues, title issues, boundary disputes, creditor protection, condominium issues, etc. Utilize deeds, realty trusts, powers of attorney, powers of appointment, split interests in property, etc.

    43 years

Dedicated to service, whether to law clients, law school students, other attorneys or people in need.  Best effort given to every case, big or small.  Dedicated to learning and understanding the law and its application, and to teaching students the necessity of precision in legal thinking and analysis.

Member of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, including its Massachusetts Chapter.  Member of Merrimack Valley Estate Planning Council.  Have served on its Board of Directors.  Member of Massachusetts Bar Association Probate and Taxation Sections.

Member of local Rotary Club.  Rotary is the pre-eminent volunteer, civic organization.  Have served in Rotary positions of club president, director, secretary and treasurer.  Serving last several years at both Club and District levels.  Currently working with high school youth in Rotary Youth Exchange program of year-long international exchange of students between U.S. and numerous other countries.  Students live with host families, attend local high school, are fully immersed in language and culture of host country, and grow in self confidence, self reliance, maturity and independence, while spreading goodwill among nations.



Licensed for 46 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 1975
Updated 09/19/2022

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

Contact Robert

Robert P. Ford
807 Turnpike Street
Suite 201
North Andover, MA, 01845


5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by Susan | April 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An excellent lawyer
Bob is incredibly well versed in elder law and estate planning, and what he doesn't know he will research and find out for you. He is very easy to speak with and takes the time to get to know your situation.


  • Retainer Always
Payment methods


AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor - Wills & Trusts and Elder Law
  • Massachusetts School Of Law At Andover
  • 1992 - Present
  • Owner
  • Law Office of Robert P. Ford
  • 1979 - Present
  • Commercial Litigation Attorney
  • Reimer & Braunstein, Boston
  • 1976 - 1979


  • Boston University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1975
  • Tufts University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969

Legal Cases

  • MassHealth Board of Hearings Appeal
  • Client eligibility for long term care benefits established.


  • Massachusetts School of Law
  • Adjunct Professor
  • 1992 - Present
  • Merrimack Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Member, former Director
  • 1992 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Paul Harris Fellow (Service Award)
  • Rotary Club of North Andover
  • 2010


  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education New England
  • Drafting Successful Medicaid Trusts
  • 2015

Speaking Engagements

  • MA Ch National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Establishing Medicaid Eligibility with Trusts
  • 2014
  • Council on Aging Law Update
  • Planning for the Elderly
  • 2014
  • Merrimack Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Challenges in Handling Medicaid Appeals
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Elder law Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Ford is an honest and extremely knowledgeable attorney. He has taught law students about estate planning and elder law for decades. He has become recognized in this field for recent accomplishments and for winning cases on behalf of elders and their families who are trying to qualify for Medicaid."
Estate planning