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As a practicing Attorney for 29 years, Attorney Janice Nigro has established a diverse civil practice, concentrating her practice in estates, from the planning phases of drafting wills and trusts, to the administration of an estate or trust following the death of a loved one, as well as assisting clients when problems arise such as challenges to the will or complaints regarding the handling and distribution of the estate or trust. 

Known both for her deep legal knowledge and willingness to share her expertise and time, she is a leader in the legal community.  She was recently selected as a 2012 Top Women of Law honoree by Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly, and was honored as one of 50 women who have made “great professional strides and demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in private practice, the corporate arena and social advocacy.”  As the past Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Probate Council, Attorney Nigro was a member of a unified team of practitioners, clerks and judges to facilitate the implementation of new probate laws know as the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code, which has significant impact on how people plan their estates, as well as the administration and distribution of an estate. Highly regarded by members of the court staff and her peers, Attorney Nigro has developed and served as faculty for many seminars on the new probate laws as well as other topics.  In July she was honored by the Massachusetts Bar Association for her volunteer efforts to educate fellow bar members and greater legal community on the changes in probate laws.  Attorney Nigro’s influence expands beyond the legal world.  She participates in the fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) as a founding Director of The Angel Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting ALS investigation and neuromuscular research at UMass Medical Center under the director of renowned researcher and physician Dr. Robert H. Brown.

 “We provide our clients with the information, guidance and zealous advocacy they need to attain their personal and business goals,” Attorney Nigro said. “We adopt our clients’ causes as our own and are completely dedicated to their success. “With the depth and breadth of knowledge shared by our teams in Wakefield and Newburyport, we offer our clients comprehensive, thoughtful legal counsel that allows them to make informed decisions regarding their personal and business goals,” Attorney Nigro added.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 25%
    32 years
  2. Probate: 25%
    32 years
  3. Estate Planning: 25%
    32 years
  4. Litigation: 25%
    32 years


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Contact info

Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas, LLP

649 Main St.
Wakefield, MA, 01880

Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas, LLP

One Inn Street
Newburyport, MA, 01950



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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Boston Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Top Women Attorneys in MassachusettsBoston Magazine2014
Top Women Attorneys in MassachusettsBoston Magazine2014
Super LawyerBoston Super Lawyers2013
Top Women of the Law AwardMassachusetts Lawyers Weekly2012
2012 Volunteer Recognition AwardMassachusetts Bar Association2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNigro, Pettepit and Lucas,LLP2013 - 2015
Association namePosition nameDuration
Massachusetts Bar AssociationEducation Committee2012 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationCouncil Member2008 - Present
Newburyport Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationElder Law Education Program2005 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1995 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts chapter)Member1995 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Essex County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Massachusetts Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Massachusetts Bar AssociationChair of the Probate Section Council2008 - 2010
Publication nameTitleDate
Massachusetts Bar Association PublicationAn Overview of Petitions to Partition and an analysis of Legal Issues Regarding this Action2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Massachusetts, BostonN/AMagna cum laudeN/A
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts chapter)Estate Accounting and distributions2014
MBA 2nd Annual Probate Law ConferenceCo-Chair2014
MBA -SpringfieldEstate Planning Basics2014
First Annual Probate Law ConferenceCo-Chair2013
First Annual Probate Law ConferenceParition Actions2013
Co-chair and FacultyProbate Issues Resolved under the MUPC2013
Annual DinnerEstate Planning and Probate Updates2013
2013 Updates2013 Probate and Estate Planning Updates2013
Co-chair and FacultyMUPC BASICS2012
Co-chair and FacultyMUPC Demystified Five Part Series2012
Estate Planning CLE- AttorneysDeveloping a Basic Estate PLan2011