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Attorney Patrick G. Curley is an Elder Law and Asset Protection Specialist. He focuses his practice on protecting clients’ homes, savings, and independence – whether planning in advance or in a crisis. 




After graduating as Valedictorian at Wakefield High School, Patrick earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree in 1997 from the University of Michigan Law School, among the top 10 law schools in the country. 




Patrick leads Curley Law Firm LLP, one of the premier Estate Planning and Elder Law firms in Massachusetts and one of only three firms in the state that offers two Certified Elder Law Attorneys on the team. Under Patrick’s leadership, the firm has grown to include three Attorneys and four professional staff – with over 50 years of combined legal experience in Elder Law. The firm serves seniors and their families with a full range of Estate Planning and Elder Law services as well as younger families requiring Trust protection for minor children or Estate Tax planning.




Patrick is one of fewer than two dozen Certified Elder Law Attorneys* in MA. He earned this distinction by completing a process that requires years of focused Elder Law and Estate Planning practice, a full-day Bar-style Exam, extensive continuing legal education, and multiple peer references from other expert Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorneys. 




Patrick was selected for inclusion in 2011 Massachusetts Super Lawyers.  Selections are made by Super Lawyers based upon peer nominations and research, comprehensive evaluation, and further peer review within the attorney’s primary area of practice.




A member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Mass. NAELA), Patrick helps lead this distinguished organization of more than 500 Massachusetts attorneys focused on improving the lives of seniors and disabled individuals. Patrick is a member of the leading local and national Elder Law and Estate Planning associations including National NAELA, WealthCounsel (a national organization of Trust and Estate Attorneys who design sophisticated planning techniques), and ElderCounsel (a national organization of Medicaid and Asset Protection Planning Attorneys). He frequently participates in national and local conferences with the leading attorneys in the country. Because of his recognized expertise, Patrick is a frequent speaker, writer and television commentator on Elder Law and Estate Planning topics.  




Patrick proudly volunteers as President of the Board of Directors of The Boit Home, Inc., a non-profit that serves seniors in Wakefield and the surrounding communities. Patrick especially enjoys his time with his wife, Erin, who is a public school teacher, and their son Alan.




*The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) is the only national organization accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys in Elder Law. NELF is a private organization, whose standards for certification are not regulated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.



Languages spoken: French

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Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 35%
    14 years
  2. Estate Planning: 35%
    14 years
  3. Probate: 10%
    14 years
  4. Guardianship: 10%
    14 years
  5. Trusts: 10%



Fixed (sometimes), Pro bono (5%)

Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Cheri L Crow

    I have known Patrick for more than 10 years and I have referred several family members and friends to him. They have all raved about his knowledge and his ability to relate to and inform them about the law and their options. I have been told that he has helped them save their homes, stay in their homes and keep money rather than paying it elsewhere. They tell me that they in turn refer their family members and friends to Patrick which is the greatest compliment of all. I endorse Patrick to anyone seeking elder law advice or help in estate planning.


    Cheri Crow Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Audrey Heidt O'Shaughnessy

    Patrick Curley serves with me on the Board of the MANAELA ( and I have had the pleasure of working as a guardian ad litem on a number of his cases. Patrick is an excellent advocate for his clients and I recommend him without reservation. He is professional, timely, thorough, and has always been a pleasure to work with. I am particularly impressed by the thoughtful way that Patrick approaches problem solving, and his willingness to think outside the box for his clients. Those clients of his whom I have met all seem impressed with his services and have enjoyed working him. If you have any questions about Attorney Curley, please feel free to contact me (


    Audrey O'Shaughnessy Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1 Common Street
Wakefield, MA, 01880


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Massachusetts Super Lawyers AwardMassachusetts Super Lawyers Award2011
Certified Elder Law AttorneyNational Elder Law Foundation2009
Accredited Veterans Benefits SpecialistVeterans Administration2008
Preservation AwardWakefield, MA Historical Commission2004
Valedictorian at Wakefield Memorial High SchoolWakefield Memorial High School1990
Eagle ScoutBoy Scouts of America1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerCurley Law Firm LLP2003 - Present
AssociateHeller Ehrman1997 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Accelerated Cure ProjectDirector2016 - Present
National Academy of Elder Attorneys (Massachusetts Chapter)Litigation Committee Member2015 - Present
National Academy of Elder Attorneys (Massachusetts Chapter)Director2011 - Present
2011 Massachusetts Super LawyersNominated2011 - Present
National Academy of Elder Attorneys (Massachusetts Chapter)Public Policy Committee Member2010 - Present
ElderCounselMember2009 - Present
National Elder Law FoundationCertified Elder Law Attorney2009 - Present
WealthCounselMember2008 - Present
Friends of Lake QuannapowittMember2004 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts Chapter)Member2004 - Present
The Hartshorne House - Wakefield, MAMember2003 - Present
Wakefield, MA Chamber of CommerceMember2003 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2003 - Present
Massachusetts Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
The Boit Home, Inc. - non-profit serving seniorsPresident of the Board2006 - 2014
Center for Performing Arts, Inc. - Wakefield, MADirector2004 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Medicaid application successNo Medicaid denial issued for past asset transfers.
MassHealth Fair Hearing AppealHearing Officer ruled in my client's favor in full retroactive to the first date of MassHealth benefits approval. My client now retains a substantial portion of her husband's monthly income to pay their home equity mortgage.
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Publication nameTitleDate
2016 Elder Law Education Program - Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal CheckupMassBar Association2016
Wakefield Daily ItemElder Law Column2012
Wakefield Daily ItemJourney to Nepal Brings Local Attorney Back "Home"2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Dartmouth CollegeGovernment and International AffairsAB1994
London School of Economics and Political ScienceGovernment and International AffairsSemester Exchange1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Salem Senior CenterMassBar Association Elder Law Month Education Program2016
Parkinson's Disease Support Group at Beverly Senior CenterAsset Protection for Parkinson's Disease Support Group2016
Asset Protection UpdateIrrevocable and Revocable Trusts to Protect your home, savings and family2016
Reading Pleasant Street Senior CenterProtect your Home and Savings2015
Caseworker Training - Part 2When a MassHealth Frail Elder Waiver Application isn’t so simple: Helping families get it right2015
Caseworker Training - Part 1When a MassHealth Frail Elder Waiver Application isn’t so simple: Helping families get it right2015
Asset Protection EventEstate Planning and Asset Protection2015
Asset ProtectionProtect your Home and Savings against MassHealth and Nursing Home Risks2015
Wakefield Senior Center"Taking Control of Your Future: Uncertain Times Require Expert Legal Advice"2012
Lynnfield Senior Center"Protect your Home and Savings against Nursing Home Costs, Medicaid, and Taxes"2012
Danvers Senior Center"Protect Your Home and Savings Against Medicaid, Nursing Home Costs, and Unnecessary Taxes"2012
Estate Planning concerns for those with Chronic IllnessesEstate Planning and Asset Protection for those with MS2009