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Brian C. Snell

Elder law Attorney at Marblehead, MA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2001
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Providing advice and assistance to elders and their families. Counsel to seller on real estate, downsizing to move to elder housing or assisted living. Assisting with the MassHealth application process.

    22 years

  2. Estate planning
    Assisting married and single individuals with the basics of estate planning, including tax sensitive planning, life insurance trusts, special needs trusts, and Family Trusts.

    22 years

  3. Probate
    Assisting beneficiaries with the administration of both estates and trusts.

    22 years

Attorney Snell is the principal of the Law Office of Brian C. Snell with offices in Marblehead and Reading.  Attorney Snell concentrates in Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Guardianships and Elder Law.  Attorney Snell is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and Suffolk University Law School.  As a new resident of Marblehead, he has volunteered with the Marblehead Arts during the July 4th Celebrations and has transferred is Rotary membership to Marblehead Rotary Club where he will serve on the Board of Directors beginning in 2023 and was a member of the 100 Year Celebration Committee.  While a resident of Reading, he was active in the community serving as a Town Meeting Member, a member of the Joshua Eaton, Parker Middle School and RMHS School Councils and was Chairman of the Reading Council on Aging for more than five years. He remains pro bono counsel to the Reading Knights of Columbus, a friend of the Reading Rotary and on the Board of Directors of the Reading Coalition for Prevention and Support (formerly RCASA).  Additionally, Attorney Snell is a member of the Leadership Team in the establishment of a Dementia Friendly Reading.


Attorney Snell and his wife Linda have three daughters – Kate, Caroline and Tricia and in 2021 became a Papa to Maggie and added Rosie to the crowd in 2023.


Law Office of Brian C. Snell
44 Gregory Street
Marblehead, MA, 01945
Law Office of Brian C. Snell
159 Haven Street
Suite 3
Reading, MA, 01867
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Posted by anonymous | January 3, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great attorney!
Attorney Snell was so great and helpful answering a question pretty in depth for me. Very informative and helpful.
Posted by anonymous | April 26, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
I contacted Mr Snell with concerns I had related to an estate. He was very prompt in his response. His advise was helpful and I have begun implementing his suggestions. If I need an MA attorney I will be contacting him again.
Posted by Taylor | November 4, 2013
Above and Beyond
I strongly recommend Brian Snell. He took the time to respond to my Avvo question, not once but twice. In addition, he took it a step further by receiving my call and gave me free legal advice. He treated me with respect given my circumstances and gave me a solution to a matter that no other attorney or bank could answer. You are an honorable Attorney and I truly appreciate your time, consideration and patience. Thank you again, Attorney Snell. You went above and beyond.
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Posted by Mary | October 24, 2012
Re: Petition to Partition and his informed response.
I called Atty. Snell as I had seen some input he had given on the web. He was incredibly kind to speak with me and give me his opinion and answer what he could within the guidelines of my questions. His generosity to even speak with me as I had not hired him was invaluable and I find that in itself very respectable. I was grateful for his limited but honest opinion.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Brian C. Snell
  • 2006 - Present
  • Associate
  • BMPC&W
  • 2002 - 2006
  • Vice President
  • Bank Of America - formerly Bank of New England, RECOLL, Fleet, FleetBoston
  • 1986 - 2001


  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctorg
  • 2000
  • University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • BSBA
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • First Dad and then Mom
  • Both Mr. and Mrs. qualified for MassHealth.
  • International Parents
  • Estate Planning documents executed.
  • Family Troubles
  • I was able to negotiate the sale of the property and smooth relations to effectuate the distribution of the sale proceeds.


  • Dementia Friendly Reading
  • Leadership Team
  • 2017 - Present
  • Mystic Valley Elder Services. Inc.
  • Secretary/Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • Boston Bar Association, Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Volunteer
  • 2014 - Present
  • Reading Coalition for Prevention and Support (formerly RCASA)
  • Board of Directors
  • 2014 - Present
  • Rotary International - Reading Chapter
  • Past President/ Current Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Advocate
  • 2010 - Present
  • Reading/North Reading Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts chapter)
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Reading Council on Aging
  • Vice Chair
  • 2015 - 2020
  • Reading Fall Street Faire Organizing Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2010 - 2018
  • North Reading Council on Aging
  • Chairman
  • 2009 - 2017
  • Reading Public Schools - Elementry, Middle and High School School Councils
  • Member
  • 2001 - 2019
  • Reading United Soccer Club
  • Board Member
  • 1998 - 2007
  • Town Meeting
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Presidential Citation
  • Rotary International
  • 2018
  • Certificate of Recognition in providing pro bono services
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • 2017
  • FIve Star Financial Service Professional - Estate Planning
  • Five Star Professional
  • 2016


  • Reading Chronicle, Lynn Daily Item, North Reading Transcript
  • Various submissions to local papers
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Various Wingate Appearances since 2009
  • Taxes, Real Estate and Elder Law Issues
  • 2014
  • Waddell & Reed Staff Meeting
  • Counseling Seniors
  • 2011
  • Paying for Assisted Living
  • Veteran's Benefits
  • 2010
  • Live Wires
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (1)
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Probate Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Snell is a valued contributor to this website and has been generous enough to allow me, as a fellow attorney, to bounce questions off of him. His answers on this website, as well as the answers he has given me directly, are thoughtful and useful. I absolutely endorse Attorney Snell."
Elder law Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Snell is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. He is a strong and zealous advocate for his clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend his legal services."
Probate Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian and I practice in some of the same areas of law, so I have had the privilege of reading many of his answers. Brian is not only spot on, when it comes to the law, but also offers practical advice and you can tell from his answers that he genuinely cares about people. He is one of the good guys, a true professional, and a great resource for the Avvo community. I have been remiss in not endorsing Brian LONG ago, and I am very happy to correct that oversight, at this time! I would highly recommend a consultation with Brian, if you have any probate, estate planning or elder law matter that you need to have resolved. James Frederick"
Elder law Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Brian is a great attorney and is very committed to his client. He is bright and dedicated to the area of elder law. He is a consummate professional."
Marblehead Elder law Lawyer Brian C. Snell
Brian C. Snell
Elder law Attorney
Marblehead, MA
Licensed for 23 years
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