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Denise Leydon Harvey

Guardianship Attorney at Salem, MA

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 35 years
    Rhode Island - RI 33 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State RI
    Acquired 1990
    Not Authorized to Practice - Removed from the Master Roll No misconduct found

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Practice areas

I concentrate my practice on protecting elder and disabled clients and their assets. I regularly appear in probate court to obtain guardianship and conservatorship authority for family members whose loved ones are no longer able to make their own decisions, whether it is an elder who has been diagnosed with advanced dementia or Alzheimer's disease, a disabled child who is reaching adulthood, or someone who suffers a traumatic brain injury. I also work to avoid these scenarios by proper estate planning, such as wills, durable powers of attorney, health care proxies and medical care directives. I help protect assets through the use of trusts, transferring or re-titling property, and homestead protection.

When the time comes, I also assist families in getting a proper personal representative appointed to administer the estate of their deceased loved ones. I advise the personal representative and the family in navigating the probate process and settling the estate, including selling real estate, negotiating the payment of debts, distributing any inheritance and resolving inter-family disputes. When necessary, I also litigate probate matters that cannot be settled among family members. I most frequently practice in Essex, Middlesex, Suffolk and Norfolk Probate Courts.

My work is primarily aimed at helping my clients retain as much independence and control over their lives as possible. I served two terms  as a member of the Massachusetts PCA (Personal Care Attendant) Workforce Council, to which I was appointed by Attorney General Martha Coakley in 2009. The Workforce Council aims to improve the quality of care available to individuals who would be in a nursing home without the care provided by in-home care providers and to assist PCA users in obtaining and keeping qualified home care.

Due to the nature of my clientele, I am always happy to meet with people at their homes or at the hospital or nursing home.

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Harvey Law Offices
27 Congress Street
Suite 305-18
Salem, MA, 01970


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Posted by Mary | March 6, 2013
Caring, expert services
You have a very special place in my heart for all you did for me and my family after my parents died. You have many gifts, that include a special way with people and an expertise in legal matters that are difficult for families to deal with. I will never forget your abundant kindnesses, reassurances, legal knowledge and caring. You made a tough situation so much more bearable. I am forever grateful to you.
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Posted by Steve | February 7, 2013
Great experience with a terrific attorney
Denise has served as family attorney for me throughout the transition of placing my elderly mother in a nursing home and ultimately arranging legal guardianship for me. During this process, I found Denise to be accessible, approachable, knowledgeable and thorough in all of her work and advice. I continue and will continue to use Denise for my legal needs in the future, and would recommend her without hesitation.
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AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Harvey Law Offices
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Cohen & Oalican, LLP, Boston, MA
  • 2007 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Stern, Keilty & Wall, LLP, Salem, MA
  • 2003 - 2006


  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Regis College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1981


  • Massachusetts PCA Home Care Workforce Council
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Speaking Engagements

  • Independent Living Centers Staff in-training
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship proceedings
  • 2013
  • Beverly School for the Deaf Parent Advisory Group
  • Special Needs Planning for Children Turning 18
  • 2012
  • Autism Consortium Parent Group
  • Special Needs Planning for Children Turning 18
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (7)
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Estate planning Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Harvey has proven to have exceptional legal acumen and talent that would be an asset to anyone. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Harvey. Her advice is consistent and accurate and she is precisely the type of attorney estate planning clients should consider hiring for their probate matters and beyond."
Guardianship Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have read several of her answers to questions on Avvo and I can tell she cares deeply about clients and provides knowledgeable advice."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Denise Leydon Harvery is very knowledgeable in several areas of complex legal practice. I recommend her."
Probate Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Harvey. We practice in the same areas of law, so I have had a chance to review a great many of her responses to Avvo questions and I am impressed not only by the depth of her legal knowledge, but also her willingness to provide constructive, practical advice. I am happy to endorse Ms. Harvey and her services. James Frederick"
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Denise is a top notch attorney. Her responses in public forums such as AVVO showcase her experience, expertise, and a deep understanding and knowledge of the law."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Probate Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Guardianship Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Harvey is an outstanding attorney with an exceptional reputation. She is a strong and zealous advocate for her clients and a credit to the legal profession. I highly recommend her legal services."
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