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Leanna Hamill

Estate planning Attorney at Hingham, MA

5.0   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Leanna

Learn Leanna’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    40%

  2. Elder law
    25%
    I begin my representation of many clients with a comprehensive estate and long-term care planning evaluation. This evaluation determines the best planning strategies to pursue in order to meet the estate planning and long-term health care objectives of the client. Elder law can involve estate planning, implementing an estate plan, reviewing options for paying for long term care, and may sometimes include Medicaid planning and application.

  3. Probate
    25%
    I provide full representation of fiduciaries administering estates. Probate administration includes filing the petition for appointment of the personal representative, preparing and filing the inventory of estate assets, paying decedent’s debts, distributing assets, filing tax returns, and filing accounts with the Probate Court.

  4. Guardianship
    10%
    I represent clients seeking guardianship and conservatorship of relatives who can no longer manage their personal or financial affairs and assist family members in fulfilling the duties imposed by these new roles. I also assist parents who need to become guardians of their minor children's estates for purposes of inheritance.

I help strong families through trying times – to protect your choices, preserve your relationships and pass down the things that matter. I take care of the legal matters so you can take care of your family.

 

I know that the best attorney-client relationships are collaborations, and that the greatest partnerships (professional or otherwise) are built on communication. For this reason, communication and collaboration are the foundations of each area of my practice, and are central to your experience when we work together. The value I provide my clients comes not only from my years of legal experience, but also from my understanding that every family has a myriad of intertwined goals—personal and professional, financial and familial—that should not be separated, but rather approached holistically.

 

When working with blended families or families with elderly parents, I clearly establish who my client is while recognizing that each member has a crucial role to play. I understand that the encouragement and preservation of strong family ties is essential when creating a legacy strong enough to last for generations.


As we work together toward your goals my role is to draft the legal documents you need to memorialize your wishes, provide analysis of laws and regulations to help you determine a course of action, give compassionate guidance in carrying out the wishes of a loved one (via Power of Attorney, Trust or Will administration, or Healthcare Directives), be your legal representation during proceedings for a protected person, and provide legal assistance in planning for and paying for long term care expenses.

 

My practice focuses on planning for those people who understand that the time to act is now, even if you have put it off in the past. My guidance and legal expertise are the perfect complement to those clients who know their goals and recognize the need for legal assistance as they work toward those goals.

 

 

Education and Accomplishments

 

My education, experience, and ties to the community can help you accomplish your goals. I graduated cum laude from Suffolk University Law School, and have a degree in Sociology from the University of California, Davis. Prior to practicing law, I worked at Tufts Health Plan for over seven years, in the Appeals and Grievances Department. I live in Hingham and am a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the South Shore Coalition of Workers with the Elderly. I am a co-founder of the Women Attorneys Network of the South Shore () and enjoy cooking, doing yoga and hiking.

 

 

Location

Leanna Hamill
190 Old Derby St.
Suite 211
Hingham, MA, 02043

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Reviews

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Posted by Jack | June 16, 2015
Exactly What We Needed!
My wife and I engaged Leanna to update and establish several legal documents. We found her to be quite knowledgeable and sincerely interested in helping us to achieve our goals. Our meetings with Leanna were very helpful in arriving at a number of decisions and her follow up was both timely and thorough. We are very pleased with the advice and service that we received and we recommend Leanna Hamill without hesitation.
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Posted by Elizabeth | May 8, 2015
Now I can truly rest in peace!
I came to Leanna because I wanted to ensure that my wishes would be followed upon my passing. Leanna listened with a keen ear to my intentions and suggested doing a Will, Power of Attorney, and Health Care Proxy. She met with me and listened to my wishes, took that information and within a short time called me in to review. Leanna took the time to not only listen to my needs but to consider the family dynamic (considering carefully the fact that my husband and I have a blended family). She explained everything to me in lay men's terms so I truly understood the purpose of each document. I would highly recommend Leanna to anyone looking to have peace of mind. Leanna is trustworthy, thorough and considerate. No better choice for your peace of mind.
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Posted by Mary | May 7, 2015
Nothing like peace of mind.
I had been struggling for over a year to find someone local who does family law. Messages not returned, etc. Found Ms. Hamill in the Hingham Journal. Under "Responsive" I would underscore that by saying "prompt" which is kind of the same, but maybe not. She counseled my husband and me about what documents we needed, beyond what we realized we needed, and now everything is nailed down: wills, POAs, & names changed out to include our sons, now grown, in legal matters. I not only would recommend her, but I have. And the office is elegant!
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Posted by Karen | June 26, 2014
Great Special Needs Lawyer
I am so grateful I found Leanna! I needed a fresh look at my will and my son’s special needs trust, since it was about five years from when I had them originally done. She took the time to review my old documents and made some very valid suggestions of what I might think about changing and updating. Because of Leanna’s background and up-to-date knowledge in regards to special needs, guardianships and trusts, I felt confident that she would lead me in the right direction and she did. Not only did she update my will and my son’s special needs trust, she also work with me on things I didn’t even think of such as an Emergency Guardianship Proxy, Durable Power of Attorney and a HIPAA Release. My biggest concern is my son’s well-being after I’m gone and I truly sleep better at night now knowing that everything is in place to make sure he is taken care of. I am so appreciative of Leanna and highly recommend her.
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Posted by Laurie | May 6, 2014
Great estate lawyer; knowledgeable and flexible
Leanna was very helpful with estate planning for our family (myself, my husband, and our 2 minor children). She created all the documents we would need for all life events and explained them in an easy-to-understand manner. She also didn't have a problem when we needed to bring our 2 children to the signing! She's very knowledgeable and helpful and I would highly recommend her for estate planning.
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Posted by David | March 6, 2014
Very capable lawyer
Leanna is a pleasure to work with. She helped me with my mother's estate following the death of my sister, who first had responsibility for the estate. Leanna was responsive, knowledgeable and very capable. Most important perhaps, she was pragmatic - she understood the scope of her engagement and got the job done in a straighforward, no-nonsense way. I thought her fees were quite reasonable. I offer these thoughts as a satisfied client of Leanna's, although I will note that I have practiced as an attorney for more than 30 years and recognize quality performance in the profession.
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Posted by Geraldine | March 4, 2014
Layman's Friend
Leanna is an excellent listener as well as being knowledgable and understanding the complexities that families can present when seeking to establishing a family trust. She instinctively seems to know how to guide her clients through the maze of legalities and finding that which will best suport her client's needs. She is very thorough and efficient and I appreciated how fast the documents were processed and finalized.
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Posted by Mary | November 5, 2013
Professional, knowledgeable and detailed estate planner
Excellent choice... Ms. Hamill understood our nerves and confusion in planning our estate. We had multiple concerns about the blending of my fiance and my assets, care for our children, and their financial futures. She invited us into a serene and comforting environment and immediately put us at ease by ensuring she was able to understand and meet each of our needs and goals. Ms. Hamill took the time to explain the impact of our choices, advised the precautions needed to avoid potential difficulties in the execution of our estate (set up of trusts, detailed child-care plans that could avoid custody battles, financial plans for their education and care, etc.) and ensured that a great deal of care went into the protection of our loved ones. She was a strong and comforting adviser, and made the process feel remarkably easy. I felt that she was an advocate for our families, ensuring that they did not have to endure any additional stress or pain in our absence. Additionally, she provided anything we needed related to healthcare proxies, living wills, and documentation to leave for our final wishes. She took care of paperwork for property deeds and explained each step in detail as we finalized. When the process was complete, it was an enormous relief. We felt fortunate to have worked with Ms. Hamill and we continue to recommend her to friends and colleagues.
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Posted by John | September 13, 2010
Terrific, Kid-friendly, and Flexible!
Leanna was great from the get-go. She is very tech-savvy, which was helpful for the busy schedules of my wife and me. Leanna replied to my initial email within a day, and she was very helpful in helping us gather the preliminary information needed for our wills. On top of that, Leanna was more than flexible when it came time for us to meet with her; we got stuck in a daycare pinch, and she had no problem with our seven-year old son tagging along. The service was great. Leanna reviewed all the facts and options, and we trusted her opinions. We were able to quickly and confidently get what we wanted. She was also very patient with my many (and often far-fetched) questions. Really, I cannot recommend her enough!
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2009
Excellent Service
Leanna has been so helpful with several major family occasions where legal advice was needed: Home sale to assisted living, long term care insurance, estate protection, wills. She is very personable, responds quickly to your needs, and always follows through as promised. I highly recommend her.
Posted by anonymous | July 11, 2009
Leanna Hamill
I, along with one of my daughters, first met with Leanna with the thought in mind of making things less complicated for my children when I die. I am beyond eighty and feel this will be a parting gift to my children sometime in the future. Leanna prepared and explained all the necessary documents. She was very patient in answering our many questions and seemed most knowledgeable. She has always been available by telephone for any further questions My daughter and I feel fortunate to have Leanna as our Attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 325-325 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Leanna Hamill, Attorney at Law
  • 2005 - Present
  • Associate
  • Loring and Robinson
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Appeals & Grievances Specialist
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • 1997 - 2004

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of California - Davis
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate Plan & Long Term Care Assistance
  • Helped client preserve funds & receive care.

Associations

  • Crossroads for Kids
  • 10Event Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • South Shore Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Anodyne Corporation
  • Human Rights Committee, Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Women Attorneys Network of the South Shore
  • President
  • 2007 - Present
  • South Shore Coalition of Workers with the Elderly
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Law Practice Management Council
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Public Policy Committee of Mass. NAELA
  • Member
  • 2008 - 2011
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2011
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Massachusetts Chapter)
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • ABA Top 100 Law Blog
  • American Bar Association
  • 2009
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Civil Procedure
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 2002
  • American Jurisprudence Award - Fiduciary Relations
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 2002
  • Academic Leadership Scholarship
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 2001
  • Distinguished Brief - Legal Practice Skills Class
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 2001
  • Honorable Mention: Oral Argument
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 2001
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Publications

  • Kiplinger's
  • How To Find a Missing Will (quoted)
  • 2016
  • Wicked Local papers, various
  • Health Care Proxies
  • 2016
  • Wicked Local Papers, various
  • Don't Put Off Getting a Will
  • 2015
  • American Bar Association GPSolo Magazine
  • Elder Abuse
  • 2013
  • Lexis Nexis Publishing
  • How To Manage Your Law Practice, contributor.
  • 2013
  • Lawyers USA
  • Virtual Assistants for Solos, Small Firms
  • 2012
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Marketing Your Law Practice for Little or No Money
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Parkinson's Support Group
  • Estate Planning and Progressive Illnesses
  • 2016
  • Caregiver Support Group
  • Estate Planning for Caregivers
  • 2016
  • Friendship Home
  • Planning for Your Child With Special Needs
  • 2013
  • What if...Workbook Workshop
  • End of Life Planning
  • 2012
  • Stafford Hill Assisted Living
  • Protecting and Caring for an Incapacitated Adult
  • 2011
  • Quincy Ward 4 Seniors
  • Medicaid Myths & Facts
  • 2011
  • First Parish Church, Norwell
  • What If...Workbook Workshop
  • 2011
  • Allerton House Assisted Living
  • The 7 Things Adult Children Need To Know About Caring for Aging Parents
  • 2011
  • Mass Bar. Annual Conference
  • The Most Bang for Your Grand - Practice Building For Under $1000
  • 2010
  • Avvo Webinar
  • Divorce & Estate Planning: Basic Planning Tips
  • 2010
  • Women's Bar Association
  • Planning for the New Law Office
  • 2009
  • Surviving Divorce: The Road Ahead
  • Protecting Yourself Before, During and After Divorce with a Properly Prepared Estate Plan
  • 2009
  • Starting a Solo Law Practice
  • Law Practice Management
  • 2009
  • Parents of Transitional Age Youth - Parents Info. Network
  • Essential Planning for Young Adults-Alternative to Guardianship
  • 2009
  • Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing Guardians for Your Children
  • Estate Planning for Parents of Young Children
  • 2009
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2009
  • Women Attorneys Network of the South Shore
  • Estate Planning and Divorce: What the Family Law Attorney Needs to Know
  • 2008
  • Smash The Ladder
  • Blogging for Business
  • 2008
  • New Beginnings
  • Estate Planning After Divorce
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (15)
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Elder law Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leanna is an outstanding elder law and trust/estate attorney. She is very active in the legal community, professional, and well regarded by clients and colleagues alike. I refer all clients with estate planning or elder law issues to Leanna. I can recommend her without reservation."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leanna is an excellent attorney practicing elder law and related matters in Mass. She is a great source for my California clients who need an attorney in the Boston area. I highly recommend her services for those in need. She is also the author of an excellent blog focusing on elder law and related matters."
Guardianship Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. She has an excellent legal blog in her area of estate planning. She is quite obviously an excellent lawyer and very dedicated to her field. She is at the top of my list when my clients need an attorney for estate planning."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leanna is committed to professionalism and client service. It clearly shows as she guides her clients through planning for their senior years."
Guardianship Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Leanna is bright, organized and articulate. She was personally provided invaluable assistance on a complicated guardianship matter."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She clearly has a practice that centers on the needs of the client. She is knowledgeable, and seems kind."
Elder law Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer.She is an excellent example of the importance of effective communication with clients and helping them in their moments of need for legal assistance. James K. Riley"
Elder law Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leanna Hamill is a very knowledgeable and competent attorney. I have worked with her on a couple of occasions and would not hesitate to work with her again in the future. She is enthusiastic and treats each client with the utmost respect."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leanna is a dedicated attorney who expresses genuine concern in providing the best possible estate plans for her clients. I am fortunate to count Leanna as a colleague who I can go to for advice, and know I will always receive a generous response. Her clients benefit from her expertise and compassion as well."
Elder law Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Leanna since law school. She is a bright and well-respected attorney, and a nice person as well."
Elder law Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leanna Hamill is an excellent Estate Planning and Elder Law attorney. She takes good care of her clients and really enjoys helping them plan their futures. She is a published expert in her field."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am a lawyer in the Washington D.C. area and a frequent reader of Leanna's estate planning blog. Although her blog addresses Massachusetts issues, it offers a wealth of practical advice on estate planning and record keeping that are valuable to anyone. I can tell from the blog that Leanna is at the top of her game and can provide a wealth of information to her clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Leanna and I are both on a lawyer discussion group. Leanna consistently displays a superior knowledge of elder law. I am happy to endorse her work."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I know Leanna through a discussion group of some of the most aware, client-centered lawyers practicing today. If you're looking for a good, experienced attorney, I highly recommend Leanna!"
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