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Peter Caldwell Herbst Jr

Probate Attorney at Braintree, MA

5.0   25 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 15 years
    Connecticut - CT 18 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Peter

Learn Peter’s areas of practice.

LISTENING TO YOUR NEEDS & PROVIDING SOLUTIONS. ESTATE PLANNING | ESTATE & TRUST ADMINISTRATION | ELDER LAW CALL (781) 843-5034

Peter C. Herbst Jr. advises clients in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and elder law. Peter enjoys educating his clients on the options available to them so that they can implement a plan that meets their specific goals. Working closely with client’s insurance, financial and other advisors, Peter ensures their estate plan is integrated with their overall financial planning.

Awards

Silver Client Champion
Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
2018

Location

Herbst Law Group, LLC
100 Grandview Road Ste 304
Braintree, MA, 02184

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2018
Client's Choice
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Posted by Laurie | June 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful experience
I am so thankful to have had Peter referred to me. He helped me through a very difficult time with professionalism and a calm reassuring demeanor. He always responded in a timely manner, and our interactions consistently left me with a confidence that all was being handled in the best possible way. I will certainly use his services again if the need arises.
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Posted by Joshua | September 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning and End of Life Documents
We went to Peter for our end of life planning, and went into the process not knowing much about it. He was very thorough, and helped us come up with a great plan for our will, trust, health care concerns and more! He is very kind and considerate and will explain any questions you have. I would recommend anyone doing this style of planning to consult Peter.
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Posted by Patricia S. | July 8, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding and Affordable! I highly recoomend Peter!
I found Peter Herbst via AVVO when I did a search looking for a new trust attorney. I was looking to revamp my outdated trust documents and make some changes and had no clue where to start. I find it all confusing. From the first email inquiry to the final doc signing, Peter and his assistant Kristie did not miss a thing. Peter's pricing was very affordable without sacrificing quality of service one bit. He is very knowledgeable in his field and was thoughtful and understanding of my situation. He is also very mindful taking time to listen to my concerns and offered some great insight and advice on matters I struggled with. I also have a special needs son and he understood my concerns about his long term care. Peter is an exceptional estate attorney and I would give him higher than 5 stars if I could. Thank you!
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Posted by Linda | May 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Five Star Experience
For anyone looking for a competent, professional, and well informed lawyer to review and execute any aspect of your estate planning, Peter works above and beyond expectations. In spite of all the legal complexities, he explains all details to a full understanding. His calm nature and wealth of knowledge speeds things along in a very comforting way. He's fair, concise and to the point with just the right amount of personal touch. Peter takes his job seriously and works seamlessly to put his client's best interests in the forefront. Would highly recommend him and would definitely work with him again for any future estate planning needs.
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Posted by Andrew | May 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Job Well Done.
Peter made obtaining my sons Trust easy and was a pleasure to work with. Our health proxy's and Power of attorney documents were spot on.
Posted by Richard | December 24, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Praise for Peter Herbst
Peter was a tremendous help in updating our previous will! He was able to answer all our questions as to power of attorney,living will versus DNR, tax issues if we decided to pursue a trust for our assets and gave us an education as to the current legalities of elder law. My wife and I feel that our decision to use G&H was most fortunate for us and our family!
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Posted by Jean | December 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
Finding the right lawyer to do your estate plan is not a fun/easy task. After other consult meetings left us confused and disappointed, as my husband and I left Peter's office we looked at each other and said, "we're hiring Peter." We met with Peter numerous times, asking many questions and even to review matters previously discussed. Very reasonable priced for his services, (and a flat fee), Peter expertly guided us through the process. Our estate plan required the establishment of a trust and when we described our somewhat non-traditional wishes, Peter came up with a specific plan to meet our objectives. His knowledge is unsurpassed, as well as his patience and understanding. Hire Peter, you will not be disappointed or hit with unexpected costs.
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Posted by Carolyn | October 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend Peter Herbst
I highly recommend Peter Herbst for his knowledge of Elder Law and Estate Planning. My husband and I recently had Peter advise us as we updated our will. He patiently explained all the options available and the advantages and disadvantages of each option. He provided detailed explanations and gave us material to read before we decided the best plan for us. He explained various types of trusts to us and provided examples and potential scenarios of each. He explained everything in detail and assured us that he was there to answer any questions we may have. He also made sure to tell us we could call him with questions before and after our documents were filed and there would be no charge for phone calls. He filed our Will, Power of Attorney, HIPPAA Release, Declaration of Elder Homestead, Expression of Intention Regarding Health Care , & Release of Electronically Stored Information. He suggested that we call him if any situations occurred which might require a change to be made in our estate plans. He gave examples of changes in the future.
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Posted by Jill | August 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
excellent estate planning lawyer
We are so glad that we found Peter to write our will. He is professional, knowledgeable, efficient, and direct - while also being a really nice guy who takes the time to explain details and answer every question that we had. We highly recommend working with Peter.
Posted by KOR | May 3, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
My husband and I married "later in life" and wanted to ensure that our estate was organized according to our wishes. We met with Peter and had no doubt that he was the person to handle our estate. He is personable and professional, and informs us of things we would not even think of. I would highly recommend Peter. A business is only as good as its support and Kristie does an excellent job as well. Thank you.
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Posted by Evonne | February 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Estate Planning Attorney
I found Attorney Herbst Jr. on Avvo and Lawyers.com after months of reviewing other attorneys online/phone calls in and around the Boston metro areas. In the end, Peter and another attorney came close to what I was looking for in estate planning, and they both came with excellent reviews. I ultimately hired Peter. Here is why I hired Peter 1) personality, 2) quality, and 3) price. It is true that a picture can say a thousand words and what you see of Peter is what you get in person - kind, patience, and with a humble personality; unlike the other attorney with a glorified bio who have "yet to eat a $100 burger." Peter is prompt in responding to emails, flexible with his time, and up-to-date with his knowledge of the ever-changing probate/estate/tax laws. He also gave my spouse and I some valuable tax advices that already saved us a couple of hundred dollars this year. Peter covered a lot of grounds during the hour long free consultation and we never felt rushed. Peter's law firm is simple yet professional looking, his price is affordable, and he didn't nickel and dime us for everything; unlike the other attorney located in a fancy location, expensive furnishing, and the clock starts ticking after the initial consult. Attorney Herbst Jr. is a great attorney and I highly recommended him. My advise to potential clients, regardless who you choose to be your attorney, go with someone who looks out for your best interests, knowledgeable, and proofread prior to signing any legal documents.
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Posted by anonymous | January 23, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent advice
I went to Mr. Herbst when I faced serious problems with the probate of my mother's estate. He was very kind and knowledgeable. Although I intended to hire him he let me know there was another attorney who would better serve me! Wow! If I ever have a need for an attorney with Mr. Herbst's specialties I will hire him!
Posted by Brittany | January 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience!
My husband and I were referred to Peter through our financial advisor as we needed to have a will written. We had not gone through this process before and were not sure what to expect. Peter made the process very clear and very easy. He spent as much time as we needed to sit and discuss each aspect of the document. He also allowed us as much time as we needed after sending us the drafts to look over them, ask additional questions, and make any changes before we signed any final paperwork. He helped make the documents easy to understand and the process straightforward. I would highly recommend Peter.
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Posted by Jerry and Cathy | January 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Probate Attorney
Peter took the time to explain the various probate options open to my husband and me in plain language. He answered all of our questions and addressed our concerns fully. We felt very comfortable speaking to him about out probate needs. We would highly recommend him for any probate matters.
Posted by Zoltan | February 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Fantastic, Knowledgable and Very Honest Estate Planning Attorney
I found Mr. Herbst on avvo.com and the 5 star reviews didn’t disappoint. I have interviewed two other estate planning attorneys and decided to go with Peter and I’m glad I did. Where do I start? He was always reachable and responded in record time. He carefully and genuinely listened to my background info and needs and provided recommendations based on what he thought would make the most sense in my situation not how much he’d get for it. He kept providing important guidance and recommendations throughout the process. The icing on the cake: he introduced me to a person who is in the same field I want to be in. I would absolutely use Mr. Herbst's service again and very highly recommend him.
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Posted by David | December 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Copy of my Thank You email to Peter
Hi Peter, We received your letter and the checks in the mail today. We wanted to say thank you for all of your help in dealing with this matter. It has been a pleasure working with you as well. You made this process a whole lot easier and more comfortable for us. We will not hesitate to reach out to you regarding any other legal matters in the future and would definitely recommend you to anybody we know in need of your service and expertise. Thank you! Dave and Kirsten
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Posted by Ethel Marie Dawley | October 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best in the business!
Peter has the heart of a teacher. I consulted with him when opening my newly formed Nurse Practitioner Company. His knowledge related to forming an LLC and insurance coverage is amazing. Despite his expertise, he was still extremely patient and walked me through the process. I feel confident my business success resulted from his guidance.
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Posted by Alvin | April 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Elderly services
My mother recently passed away when my father was in a rehab center. Because of her death it changed my fathers financial situation which almost left him out of care. Found PETER online he offered great advise to put my father back to his eligibility right way I'm so glad I found him . He pointed us to the right direction , followed up from start to finish . Looking for elderly consultation matters 5 stars all the way well trusted
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Posted by Jill | April 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning Expert!
Peter Herbst was extremely knowledgable and professional. He was very easy to work with and exceeded our expectations. I would absolutely use Peter again and would recommend him to anyone looking for estate planning assistance!
Posted by Nancy | September 21, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Elder Care
Peter Herbst handled my families Elder Care needs with professionalism and kindness. Every aspect of what was needed and what was to be done was reviewed until we understood each and every process that was being completed. I look forward to working with Peter when the time comes for me to get my own personal affairs in order, and I know the rest of the family feels the same way. It was a pleasure Mr. Herbst.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Herbst Law Group, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate
  • Baker, Braverman & Barbadoro, P.C.
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Herbst & Herbst, LLC
  • 2004 - 2008

Education

  • Boston University School of Law
  • LLM
  • 2012
  • Vermont Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1999

Associations

  • Town of Braintree
  • Master Plan Steering Committee Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Braintree July 4th Celebration Committee
  • Treasurer
  • 2018 - Present
  • Cub Scouts
  • Den Leader
  • 2018 - Present
  • ProVisors - Hingham
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • South Shore Young Professionals
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Boston Estate Planning Council
  • Associate
  • 2009 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Rising Star
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Rising Star
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • 40 Under 40 Award
  • South Shore Stars
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish for Paralegals
  • Intestacy and Estate Distributions
  • 2018
  • Spring Conference
  • Estate Tax Update
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (4)
Endorse Peter
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Peter and I have worked together on estate planning matters with a Massachusetts-Florida component. I find him to be knowledgeable and thoughtful in his analysis, and his clients certainly benefit from his collaborative approach and creative problem-solving. I look forward to working with Peter on future matters."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I attended a presentation of Peter’s on funding irrevocable insurance trusts. Peter had a unique situation in which the annual exclusions available within a trust were less than the amount of the yearly premium for the insurance. This resulted in the possibility of his client having a taxable gift each year. Peter explained the tax and trust rules involved and then presented two methods - through either a part loan part gift or a non-equity collateral assignment – that one could utilize in order avoid making a taxable gift. Both strategies were creative ways explained in a straightforward manner that furthered his client’s objectives in a tax-efficient manner. During the presentation, Peter not only displayed excellent professionalism and creativity in tax planning, but he was also a very eloquent speaker. I'm looking forward to his next seminar presentation. I endorse this lawyer."
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