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Andrew J Garcia

Elder law Attorney at N. Dartmouth, MA

5.0   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Rhode Island - RI 21 years
    Massachusetts - MA 31 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State RI
    Acquired 2002
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Andrew

Learn Andrew’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Focusing on estate planning for elders who are looking to protect their life savings from the high costs of long-term nursing home care.

    31 years

  2. Estate planning
    Focusing on estate planning for 1) Elders wishing to protect their life savings from a nursing home; 2) people in 1st and 2nd marriages, and 3) same-sex and hetero couples who are living together in a long-term, committed relationship.

    31 years

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    Incorporating small businesses and providing guidance through business formation process, including marketing of business ideas

    31 years

My father was taking great pains to make sure that the stud walls were perfectly plumb and square to the deck of the shed - and being the novice that I was, it seemed that he was wasting a lot of time.  So I said to him, "Dad, why are you going through all that...this is just a small shed."  His reply, and I still remember this vividly to this day, was, "Andy (well, actually he always refers to me as "my boy"), we spend time doing the small jobs right, so that when we do the big jobs, we do ‘em right too."

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Contact Andrew

SouthCoast Estate Planning, a division of Phillips Garcia Law
13 Ventura Drive
N. Dartmouth, MA, 02747


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  5 customer reviews
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Posted by Richard | February 22, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Kind & Helpful
Andrew was very kind in assisting me with my issue. I highly recommend him for your needs! Very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure I understood what I needed. Thank you again Andrew for being so kind and helping me!
Posted by Brenna | July 26, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An attorney who actually cares - highly recommend
Andrew helped me through what was a very stressful time in my life. He was patient and responsive to my numerous questions, often taking my calls after hours and on weekends when I'm certain he had much more pressing matters to attend to. He gave me personalized attention and made me feel like my case was a priority. Unlike a lot of attorneys out there, it's easy to see that Andrew loves what he does and truly cares about his clients.
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Posted by Brooke | June 12, 2015
Definitely recommend
Attorney Garcia was very responsive. He explained everything and what our whole process would be depending on the options. Hopefully we won't need an attorney again lol but if we do it will definitely be attorney Garcia.
Posted by Mary Jane | September 25, 2013
I would recommend Andrew as lawyer who is there to help the client in anyway that he possibly can. Andrew helped me to get all the necessary papers in order for a trust that was set up for my daughter. He did it in a timely fashion and at a reasonable price. I had many questions about this and he always took the time to return my phone calls and answer all of my questions.
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Posted by anonymous | August 28, 2013
Attorney Andrew Garcia - A True Professional
Attorney Andrew Garcia has been our attorney for several years and has handled a real estate closing, updating our wills,and most recently an automobile accident. When we had a car accident we immediately contacted Andrew to handle our case. He handled it with professionalism, informed us of our rights, and proceeded with a claim against the driver who hit us. As these cases do take time, he always kept us updated on the progress or lack of progress on the claim. It was finally settled with good results. We have always been completely satisfied with our dealings with Andrew. He has always been friendly, helpful, easy to speak to, and most importantly a true professional. We would recommend Andrew without reservation to anyone that is looking for representation.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Professor
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Phillips & Garcia, PC
  • 1997 - Present


  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • Oliver v Lee, Pres, JRK Holdings
  • Judgment for Tenant
  • Almeida v Econohomes, LLC, et al Docket No: 13CV00890
  • Judgment for Plaintiff $56,050 plus attorney's fees/costs $6,421.27
  • Aguiar v. Couto, et al., Case #: 12H83CV00846NB
  • Plaintiff's Verdict
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  • ElderCounsel
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • LP Div Social Media, Legal Blogs & Websites Committee
  • 2015 - Present
  • New Bedford Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • American Jurisprudence Award - Wills & Trusts
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • 1990


  • The Bridge Magazine
  • When Can My Child Get Access to Their UTMA Accounts?
  • 2018
  • The Bridge Magazine
  • Choosing a Guardian for Your Minor Kids: 5 Helpful Tips
  • 2016
  • National Business Institute
  • The Importance of Good Client Communication and What They Really Want When They Call Their Lawyer
  • 2014
  • Word Association Press
  • Massachusetts Auto Accidents: The 5 Biggest Mistakes Consumers Make When Buying Car Insurance
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Getting Practice Ready - A Panel for Suffolk University Law Students
  • Law Practice Management
  • 2015
  • Getting Practice Ready - A Panel for Suffolk University Law Students
  • Law Practice Management
  • 2015
  • Class Action Litigation: Tackle the Complexity of Class Action Cases with Confidence
  • Class Action Litigation
  • 2015
  • How to Bring a Class Action Without Breaking the Bank: A Basic Guide to Help Solos and Small Law Firms
  • Consumer Class Actions
  • 2014
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Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (7)
Endorse Andrew
Estate planning Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew is a thorough and outstanding attorney . Andrew is responsive, smart and an excellent legal strategist. I absolutely recommend Andrew as an attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew is a strong advocate. He is not afraid of a battle, but he prefers to proactively seek efficient and practical solutions for his clients wherever possible. Andrew's excellent listening skills and his positive outlook are greatly appreciated by his clients and by opposing counsel."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Other
"Andrew raises our profession to a higher level by teaching young, aspiring lawyers how to manage and market their own law practice. On top of this, Andrew is a premier plaintiffs' trial lawyer in his own right. I highly recommend Andrew for injury victims in Massachusetts."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew is a tireless advocate for his clients. I endorse him wholeheartedly!"
General practice Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Andrew is a skilled and personable professional. Together with his partner Carlin, they have built a highly regarded, successful practice in New Bedford handling complex civil litigation, including class actions. I have worked with Andrew in connection with a law incubator program, Justice Bridge. Andrew has proven to be a valuable mentor, counseling new lawyers in substantive areas of law and practical business skills and generously sharing his time. I would recommend him highly to anyone looking for quality representation and personable service."
Personal injury Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew is a terrific resource for anyone who has been injured in the Dartmouth, MA area. He and his law partner, Carlin Phillips, run a fantastic practice. They really give a lot more than "just" legal advice. Visit YouTube and see there many legal information videos, too. You won't be disappointed."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Andrew and I worked on a very complicated but high profile media case together. I can therefore attest to his outstanding legal skills and the quality of representation he and his firm provides to clients. Andrew is tenacious when it comes to protecting and pursuing his client's interests. He is the lawyer you want on your side. That's why Andrew deserves my highest recommendation."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Andy is a meticulous professional. He is always prepared and does a fabulous job for his clients. He is great to work with as well."
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N. Dartmouth Elder law Lawyer Andrew J Garcia
Andrew J Garcia
Elder law Attorney
N. Dartmouth, MA
Licensed for 31 years
Free Consultation