PRACTICE AREAS

Family Law & Divorce

Custody, Paternity, Child Support, Alimony, Modifications, Contempt Actions

 

At Pardoe Law, our philosophy is to be practical, forthright, and candid, so you understand the legal process and your options, including out of court options such as mediation.  We guide you through what can be an emotional and difficult time as we negotiate the many issues that arise during the divorce process. 

 

Pamela Pardoe has been practicing family law in Massachusetts since 1995 and offers considerable experience handling all types of family law matters including:

 

  • Divorce & Family Law

  • Custody & Visitation

  • Paternity

  • Child Support

  • Alimony & Spousal Support

  • Property Division

  • Post Divorce Matters

  • Contempt Actions

  • Restraining Orders 

 

At Pardoe Law, will work with you to determine the best way to move through the divorce process towards resolution while protecting your interests and the interests of your entire family.  Pamela recognizes that every family situation is unique and requires care and attention.

Estate Administration & Probate Matters

Estate Administration, Guardianships, Conservatorships, Will & Trust Disputes

Estate Administration and Probate - The probate process can be confusing and intimidating.  Probate is the process which involves collecting a decedent’s assets, notifying creditors, paying liabilities, and distributing the remaining assets to the heirs.  We provide a steady hand to successfully guide you through this process, so the estate of your loved one is settled with minimal complications.

 

Guardianships and Conservatorships – A guardianship or conservatorship is necessary for certain situations such as advanced age, the death of a parent with a minor child, or incapacity.  Conservators and Guardians are appointed by a Massachusetts Probate and Family Court to manage the financial and/or medical and personal affairs of another individual.  At Pardoe Law, we can help prepare and file forms with the Probate Court and assist you with the various duties imposed on the guardian or conservator once the appointment has been made.  

 

Will Contests and Trust Disputes - We handle disputes pertaining to the probate of an estate or in the administration of a trust.  A dispute may arise as to whether a will is valid, whether a person has been subjected to undue influence or fraud, whether the decedent had the capacity to make a will, or whether a personal representative or trustee has mishandled the administration of an estate or trust. 

Estate Planning

Wills, Trusts, Advanced Directives, Powers of Attorney

Life circumstances often compel individuals to create or revise an estate plan to ensure the financial security of their family.  Creating or revising an estate plan requires a lot of forethought to ensure that all the important issues are addressed.  We have extensive knowledge and  the experience to help you with your estate planning needs.  We work closely with you – we take the time to listen and understand your unique needs and goals - so we can put together a plan that fully accomplishes your objectives. 

   

We provide the following comprehensive Estate Planning services:

  • Wills - We work with you to create a legally valid last will and testament that sets down your wishes for how your property will be distributed and who will care for your children after your death.

 

  • Powers of Attorney - We create a legally binding agreement that allows someone to make financial and healthcare decisions for you if you become incapacitated or unable to make decisions on your own.

 

  • Advanced Medical Directives - We prepare Health Care Proxies, Living Wills, and HIPAA Medical Releases which are forms that nominate agents to act on your behalf in circumstances when you are not able to act and direct your agents and medical providers as to your wishes. 

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  • Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts (including Life Insurance Trusts) - We help you understand the benefits of revocable or irrevocable living trusts, special needs trusts, and other types of trusts that can be used to protect your assets and distribute them to your heirs, as well as to provide you with the financial resources you need near the end of your life.

 

  • Supplemental Needs Trusts - We help you to understand the benefits of a Supplemental Needs Trust (also known as Special Needs Trusts) so that benefits received by disabled individuals relying on government will not be jeopardized.  

We have offices in Lexington, MA and in North Andover, MA.

 

We represent clients in the Greater Boston and in the Merrimack Valley regions including Acton, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Burlington, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Newton, Winchester, Cambridge, Concord, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Lowell, Sudbury, Wellesley, Waltham, Westford, Woburn, and other surrounding areas.