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I believe the areas of law in which I practice are best done in small law practices, where clients get an individualized approach and reasonable rates.

Having my own practice allows me the flexibility to operate my law practice as I see fit: I almost always return all calls and emails the same day in which they are received – as that is what my parents would expect; I devote my time and expertise into solving routine and complex matters while being able to communicate with my clients every step of the way; and, most importantly, I take great pride in serving as a comfort to my clients in periods of uncertainty while staking my reputation on the services I deliver.

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I am the principal and founder of North Shore Elder Law & Estate Planning. I received my law degree from the New England School of Law in Boston and a B.A. from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, where I majored in political science. Prior to opening my own practice I worked with experienced elder law and estate planning attorneys at larger law firms in Boston. My practice focuses on elder law, asset protection, estate planning, estate administration, probate litigation and residential real estate.

I am active in legal professional organizations and I do frequent outreach to seniors in North Shore communities. I am a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association. I am a former co-chair of the Elder Law and Disability Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Boston Bar Association. I have served as co-chair of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education seminars: Elder Law Under the Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code and the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code; and, Supplemental Needs & Other Types of Trusts: Special Needs, Pet and Gun Trusts.

I am a presenter and mentor at the Elder Law Project of the Women’s Bar Foundation and was awarded the Pro-Bono Award by this organization in 2015. Along with these professional activities I am a frequent lecturer at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and councils on aging. In addition, I am the Chair of the Melrose Human Rights Commission; a member of The Toast Committee, and Member of the Development Committee, for Boston Preparatory Charter Public School. In addition, I am an adjunct professor at Western New England University’s Elder Law & Estate Planning LL.M. program. Each year since 2013 SuperLawyers has named me as a “Rising Star” in the field of elder law.

At North ShoreElder Law & Estate Planning, I focus exclusively on elder law, estate planning, asset protection, probate litigation and estate administration. This allows me to be a continuous advocate for seniors and to provide good counsel for individuals wanting to plan their futures and for families with minor or adult children with special needs. My wife and I make our home on the North Shore, a community that I am privileged to serve.

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Kristina Racek Pechulis is an associate at North Shore Elder Law & Estate Planning. In addition to her work with North Shore Elder Law & Estate Planning, Kristina is a faculty member of Simmons University where she works as the Director of the Barbara Lee Foundation Intern Fellowship program and teaches in the Political Science Department. Prior to her current positions, Kristina worked on public health policy issues for the City of Lynn, as General Counsel for a Massachusetts state senator, a litigation attorney at the City of Boston, and an attorney with Merrimack Valley Legal Services, specializing in working with survivors of domestic violence. Kristina holds a law degree from Northeastern School of Law, a Masters of Science Management in Nonprofit Management from Simmons College, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Kenyon College.

Kristina is an active member of the Melrose Community, serving as a current commissioner on the Melrose Commission for Women, as well as a current commissioner for the Upper Middlesex Commission on the Status of Women and a past commissioner with the Melrose Human Rights Commission.

Kristina has lived in Melrose since 2012 with her husband and two children.

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Michael and I met with Mike today to finally finish our estate planning (our fault for not getting on this sooner). Mike was so great and took the time to explain everything to me clearly so that I was comfortable with our decisions. Today’s meeting made my day. I have peace of mind and am so happy that this important work has been taken care of. Thank you for all you did to help us get started with our estate planning. Elizabeth Christopher & Michael McCormack, Melrose, MA

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