North Shore Elder Law and Estate Planning

At North Shore Elder Law and Estate Planning my law practice is exactly what the name says – I work on elder law issues and estate planning for clients both young and not-so-young. The lighthouse logo represents my intentions with this work – to be a beacon of hope when life presents challenges, to help provide you with shelter from the storms around life transitions, and to guide my clients into safe and satisfying care situations later in life. Through this work I build relationships with different generations from the same family. In this process I strive to become a trusted adviser and ally, and I feel privileged to work with families as they cope with issues that arise later in life. I work with clients to create asset protection plans, draft wills and trusts, administer estates after the death of a loved one, set up guardianships and conservatorships, apply for MassHealth coverage, and litigate probate matters. Please take a look at my approach to each of these practice areas and call me to arrange a meeting to discuss your legal needs.

Michael A. Stankavish

I am the principal and founder of North Shore Elder Law & Estate Planning. I receivMichael Stankavished 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 and probate litigation.

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 co-chair of the Elder Law and Disability Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Boston Bar Association and I have served as co-chair of the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education seminar on Elder Law Under the Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code and the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code. 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. Each year since 2013 SuperLawyers has named me as a “Rising Star” in the field of elder law.

At North Shore Elder 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.