Attorney Lucy J. Budman Achieves Top Certification in Elder Law

Curley Law Firm LLP proudly announces that Lucy J. Budman has earned the prestigious designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) from the National Elder Law Foundation.  Only 21 attorneys in Massachusetts have earned CELA status.

Founded in 1993, the National Elder Law Foundation created the CELA designation to identify those lawyers who have the enhanced knowledge, skills, experience, and proficiency to be properly identified to the public as Certified Elder Law Attorneys.

Managing Partner Patrick Curley, who is also a CELA, said “this is a tremendous achievement for Lucy and a great benefit to seniors and their families in Wakefield and surrounding towns.  It is also a unique honor for our firm to be one of only three Elder Law firms in Massachusetts with two CELAs on the team.”

Attorney Curley added that “today, more attorneys than ever before are dabbling in the very complex areas of trusts and estate planning, Medicaid planning and asset protection without having a background or experience in those areas. The CELA designation certifies us as among the few experts in the whole Commonwealth.  Working with an expert gives clients the peace of mind that they will receive the best advice available today to protect themselves and their hard-earned assets.”

Becoming a CELA is a rigorous process involving many years of focused Elder Law and Estate Planning practice, dozens of hours of continuing legal education, references and support from other top Elder Law attorneys, and a full-day national certification exam.  In addition, all CELA attorneys must maintain and improve their expertise through continued Elder Law practice and continuing legal education.

Lucy earned her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University in New York. Thereafter, she graduated cum laude from the Boston University School of Law in 2003, one of the top law schools in the country.  Lucy was admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts (2003) and New York (2005) and joined Curley Law Firm LLP in 2010.  In 2011, Lucy earned her Masters of Law in Taxation (LL.M.) at Boston University School of Law.

Lucy frequently lectures on Asset Protection and Elder Law Topics.  More information about Lucy and a schedule of upcoming free presentations can be found at

The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) is the only national organization accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys in Elder Law.  NELF is a private organization, whose standards for certification are not regulated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


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About Curley Law Firm LLP

Serving clients throughout Massachusetts, Curley Law Firm LLP draws upon more than four decades of combined Estate Planning and Elder Law experience to ensure that you can achieve your planning goals.

Attorneys Patrick Curley and Lucy Budman are two of fewer than two dozen Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in Massachusetts. Attorney Mark Curley has practiced in the areas of Estate Planning and Elder Law for over three decades.

The value of working with a firm with CELAs on the team is the peace of mind you receive - knowing that you will get the very best advice available to protect yourself, your family and your assets. A CELA is a recognized expert in legal matters dealing with Estate Planning and Elder Law including Trusts, Wills, Asset Protection against Medicaid and nursing home costs, Medicaid (MassHealth) benefits planning and applications, Probate and Trust administration, Guardianship and Conservatorship, and VA benefits planning.

At a time when many lawyers claim to practice "elder law", having a CELA-led team working on your planning means having one of the very few experts in the Commonwealth on YOUR team.

For experienced representation and quality service from attorneys who will help you achieve your planning goals, please schedule a confidential Initial Consultation by calling us at (866) 406-8582 or visit our website at




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