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Curley Law Firm LLP Attorney to Teach at MBA Seminar on Trusts

Wakefield, MA – Curley Law Firm LLP is pleased to announce that Attorney Lucy Budman will serve on the faculty of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s (MBA) upcoming seminar entitled “How to Draft a Trust That Works.” The November 15th seminar at the MBA’s headquarters will be attended by dozens of experienced Estate Planning attorneys from across the Commonwealth.

Attorney Budman said that “my objective in teaching this seminar is to help other Estate Planning attorneys better serve their clients, especially elders and those with special needs.  Too often, clients bring us previously-drafted Trusts that completely fail to achieve their planning goals.  These poorly drafted Trusts can be very costly to clients if not corrected because they can expose the clients’ assets to nursing home costs and taxes that could have been avoided or minimized through proper drafting.  The attorney attendees at the seminar will learn how to correctly draft Trusts to better protect their clients.”

Attorney Budman is one of only 23 Certified Elder Law Attorneys in Massachusetts and has a Masters of Taxation Law degree from Boston University School of Law.  Lucy practices law with father and son Attorneys Mark and Patrick Curley (also a CELA).   Curley Law Firm LLP is one of the largest law firms in Massachusetts focused exclusively on Will and Trust planning, Medicaid (MassHealth) planning and applications, and Asset Protection.  More information about Lucy and Curley Law Firm LLP can be found on the firm’s website:

“The Total Woman” Cable Access show hosts Curley Law Firm’s Lucy J. Budman

Cheryl Webb Scott recently hosted local Certified Elder Law Attorney Lucy J. Budman for two Elder Law segments on the public access TV show “The Total Woman.”

One of only 21 Certified Elder Law Attorney’s in Massachusetts, Lucy focused on how she helps her clients with legal planning to protect their independence as they age.  During the program, Lucy noted that as people live longer, they require specialized estate and elder law planning.  It is imperative for seniors that they have estate planning to ensure that their assets are protected through careful legal planning to maintain them over the long term.  She also raised the importance of people of all ages signing advance directives for health care and financial decision making.

Cheryl Webb Scott said “We have looked for someone in this specialty field of the law for quite some time.  With Baby Boomers making their way into retirement in record numbers, the need for legal information and understanding of the numerous options available to them is a critical issue. Lucy has done a terrific job of helping narrow that gap of information for our viewers and helping them to recognize how important it is to have an organized legal plan for their future and the future of their loved ones.”

After the tapings, Lucy said, “it was a great pleasure to work with the women who make Total Woman possible. I thank Cheryl and her crew for recognizing how important estate planning and elder law is to their audience.”

Lucy practices law with father and son attorneys Mark and Patrick Curley at Curley Law Firm in Wakefield, where she focuses her practice on estate planning, asset protection planning, and specialized estate and capital gains tax planning.

The Total Woman is a cable access program, started in 1992 and produced out of Stoneham Cable Access Station by an all-female, all-ages crew. Cheryl Webb Scott interviews women from all over the world and from all walks of life to discuss issues relating to their work and their lives. The highly successful program is now circulated to cable access stations in 52 communities throughout the Eastern and Mid Western states.

Check your local cable access listings to see when “The Total Woman” elder law programs will be airing, or watch online by visiting Curley Law Firm’s YouTube Channel.

Attorney Patrick Curley Takes 4th Place in MS Charity Race up Hancock Tower

On March 3rd, Wakefield Elder Law Attorney Patrick Curley took 4th place place in the third Annual “MS Climb to the Top” race up Boston’s John Hancock Tower.

The Greater New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society recognized Patrick as one of the top fundraisers with over $2,500 raised for the event.

Patrick smashed his goal of finishing under 10 minutes.  He knocked more than 30 seconds off his September 2011 finish time and reached the 61st floor in 9 minutes, 36 seconds.

“Racing against gravity is among the toughest kinds of races,” said Patrick, who has competed three years in a row.  “Each floor is tougher than the one before it.  I am thrilled with my 4th place finish but even more proud of the funds I raised in the fight against MS.  As an Elder Law Attorney, many of my clients have chronic illnesses, including MS, so no matter how grueling the race, I am privileged to climb for this important cause.”

This year, 173 racers reached the top of the Hancock.  Patrick is now looking forward to training and competing in the March 2013 Climb to the Top.

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