Jennifer Civitella Hilario

Top rated Estate Planning & Probate attorney in Cambridge, Massachusetts

JC Hilario, PC
Jennifer Civitella Hilario
JC Hilario, PC

Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Tax; view more

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 2003

Education: Boston College Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2008 - 2012, 2018

JC Hilario, PC

111 Rice Street
Suite B-2
Cambridge, MA 02140 Visit website


Attorney Jennifer Civitella Hilario is the founder and owner of JC Hilario, PC, tax and trust law firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A top-ranked lawyer with more than 18 years of total legal experience, Ms. Civitella Hilario provides unmatched counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout Suffolk and Middlesex counties and the surrounding areas who have legal needs involving any of the following:

  • Estate planning
  • Probate
  • Wills and trusts
  • Tax law

Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Civitella Hilario has gained a reputation for being compassionate and caring when dealing with her clients, and she has extensive volunteer experience working with veterans, women and others who face an imminent risk of becoming homeless. Upon receiving her license to practice, she focused primarily on elder law, long-term planning and guardianships, as well as working with clients who had children with special needs.

Ms. Civitella Hilario obtained her Master of Law in taxation, so she has a wealth of knowledge in the proper techniques for helping her clients reduce their estate's overall tax liability, and she has achieved remarkable success helping her clients protect themselves, their assets and their loved ones for the future. A leader in her field, she has also written extensively and conducted lectures and seminars on a variety of topics related to estate planning, elder law, tax law and other similar matters.

A magna cum laude graduate of Rosemont College, Ms. Civitella Hilario obtained her Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 2003. She also received her Master of Law in taxation from Boston University's Graduate Tax Program in 2006. 

Ms. Civitella Hilario is the current chair of the Boston Estate Planning Council's Marketing and Communications committee and former member of its Young Professionals committee. She is also a member of the Boston Bar Association and has served as co-chair of several of the organization's committees. She is an active member of various other local, state and national legal organizations, including the Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum.

Practice areas

Estate Planning & Probate, Tax: Business

Focus areas

Estate Planning, Probate & Estate Administration, Tax Law, Trusts

  • 70% Estate Planning & Probate
  • 30% Tax: Business

First Admitted: 2003, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Ethics of Managing Family Dynamics in Estate Planning, MCLE, June 2019, June 2020 (Presenter)
  • The State Matters, Private Wealth Magazine, April/May 2008 (Co-Author)
  • Pass Along your Family’s Business through Gifting, Women’s Business Boston, June 2008
  • When is an Irrevocable Trust Not Really Irrevocable, Women’s Business Boston, May 2009
  • Gifting Strategies, MCLE, May 2010 (Presenter)
  • Lessons from Turner to Protect Against IRS Challenges to FLPs, Estate Planning Magazine, Summer 2012 (Co-Author)
  • Death Bed Planning, MCLE, October 2012 (Presenter)
  • Gifting Basics: Year-End Planning for the Estate Planner, BBA, December 2014 (Presenter)
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts:  An Overview of Drafting, Funding and Administering an ILIT, BBA, April 2015 (Presenter)
  • Estate Planning: Client Hypotheticals, MCLE, June 2015 (Presenter)
  • Estate Planning Symposium 2015, MCLE, June 2015 (Presenter)
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the Boston Trusts & Estates Consortium from 2017 through 2019
  • Tarlow, Breed, Hart & Rodgers, P.C. - Community Team
  • Shelter Legal Services Foundation, Inc. - Volunteer attorney and member of Board of Directors, 2009 - 2011
Educational Background:
  • Jennifer attained an LL.M. from Boston University’s Graduate Tax Program in 2006, graduating with her class’s highest cumulative GPA., 2006
  • Jennifer received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Rosemont College in 2000, with majors in French, Political Science and Sociology., 2000
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Admitted to Florida Bar, 2007
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Jennifer is a member of the Boston Probate & Estate Planning Forum., 2018
  • Jennifer is currently the chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the Boston Trusts & Estates Consortium., 2017
  • Jennifer served on The Boston Foundation’s Professional Advisor Network from 2009 until 2011., 2009
  • Jennifer is also an active member of the Boston Bar Association, for the BBA’s Trust & Estate’s Committee, having served as a co-chair of the Practice Fundamentals Subcommittee (2012-2014) and a co-chair of the Communications Subcommittee (2015-2016)., 2006
  • Jennifer is an active member of the Boston Estate Planning Counsel, having served on its Young Professionals Committee (2009-2010), its Sponsorship Committee (2010-2011), its Programs Committee (2011-2012) and Chair of its Marketing & Communication’s Committee (2019-present), 2006
  • Jennifer served as a volunteer attorney with Shelter Legal Services Foundation Inc. (SLSF) from 2003 until 2011 and served as a board member of SLSF from 2009 through 2011., 2003

Office location for Jennifer Civitella Hilario

111 Rice Street
Suite B-2
Cambridge, MA 02140

Phone: 617-329-9616


5 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2008 - 2012, 2018

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