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Maria C. Baler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Dedham, MA

Samuel, Sayward & Baler LLC
858 Washington Street, Suite 202
Dedham, MA 02026
Phone: 781-731-9854
Fax: 781-461-0916
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in Massachusetts Since: 1987
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Elder Law
Attorney Profile

Maria C. Baler is a partner at Samuel, Sayward & Baler LLC. From the firm's offices in Dedham, Massachusetts, she focuses her practice on estate planning, probate matters, and elder law representing clients in the greater Boston metropolitan area and throughout the Commonwealth. Admitted to practice in Massachusetts since 1987, Ms. Baler has been with her current firm since 1991.

Ms. Baler's estate planning practice encompasses the preparation and review of wills, a variety of trusts, beneficiary designations, and estate and gift tax minimization strategies. In her probate and estate administration practice, she provides advice and counsel to both beneficiaries and fiduciaries to ensure the orderly distribution of assets and the payment of related expenses after death. Ms. Baler's elder law practice involves advising elderly clients and their loved ones about issues such as long-term care planning and its costs and Medicaid eligibility. It goes hand in hand with her estate planning practice that encompasses health care and financial powers of attorney and advance medical directives.

Ms. Baler participates in several professional organizations that reflect her interests and practice areas. A former member of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, she is also a member of the Norfolk & Plymouth Estate and Business Planning Council.  Ms. Baler was the 2021 President of the Massachusetts Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys, Inc. and continues to serve on its Board of Directors.  Ms. Baler is a 1983 recipient of a Bachelor of Arts in political science and government from Franklin & Marshall College. Her legal education was obtained at Suffolk University Law School, and she served on the Suffolk University Law Review before being awarded her Juris Doctor cum laude in 1987.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 30%Elder Law
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2022

About Maria C. Baler

First Admitted: 1987, Massachusetts

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Law Review: Suffolk University Law Review, 1987


  • Named as the Outstanding Chapter Member of the Massachusetts Chapter in 2010

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Medfield Historical Commission, 2003 – Present
  • Vice-President, Medfield Music Association, 2014
  • Secretary, Medfield Music Association, 2011 – 2013
  • Director, Vine Lake Preservation Trust, 2009 – 2021

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Norfolk-Plymouth Estate Planning Council
  • Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Board of Directors 2009-2016
  • Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Chair of the Program Committee, 2010 and 2011
  • Massachusetts Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys, President, 2021
  • Massachusetts, 1987
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Norfolk County
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter

Educational Background

  • Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, B.A., 1983, 1983
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Office Location for Maria C. Baler

858 Washington Street
Suite 202
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone: 781-731-9854

Fax: 781-461-0916

Last Updated: 6/27/2022

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