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Michael A. Stankavish

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Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Melrose, MA

North Shore Elder Law & Estate Planning
610-A Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176
Phone: 781-979-9050
Fax: 781-979-9052
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2020
Licensed in Massachusetts Since: 2006
Practice Areas: Elder Law (50%), Estate Planning & Probate (50%)
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Attorney Profile

Michael A. Stankavish is the founder of North Shore Elder Law & Estate Planning, and the firm’s name gives a good idea of what he focuses on in his practice. He is located in Melrose, Massachusetts, and he represents clients throughout Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, Plymouth and Norfolk counties. Mr. Stankavish has been admitted to practice law in Massachusetts since 2006, and he opened his firm in July 2013.

In his elder law practice, Mr. Stankavish provides advice and counsel to aging clients and their family members on a variety of topics. He discusses the various options for long-term care, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and he explains how their assets can be protected through Medicaid planning and the establishment of irrevocable trusts. Mr. Stankavish also has extensive experience in guardianships and conservatorships for those of his clients who are no longer capable of handling their own affairs.

Mr. Stankavish has an estate planning practice as well, representing people of all ages. He regularly prepares and reviews last wills and testaments, financial and health care powers of attorney, advance medical directives and a variety of trusts, including those designed for people with special needs that are established to protect any government benefits that they might be receiving. Mr. Stankavish tailors each plan document to reflect the particular needs and circumstances of each client, and he has also guided heirs and beneficiaries through what can be a complex and lengthy process of probating a loved one’s will. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Stonehill College, and he is a 2006 graduate of New England Law | Boston.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Elder Law
  • 50%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills


8 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2020

About Michael A. Stankavish

First Admitted: 2006, Massachusetts

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education seminars: Elder Law Under the Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code and the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code; and, Supplemental Needs & Other Types of Trusts: Special Needs, Pet and Gun Trusts.
  • Chair of the Melrose Human Rights Commission; a member of The Toast Committee, and Member of the Development Committee, for Boston Preparatory Charter Public School
  • Elder Law Project of the Women’s Bar Foundation and was awarded the Pro-Bono Award by this organization in 2015,

Bar/Professional Activity

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Bar Association. I am a former co-chair of the Elder Law and Disability Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Boston Bar Association

Educational Background

  • Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, political science, B.A.
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Office Location for Michael A. Stankavish

610-A Main Street
Melrose, MA 02176

Phone: 781-979-9050

Fax: 781-979-9052

Last Updated: 6/1/2021

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