Emily S. Starr


Emily S. Starr, managing partner of the firm’s Elder, Disability & Estate Planning Group, concentrates primarily in the areas of Medicaid and estate planning, special needs trusts, guardianship and probate. She has a particular interest in preservation of personal injury awards through the use of Special Needs Trusts and is counsel to personal injury lawyers, disabled individuals, and trustees. Ms. Starr is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation1 and is a member of the Special Needs Alliance www.specialneedsalliance.org.

She has published numerous articles in this field, among which are Special Needs Trusts Help Preserve Public Benefits in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, December 3, 2001 and Settling Personal Injury Matters for Plaintiffs Receiving Public Benefits in the handbook for Elder and Disability Law Conference, 2000, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). She is the co-editor of the leading Massachusetts elder law treatise, a three volume set published by MCLE entitled Estate Planning for the Aged and Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts
and co-edited Legal Handbook for Massachusetts Elders for the Massachusetts Bar Association. For twenty-five years she co-chaired the leading continuing education program on elder law given by MCLE and frequently speaks at programs run by Suffolk University’s College of Advanced Legal Studies.She regularly lectures to both professional and non professional groups on various aspects of estate and Medicaid planning, and, in addition to her annual presentations to MCLE, has also presented on multiple occasions to the Massachusetts Bar Association, Worcester County Bar Association, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and its Massachusetts Chapter, and the Worcester County Business and Estate Planning Council.

Ms. Starr has served on the Board of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) which awarded her the honor of Fellow. She has led both the Boards of Elder Home Care Services of Worcester Area, Inc. and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She currently serves as chair of the Guardianship Committee of Jewish Family Service of Worcester and serves on the Ethics Committee of Briarwood Continuing Care Retirement Community and on the Board of Editors of the NAELA Journal. In addition to her state and local bar association and NAELA memberships, Ms. Starr is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, a national organization of attorneys specializing in special needs planning.

Ms. Starr was presented with the annual Award for Community Service by the Theresa Foundation in May of 2007 and, in January of 2009, with the Scholar Mentor Award by MCLE. Since 2008 she has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (Copyright 2006 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.), in the area of elder law. Since 2005 shehas been included as a “Super Lawyer” (published in various journals including Boston Magazine) in several categories including elder law, top 100 lawyers and top 50 women lawyers in Massachusetts and New England. She has also been included in the list of Boston’s Best Lawyers published by the Boston Globe since 2007.

Ms. Starr is a graduate of Vassar College and received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law.

1 The organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in the area of elder law.


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