Family Law

Guardianships & Conservatorships

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins Law Firm
The Value of Wilchins Cosentino & Novins

Wilchins Cosentino & Novins is a mid-sized law firm purposefully designed to offer exceptional service and exceptional value to our clients. At WCN, we are large enough to have expertise in many law practices including family law, while small enough to deliver exceptional service through a personalized, concierge approach. We serve clients in Massachusetts with our primary office in Wellesley, MA and additional offices in Chelmsford and Boston.

Family law cases can involve complex collateral questions regarding taxes, trusts and estates and business entities, and family lawyers at small family law firms may not have ready access to trust and estate attorneys to assist and advise their clients on such questions. As a mid-sized law firm, we have these experienced attorneys available to collaborate, working together on our clients’ behalf at a value Boston-based firms cannot match.

Guardianships and Conservatorships

Guardianship or conservatorship proceedings may be required for persons who are physically incapacitated and/or mentally disabled and unable to conduct their own financial and/or personal affairs. There are also a number of situations where guardians are required to be appointed for children. Sometimes special procedures are required, such as for disputes over the proposed guardianship or conservatorship, the administration of antipsychotic medications as part of a treatment plan, or when extraordinary medical authority is needed.

The family law attorneys at Wilchins Cosentino & Novins are thorough advocates for our clients; preparing and following through to comply with all of the court-imposed forms, hearings, inventories, accountings and other requirements. With, and on behalf of, our clients we are accustomed to communicating with other professionals that may necessarily be involved in the guardianship or conservatorship process (such as medical doctors, mental health professionals, federal, state and local agencies and court-appointed guardians ad litem). If relevant, estate planning documents, such as trusts, durable powers of attorney and health care proxies are evaluated and incorporated into the process.

In addition to advising and counseling clients regarding a guardianship or conservatorship, in some circumstances our family lawyers are asked to serve as the guardian or conservator on a temporary or permanent basis. Our family law attorneys and paraprofessionals are part of the team that carefully undertakes the fiduciary responsibilities required of a guardian or conservator.

Meet Our Family Law Attorneys at Wilchins Cosentino & Novins

MA Attorney David Burgess

David Burgess

Of Counsel

MA Attorney Michael Friedman

Michael P. Friedman

Senior Counsel

MA Attorney Meredith Havard

Meredith A. Havard


Why WCN for Family Law Matters

Why Law Firm

Right-sized. We are large enough to have the depth of expertise and knowledge, while small enough to be available, accessible and personal.

High Caliber Legal Services. Our family law attorneys are experienced, skilled and compassionate to mediate or litigate family law matters in Massachusetts. We put our extensive knowledge and legal acumen to work for you, including collaborating with other attorneys in our firm to develop a thoughtful, cohesive and pragmatic legal strategy.
Breadth of Practice Areas. We designed our law firm and our practice areas to offer a breadth of legal expertise to best serve our clients.
Concierge Approach. Our clients are assured of our accessibility, personal attention and skilled guidance as we seamlessly and adeptly address their legal needs.
Exceptional Value. We deliver exceptional value by being efficient; offering value that Boston-based firms cannot match.
Longevity. At WCN, our clients work with us throughout the many stages of their life. We seek to earn your business and trust, to guide you throughout life’s stages.
Our skilled, caring and experienced family law attorneys are dedicated to listening to and advising our clients to resolve family law matters. We assist clients via mediation or litigation across all areas of family law, including:

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