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Gina M. Barry
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"I focus my practice on helping people plan for the future. Even young people should start thinking about how they will support themselves in their retirement years, and everybody needs a basic estate plan, including a will, health care proxy and power of attorney. I am down to earth, and I pride myself on making difficult and complex issues easy to understand for my clients. I have a broad client base including a mix of ages, genders, ethnicities and sexual orientations."

Gina is a partner and a member of the estate planning and elder law department, whose practice includes sophisticated estate planning issues. Gina also has extensive experience in matters of guardianship, conservatorship, long-term care planning, estate/probate administration, and residential real estate.

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1999
  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts

Education

  • Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • J.D. – 1999
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Law Review: Western New England Law Review, Articles Editor, 1998 – 1999
    • Law Review: Western New England Law Review, Staff Member, 1997 – 1998
  • Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts
    • B.A. – 1996
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • Holyoke Community College
    • A.A. – 1994
    • Honors: With High Honors

Awards, Achievements & Appointments

  • “Lawyer of the Year” for Springfield Elder Law, Best Lawyers, 2019
  • Designated as 2015’s Woman of Influence by Women Business Owners Alliance
  • Distinguished Alumni for 2015, Holyoke Community College
  • Recipient, First Annual Visionary Achievement Award from Western Mass Women’s Magazine, 2014
  • Recipient, SuperLawyers Massachusetts and New England Award, 2013-2019
  • Recipient, SuperLawyers Massachusetts and New England Rising Star Award, 2006-2008, 2010-2012
  • Designated as one of the Top Five Business Women in Western Mass, Western Mass Women’s Magazine, 2010
  • Recipient, 40 Under Forty award, BusinessWest, 2009

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • President and Founder, The Joy of Jasper Horse Sanctuary
  • Director, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, 2018-Present
  • President, Estate Planning Council, 2013-2014
  • Member, Western Massachusetts Elder Care Professionals Steering Committee
For the love of your partner include these documents in your estate
Prime, February 1, 2020

Your estate plan: January’s a great time for an annual review
Prime, January 1, 2020

Holiday season tax planning: Make the time to consider your options
Prime, December 1, 2019

Long term care: Strategies to plan for the costs
Prime, November 1, 2019

Givers Gain: Use charitable giving to your advantage
Prime, October, 2019

Estate planning myths: know the facts to avoid these pitfalls
Prime, September, 2019

Are you a collector? Make a plan now to provide for its future
Prime, August, 2019

The Homestead Declaration: Simple protection for your most valuable asset
Prime, July, 2019

Keeping the Court Out of Your Decisions
Prime, June 1, 2019

Creating an estate plan for a beloved pet
Prime, May 1, 2019

Women—plan for financial independence
Prime, April 1, 2019

Ethical wills—bequeathing life’s lessons
Prime, March 1, 2019

The reverse mortgage—is it for you?
Prime, February 1, 2019

Resolve to review your estate plan
Prime, January 1, 2019

It’s Not Too Late to Make a Tax Plan
Prime, December 1, 2018

Your Estate: Do You Need A Trust?
Prime, November 1, 2018

Digital Assets and Your Estate Plan
Prime, October 1, 2018

When Your Child is Also Your Caregiver
Prime, September 1, 2018

Helping the Grandkids with College Costs
Prime, August 1, 2018

Put Estate Planning on Your Travel Checklist
Prime, July 1, 2018

Caregiver Stress—the Next Epidemic?
Prime, June 1, 2018

Giving Them the Business? Make a Plan
Prime, May 1, 2018

Special Needs Require Special Planning
Prime, April 1, 2018

Caring long distance—a practical checklist
Prime, March 1, 2018

For the love of your partner, plan now
Prime, February 1, 2018

Resolve to review your estate plan
Prime, January 1, 2018

It’s not too late to slash your tax bill
Prime, December 1, 2017

Givers gain – charity and your taxes
Prime, November 1, 2017

The Life Estate Deed – one home protection option
Prime, October 1, 2017

The truth about the ‘gift tax’
Prime, September 1, 2017

Four steps to choosing an attorney
Prime, August 1, 2017

Estate plans—don’t leave home without one
Prime, July 1, 2017

Don’t Let Care Costs Deplete Your Estate
Prime, June 1, 2017

Make “Good Grief” Your Final Gift to Family, Friends
Prime, May 1, 2017

Elder Abuse—Could you spot the signs?
Prime, April 1, 2017

Estate Planning Myths Explained
Prime, March 1, 2017

Wills vs. Trusts—which is right for you?
Prime, February 1, 2017

You’re Just Four Documents From an Estate Plan
Prime, January 1, 2017

Year-end Tax Planning—It’s Not too Late
Prime, December 1, 2016

Aging in Place—Advice for Elders & Caregivers
Prime, November 1, 2016

You Can’t Take it with You: Charity & Your Estate
Prime, October 1, 2016

Ethical Wills—Bequeathing Life’s Lessons
Prime, September 1, 2016

Moving Forward with a Reverse Mortgage
Prime, August 1, 2016

Plan Your Estate Before Your Escape
Prim, July 1, 2016

You can’t take it with you – charity and your estate
Prime, June 1, 2015

Keeping the court out of your personal decisions
Prime, May 1, 2015

Why every woman needs an estate plan
Prime, April 1, 2015

Protecting Assets from Nursing Home Costs
Prime, February 1, 2015

Resolve Now to Review Your Estate Plan in 2015
Prime, January 1, 2015

Year End Tax Planning – It’s Not Too Late
Prime, December 1, 2014

Recognizing Elder Abuse
Prime, November 1, 2014

A Will or a Trust – Which Estate Plan is Right For You?
Prime, October 1, 2014

Taking the Guesswork Out of Choosing an Attorney
Prime, July 1, 2014

Protecting Assets from Nursing Home Costs with an Irrevocable Trust
Prime, June 1, 2014

The Life Estate Deed – one option for protecting your home
Prime, April 1, 2014

Good Grief
Prime, March 1, 2014

For the Love of Your Partner . . . Plan Now
Prime, February 1, 2014

‘Tis the Season . . . to Review Your Estate Plan: A New Year’s Resolution That’s Easy to Keep
Prime, January 1, 2014

Year End Tax Planning – It’s Not Too Late
Prime, December 1, 2013

Things to Know When Your Child is Also Your Caregiver
Prime, November 1, 2013

Estate Tax Update
Prime , October 1, 2013

Planning for Incapacity: Take Steps Now to Keep the Court out of Your Personal Decisions
BusinessWest, September 23, 2013

An Estate Plan is Only Four Documents Away
Prime, September 1, 2013

Same Sex Married Couples Now Enjoy Same Rights Under Federal Law
Prime, August 1, 2013

Estate Planning Myths Explained
Prime, July 1, 2013

Considerations for Collectors
Prime, June 1, 2013

Special Needs Require Special Planning
Prime, May 1, 2013

You Can’t Take it With You: Consider Charity in Your Final Plans
Prime, April 1, 2013

Organizing Your Estate Plan
Prime, March 1, 2013

Regional Law Firm Attorneys Honored as 2012 SuperLawyers & Rising Stars
February 21, 2013

Moving Forward with a Reverse Mortgage
Prime, February 1, 2013

Estate-planning Myths Explained – To Avoid Problems, Separate Facts from Assumptions
Healthcare News, January 1, 2013

‘Tis the Season . . . to Review Your Estate Plan: A New Year’s Resolution That’s Easy to Keep
Prime, January 1, 2013

Uncle Sam is Coming to Dinner – Act Now for Year-End Tax Planning
Prime, December 1, 2012

Caregiver Stress – The Next Epidemic?
Prime, November 1, 2012

Keeping the Court Out of Your Personal Decisions
Prime, October 1, 2012

Good Grief! – How to Properly Prepare Your Family to Handle Your Death
Healthcare News, September 1, 2012

Protecting Assets from Nursing Home Costs
Prime , September 1, 2012

Vacation? Establish an Estate Plan Before Your Trip
Live Well, Daily Hampshire Gazette, August 15, 2012

Where There’s a Will, There’s an Heir
Prime, August 1, 2012

Wills vs. Trusts – Which is Right for You?
Prime, July 1, 2012

Is an IDIOT Trust Ever a Smart Choice?
Prime, June 1, 2012

Ethical Wills Document Allows You to Bequeath More than Material Possessions
Healthcare News, May 1, 2012

Staying at Home – Considerations for Elders and Their Caregivers
Prime , May 1, 2012

Establish an Estate Plan Before Your Trip
Prime, April 1, 2012

The Life Estate Deed – One Option for Protecting Your Home
Prime , March 1, 2012

For the Love of Your Partner . . . Plan Now
Prime , February 1, 2012

Uniform Probate Code Revisited And Why You Should Still Avoid It Whenever Possible
Healthcare News, January 1, 2012

‘Tis the Season . . . to Review Your Estate Plan: A New Year’s Resolution That’s Easy to Keep
Prime, January 1, 2012

Navigating the Minefield of Long Distance Caregiving
Westfield Evening News, December 29, 2011

Year End Planning – It’s Not Too Late . . . Yet
Prime, December 1, 2011

Taking the Guesswork out of Choosing an Attorney
Prime, November 1, 2011

Things to Know When Your Child is Also Your Caregiver
Prime, October 1, 2011

The Impact of Grief on Your Estate Plan
Prime, September 1, 2011

Special Needs Require Special Planning
Prime, August 1, 2011

Estate Planning Concerns for Women
Prime, May 1, 2011

Issues of Time and Space: Navigating the Minefield of Long-distance Caregiving
Healthcare News, May 1, 2011

Organizing Your Estate Plan
Prime, April 22, 2011

Estate Tax Update
Prime, March 1, 2011

Pet Trusts Arrive in Massachusetts
Prime, February 1, 2011

Estate Planning Checkup
Prime, January 1, 2011

Plan Now to Avoid Paying Nursing Home Costs
Prime, December 1, 2010

Avoiding Caregiver Stress
Prime, November 1, 2010

Ethical Wills: Bequeathing Life’s Lessons, Dreams, and Hopes
BusinessWest, October 11, 2010

Plan Now to Protect Your Pets Later
Prime, October 1, 2010

Estate Planning Myths Explained
Prime, September 1, 2010

You Can’t Take it With You . . . Consider Charity in Your Final Plans
Prime, August 1, 2010

Consider the Basics Before Contesting a Will
Prime, July 1, 2010

Caregiver Stress: It’s Real, and Its Impact Can Be Severe; How to Avoid the Epidemic
BusinessWest, June 7, 2010

Do You Need a Trust?
Prime, June 1, 2010

Considerations for Collectors
Prime, May 1, 2010

Establish an Estate Plan Before Your Trip
Prime, April 1, 2010

The Truth About Gift Tax
Prime, March 1, 2010

For the Love of Your Partner . . . Plan Now
Prime, February 1, 2010

A Whole New World – Navigating the Uniform Probate Code
Healthcare News, January 1, 2010

Seminar: The Probate Process From Start to Finish October 28, 2013

Seminar: Estate planning questions and answers October 21, 2013

Seminar: Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup May 18, 2011

Seminar: The Importance of Designating a Health Care Proxy Before You Need it May 4, 2011

Seminar: Estate Planning Basics July 29, 2010

Seminar: Paralegal Course: The UPC in Action – The Guardianship and Conservatorship Process & Preview of the 2011 Probate Changes June 17, 2010

Seminar: Pet Estate Planning February 4, 2010

Seminar: Demystifying the Emerging Treatment & Law of Eldercare December 9, 2009

Seminar: Staying in Control: Understanding Massachusetts’ New Guardianship Laws November 16, 2009

Seminar: When It’s All Going to the Dogs: A Primer on the Emerging Trend of Pet Trusts and Estate Planning November 15, 2009

Seminar: Drafting the Simple Will November 10, 2009

Contributor: Estate Planning Bits

Quoted: And to My Dear Woofy… Estate Planning, Bank Investment Consultant , July 2008

Guest on NPR discussing Leona Helmsley’s $12M bequest to her dog, August 29, 2007

Speaker: Liberty Under Law: Empowering Youth, Assuring Democracy, Central High School, May 2007

Lecturer: The A-Z’s Of Real Property Issues, Suffolk University Law School, March 2007

Guest: WWLP TV Senior Showcase, 11/03

Court-Certified GAL Training for Category D Matters, MCLE, November 2002

Author: ‘Tis the Season…To Review Your Estate Plan, Prime Times, March 2002

Author: Homestead Exemption Update: WP Channels, August 2001

Author: United States v. Kirby: The Case for Appellate Review of Grants of Bail by District Court Judges in International Extradition Cases, 21 W. New Eng. L. Rev. 565 (1999)