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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.

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  • Western New England University School of Law, Springfield, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1999
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts
    • B.A. - 1996
    • Honors: magna cum laude
  • Holyoke Community College
    • A.A. - 1994
    • Honors: With High Honors

Bar Admissions

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

Classes & Seminars

  • 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

Pro-Bono Activities

  • President and Founder, The Joy of Jasper Horse Sanctuary


  • Designated as "Super Lawyer" 2013 in Boston Magazine
  • Distinguished: Top Woman Attorney in MA by Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2012
  • Recipient: Super Lawyers Rising Star Award Boston Magazine, 2012
  • Recipient: Super Lawyers Rising Star Award Boston Magazine, 2011
  • Recipient: Chapter Member of the Year, BNI Holyoke North, MA, 10/13/2011
  • Designated as "Super Lawyer Rising Star" 2010 in Boston Magazine
  • Recipient: Top Five Business Women in Western Mass, Western MA Women's Magazine, 2010
  • Recipient: SuperLawyers Rising Star Award Boston Magazine
  • Estate Planning Specialist Blends Law with a Passion for Animals, BusinessWest, October 20, 2005
  • Women in Business Spotlight, Valley Business Outlook, September 2005
  • "Woman of the Year" distinction, Women Business Owners Alliance, 2005
  • "Up and Coming Lawyer 2004" distinction, MA Lawyers Weekly, 2004
  • Catherine Bean Street Scholarship, Recipient
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Torts
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Critical Race Theory
  • "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

Past Positions

  • Justices of the Massachusetts Superior Court, Law Clerk, 1999 to 2000

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Alpha Chi

Professional Associations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Hampden County
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Hampden County Bar Association, New Lawyer's Section, Chair, 2003 to 2004
  • Hampden County Bar Association, New Lawyer's Section, Probate Court Bench Bar Liaison, 2003 to 2004
  • Holyoke North Business Network International, Membership Committee
  • Women's Partnership Communications Committee, Co-Chair
  • Women's Partnership Board of Directors, 2003 to 2005
  • Joy of Jasper Horse Sanctuary, Founder, 2007-Present
  • Greater Springfield Business & Professional Women's Club, First Vice President, 2005-2006
  • Greater Springfield Business & Professional Women's Club, Second Vice President, 2004-2005
  • Western Massachusetts Elder Care Professionals, Member, Steering Committee
  • Meadows Homes Human Rights Committee, Member
  • Women's Business Owners Alliance of the Pioneer Valley, Inc., Cheryl Reed Memorial Loan Fund Chair
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, Director, 2018 to Present
  • Western Massachusetts Elder Care Professionals Steering Committee, Member

Published Works