Paula K. Almgren, President

Attorney Paula K. Almgren of Lenox, Massachusetts concentrates her practice in elder law, estate and tax planning, Medicaid eligibility, probate law, estate administration, Life Care Planning and Veterans Benefits. Paula is a graduate of Williams College and Albany Law School of Union University. She is also an accredited attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Matthew P. Albanese, Immediate Past President

Matthew P. Albanese is in private practice in Milton, Massachusetts where he assists a diverse group of individuals and families in the areas of elder law, estate planning, disability law and Medicaid planning.  He received his B.A. from Providence College, his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and his M.B.A. from Suffolk University’s Sawyer School of Management.  Attorney Albanese has served as co-chair of the MassNAELA membership committee and as a member of the public policy committee.  He has been a member of NAELA since 2004.

Pamela B. Greenfield, President Elect

Attorney Pamela B. Greenfield is the founder of Greenfield Planning Group, LLC. Attorney Greenfield’s roots are in elder law and long-term care planning for senior citizens. She has a passion for helping seniors and their loved ones navigate through the continuum of care as they age and advising them on how to properly finance their options. Attorney Greenfield focuses her practice in elder law, asset protection planning and complex MassHealth applications and appeals. She additionally represents families and skilled nursing facilities in guardianship and conservatorship matters as well as probate and estate administration.

Attorney Greenfield is also an estate planning attorney for clients of all ages. She is especially connected to her clients with young children because she is a working mom of two boys and understands the financial and emotional challenges new parents face. She prides herself in simple yet complete, cost-effective estate planning for all of her clients–young and old.

Prior to opening GPG in July 2018, Attorney Greenfield headed up the elder law department at Samuel, Sayward and Baler, LLC in Dedham, Massachusetts, where she continues to see clients and serve as of counsel to the firm. Prior to joining Samuel, Sayward and Baler in 2015, Attorney Greenfield practiced at Oalican Law Group, LLC (formerly Cohen & Oalican, LLP) since 2007. She received her law degree from New England School of Law and her J.B.A. with distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she majored in journalism.

Attorney Greenfield speaks frequently at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior centers in the Metro-Boston area. She has served as both chair and panelist for various Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) programs. Attorney Greenfield is an active a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors and Publications Committee.

Cathleen Summers, Vice President

As a nurse attorney with over 25 years of legal experience, Cathleen Summers concentrates her legal practice on crisis planning, Medicaid and long-term care planning, estate planning, and guardianship. She is the go-to expert on helping clients and their families navigate the legal and health care worlds when a crisis occurs. She specializes in crisis management and often supports families who may live out of state or who are unable to provide frequent oversight of a loved one’s care.

Cathleen and her husband and partner, Phil, founded their firm, Generations Law Group, in 2003.

Steven F. Mann, Treasurer

Steven F. Mann, Esquire,  is in private practice in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he practices in the areas of elder law, estate planning, estate and income taxation and probate administration.  Steve is a CPA as well as an attorney.  He is a graduate of Suffolk University School of Law and received his MBA from the Suffolk University School of Management.  He received a BS in Accountancy and a BS in Public Administration, both from Bentley College. He has been a member of NAELA since 1992.

Alexis Levitt, Clerk

Attorney Alexis Levitt focuses her practice on four closely related and highly specialized areas of the law: elder law, special needs planning, estate planning and Veterans Benefits. Attorney Levitt has been practicing in these areas for over fifteen years and has owned her own firm for thirteen years. She received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her J.D. from Vermont Law School. She is also a VA-accredited attorney.

Brian E. Barreira, Director

Since 1996, the Law Offices of Brian E. Barreira have provided legal services to individuals, married couples, senior citizens, business owners, disabled persons and their families in the areas of estate planning (including wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, health care proxies, buy-sell agreements and prenuptial/postnuptial agreements), long-term care planning (including MassHealth), governmental benefits planning (including SSI), estate and gift tax matters and Probate Court issues (including estates, trusts, will contests, conservatorships and guardianships). An early leader in the development of elder law as a legal specialty, Brian served during 1990-1996 as the first Chair of the Elder Law Committee of the American Bar Association’s General Practice Section. He has also served as President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Attorneys, and as Chair of the Committee on Long-Term Health Care Issues of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section. After certification of elder law attorneys became available through the National Elder Law Foundation, Brian served on its Examination and Grading Committees. Among Brian’s diverse experiences, he has served as a background source on elder financial abuse reports for the Boston Globe Spotlight Team and 60 Minutes; as an undercover informant for the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in shutting down an organization that was fraudulently selling trusts to senior citizens; and as an expert witness in a recent case opposing the fees of two lawyers who attempted to charge over $500,000 for an 83-day temporary guardianship. Brian is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers in the fields of “Elder Law” and “Trusts & Estates, Wills & Probate.” He has been selected as a Massachusetts SuperLawyer in 2009-2015.

Gina M. Barry, Director

Attorney Gina M. Barry, who is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and Connecticut, is a partner with the regional law firm of Bacon Wilson, P.C.  She graduated cum laude from Western New England College School of Law, where she served as the Articles Editor of the Western New England Law Review.  In addition to being a board member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, she is also a board member of Western Massachusetts Elder Care Professionals Association and a member of the Women Business Owners Alliance.  Ms. Barry served as the President of the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County from 2013-2014, and is the current President of The Joy of Jasper, a non-profit horse sanctuary she founded in July of 2007.  Beginning in 2013 and each year to date, she has been named as a Super Lawyer by Boston Magazine, after having been recognized as a Rising Star for several years.  Ms. Barry has also received additional awards and recognition as follows: Distinguished Alumni of Holyoke Community College (2015); Woman of Influence by the Women Business Owners Alliance (2015); Visionary Achievement Award from Western Mass Women’s Magazine (2014); one of the Top Five Business Women in Western Mass by Western Mass Women’s Magazine (2010); one of Forty Under Forty by Business West (2009); Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of America (2008), and Business Woman of the Year by the Women Business Owners Alliance (2005).  Ms. Barry is a frequent lecturer and published author in her field.  Ms. Barry practices in Estate Planning, including Estate Planning for Pets, Asset Protection/Medicaid Planning, Elder Law, Probate and Trust Administration, Guardianships, Conservatorships, and Residential Real Estate.

Patrick G. Curley, Director

Attorney Patrick G. Curley is the Managing Partner at Curley Law Firm LLP, concentrating on Estate Planning, Elder Law, MassHealth Planning, Asset Protection, and Estate Administration. A member of MassNAELA since 2003, Mr. Curley has served on the Board of Directors since 2010. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School.  In 2008, he earned the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) from the National Elder Law Foundation. Since 2011, Patrick has been selected for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Estate Planning.  Patrick can be reached at (781) 245-2222 or

E. Spencer Ghazey-Bates, Director

Attorney Ghazey-Bates specializes in elder law, often meeting with both the elders and their children, assisting with financial planning and guidance to secure family assets in the event that an individual needs nursing home care.  Attorney Ghazey-Bates guides families through asset preservation strategies, provides guidance as to available care options, and assists in the preparation of benefit applications.

Annette M. Hines, Director

Annette M. Hines has been practicing in the areas of Special Needs, Elder Law and Estate Planning for over fifteen years. She received her JD from Howard University School of Law, her MBA from Suffolk University and her BA from the University of Vermont. Her clients include individuals and families of children with special needs, the elderly and others in the community.

Ms. Hines is the mother of a disabled child, fueling her passion for quality special needs planning and driving her special understanding and dedication to her practice.

Patricia Keane Martin, Director

Patricia Keane Martin concentrates her practice in a broad range of estate matters including elder law, special needs and disability planning, trust planning, and general estate planning. In addition to estate and elder law matters, Patricia concentrates on all aspects of probate litigation involving will contests, estate administration disputes, trust and fiduciary, and contested guardianships and conservatorships.

Ms. Keane frequently lectures on special needs planning, elder law, and probate controversies. She has been a lecturer for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and was an instructor in business law at Northeastern University.

Kimberly L. Kelly, Director

Kimberly L. Kelly received her law degree from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts and her undergraduate degree from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts. Upon graduating from law school, she clerked for one year for the Probate and Family Court, serving Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk Counties, and in this role, she worked directly with several of the Judges and became familiar with the policies and procedures of the Probate and Family Court. She maintains an active membership with the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Bar Association, and Essex County Bar Association. She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Attorney Kelly has been practicing law for 19 years, concentrating her practice in Guardianships, Conservatorships, Probate/Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Special Needs Planning, Trust Administration, MassHealth Planning, and Residential Real Estate Services. In 2010 she opened her own solo-law practice in Stoneham, Massachusetts. In 2016 grew her firm by forming a partnership with two other attorneys.

Paula A. Nedder, Director

Attorney Paula A. Nedder is the founding member of Nedder Law, LLC, with offices located in Milford and Westborough, Massachusetts. Her practice areas include Elder Law, estate planning for all ages, probate, and criminal law. In addition to being licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, Paula is admitted to the Federal Bar and the United States Supreme Court Bar.

Paula is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, is on the board of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and a recipient of the Chapter’s 2011 Member of the Year Award. Paula is also on the board of MetroWest Legal Services which provides free, civil legal representation to low-income residents and victims of crimes who live in the metro west area and who would otherwise be denied justice.

Paula is a member of the Bar Association of Norfolk County and is a former Assistant District Attorney for Norfolk County, where she was recognized for her service to the Office and the people of Norfolk County for her prosecution of domestic violence and sexual assault cases.

She is a speaker at assisted living facilities, senior centers and radio programs on topics that concern our elder community.

Lisa M. Neeley, Director

Lisa is an attorney at Mirick O’Connell.  She focuses her practice on elder law with an emphasis on Medicaid applications and appeals, estate and special needs planning, probate administration, and guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.  Lisa is an active member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and serves on the organization’s public policy committee and litigation committee. In 2016, Lisa was a recipient of NAELA’s John J. Ford Litigation Advocacy Award in recognition of her dedication and commitment to people as they age and for individuals with special needs.

Abigail V. Poole, Director

Abigail V. Poole is an Associate who joined Samuel, Sayward & Baler LLC in April 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Attorney Poole practiced in Raynham, Massachusetts at Oalican Law Group, LLC and worked at Fraga Law Office as a paralegal. She received her law degree from New England School of Law and her B.A. cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in psychology.

Attorney Poole focuses her practice in estate planning, probate administration, trust administration, prenuptial agreements, and elder law. She is committed to providing compassionate and individualized estate planning services to her clients ranging from 18 to 96. Attorney Poole is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Women’s Bar Association Massachusetts Chapter, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys.

Laura Silver Traiger, Director

Laura Silver Traiger is a senior associate at the law firm of Starr Vander Linden. Ms. Traiger concentrates on the legal issues facing older and disabled clients, including estate and Medicaid planning, public benefits protection using special needs trusts, guardianships/conservatorships and estate administration.

She is the author of a chapter on MassHealth options for individuals living in the community in Estate Planning for the Aging or Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts published by the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (“MCLE”).

Ms. Traiger is an active member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, currently serving as its President. In 2014, she was named MassNAELA’s Member of the Year and in 2015, she was awarded the Deborah H. Thomson Advocacy Award relative to her work in drafting and promoting legislation to help keep elders in their homes. She is also involved with the Worcester County Bar Association, currently serving as Co-Chair of the Probate Committee, the Mass Bar Association and the Greater Worcester Alzheimer’s Partnership. She also serves on the advisory committee for the money management program of Elder Services of Worcester and mentors for the Elder Law Project of the Women’s Bar Foundation.

Ms. Traiger has presented before the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, MCLE, Suffolk University Law School’s Center for Advanced Legal Studies and the Alzheimer’s Association.

Ms. Traiger received her law degree cum laude from Suffolk University Law School and her B.A. cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Denise N. Yurkofsky, Director

Attorney Denise N. Yurkofsky has a private practice in Wayland, Massachusetts, focusing on estate planning, including planning for families with members who have special needs, probate law and elder law. She is a graduate of Smith College and New York University School of Law and has done graduate work in estate planning and estate tax at Boston University School of Law. She is certified as a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and is a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council, the Boston Estate Planning and Probate Forum, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Wayland Council on Aging and the Price Center in Newton, Massachusetts.