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Denise Yurkofsky

Of Counsel

Denise N. Yurkofsky

Of Counsel

Overview

Denise Yurkofsky is a seasoned and highly regarded trust and estates lawyer. Her practice is concentrated primarily in the areas of estate planning, including planning for family members with special needs, elder law, estate and trust administration, and probate. She has been certified as a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation since 2004.

Denise works with people of all ages to help them create an estate plan that is tailored to their needs. She prepares wills, durable powers of attorney, health care proxies, and living wills and trusts with a view to providing for young children or other dependents. Through her work, Denise helps clients minimize estate taxes, protect assets, and address special family situations. She also counsels parents, grandparents and other family members of persons with special needs on the impact of their estate plan on their loved one’s eligibility for public benefits and prepares supplemental needs trusts when appropriate.

Clients say that they appreciate the way Denise listens. Her listening skills combined with her empathy create a safe space for people to be open about deeply personal issues.

Active in the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Denise served on its Board of Directors for 15 years and was the recipient of the organization’s Member of the Year Award in 2020. She has been named to the Massachusetts Super Lawyers list in Estate Planning and Probate every year since 2009, received the Council on Aging Award for Community Service from Baypath Elder Services in 2010 and was awarded a Certificate of Recognition in 2021 from the Sudbury Senior Center for her volunteer work at the center.

Denise is involved in the community and serves on the Board of Directors of the Wayland Council on Aging and volunteers at the Legal Clinic for the Sudbury Senior Center and the Wayland Senior Center. She previously served for six years on the Board of Directors of The Price Center, a Newton based human services agency, which provides services to individuals and families managing a wide spectrum of physical and cognitive disabilities. Denise is a founder of the Friends of the Wayland Council on Aging and served on its Board of Directors for many years. She is also involved with social action programs through her synagogue and other volunteer groups.

Before Bowditch

Prior to joining the firm, Denise headed up her own private practice for 20 years helping clients with estate planning, special needs planning, elder law, estate and trust administration, and probate matters.

Besides Work

Denise enjoys an active family life with a supportive and fun husband, three wonderful children, two grandchildren and a third on the way. She loves to read, quilt, hike, kayak and sail her sunfish up in Maine.

 

Affiliations

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation
  • Member, Membership Committee and Mentorship Program, Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member, Boston Estate Planning Council
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Women’s Bar Association
  • Selected to Massachusetts Super Lawyers for Estate Planning and Probate since 2009

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT + PRO BONO

  • Board Member, Wayland Council on Aging
  • Legal Clinic Volunteer, Sudbury Senior Center
  • Legal Clinic Volunteer, Wayland Senior Center
  • Founder, Friends of the Wayland Council on Aging

PREVIOUS

  • Board of Directors, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter
  • Board of Directors, The Price Center
  • Board of Directors, Friends of the Wayland Council on Aging

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Education

  • J.D., New York University School of Law
  • Boston University Law School, graduate work in estate planning and estate and gift tax
  • B.A., Smith College
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