Our Professionals

Protecting Assets During Your Lifetime. Preserving Them For Future Generations.

support staff

Our goal is to make the legal process approachable and even enjoyable for EPLO clients. Our staff of dedicated professionals has been strategically assembled and trained to provide skillful, attentive service. We believe in a true team approach to legal services, and our clients work closely with multiple members of the EPLO staff in the course of their engagement with us. With their long-term tenure and extensive experience, our personable staff members will enhance your experience as an EPLO client.  Over time you will enjoy the advantages of having an entire team on your side – a diverse body of professionals who can promptly attend to your concerns.


Our experienced and knowledgeable paralegals work closely with the firm attorneys, clients and client advisors. Their long-term tenure with the firm has given them an in-depth understanding of our processes and policies, allowing them to effectively guide clients throughout the course of their engagement.

Vanessa P. Van Someren, Paralegal

Vanessa Van Someren has worked with the EPLO partners since 2007.

Vanessa is a key member of the firm’s estate and trust administration team, working closely with trustees, personal representatives (executors) and beneficiaries in the administration process. Her work also includes estate planning matters, working alongside the attorneys in the drafting of legal documents and assisting clients in the document review process. Vanessa also has extensive experience in MassHealth/Medicaid applications, working with firm attorneys and clients on the many details involved in Medicaid eligibility planning and application assembly, as well as the ongoing eligibility review process.

Adrienne M. Marcotte, Paralegal

Adrienne Marcotte joined EPLO in 2010.

Adrienne is deeply involved in the estate planning aspects of the firm’s practice, and collaborates with firm attorneys, clients and client advisors in all stages of the process. She has spearheaded the evolution of the firm’s in-depth estate plan funding process (strategic alignment of asset ownership and beneficiaries), and works closely with clients to assist in this last critical stage of creating their estate plans.  Adrienne’s work also includes corporate matters, including forming and maintaining entities (LLCs/corporations) for the firm’s business clients, and preparing applications for tax-exempt status for nonprofits.

Stephanie D. Wood, Paralegal

Stephanie Wood joined EPLO in 2017.

Stephanie’s background in real estate law has been a valuable addition to the firm’s estate planning and estate and trust administration practice, where movement of real estate ownership is often a major focus. She works on all aspects of estate planning, from attending initial meetings, drafting documents, and working closely with clients and their advisors on the funding process. Her addition to the EPLO staff has expanded the firm’s estate and trust administration team, and she works closely with the attorneys, clients and advisors in the estate settlement process, as well as the administration of ongoing trusts.

Legal/Administrative Support

Our personable legal/administrative support team is a critical part of the client experience and the operations of the practice.  Often times the first point of contact for clients, our legal assistants have hands-on involvement with client files, and can give prompt and helpful assistance on a variety of issues.

Michelle M. Goncalves,
Legal Assistant

Michelle Goncalves joined EPLO in 2014.

With previous experience in a fast-paced legal environment, Michelle capably manages the estate planning files for new and existing clients from the start of the engagement through the completion of the estate planning process. From assisting with document preparation to overseeing the signing meetings, Michelle’s knowledge of EPLO’s estate planning process is a valuable asset to our clients and staff. With a background in real estate law, she assists with the real estate/property transfer aspect of estate plan funding.  Michelle also assists the attorneys and paralegals with various projects.


Alli J. Pichierri,
Administrative Assistant

As the primary point of client communication and scheduling, Alli draws on her experience as a long-time administrative professional in a local accounting practice.  Her previous experience in a variety of demanding customer-oriented settings allows her to efficiently assist EPLO clients with an emphasis on details and responsiveness. Alli also assists the staff with various client and operational matters.

Office Management/Bookkeeping

Lisa J. Ayotte,
Office Manager

Lisa Ayotte joined EPLO in 2018. Lisa’s professional experience spans large and small business operations. Her broad background allows her to provide a personable level of service to the firm’s clients and vendors, all while coordinating the operational matters of a fast-paced practice. Clients appreciate her professional yet friendly approach when working through billing inquiries or discussing account details.

Lisa is also a valuable member of the trust administration team. With extensive finance and bookkeeping experience, she manages the daily bookkeeping operations for the firm’s trust services. Her trust administration role includes communicating with beneficiaries and other trust professionals, and coordinating trust account distributions.

Estate Preservation Law Offices of Worcester, MA provides multi-leveled and integrated estate planning and asset protection planning services. Its services includes: estate planning, asset protection planning through domestic and foreign techniques, business and corporate planning, corporate and individual tax planning, elder law and Medicaid planning, estate and trust administration, guardianships and conservatorships, retirement planning, special needs and disability planning, financial aid planning, veterans benefits planning, charitable and exempt organizations, and equine and pet trust planning. The firm serves clients in areas that include Worcester, Boylston, Braintree, Boston, Brewster, Brookline, Cambridge, Chatham, Fitchburg, Holden, Hyannis, Leominster, Newton, Needham, Northborough, Southborough, Shrewsbury, Wellesley, Weston, Westborough, Cape Cod & Islands, Central Massachusetts, Metro west / 495, and New Hampshire.

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