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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.

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.



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,

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,

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. One of her primary roles involves collaborating with the attorneys on complex matters including high net worth planning and business succession transactions. Adrienne spearheaded and now supervises 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.

Michelle M. Goncalves,

Michelle Goncalves joined EPLO in 2014.

In her tenure with the firm, Michelle has occupied a variety of roles.  She handles all aspects of the estate planning process, from drafting estate plan documents to working with clients through revisions and document details prior to execution.  Once estate plan documents are in place, Michelle works with clients on the funding (aligning asset ownership and beneficiary designations) of the estate planning process, where her background in real estate law is of particular value.  She also works with the attorneys on the probate and estate administration process, as well as the administration of various types of trusts.

Larissa N. Brooks,

Larissa Brooks joined EPLO in 2021.

With previous experience in a variety of demanding customer-oriented settings, Larissa capably supervises 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, her knowledge of EPLO’s estate planning process is a valuable asset to our clients and staff.

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.

Danielle M. Oldham,
Administrative Assistant

Danielle Oldham joined EPLO in 2022.

Danielle is the primary point of client communication, scheduling and related correspondence.  With previous experience in customer service and leadership roles in various organizations, she is equipped to assist EPLO clients with patience and efficiency.  Danielle also assists the staff with various projects and operational matters.

Abigail R. Gillespie,
Legal Assistant


Worcester Office

71 Elm Street
Suite 100
Worcester, MA 01609

Uxbridge Office

9 N Main Street
Uxbridge, MA 01569

Leominster Office

156 Hamilton Street
Leominster, MA 01453

Braintree Office

100 Grandview Road
Suite 405
Braintree, MA 02184

Cape Cod & Islands

776 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

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