First, a little history…
I grew up in Wakefield, MA, and went to Wakefield High from 1990-1994. I received the Salem State Presidential Scholarship for academics, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Salem State Honors Program in 1998 with a degree in criminal justice. The most important thing that the criminal justice curriculum taught me, is that I never wanted to be a criminal lawyer. It was definitely going to be the Civil side of the law for me.
I started Suffolk Law School straight out of college, determined to finish in three years, despite having to work nights and weekends. I went to school with kids whose parents put them up in apartments around the corner from school, while I was either taking the train or fighting the traffic. When I got out of class, I went to one of my two jobs, either the computer store in Woburn or the small Law Firm in Lynn.
Despite being exhausted most of the time, I graduated Suffolk after three years, in 2001. I actually took the bar exam and got married all in the same week (bar exam on Wednesday-Thursday, Rehearsal Dinner Friday, and wedding Sunday) and still managed to pass on my first try. I was sworn in to the Massachusetts Bar in January 2002.
My wife and I moved to Wilmington in 2003, and we have two children in the Wilmington school system.
I stayed on as an Associate with the Lynn firm until 2006, when I went out on my own, and opened the Law Office of Michael Monteforte Jr. in September 2006. I was also licensed as a New York attorney in 2014. The firm started out as a General Practice, handling pretty much whatever came in the door, but over the years, I started to concentrate on the specific legal fields that I found to be fulfilling and challenging. I began to take continuing education classes that specialized in estate planning and elder law, and honed my expertise in those fields.
The firm underwent a name change and incorporated in 2017, now called Monteforte Law P.C. The firm specializes in Estate Planning, Elder Law, Real Estate, and Business. For any other areas of law, we can provide referrals, but we are accepting new cases only in those fields of law.
I am a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and am part of the Practice Development and Practice Management Section. Several times per year I attend the Medicare and Elder Law updates put on by the Foundation for Continuing Education, and hold their Certificate in Trust & Estate Planning.
Admitted January 2002, Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts
Admitted to Federal practice March 2006, US District Court, District of MA
Admitted to US Tax Court
Admitted August 2014, State Supreme Court of New York
Member of National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Federal & Massachusetts Chapters
Member of NAELA Practice Development & Practice Management Section
Member of NAELA Alliances Committee
Licensed Real Estate Broker
Licensed Life Insurance Producer/Broker
Holder of FCLE Certificate in Trust & Estate Planning
Vetted and Approved by Secure Insight for real estate practice
What makes us different?
Years of experience and our specialized knowledge guarantee tailor-made, targeted solutions. Don’t fall for “boilerplate” website solutions that don’t consider your specific needs. We offer personalized service and advice to fit your specific legal issues.
What else makes us different?
Here’s something: Our new streamlined intake process!!
1. Faster, Easier & More Convenient Process. Unlike anyone else in the area!
2. Start with our initial consultation (in person or via phone or video chat)
- No time to get to the office? Too far to travel? Consults can be done by video chat or by telephone. We will send a follow-up email with our recommendations for your specific situation.
3. Online Hiring Agreement signed electronically
- Ready to hire use for your service? We email you the Agreement, you review, sign electronically, and return by email. No waiting for the mail or having to come in.
4. Online intake forms
- We no longer need you to take time out of your busy work day to answer intake questions via phone. Sometimes, our schedule doesn’t match your schedule, so it’s difficult to find a mutually convenient time to handle information collection. After consult and official hiring, our matter-specific intake form is emailed to you for completion. Complete the form online, from the comfort of your home, on your time-table. The form is sent back to us electronically, and we can use that information to immediately start drafting or working on your case
5. After drafting is complete, the drafts are sent to you through email, for your review, with opportunity to ask all of your questions
6. For estate planning clients, use email or text to make your final signing appointment
7. Pay your retainer, deposit, or final bill online
- Don’t want to pay by check? With our new system, provided by LawPay, you can pay your retainer, deposit, or final bill online via credit card. Fast and easy.
We strive to make the process as streamlined and hassle-free as possible. Requiring fewer in-person appointments means fewer trips to the office for you, less time consumed out of your day, and an easier, faster final result.