I grew up in Wakefield, MA, and went to Wakefield High, graduating in 1994. I attended Salem State University on the 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 the criminal justice curriculum taught me was 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 University Law School in Boston 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 a computer store in Woburn or a small law firm in Lynn.
Despite being exhausted most of the time, I graduated from Suffolk in 2001, meeting my goal of finishing in three years. I took the bar exam and got married all in the same week (bar exam on Wednesday and Thursday, rehearsal dinner on Friday, and the wedding on Sunday!) and still managed to pass on my first try. I was sworn into 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.
Going Out on My Own
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 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, and is 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