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 taight 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 Prctice 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.
Remember, "What we expect seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens."
Michael Monteforte Jr.
Attorney & Counselor at Law