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Domestic Relations and Probate Litigation

Our Domestic Relations and Probate Litigation Group provides sophisticated counsel to clients across the full spectrum of matrimonial and probate disputes. We are experienced advocates and offer representation in cases involving complex asset division, child custody, visitation, removal and relocation, child support, alimony, modification and contempt. We also represent clients in the negotiation of premarital agreements, in the enforcement of foreign judgments and in the prosecution and defense of paternity actions. Our attorneys also frequently serve as mediators.

In addition to family law, we as trial attorneys are frequently called upon to represent clients in complicated probate litigation, particularly will contests and disputes involving the interpretation or administration of trusts.

The testimony and credibility of expert witnesses can be crucial in divorce and probate litigation. As skilled trial attorneys, we have extensive experience in preparing and effectively cross-examining experts involved in the valuation of closely held businesses, stocks, pension, profit-sharing and retirement plans, stock options, real estate, trusts and other assets.

Our broad practice, strong reputation and extensive contacts in the business community often enable us to assist clients in finding other service providers, such as estate planning and accounting professionals, to help them deal with legal and other issues that arise in the context of family law and probate matters.

Our attorneys have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America and Massachusetts Super Lawyers in the area of family law.  In addition, Tony Doniger has been recognized by Best Lawyers as "Boston Lawyer of the Year" in the area of family law. Our attorneys have written extensively on domestic relations issues, including as contributors to the Massachusetts Family Law Manual (MCLE, 1996 revised) since its first edition in 1986, and the Massachusetts Divorce Law Practice Manual (MCLE 2008). We are frequent lecturers on procedural and substantive issues in the area of domestic relations and are active members of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Massachusetts Family and Probate American Inn of Court, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and the Family Law Sections of the Boston and American Bar Associations.

For more information regarding our domestic relations and probate litigation experience, please contact Alisa L. Hacker (Chair), at hacker@srbc.com or 617-227-3030.

Related Publications:

July 14, 2016 -
'Settlement Conference' May Be The Best Program You've Never Heard Of
Partner Alisa L. Hacker spoke to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly about her experience resolving family law matters via Settlement Conferences in the article "'Settlement Conference' May Be The Best Program You Never Heard Of." ...
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March 21, 2016 -
The Benefits of Remote Breathalyzer Testing in Custody Disputes
Custody disputes are often some of the most challenging cases that Family Law practitioners face in the Commonwealth.  Often heightening an already difficult situation is the introduction of substance abuse into the fact pattern of any custody dispute.  For years, the Probate and Family Court ...
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April 11, 2017 -
Handling a High Conflict Custody Case
Partner Alisa L. Hacker will participate on a panel at the Boston Bar Association's CLE on High-Conflict Custody cases April 11 at 4 pm.

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February 03, 2017 -
Expanded Liability for Estate Planning Professionals? Superior Court decision in Hanna v. Williams opens new litigation avenue for disgruntled heirs
In denying a motion to dismiss in the case of Hanna v. Williams, the Business Litigation Session of the Superior Court has decided that settlement of a contested estate in the Probate and Family Court does not necessarily bar a subsequent suit for the tort of intentional interference with ...
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December 02, 2016 -
SJC Provides Alimony Deviation Guidelines
This case involves a Husband’s complaint for modification seeking a termination of his alimony obligation to his Wife after paying said obligation for a time period which surpassed the durational limits proscribed under the Alimony Reform Act.  The Trial Court Judge denied Husband’s complaint, even ...
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November 28, 2016 -
Winning Your Case At Pretrial - Tips for Maximizing the Opportunity for Judicial Feedback
Family law judges and expert practitioners will focus on how to best represent your client on the day of pretrial conference. The Judges will share invaluable insight from the bench, specifically what they look for in memorandums, what they expect with respect to the status of discovery, and how to best ...
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October 21, 2016 -
Nineteen Sugarman Rogers Attorneys Recognized as "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars"

Nineteen lawyers from Sugarman Rogers have been included in this year’s edition of the Massachusetts "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" lists. 
 
Sixteen attorneys have been named to the 2016 "Super Lawyers" list, an honor based on peer review and professional ...
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August 15, 2016 -
Twelve Sugarman Rogers Partners Named 2017 Best Lawyers in America
Sugarman Rogers is pleased to announce that twelve of its attorneys – over 70 percent of the firm’s partners – have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of  ...
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August 11, 2016 -
SJC Reverses Appeals Court on Inclusion of Discretionary Trusts in Marital Estate
In a closely watched case involving the division of assets in a divorce, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reversed a decision by a divided Appeals Court and reaffirmed the longstanding rule in Massachusetts that discretionary trusts are generally not considered part of ...
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May 16, 2016 -
Tony Doniger: Business Valuations in the Family Court Context
Join Partner Tony Doniger and a Boston Bar Association panel for a discussion about business valuations in the family court context. This program will focus on business valuations in the probate and family court context, including ...
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May 01, 2016 -
100% of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen Female Partners Named “Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts"
Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen is proud to announce that all of their female partners have been named “Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts," by Super Lawyers® and were featured in the April issue of Boston magazine.

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March 15, 2016 -
Alisa L. Hacker: How Divorce Affects A Client’s Plan
Divorce impacts every aspect of our clients’ estate plans. Please join SRBC Partner Alisa L. Hacker, and Ryan Swartz, Director at McLane Middleton at the Boston Estate Planning Council (BEPC) to learn more about counseling clients before and ...
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March 15, 2016 -
Meredith A. DeJesus: Divorce Law Fundamentals
The Divorce Law Fundamentals Brown Bag Training Series provides attorneys new to the practice of family law with an overview of the “life of a divorce case.”  The training series covers topics such as the divorce client interview; filing the divorce complaint; child support and alimony; custody and ...
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November 06, 2015 -
SRBC Lawyers Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers

Twenty lawyers from SRBC have been included in this year’s edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers annually publishes the results of a peer-survey and independent-research study designed to identify leading lawyers by state. In this year’s listings, SRBC ...
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November 01, 2015 -
SRBC Receives High Rankings on "Best Law Firm" List
SRBC has been named to the 2016 list of "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. The firm is highly ranked in several practice areas, both nationally and regionally.

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August 21, 2015 -
Thirteen SRBC Partners Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2016 List
Thirteen partners from the Boston-based civil litigation firm Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen, P.C. received top rankings in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for their skills and expertise in their respective practice areas. 

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January 06, 2015 -
SRBC Elects Alisa Hacker to Partnership and Welcomes New Associate Grace McGuire
Sugarman, Rogers is proud to announce that Alisa L. Hacker has been named a partner and shareholder of the firm, as of January 1, 2015. Alisa will continue to focus her practice in the areas of domestic relations and probate litigation. ...
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November 04, 2014 -
SRBC Receives High Rankings on "Best Law Firm" List
SRBC has been named to the 2015 list of "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. The firm received top "Tier 1" rankings in Boston across eleven practice areas:

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August 18, 2014 -
Fourteen Partners Earned Title "2015 Best Lawyers" and One Partner Named "Lawyer of the Year"
Fourteen SRBC partners have been recognized by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015. In addition, David Barry earned special recognition as "Boston Lawyer of the Year" for Product Liability Litigation-Defendants. ...
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January 16, 2014 -
Alisa Hacker: BBA CLE - High Conflict Custody Cases
High conflict custody cases are among the most difficult for lawyers and the court system to handle.  They often are an enormous strain on both lawyers’ and the court system’s time, and emotional and financial strain on the parties involved. This CLE program is designed to provide attendees ...
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January 13, 2014 -
Alisa Hacker Co-Chairs CLE Program on "High Conflict Custody Cases"

SRBC associate Alisa Hacker co-chaired a Boston Bar Association CLE program Thursday, January 16 on "High Conflict Custody Cases." The program was designed to provide attendees with practical tips from experienced attorneys, guardians-ad-litem, parent coordinators ...
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November 04, 2013 -
SRBC Ranked "First Tier" in Boston in 10 Practice Areas

The 2014 edition of the "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S. News and Best Lawyers rates SRBC a "First Tier" firm in Boston in ten of its practice areas:

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October 22, 2013 -
21 SRBC Lawyers Recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers
Twenty-one lawyers from SRBC have been included in this year’s edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers annually publishes the results of a peer-survey and independent-research study designed to identify leading lawyers by state. In this year’s listings, SRBC ...
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August 15, 2013 -
Fifteen SRBC Partners Named “2014 Best Lawyers” and Two Ranked “Lawyer of the Year”
Fifteen SRBC partners have been ranked at the top of their profession, including two partners earning special recognition as “Lawyer of the Year,” in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers is the oldest peer-review publication in the legal ...
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November 13, 2012 -
SRBC Ranks High in "Best Law Firms" Survey
SRBC has received first-tier rankings in nine of its practice areas in the 2013 U.S. News/Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” survey. The firm was recognized as a National Tier 1 firm in Product ...
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October 24, 2012 -
22 SRBC Attorneys Recognized as "Super Lawyers"
Twenty-two SRBC lawyers have been listed among the top attorneys in Massachusetts in the annual Super Lawyers rankings.

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September 12, 2012 -
Fifteen SRBC Lawyers Named Best Lawyers in America
Fifteen of SRBC's partners have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers calls itself “the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.” The publication annually ...
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April 02, 2012 -
Meredith DeJesus Joins SRBC
SRBC recently welcomed associate Meredith DeJesus to its Domestic Relations and Probate Litigation practice group. Meredith is a 2009 graduate of Suffolk University Law School, and previously worked at another Boston law firm specializing in domestic-relations practice. At SRBC she will continue to ...
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October 26, 2011 -
Sixteen SRBC Partners Named 2011 Massachusetts Super Lawyers
Massachusetts Super Lawyers, an annual peer-review and independent-research survey designed to identify the top five percent of lawyers in the state, has named 16 SRBC partners to its 2011 listing. Several of the partners were also distinguished on shortlists of top lawyers ...
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October 25, 2011 -
Three SRBC Lawyers Are "Rising Stars"
Three SRBC lawyers have been recognized as "Rising Stars" by the 2011 edition of the annual Massachusetts Super Lawyers survey. The Rising Stars list seeks to identify the top echelon of lawyers who are age 40 or younger, or who have been practicing 10 years or fewer.

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October 07, 2011 -
Doniger and Goodheart are "Lawyers of the Year"
Having earlier named 13 SRBC partners to its 2011 annual Best Lawyers in America listing, Best Lawyers has singled out two of those partners--Tony Doniger and Lisa Goodheart--for further honors. Tony is Best Lawyers' 2012 Boston Family Law Lawyer of the Year, and Lisa is 2012 ...
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September 09, 2011 -
Thirteen SRBC Lawyers Named to Best Lawyers in America
The 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, described as "the definitive guide to legal excellence in the U.S." and based on a nationwide peer survey of more than 3.9 million lawyers, has named 13 SRBC partners to its annual list. The partners, and the Best Lawyers ...
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July 27, 2011 -
Alan Geismer Cited in Globe Article on Bulger Case
SRBC partner Alan Geismer, chair of the firm's domestic relations and probate litigation practice group, was among the legal experts quoted in an ...
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October 20, 2010 -
SRBC Partners Named "Super Lawyers"
Sixteen of SRBC's partners have been recognized as Massachusetts Super Lawyers in the 2010 edition of the annual peer-review survey that seeks to identify the top five percent of lawyers in the state. Many of the partners were also ranked among the very top lawyers ...
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October 19, 2010 -
Four SRBC Lawyers Are "Rising Stars"
Four SRBC attorneys have been named in the "Rising Stars" category of the 2010 edition of the annual peer-review survey Massachusetts Super Lawyers. The category is reserved for up-and-coming lawyers who are age forty or younger, and have been practicing for ten ...
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October 04, 2010 -
U.S. News: SRBC Among Boston's Best Law Firms in Seven Practice Areas
According to survey results newly published by U.S. News and Best Lawyers seeking to identify the "Best Law Firms" in a number of metropolitan areas, SRBC ranks in the "first tier" of Boston law firms in ...
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October 02, 2010 -
Eleven SRBC Partners Named to Annual "Best Lawyers in America" List

Eleven SRBC partners have been named to the 2011 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, an annual publication that calls itself "the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States." This year's selections are based on surveys in which more than 3.1 million leading lawyers were ...
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March 19, 2010 -
Tony Doniger to Appear on Family-Law Keynote Panel
On March 19, 2010, SRBC partner Tony Doniger will be part of the keynote panel at the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education annual Family Law Conference. The panel's topic will be "Alimony: How Long Should it Last?" Tony and other panelists will discuss the ongoing debate surrounding alimony in ...
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January 15, 2010 -
Doniger: Philosophy of Alimony Changing
An article in Lawyers USA, discussing changes afoot in various states' alimony laws, includes an interview with SRBC partner Tony Doniger. Tony discusses the recent landmark Massachusetts case Pierce v. Pierce, in which he represented the husband, and he observes: "The ...
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December 31, 2009 -
Geismer on Pierce Decision and Other Family-Law Developments
On January 28, SRBC partner Alan Geismer will speak at a continuing legal education program sponsored by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly entitled "Recent Developments in Family Law: Pierce and More." Panelists will discuss the recent Pierce v. Pierce decision on alimony, the state ...
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December 08, 2009 -
Tony Doniger to Speak on Pierce Decision
SRBC partner Tony Doniger will be a panelist at the Boston Bar Association program "Alimony Post-Pierce: Thoughts, Reactions, and Where Do We Go From Here?" on Wednesday, December 9, 2009. Tony will discuss the recent decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on the continuing ...
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July 29, 2009 -
Crafting an Effective Parenting Plan
On July 29, SRBC partner Alan Geismer will serve as a panelist at a seminar entitled “Crafting an Effective Parenting Plan,” sponsored by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education. The panelists will discuss various concerns that arise when developing a "parenting plan" in the course of a ...
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February 09, 2009 -
Alan Geismer Expands Divorce Mediation Practice
SRBC partner Alan Geismer has joined the divorce mediation panel of Mediation Works, a Boston-based provider of alternative-dispute-resolution services. Alan will serve as a mediator for divorce and probate cases.

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