Attorney Janice Nigro of Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas, LLP, has been selected as a 2012 Top Women of Law honoree by Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly. Attorney Nigro was one of 50 inspiring women honored at the 5th Annual Top Women of Law Luncheon on October 12th at the Hynes Convention Center, an event that celebrated women who have made “great professional strides and demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in private practice, the corporate arena and social advocacy.”
As the 2009-2011 Chair of the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Probate Council, Janice worked with the Massachusetts Bar Association and others to establish educational programs to address the needs of the bar, courts and citizens of Massachusetts following the overhaul of the Massachusetts probate law and the implementation of the new Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (“MUPC”).
In 2011 and 2012 Attorney Nigro volunteered countless hours to educate her fellow bar members throughout the state on the new laws. She served as faculty for seminars on the new MUPC and helped organize the “MUPC Resource Desks” that have been set up in each probate court to assist the courts, attorneys and pro se litigants with the new laws. She was honored by the Massachusetts Bar Association in July for her volunteer efforts to educate fellow bar members and the greater legal community regarding the changes in probate laws.
“The work involved in implementing the new law was enormous and involved a team of practitioners, clerks and judges who worked tirelessly and continually to make the transition to the new law as smooth as possible,” Attorney Nigro said. “I was a small piece of it, but I tried to do whatever I could to help.”
Attorney Janice Nigro has been practicing estate and trust planning and administration, probate litigation, personal injury and general civil litigation since 1983. In her 29 years of practice, she has established a diverse civil practice, concentrating her practice in estates, from the planning phases of drafting wills and trusts, to the administration of an estate or trust following the death of a loved one, as well as assisting clients when problems arise such as challenges to the will or complaints regarding the handling and distribution of the estate or trust.
“We provide our clients with the information, guidance and zealous advocacy they need to attain their personal and business goals,” Attorney Nigro said. “We adopt our clients’ causes as our own and we are completely dedicated to their success. This is why we offer a unique option for legal services and provide cutting edge legal knowledge and skills on par with the big Boston firms, but for a fraction of the cost and with a high level of personal attention.”
She and her brother, Attorney Eugene A. Nigro, have continued the legal practice, Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas, LLP in Wakefield, Massachusetts started by their father in 1945. In 2007 the firm established a second office in Newburyport located at 1 Inn Street which recently celebrated its 5th anniversary this year.
In addition to estate planning and administration, the 10 attorneys at Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas, LLP specialize in all aspects of family, divorce, custody, real estate, municipal law, probate litigation, serious personal injury and civil litigation. Eugene A. Nigro is also a leading mediator and conciliator. Nigro, Pettepit & Lucas, LLP as a firm is particularly dedicated to helping same-sex couples with all aspects of estate planning and family law issues to ensure they have access to all protections and options afforded under the law. All of the attorneys at Nigro, Pettepit and Lucas, LLP utilize and are available at both the Wakefield and Newburyport offices. Attorney Nigro stresses that “with the depth and breadth of knowledge shared by our teams in Wakefield and Newburyport, we offer our clients comprehensive, thoughtful legal counsel that allows them to make informed decisions regarding their personal and business goals.”