Through personal family experiences in dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease and the loss of a loved one, we came to realize that we all have to be prepared for unexpected occurrences.  If not for the careful planning our families did, the emotional and financial impact of these events would have been far more devastating and overwhelming.


We have designed and developed unique processes to always give you confidence, comfort, clarity and peace of mind. Estate Planning, Estate Settlement and Medicaid Assessment/Application are complex areas of law that can be intimidating and stressful for families.  Since people don’t deal with elder law matters like asset protection or probate administration on a regular basis, it is important that they receive proper guidance from start to finish.

Our Unique Processes



Estate settlement and probate administration law firm - Woburn, serving the Boston MA area


Medicaid Assessment-Application process attorneys at Woburn MA law firm near Boston

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Wow, were we completely impressed with Marco, we needed to draw up Estate planning and ended up learning so very much about our options in regards to our estate. Marco knows how to explain all the legalities behind Estate law to the average person. All our questions and concerns was removed and he was completely professional in making sure we understood each piece of the process. Everything was done concisely, professionally and quickly. There was no such thing as a “dumb” question. By the end of the process, we felt like we were dealing with a friend and not an attorney. I would recommend Marco and his firm to anyone out there looking to draw up an Estate Planning & Trust. You will feel taken care of, and that is the best way to feel when ensuring your family is in good hands if anything were to happen to you. We’re extremely satisfied with Simmons & Schiavo, LLP

Meire R.

My wife and I just had the pleasure of working with Attorney Marco Schiavo. Wow! What an amazing experience. It all began when we placed a phone call after hours and we actually received a call back from this attorney the following morning. There was no pressure but he just asked what we needed legal help with. He was flexible and really accommodated our working schedules. During the appointment, he explained things in plain English and allowed us enough time to ask questions. He was very personable and appeared to be a great family man who had his priorities straight (asked if we could switch our next schedule so we did not have to meet him on his anniversary date- Kudos to him! because in today’s busy world, it is easy to forget what truly matters). We have since called him again with more questions and yes he continues to return our calls. We would like to say Thank you and we would highly recommend our family and friends to him.

Ben K. (Malden, MA)

My brother, who is an attorney, highly recommended Marco to help us implement our estate plan and we weren’t disappointed. Marco is highly knowledgeable and personable. He did an outstanding job asking us about those sensitive areas that all families have. My wife and I were very comfortable speaking with him about our concerns and wishes for our children and other family members. The end product was professionally done and thorough. My wife and I feel confident that our loved ones will be well taken care of as a result of working with Marco.

Alfonso P.

My wife and I engaged Marco Schiavo’s services to advise us on estate planning and to draft the necessary trust documents. Marco took the time, over several working sessions, to learn our somewhat complex personal and business situation and proposed various options to assure that our estate distribution would be fair and at minimal tax consequences. He is experienced knowledgeable, professional, incredibly patient and kind. I highly recommend him.

Julius P.

My husband and I met with Marco to begin Estate Planning. Marco is extremely knowledgeable and was able to explain a complicated process in a simplified, understandable presentation. He was patient with our many questions and took the time to make sure all our concerns were addressed. It was also extremely helpful and comforting to receive continued guidance as we began the implementation process of our plan. I would definitely recommend Marco and his firm to anyone considering initiating an Estate Plan


Marco Schiavo recently helped me through my estate planning and will writing process after my recent divorce. I was nervous about getting through it all on my own, but Mr. Schiavo made me feel comfortable and easily broke down all of the decisions that needed to be addressed. Our meetings were efficient and I always left feeling like we accomplished everything we needed to. I would highly recommend him for estate planning.


Being in Real Estate, I deal with attorneys all the time. I had many options to choose an attorney to handle my estate planning. Ken is the one I chose as I have dealt with him in the past. He leaves no stone unturned and has excellent communication skills. Looking for an estate attorney? Just call him and rest assured, all will be taken care of!!

Dan Fabbri, Realtor

An extremely positive experience. Marco was knowledgeable and had a great way of explaining everything; his staff was timely and can communicate VERY well. Moreover, the followup emails and reminders are perfect and explanatory. The price is a bit higher than other firms, but IMO it is worth it for the services given. I’d strongly recommend the firm.

Eric Shukan

Marco was everything we were told he would be and more. His expertise in estate law is obvious and he was able to meet our needs under a time constraint. I would recommend him to anyone who has any estate planning needs.

John H.

We hired Marco to help us set up a family trust and he did an excellent job listening to what we wanted, explaining things clearly and working efficiently. I have no doubt that Marco will lend his expertise to answer any further questions we have which gives us great peace of mind.


I will always be grateful to Attorney Simmons for his care in explaining the alternatives which were available for my family. His information was very detailed and clear. I had to make serious decisions about my family’s future but he never made me feel rushed. I always had time to consider my options, and I was sure of the soundness of my final decisions especially because of his availability while I was considering my choices. I highly recommend Attorney Simmons because of my personal experience with him during a time of enormous stress and uncertainties.

Mary McLean

I wholeheartedly recommend Attorney Marco Schiavo. Attorney Schiavo recently created an elderly care plan for my Mom and did an amazing job. We were initially overwhelmed and confused by all the different options, but Attorney Schiavo explained each one in detail and in such a clear and easy-to-understand way. He was so patient with every question and never rushed us. His fees are very reasonable for such high quality work and great customer service. And best of all, my Mom now has peace of mind.


It has been my pleasure to hire Marco on several occasions for real estate transactions, creation of a living will and estate planning. He is professional, trustworthy, responsive and knowledgeable. I highly recommend his services.


Marco wrote up my will and I was very impressed with how thorough and detailed he was. He truly cared about my wishes and made sure they were all met. I highly recommend Marco for estate planning!!

Zach S.

Marco was wonderful in a full range of estate planning for me. Initially, I contacted him to set up 2 trusts but quickly realized with his clear, concise explanation that there were more components to estate planning that needed to be addressed. He grasped quickly what was important to me and listened respectfully.

Sheila F.

I was referred to Marco by my lender, at a time where I experienced a major life change-my divorce – and Marco was incredibly patient and thorough. He does an excellent job of explaining all of the options available. What is more, is he follows up with his clients to ensure their new trusts are fully funded. A huge miss by other attorney’s I’ve worked with. Marco and team, thank you for your help.

Yve L.

Marco did a great job explaining the different types of wills and answered all my questions. I was able to decide which one best suited my needs at this time.

Tim M.

Above my expectations.I had some work done with Marco and I was very satisfied. Marco is a great person to work with and the results were above my expectations. I highly recommended his services.

Andreia O. (Lynn, MA)

Ken Simmons has been excellent to work with on our estate planning. He’s extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He is easily accessible and always great with explaining the details of our plan and always happy to answer any of our questions. We have and will continue to recommend Ken to anyone who may be looking. He’s the best!

David B.

Marco, Christine and their staff could not have been more attentive and accommodating to the needs of my elderly parents in terms of their will. They clearly exceeded our expectations and I couldn’t give a higher endorsement of this firm. Trust me, you will come away impressed in every way, shape or form.

Donato V.

My wife and I were referred to Simmons & Schiavo by our financial advisor. We couldn’t be more pleased by the professional services provided by Attorney Marco Schiavo. He walked us through the estate planning process, addressed our particular issues, and provided the completed work product (trusts, will, power of attorney and healthcare proxies). All documents are easy to follow, reflect our issues and wishes, and are quite readable. Importantly is the time Marco spent with us discussing our options and concerns and blending them into the final plan. We highly recommend Marco and his firm.

John & Kathy M.

Simmons and Schiavo are extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with! My husband and I were ready to start our estate planning and met with Attorney Marco Schiavo at his office. Marco explained every step in detail and answered any/all questions that we had. The process was easier than we expected and now have peace of mind about the future for our family. If you’re looking for a knowledgeable, friendly, and professional attorney for estate planning purposes, we highly recommend Marco and his firm for any and all your needs.

Terry P. (Medford, MA)

We hired Marco Schiavo based on a recommendation from another attorney and we couldn’t be happier. Marco helped us establish wills, a family trust, an ILIT (which I hadn’t heard of before meeting Marco!), healthcare proxies, etc. … everything we need to have peace of mind with our estate/tax planning. He and his colleague Christine were tremendously helpful, easy to work with and very accommodating (he even came out to our house for meetings). We would highly recommend Marco and his team.

Hilary M.

Marco provided excellent attention to detail for advising on will and family trust planning. The introductory questionnaire was useful in framing the various topics, people, and information that I needed to think about in order to put something in-place. He was helpful in asking many questions and explaining the reasons behind competing choices to aid me in making my final decisions.

Jonathan N. (Hopkinton, MA)

My wife and I recently hired Marco Schiavo to help us set up an estate plan (e.g., trust, health care proxy, living will, etc.). We found him to be super helpful, efficient (made the best use of in-person meetings by doing his homework beforehand), and we found him to be extremely knowledgeable. He took the time to sit down and answer all of our questions and patiently walked us through everything at the end before we formalized the estate plan. If you’re looking for a knowledgeable, friendly, and professional attorney for estate planning purposes, we highly recommend Marco.

Brad H. (Boston, MA)

I have recently worked with Marco on Estate Planning matters and found him to be very professional, knowledgeable and thorough. Estate planning can be very complicated and confusing, but Marco has been able to reduce things down to understandable terms so that I know what to do to preserve and manage my mother’s financial affairs. He presented us with all options available so we could assess and weigh our options and move in the right direction. Marco has a calm and assuring demeanor that makes you feel comfortable. The presentation of the final materials speak volumes to the level of attention to detail that Marco puts into his work. My mother says he is “the man who knows everything!

Carol Lynn T. (Norwood, MA)

Marco prepared my Estate Plan which included setting up a trust, preparing a will, healthcare proxy etc. He and his staff that I dealt with (Christine) were very professional and responded to my inquiries promptly. Marco made the process very smooth and easy and he explained everything to me clearly. My experience was excellent and I would highly recommend Marco.

Dominic L.

My mother was in need of completing a new Will along with other documents and I was given Marco’s office to contact. It was the best advice anyone has ever given me as he made the task of completing these documents very relaxing and informative. I would recommend Marco Schiavo to anyone in need of his firms services.

Antonetta O. (Revere, MA)

Marco was referred to us by a trusted adviser. He answered all of our questions, making us comfortable throughout the entire process of setting up our trust. Marco also brought questions/scenarios up that we would never have thought of. He was very helpful. We highly recommend him.

Laura E. (Holliston, MA)

Marco helped us create an Estate Plan for my mother during a difficult time. He is professional, kind, knowledgeable, patient, understanding, and a pleasure to work with. I will certainly recommend him and call upon him again.

Rich B. (Gloucester, MA)

Ken Simmons is working with us on estate planning. He is wonderful to work with. He invests the time needed to make us feel comfortable and to get us to the right result. He walked us through all of our options in detail and explained the complex laws surrounding estate planning in a way that made sense. He gave us the time and space we needed to make decisions but closely guided us where we needed it. We were impressed with his knowledge and expertise. I would strongly recommend him and his practice for estate planning.

Client (Weston, MA)

Marco prepared legal documents for my wife and I. He set up our wills, healthcare proxies, a trust, and power of attorneys. Being unfamiliar with legal documents he made recommendations on what I should have drawn up and answered all of my questions along the way without making me feel silly for asking them. He was very informative, professional, had reasonable rates and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an attorney.

Josh K. (Melrose, MA)

Marco allowed us to quickly and efficiently solve our Estate Planning needs. We have been talking to experts for years, but none of them truly inspired the trust, transparency and accountability we were looking for. Marco was able to explain to us things easily and made us comfortable with our decisions. Then he quickly switched to the implementation phase and we had to do nothing. He was also kind enough to stop by to our place more than once, therefore saving our time. I would hire Marco again without thinking twice.

Enrico V. (West Roxbury, MA)

I just finished working with Marco to develop my first estate plan, including setting up trusts, healthcare proxies and power of attorneys. Marco worked quickly and professionally to complete the task at hand and provided me with expert advice steering me in the best direction. He made good recommendations and addressed all of my concerns. I would definitely recommend Marco to my friends & family. Thanks Marco.

Sally R. (Medford, MA)

Marco helped us create an Estate Plan for my mother during a difficult time. He is professional, kind, knowledgeable, patient, understanding, and a pleasure to work with. I will certainly recommend him and call upon him again.

Rich B. (Gloucester, MA)

I would like to thank Attorney Schiavo and his team for their professionalism regarding my Estate planning. I found the firm and Mr. Schiavo provided me with great service. I would highly recommend this firm for their kindness, courtesy and advice. I greatly appreciate it.

Yolanda V. (Malden, MA)

Very professional services, fast and reliable. My parents where very comfortable knowing that the attorney could provide the services in Spanish as well. We, the family, are very pleased with the service received.

Marleny M. (E. Boston, MA)

I wish to express my appreciation and gratitude for all your help. It’s a relief to be able to have complete confidence and trust in a person and I benefit from the added bonus of your ability to relieve my anxiety.

Laura A. (Medford, MA)

Attorney Marco Schiavo did estate planning for my mother. Marco really took the time to walk us through the whole process and even spoke Italian when mom didn’t understand. I would highly recommend Marco to anyone who needs a great attorney! I will definitely be working with Marco in the future!

Lorie D. (Somerville, MA)

I recently worked with Marco on an Estate Plan. I would highly recommend Marco. He was great to work with and took the time to answer any questions my wife and I had regarding our plan.

Rich M. (Lynnfield, MA)

Simmons & Schiavo, LLP and Marco, specifically, have handled estate planning matters for several of my family members. I cannot say enough positive things about him. He is detail oriented, meticulous and down to earth. He takes the time to explain complex matters in a way that is easy to understand and is so patient when fielding the endless questions that come with complex estate planning matters. During the course of planning I felt Marco honestly wanted to help my family and make sure that everyone was comfortable with their decisions. I would, and have, recommended Marco to anyone looking for estate planning assistance.

Holly S. (Norwood, MA)

I recently had the pleasure of working with Marco Schiavo in doing some estate planning. He was greatly helpful in setting up trusts, wills, and even in assisting me in making sure I was opening the correct type of bank accounts for my needs. He was amazingly patient, as my questions were numerous. He answered all my questions and made a daunting process much more clear and understandable. He was willing to speak with, and even meet with my family, to explain the process and assure that everyone was comfortable with the decisions being made. It was truly a pleasure working with Marco.

Pam P. (Billerica, MA)

We can’t thank you enough for the assistance you provided in securing Medicaid benefits for my husband. The fact that this burden has been lifted is priceless!

Rita P. (Belmont, MA)

Kenneth has a warm and an understanding approach. He explains all my questions with time and respect. My wife and I are so pleased to have Kenneth as our lawyer.

Bruce G. (Medford, MA)

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with Attorney Marco Schiavo with my ailing mother to put her affairs in order. He put us both at ease with his welcoming demeanor. His professionalism was top notched and he treated us with respect and dignity. Attorney Schiavo had presented several scenarios and provided recommendations for protecting my mother’s assets…all part of the free consultation which lasted over an hour. At the end of the consultation, he did not pressure us to move forward and was happy to just give us information. Because of this, we decided to move forward with his recommendations and look forward to working with him through this process.

Natalia F. (Cambridge, MA)

I was researching for a Spanish-speaking attorney to assist my family with estate planning and other legal matters. I came across Simmons & Schiavo, LLP in Malden where my family is currently residing. We were so fortunate to meet Marco Schiavo who is bilingual. My family and I were impressed with the superb legal services provided by Marco. He is also a pleasant, engaging, and competent attorney. I would highly recommend this law office to anyone who is seeking assistance in estate planning and other legal issues. Thank you so much Marco!

Ana A.W. (Malden, MA)

I had the pleasure to work with Marco for my mother’s estate planning. My knowledge of what I needed to do was not very good. Marco was extremely knowledgeable, professional, patient and kind enough to answer all my questions by phone and email . He had to explain things more than once to me and to multiple family members on different occasions. He was always available when I needed him to answer every and all questions, never rushing us out. He made me feel comfortable at all times. I highly recommend him and his partner for any estate planning needs.

Sara N. (Malden, MA)

My wife and I recently consulted with and subsequently hired Marco Schiavo to represent us during the process of setting up an estate plan, trust, health care proxy and will. Marco proved to be efficient, extremely well prepared and very patient during our meetings in his office. Marco answered all of our questions with well thought out and easy to understand information. I would highly recommend Marco Schiavo to my family and friends for their future estate planning and wealth preservation needs.

Michael H. (Wakefield, MA)

I would recommend Ken Simmons and Simmons & Schiavo for all of your estate planning needs. My husband and I recently worked with Ken and he made the process simple, straightforward, and easy to understand. Everything was set up fairly quickly and now we don’t have to worry about what would happen to our kids should the unthinkable happen.

Tara F. (Winchester, MA)

I can’t thank you enough for putting my mind at ease as we worked on my estate and will. It was difficult to think about doing it but you made it an easy process. Grateful that Terry steered me in your direction. Thanks again to you and everyone in your office.

Jean. S

I met Marco when I became a Trustee of my parents Trust. He came highly recommended by my sister and brother-in-law. I was very impressed with Marco and hired him to complete my estate plan. He explains complex information in a simple way and gives examples. He is very responsive to questions during and after the signing. He has provided me with referrals to professionals due to my questions regarding taxes and investments. He is extremely patient and helpful. I highly recommend Marco and his firm.

Karen P

My husband and I met with Attorney Kenneth J Simmons to seek advice in planning for the future of our family of four. Mr. Simmons was professional, knowledgeable and very informative. He thoroughly explained all of the possible options available to use in terms that we would understand. He patiently reviewed everything with us as he outlined the pros and cons of each and every option. I honestly felt like he truly cared in finding out what was going to be the best option for us. We were extremely pleased with his knowledge and expertise of estate planning as well as his calm, down to earth demeanor. He was respectful, easy to talk to and always made us feel comfortable. We felt confident with his recommendation and advice on what would be our best option and in our best interest for us and our entire family. We had a great experience with Attorney Kenneth J Simmons and would strongly recommend him to anyone seeking services for estate planning. Highly Recommend!

Lesley S. (Billerica, MA)

With our elderly loved one finding himself sent from a hospital to rehab/nursing home and his personal funds running out and still requiring care we turned to Simmons & Schiavo.
The care facility got a lawyer and kept threatening us with a “conservatorship” thinking there was a big pay day at the end of the rainbow. Marco Schiavo thought otherwise.
He skillfully navigated the application and approval process with Masshealth for Long-Term-Care Services in a Nursing Facility, advised us on the required spend-down of patient assets (legal, medical, pre-paid funeral, etc…) and after diligent counsel of the entire process by Marco and his partner Ken, Masshealth approved the care and payments (retroactively) and there was even a patient pay refund obtained, which was put towards more of the pre-paid funeral expenses of our loved one.
This took a huge burden off us both emotionally and potentially financially and gave us the peace of mind everybody should have if a loved one takes ill and needs care and assistance, especially an elderly family member.
Marco and Ken are both professional and passionate about helping and we are grateful to them for their assistance.

Edward D. (Malden, MA)

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Kenneth J. Simmons, Jr.

Your Goals.  Your Plan.  I think these four words really capture the key principals that our practice is built on, which are:  a) That every client has unique goals, dreams and concerns; b) That there is no such thing as a “one size fits all” solution when it comes to estate planning; c) that our most important job is to listen to and learn from our clients to understand what they want their estate plan to accomplish.  It is through this learning process that we can then create a customized estate plan designed to meet the personalized goals of each and every client.” 

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Marco A. Schiavo

“I believe that 95% of our job is listening.  Our firm’s objective is to address all of our clients’ concerns and accomplish their goals by providing a personalized estate plan designed to fit their specific needs which includes preserving the wealth that they have accumulated throughout the years. We believe firmly that estate planning is not a one-time event. As life changes, the plan should change with it.  We believe in developing lifelong relationships with our clients so that they see us as not just advisors, but also as trusted friends.” 

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