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Jessica A. Demmerly



Jessica Demmerly is a partner specializing in estate planning, elder law, and special needs planning. Prior to becoming an attorney, Jessica worked in geriatric social services. During this time, Jessica developed a deep understanding of the issues that seniors and their families face in navigating public benefits and planning for incapacity. She takes a dynamic approach by working with families, Life Care Managers and financial professionals to proactively plan for the future and to problem-solve in crisis situations. She also enjoys working with young families to implement comprehensive estate plans that provide them with peace of mind.

Areas of concentration:

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Estate & Trust Administration
  • Litigation & Dispute

Recognition and Awards

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch®, Elder Law, 2023-2024
  • Named, Boston magazine, Top Lawyers, Elder Law, 2022-2023
  • Selected, Massachusetts Super Lawyers List, 2023
  • Selected, Massachusetts Rising Stars List, 2016-2022
  • Selected, Massachusetts Rising Star List, Top Rated Elder Law Lawyer, 2018
  • Award Recipient, The New Jersey Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Award, 2012
  • Award Recipient, The American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics Health Law Award, 2011

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Member and Co-Chair of the Elder and Disability Law Subcommittee of the Trusts and Estates Steering Committee, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, Rubin and Rudman Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
  • Member, Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member, Boston Estate Planning Council
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Estate Planning and Planning for a Child with Special Needs,” South Shore Educational Collaborative (March 21, 2023)
  • Author, “People v.US v. Obama: An Analysis of Religious Challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”
  • Lecturer , “Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education on Elder Law Basics and Medicaid Planning,” Estate Planning: MCLE BasicPlus!, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (2015-present)
  • Co-Author, “Nursing Home MassHealth Eligibility,” Estate Planning for the Aging or Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education