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61 Boyden Road, Suite 1 | Holden, MA 01520 
(774) 345-4560 |

MELISSA A. GLEICK, ESQ. concentrates her practice in the areas of Estate Planning, Long Term Care Planning, Special Needs Planning, Asset Protection Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Equine and Pet Trust Planning, Guardianships, Conservatorships and Small Business Planning.

Melissa was admitted to practice in Massachusetts after having earned her Juris Doctorate in 2007 from New England School of Law in Boston where she was a member of the New England Law Review and where she graduated cum laude. She earned her undergraduate degree from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts where she majored in Criminal Justice and graduated summa cum laude.

Melissa is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. In 2013, she was recognized by Worcester Business Journal and was awarded their 40 under Forty Award. In 2015 and again in 2017, she was recognized by Superlawers Magazine and was awarded their Rising Star Award. In addition to appearing as a host on Money Matters radio, Melissa frequently develops and presents seminars on various legal topics, including estate planning, long term care planning, asset protection planning and special needs planning.

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Law Offices of Polly Tatum/Mediation Advantage Services

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19 Cedar Street Worcester, MA 01609

My name is Polly Tatum and my mission is to empower individuals and families to make decisions about their assets and children with peace of mind, clarity and direction. Many of my own family challenges directly inspire and inform my work in serving families.

Prior to becoming an Attorney, I worked in the human service field dealing with difficult child welfare cases. Once I became an Attorney, I worked for the City of Worcester as an Assistant City Solicitor handling lawsuits against the City of Worcester. I know from personal and professional experiences how poorly the court system is to handle matters as sensitive and emotionally charged as a death of a loved one.

When I decided to open up my practice, I focused mainly on family law and Divorce Mediation. Over and over again, I saw how many clients did not have an adequate estate plan during or after the process. I decided to go back to school and obtain my LLM in Estate Planning and Elder Law which I completed in 2009. I began to get numerous requests to do more Estate Planning for former and current clients especially on an emergency basis. Unfortunately, I have seen firsthand what happens when a loved one does not have the proper Estate Plan in place and families are struggling to fix it.

We take a personalized approach to the practice of Estate Planning. I pride myself on taking the time to listen closely to our clients so that we can gain a thorough understanding of their concerns, goals and choices. Then, we design and implement a customized plan to meet our clients’ particular needs.

At the Law office of Polly Tatum, we help our valued clients find solutions to their most pressing concerns and dearest hopes for their future. We help families and individuals find answers to questions such as:
- How can I protect my life savings?
- How can I ensure that people of my choosing will be able to make financial and health care decisions on my behalf if I become incapacitated?
- How can I be sure that my assets will go to the people I want to receive them, and not someone else?
- How can I make sure that my children have the appropriate guardian in place and are protected?
- How can I protect my heirs’ inheritances from creditors, lawsuits and other threats?

In short, the Probate Court system often leaves families torn apart, and financially strained. Why allow the system to control the where your assets go and who becomes guardian of your children in the event of death? That is why Estate Planning is so critical to all of you and your family to have peace of mind.

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