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Timothy D. Sullivan


Atty. Sullivan opened the office that is now AndoverLaw, P.C. in 1993.   He brings to the practice of law a perspective based on an unusually broad framework of education and experience.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Music from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and the designation of Chartered Life Underwriter from the American College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.  He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Massachusetts School of Law.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Sullivan worked as a financial planner and owned a computer store which sold and installed accounting systems.  While attending law school, he was a national account executive for a major corporation.

Atty. Sullivan concentrates his practice in the areas of estates, trusts, fiduciary litigation and elder law. His clientele include individuals, professional trustees, personal trustees, conservators, and counsel for trusts and estates.”

Admitted to all Massachusetts and New Hampshire Courts and the Federal Courts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Independent Ratings / Honors

  • Martindale Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating (4.9/5)
  • AVVO® Excellent Rating (10/10)
  • Accredited Estate Planner®, National Association of Estate Planners and Councils

Professional Affiliations

  • Past Chairman of the Massachusetts Bar Association Probate Section
  • Merrimack Valley Estate Planning Council (Past President)
  • American Inn of Probate and Family Court (Past Director)
  • Greater Boston Fiduciary Law American Inn of Court (member)
  • Massachusetts Bar Association (member)
  • Real Estate Bar Association (member)
  • Essex County Bar Association (member)
  • Lawrence Bar Association (member)
  • 2006-2012 Massachusetts Bar Association’s representative to the Ad Hoc Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code Committee.  The Committee drafted the Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code.  The MUTC was enacted July 9, 2012.
  • 2007-2008 served as Section Review Editor for the Probate Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

  • October 2017 – Evolution of Massachusetts Trust Law – for a multijurisdictional conference hosted by the Newburyport Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • June 2015 – Modifying/Terminating Irrevocable Trusts and Non-Judicial Settlement Agreements- Massachusetts Bar Association
  • October 2013 – Estate Administration Basics – Merrimack Valley Estate Planning Council
  • June 2013 – Decoding the MUPC – One Year Later – Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • November 2012 – The New MUPC Six Months Later -presented by MCLE at Massachusetts School of Law
  • October 2012 – Ten Critical Issues Under the New Uniform Trust Code – presented by Suffolk University Law School’s Advanced Legal Studies Department.
  • October 2012 – The New Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code – presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association
  • October 2012 – Seminar on the Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code sponsored by Suffolk Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies
  • May 2012 -The New MUPC is Here … and Now: Massachusetts Probate Practice Has Changed Forever presented by MCLE New England at Massachusetts School of Law
  • May 2012 – MUPC Basics: An Overview of the New Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code, Presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association at Massachusetts School of Law
  • February 2012 – Fiduciary Representation and Litigation presented at the Fundamentals of Elder Law Practice Symposium sponsored by Suffolk Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies and NAELA
  • November 2011 — Overview of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code presented to the Merrimack Valley Estate Planning Council
  • May 2011: Trust Litigation, presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association
  • March 2011: Types of Trusts, presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association
  • October 2010: Federal Court Litigation, presented at the 13th Annual Northeast Elder Law Symposium sponsored by Suffolk Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies and NAELA
  • January 2010: Review of Trustee Duty and Fiduciary Liability presented to the Merrimack Valley Estate Planning Council
  • May 2009: Review of the Uniform Probate Code presented to the Merrimack Valley Estate Planning Council
  • April 2009: Probate and Guardianship Reform: Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association at Massachusetts School of Law
  • March 2009: The New Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code: An Overview: contributing author and chair of program presented by MCLE at Massachusetts School of Law
  • November 2008: Best Practices in Guardianship Cases: contributing author and presenter on Uniform Probate Code provisions related to guardianship at the Fourth Annual Guardianship Conference sponsored by the Suffolk Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies

Articles and Publications

  • Resolution of Trust Issues Under the Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code, Timothy D. Sullivan, Esq. (Sept. 2012).  (As presented at Suffolk University’s Center for Advanced Legal Studies program “Ten Critical Issues Under the New Uniform Trust Code, Oct. 2012; and the Mass. Bar Association’s program the “New Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code”, Oct. 2012) .
  • September 2012 – Resolution of Trust Issues Under the Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code – Published with materials from the October 2012 Suffolk Law School, Advanced Legal Studies Program – “Ten Critical Issues Under the New Uniform Trust Code”
  • February 2012 — Overview of Fiduciary Litigation in the Probate and Family Court Published with materials from February 2012 Suffolk Advanced Legal Studies / NAELA Fundamentals of Elder Law Symposium
  • February 2012 — Formalities of Execution, Incompetence and Undue Influence First published by the Massachusetts Bar Association in May 2011. Republished with materials from February 2012 Suffolk Advanced Legal Studies / NAELA Fundamentals of Elder Law Symposium
  • November & December 2011- Overview of the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code, published in two parts in the November 2011 and December 2011 editions of the Massachusetts Lawyers Journal
  • Choices – course materials on Federal Court litigation for 13th Annual Northeast Elder Law Symposium, Suffolk Law School Center for Advanced Legal Studies, October 2010
  • Guardianship Provisions in the (Massachusetts) Uniform Probate Code, Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review, Vol. 10. No. 3, (2008) (Republished by MCLE in March 2009)
  • Highlights of the Uniform Trust Code – Massachusetts Bar Association Section Review, Vol. 9. No. 2, (2007)
  • An Elder Law Litigator’s Perspective, Massachusetts Bar Association, Lawyer’s Journal, March 2011

APPOINTMENTS

  • Appointed by Governor Deval Patrick as Public Administrator for Essex County on January 29, 2014