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Melissa A. Howitt


Areas of Practice:

Attorney Melissa Howitt concentrates her practice in the areas of probate, trusts and estates, elder law and family law, and strives to guide her clients through complex family issues in the planning, administration and litigation stages. She represents her clients in estate planning, will and trust administration, special needs, long-term care and MassHealth planning.


The Probate and Family Courts have appointed Ms. Howitt as guardian and conservator for adults who are unable to manage their needs and serves as court-appointed guardian ad litem to represent the best interests of those under guardianship or conservatorship. She regularly serves as Personal Representative, Special Personal Representative and Trustee.


She is an annual participant in the Elder Law Education Program, providing legal information to seniors in the community, and has served as panelist and presenter for the Massachusetts Bar Association, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Boston Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Guardianship Association


Prior to joining Doherty, Dugan, Cannon, Raymond & Weil, PC, Ms. Howitt was an associate in a Chicago firm where she focused in the areas of elder law and probate litigation, planning and administration, and elder abuse, exploitation and neglect. Before becoming an attorney, she gained extensive experience researching late-life depression and mood-related disorders in patients with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and the efficacy of electro-convulsive therapy. She credits the experience with giving her the insight and compassion to navigate her clients through difficult and sensitive legal matters.


Ms. Howitt received her Juris Doctor and a certificate in health law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and behavioral biology from Emory University in Atlanta.


She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the national and Massachusetts chapters of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.


Ms. Howitt enjoys free time with her husband, twin daughters and twin sons.

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2006
  • Emory University, 2000
Bar Memberships
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Elder law
  • Domestic Relations
  • Litigation and Probate/Fiduciary Litigation