Lisa L. Halbert was raised in Philadelphia, PA and found her way to the Pioneer Valley for college. She joined Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C. in July 2022. When working with clients she seeks to learn a client’s goals and then work with the client to prioritize them, as too often the various goals may not be easily achieved. Further, Lisa also thinks that it is important to make the time and explain legal documents and some of the lawyer-like phrases as she believes that an educated client will then feel more confident and make informed decisions about dispositions in the documents.
Her practice areas include: elder law and estate planning; estate and trust administration (including estate tax return preparation); special needs trusts; asset protection planning (and assistance with and guidance through the Masshealth long term care application process); residential real estate; and preparation of personal and fiduciary income tax returns.
Lisa’s law practice started in Northampton in 1988 as an associate working closely with Thomas M. Growhoski. After nearly 5 years she moved to a different Northampton law firm and in time became a shareholder/partner in Fogel, Gerard, Ghazey & Halbert, P.C. In 2006 she and her colleague Bruce M. Fogel then moved to another Northampton firm where she practiced until her move back ‘home’ to the building where her practice started, with the firm of Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury & Murphy, P.C.
Since 2016 Lisa has served on the Board of Directors for Lathrop Community located in Easthampton and Northampton, and currently serves as its Secretary. She is a member of the National and Massachusetts Associations of Elder Law Attorneys, the Massachusetts Bar Association, Hampshire County Bar Association, and the Pioneer Valley Estate Planning Council.