Meet the DGVE law Team
Danielle G. Van Ess Attorney & Counselor at Law
Attorney Danielle G. Van Ess founded DGVE law out of her home in Hingham in September of 2008 with a vision for a new kind of law firm based on a philosophy of compassionately providing high quality, holistic legal services in a friendly and relaxed manner, in a comfortable setting, and in an environmentally conscientious way.
Danielle enjoys the privilege of working with people of all ages, in all stages of life, from all types of families, through enthusiastic referrals from clients and professional colleagues to their friends, family members, and clients.
As a wife and the mother of four daughters (currently spanning in age from early elementary school to high school) Danielle completely understands the time constraints and pressing legal needs of young families. With the experience she has from going through the estate planning process with her husband for their own family, Danielle is able to guide her clients with patience and compassion.
As a sister whose younger brother died way too soon, Danielle also knows the pain of loss of an immediate family member. She is able to use both her personal perspective and her professional experience to guide her clients through the process of wrapping up their loved one's final affairs.
At DGVE law, our mission is to provide exceptional client service while making the process of obtaining high quality, professional legal advice and counseling as quick and easy as possible. A natural teacher, Danielle strives to educate and empower all of her clients providing an uplifting and fulfilling experience throughout the process of working together.
Danielle enjoys the counseling that is so much a part of her law practice and wants her clients to feel comfortable contacting her with whatever questions or concerns they have. She is grateful for the lasting relationships she has developed with the client members of our extended DGVE law family who know they can turn to her for assistance whenever the need arises.
Originally from Swampscott on the North Shore, Danielle earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) with honors from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. After earning her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Boston University School of Law in May of 2001, Danielle earned her license to and was sworn into the practice of law. She then spent 7 years working as a lawyer for national, nonprofit organizations. In 2007, Danielle decided to shift practice areas and pursue her dream of starting her own law firm.
A long time Officer and Director of the Massachusetts Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys, Danielle helps to design and contribute to continuing legal education programs for estate planning lawyers throughout Massachusetts and New England. Danielle is grateful for that extended network of collaborative practitioners, with whom she regularly shares ideas and best practices to better serve all our clients.
Danielle is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors of the Hingham Cemetery since 2019, contributing to the local arts scene through the Ames Chapel series and helping to preserve the unique history of that beautiful, living space we are fortunate to have just a block from our offices on South Street in downtown Hingham Square. Danielle also takes solace there in visiting the final resting place of her brother and a dear friend also gone way too soon.
Jennifer L. RabuffoAsset Coordinator
Jennifer is our resident number-cruncher. By aggregating and tracking our clients’ asset information, she helps make sure we are all operating from the same set of assumptions from the outset, then works closely with Danielle and our clients to help ensure that their estate plans actually work as intended whenever the time comes. Jennifer helps Danielle to provide our clients trust funding and administration services, including preparing deeds and related transfer documents for real property as part of our clients' estate plans.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Science in business administration from Northeastern University, and a paralegal certificate, before beginning a career in financial advisory services. Jennifer has extensive experience supporting multiple portfolio managers in all aspects of client relationship management and trust account administration, including for high net worth clients. Jennifer joined the DGVE law team in the Summer of 2016.
Originally from the North Shore, Jennifer and her husband settled in Norwell where they are raising their son and daughter.
Amber supports Danielle in the delivery of professional legal services for all our clients. Following clients’ meetings with Danielle, Amber is responsible for the initial drafting of clients’ estate planning legal documents and court filings. She assists Danielle in advising clients regarding the practical use of their or their loved one’s legal documents and helps Danielle guide clients through the probate and trust and estate administration processes. Amber is also a Notary Public.
A lifelong resident of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Amber earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Plymouth State University (New Hampshire), studying one year abroad at American College in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to joining DGVE law in the Summer of 2019, she worked for another local law firm learning about estate planning, real estate, probate, and trust and estate administration.
We are currently looking for the newest member to join the DGVE law team in an administrative assistant role. For more information, to help spread the word, or to apply, please visit: https://www.indeed.com/job/administrative-assistant-8a8c04cbd961045c