Careers

About Us:

  • We pride ourselves on providing exceptional client service & high-quality legal services in the areas of wills, trusts, estates, probate, & trust administration, which are really heavy topics requiring lots of sensitivity.
  • We strive for continual improvement; "the way it’s always been done" & "good enough" are not part of the firm’s DNA.
  • Our job is to provide our clients genuine peace of mind & ease the burdens on their loved ones.
  • We are a small, tight-knit team that has fun & enjoys working together in a comfortable & supportive atmosphere while maintaining exacting professional & personal standards. We take our work & our work product very seriously but laugh at ourselves often.
  • DGVE law believes diversity adds to the richness of life, is deeply committed to equity & inclusion. We are an enthusiastic equal opportunity employer. Our clients & our team members have a diverse range of backgrounds & experiences which helps us create a beautiful whole from our uniquely individual parts. We are looking for team members who share our core values.  Unfortunately, our antique office space in historic Hingham Square is not accessible; you must be able to climb stairs easily.
  • Below are the positions for which we are actively recruiting now.

Open Positions

Associate Attorney

About this Position:

  • Hybrid work possible - at least part time collaborative work required on site in our offices during our normal work hours Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, which must include Mondays on site.
  • This is not an entry level job for a new attorney. You must have a minimum of 5 years of directly relevant professional experience as a licensed, practicing attorney.
  • Our goal is that you will find DGVE law to be your professional home, for your remaining years of practice, here with us.
  • Senior Associates & current law firm Partners are encouraged to apply.  We will receive, review, & consider all applications in strict confidence.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Manage estate planning, probate, & trust & estate administration client matters from start to finish, including:
    • conducting initial Attorney consultations
    • designing estate plans & plotting administration roadmaps
    • drafting legal documents (including petitions & motions)
    • lead client estate plan & court petition signing meetings
    • lead asset alignment & trust funding process & advisory meetings for clients & their other professional advisors
    • respond promptly & professionally to client communications including answering their substantive legal questions
  • Conduct legal research & write summary memos for the Managing Attorney & for our clients.

Qualifications, Skills, & Experience:

  • JD from an accredited law school required
    • MST or an LLM in Taxation, Estate Planning, or Elder Law from an accredited law school is a plus
    • BS in finance, accounting, or CPA certification is a plus
  • Active member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar Association
  • 5+ years of directly relevant experience with Massachusetts & federal trust & estate planning including foundational & advanced planning strategies
    • income & estate tax return preparation experience is a plus
    • special needs planning & administration is a plus
    • elder law is a plus
    • UHNW & charitable planning experience is a plus
  • You respect absolute confidentiality & exercise complete discretion. By applying you are agreeing to submit to background checks as a condition of employment.

More About You:

  • You are articulate, poised, confident, & courteous in all your written & spoken communications.  You are instantly at ease communicating via telephone, email, & directly, face to face, with all our clients & with their other professional advisors.
  • You remain courteous & peaceful, even in the middle of a “storm.” You are a consummate professional with a professional demeanor. You are also playful, with a good sense of humor, so that work is fun even when it’s really hard.
  • You must be enthusiastically committed to learning & consistently using our proven firm processes & procedures.
  • You must be able to thrive as part of a small, collaborative team.
  • You must be growth-minded & excited not only about your potential for personal success but also for the rising tide success of our whole team together.
  • You possess superior analytical & problem-solving skills. You are a self-reliant, resourceful, & confident problem-solver.
  • You have a keen eye for detail. You proofread meticulously, anticipate potential risks, & catch mistakes before they happen or, on rare occasion, correct them openly, quickly.
  • You triage confidently to prioritize a large, steady volume of tasks.
    You are able to remain focused on the task at hand & manage your personal workflow amidst frequent distractions.
  • Organized is your middle name.
  • You have expert level time management skills. You independently juggle multiple time-sensitive projects with accuracy & precision.
  • You are a flexible thinker who quickly and easily adjusts to the frequently changing priorities & deadlines inherent in this line of work. You are independently motivated & complete projects with minimal supervision while also feeling comfortable asking clarifying questions & for help as needed.
  • You accept full personal responsibility, holding yourself accountable for your own outcomes without blaming or making excuses.
  • You are genuine, emit positive energy, & dislike gossip, whining, & complaining.
  • You have a positive self-image & present a professional appearance, including business casual attire & grooming appropriate for a client-facing professional services office like ours.
  • You are reliable, dependable, & able to work your agreed hours with our highly interdependent team, & independently follow your own work through to timely completion respecting deadlines & keeping promises.
  • You like to be part of a team, enjoy healthy debate, & you share new ideas as well as you consider them.
  • You use & appreciate a direct, open, honest communication style. You ask questions rather than making assumptions. You are gratefully receptive to & compassionately offer feedback & constructive criticism intended to facilitate individual & team growth. You don’t take things personally. You respond professionally & remain even-tempered in all communications, internally & externally.
  • You are an experienced Mac-user who is highly proficient in using the Microsoft Office suite & Adobe.
  • You are adaptable, appreciate technology, & are willing to learn, then embrace & fully use our software programs.
  • You are experienced & adept operating as in a less-paper office.

Salary & Benefits:

  • competitive compensation commensurate with your directly relevant experience & demonstrated skills you will contribute to our firm
  • possible merit-based bonuses tied to productivity & gross revenue generation for the firm
  • origination fees for welcoming new clients to our extended firm family
  • full, employer-provided, excellent health insurance + vision, dental, & basic life insurance
    401K retirement savings plan with employer contribution
    paid personal time off
    paid holidays
  • continuing opportunities for ongoing professional education & personal, professional, and career growth.
  • no billable hour minimums
  • with the exceptions of occasional, genuine client emergencies, your nights, weekends, & vacations are your own (provided your work is done well & on time)
  • free parking
  • bright, spacious, comfortable office space in the heart of downtown Hingham Square
  • excellent team camaraderie within a friendly, respectful, & appreciative firm culture doing meaningful work that genuinely helps people with what matters most

How to Apply:

  • Send your resumé & a cover letter explaining why you are the right person for this particular position in this law firm to careers@dgvelaw.com with the Subject Line "spring from night into the sun."
  • Do not contact the office to inquire as to the receipt or status of your application. We are unable to respond personally to every application. Should we wish to schedule an interview, we will contact you.

Legal Administrative Assistant - Intake - Client Services Coordinator

About this Position:

  • This is a Full-Time position (Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM) on site in our offices.
  • This is not an entry level job.
  • The job title in our firm is Client Services Coordinator.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • support the firm’s attorney(s), paralegals, and other support staff by:
  • managing the calendar, contacts, files, databases, supplies, and mail;
  • task-tracking and reporting;
  • corresponding with clients & others in writing & over the telephone;
  • regularly serving as a witness to original legal document signings; &
  • preparing the office for, welcoming clients & others to, and tidying up after meetings.

Qualifications, Skills, & Experience:

  • Bachelor's Degree (completed)
  • 2+ years full time professional office experience (legal, medical, or financial)
  • You are an experienced Mac-user who is highly proficient in using the Microsoft Office suite, Google (Gmail & Calendar), and AdobePro.

More About You:

  • You love helping people & look for opportunities to do so. 
  • You believe in the value of the peace of mind we provide for all our clients, with whom you are at ease interacting directly.
  • You respect absolute confidentiality & exercise complete discretion.
  • You are a critical thinker who asks the right questions, proofreads cautiously, anticipates potential risks, and catches mistakes before they are permanent.
  • You could win a spelling bee & are a grammar nerd. You use those skills to communicate well, with poise & confidence, verbally & in writing.
  • You laugh off interruptions & have outstanding organizational & time management skills.
  • You complete projects with minimal supervision but are comfortable asking clarifying questions & for help as needed.
  • You independently juggle multiple time-sensitive tasks with accuracy & precision.
  • You triage confidently to prioritize a large, steady volume of tasks.
  • You are a flexible thinker who quickly & easily adjusts to the frequently changing priorities & deadlines inherent in this line of work.
  • You remain courteous and peaceful, even in the middle of a “storm.”
  • You are a resourceful & confident problem-solver.
  • You are a consummate professional with a professional demeanor & you are playful, with a good sense of humor so that work is fun even when it’s really hard or while completing routine but important tasks.
  • You have a positive self-image & present a professional appearance, including business casual attire & grooming appropriate for a client-facing position in a law firm.
  • You are consistently punctual, reliable, dependable, and able to work your set hours to support our highly interdependent team, maintain consistency of scheduling for our clients, & follow your work through to timely completion respecting deadlines & keeping promises.
  • You are self-reliant & accept full personal responsibility, holding yourself accountable for your own outcomes.
  • You emit positive energy & dislike gossip, whining, & complaining.
  • You use & appreciate a direct, open, honest communication style. You ask questions rather than making assumptions. You are gratefully receptive to feedback & constructive criticism intended to facilitate individual & team growth. You don’t take things personally. You respond professionally & remain even-tempered in all communications, internally & externally.
  • You like to be part of a team, enjoy healthy debate, & share new ideas as well as you consider them. You continually seek new ways to learn, grow, & enhance value.
  • You are confidently comfortable managing up.
  • You are a computer-savvy tech-enthusiast adept at leveraging technology for efficiencies.
  • You are able to take, make, organize, secure, & manage notes, lists, folders, portfolios, & databases electronically for real time communications & reference within & outside of the firm.
  • You are creative, curious, & receptive to changes intended to improve processes. You adapt to change readily with enthusiasm, view challenges with optimism, & view defeats as learning opportunities.
  • You are energetic with a growth mindset & a burning desire to achieve ever-increasing levels of excellence.
  • You want to be an integral part of writing the firm’s next chapters.

Salary & Benefits:

  • $18-25/hour, full-time, up to a maximum of 40 hours per week for an annual salary up to $37,440 - $52,000 - your compensation will commensurate with your experience & your demonstrated skills
  • possible merit-based bonuses tied to productivity & gross revenue generation for the firm
  • full, employer-provided, excellent health insurance + vision, dental, & basic life insurance
  • 401K retirement savings plan with employer contribution
  • paid personal time off
  • paid holidays
  • continuing opportunities for ongoing education & professional growth
  • regular 4 day work-week Mondays-Thursdays with every Friday off
  • free parking
  • bright, spacious, comfortable office space in the heart of downtown Hingham Square
  • excellent team camaraderie within a friendly, respectful, & appreciative firm culture doing meaningful work that genuinely helps people with what matters most

How to Apply:

  • Send your resumé & a cover letter explaining why you are the right person for this particular position in this law firm to careers@dgvelaw.com with the Subject Line "help on the way."
  • We will not consider incomplete applications. Do not contact the office to inquire as to the receipt nor the status of your application. We are unable to respond personally to every application. If we are interested in scheduling an interview we will contact you.

 

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