Michael J. Simolo, Partner

Michael J. Simolo

Mike’s objectives as an estate planning lawyer go beyond creating the framework for a smooth, organized transfer of wealth from his clients to their beneficiaries in a way that minimizes taxes and other expenses. Mike also works to curtail if not eliminate the turmoil that can arise among family members when settling an estate.

Mike’s knowledge of corporate matters, taxation, estate administration, probate litigation and related areas gives him a unique insight into the planning process. By getting to know clients and their circumstances, he is able to help clients avoid problems before they arise.


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Contact Information:
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Phone: (413) 732-2301
Fax: (413) 452-0313

Legal Assistant:  Susan Wilson
Paralegal: Sara Winniman Rossman

Practice Areas:


  • Hobart College, B.A., 1998
  • Cornell Law, J.D., 2002

Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts, 2002
  • New York, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Massachusetts

Bar Associations:

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Hampden County Bar Association
  • Hampshire County Bar Association


  • The Pioneer Valley Estate Planning Council
  • The Hampden County Estate Planning Council
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Honors & Awards:

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2011–2012, 2014–2016
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2018

Community Involvement:

  • Member, Friends of the UMass Fine Arts Center Board of Directors
  • Member, Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts Philanthropic Services Committee
  • Former President and Board Member, Pioneer Valley Estate Planning Council
  • Former President, Board of Directors, Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity
  • Former Board Member, Dakin Humane Society


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