MARY H. SCHMIDT

Mary H. Schmidt

PRACTICE AREAS & EXPERIENCE

Mary has a broad range of experience in trusts and estates, domestic relations and probate litigation at the trial and appellate levels. The areas of her practice include sophisticated gift, estate and income tax planning, trust and estate planning, prenuptial and post nuptial agreement preparation, negotiation and litigation, and estate administration. She is one of the founding partners of Schmidt & Federico, P.C.

Mary has lectured extensively on domestic relations, tax and trust and estate subjects, including issues related to same sex couples. She has authored chapters for a number of Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education publications, including: “Massachusetts Probate Manual,” “Massachusetts Divorce Law and Practice,” “A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Massachusetts,” and “Drafting Wills and Trusts in Massachusetts.” In addition, she was a co-editor of the 2012 Massachusetts Pobate Law Sourcebook. She has also been frequently appointed by the Probate & Family Court to serve as a fiduciary and guardian ad litem in various probate and family law matters. Mary served on the committee that drafted the new Massachusetts Uniform Trust Code.

– Graduate of Cornell University, College of Arts & Sciences (B.A.)

– University of Chicago Law School (J.D)

– Boston University School of Law (L.L.M.)

– Admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1971)

– United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1971)

– United States Supreme Court (1985)

– Member of the Boston, Massachusetts Bar Associations

– Member of the Dukes County and American Bar Associations

– Member (Former President), Mass. Family & Probate Inns of Court

– Member (Former President), Boston Estate Planning Council

– Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation

– Fellow, American Bar Foundation

– Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel

– Member and Former Moderator of the Boston Probate Forum

– Estate Planner of the Year, Boston Estate Planning Council (1995)

– Listed as one of Boston Magazine’s “Super Lawyers” and one of the top 50 women lawyers in New England and also included in the 2013 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America,” where she was named lawyer of the year in the trust and estate litigation practice area

– Woodward & White, in the the specialty of trusts and estates lifetime member

– Madison’s Who’s Who, Life Time Member

– Martindale-Hubbell, Preeminent AV Rating

– National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, Accredited Estate Planner

– Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Scholar-Mentor Award (2010)

– Named to the Massachusetts Clients’ Security Board of the Supreme Judicial Court (Former Chairperson) (1997–2003)

– Trustee, Social Law Library (1990-1996)

– Member, Board of Directors, Boston Center for Adult Education (1996-2001)

– Director, Boston YWCA (1986-1996)

– Director, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (2011-present)