Attorney Michele J. Feinstein concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning and administration, elder law, probate litigation, health law, corporate and business planning, including all aspects of planning for the succession of business interests, representation of closely held businesses and their owners, and representation of physicians in their individual and group practices.
Boston University, LL.M. in Taxation, 1990
Western New England College, J.D., cum laude, 1984 John F. Shaw Scholarship, Member of the Law Review
Boston University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1981, Scarlet Key
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
U.S. Tax Court and U.S. Supreme Court and all Trial Courts in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Best Lawyers® in America, 2013, 2014
Of Counsel, 2001, and shareholder, since 2003, Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin, P.C.
Associate 1984 – 1990, Partner 1990 – 2001 Cohen, Rosenthal P.C.,
Adjunct Professor of Law Western New England University School of Law LL.M. Program for Estate Planning and Elder Law, where Attorney Feinstein teaches Elder Law and Fiduciary Administration, 2005 – 2013
Senior Adjunct Professor of Law Western New England University School of Law LL.M. 2013 – present
Massachusetts Super Lawyers 2004 – 2007, 2011 – 2012 – 2013
Past member, Western New England College, Law Review, 1982 – 1983
Professional Advisory Committees
The investment committee of the Endowment Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Springfield, member, previously served as a trustee and member of the Executive Committee
The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, past investment chairperson and past director
Professional Advisory Committees for Baystate Medical Center, Western New England College, and the Jewish Geriatric Services, Inc., member
The Probate and Family Court, former court mediator
Jewish Geriatric Services, Inc., corporator
Glenmeadow Retirement Community, corporator
Past President & Co-Chairperson
Estate Planning Council of Hampden County, former president
Pioneer Valley Business Executives, former president
The Abraham I. Smith Law Society, former president
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Chapter 2001- 2005, past program co-chairperson
Attorney Feinstein is a frequent lecturer for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education and the Massachusetts Bar Association on estate planning, estate administration and elder law topics, and also lectures before numerous civic and professional associations on business, health law and estate planning topics.
On June 10, 2013, Attorney Feinstein was among the program speakers for a seminar regarding estate planning and asset protection at the Amherst Senior Center.
Attorney Feinstein was a panelist at the seminar “End of Life Decisions: The Conversation,” at Temple Beth El on June 9, 2013.
Attorney Feinstein presented on June 6, 2013, at Western New England University’s Tenth Annual Public Forum about the top “do’s and don’ts” of Medicaid.
On April 21, 2013, Ms. Feinstein presented a panel and breakout session for the North Atlantic Region of the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism Annual Spring Conference on “Staying happy, healthy and secure.”
On February 11, 2013, Ms. Feinstein will be volunteering to answer phone calls from the public during a program in partnership with the Massachusetts Bar Association and WGGB, Channel 40. This will be a free legal help call-in program.
Attorney Feinstein will be holding a fireside chat on January 24, 2013, at the Elms College entitled, “A Woman’s Guide to Financial Fitness”.
On October 2, 2012, Ms. Feinstein spoke on the topic of “Incorporating Your Business: LLC’s, S Corps, and Everything Else” at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Western New England University in Springfield, MA.
Ms. Feinstein presented on Estate Planning Options in a Low Interest Environment, and the Impact of the Fiscal Cliff on Federal Estate Tax Rates at the 51st Annual Tax Institue at Western New England University on November 14, 2012..
Attorney Feinstein spoke on Nov. 15,, 2012 at the Western New England Tax Institute on two topics: 1) Using the low interest rate environment to advantage, and 2) Estate planning when federal estate tax is not an issue.
She also co-chaired a recent conference on Retirement Account Planning, a program of the Professional Advisory Board of Western New England University and the Estate Planning Council of Hampden County.
“Business West “People on the Move” June 2011
“WWLP Mass Appeal,” May 2011
“Facing the Worst Case Scenario: Last Minute Asset Preservation,” Western New England College, 2008
“Learn How Trusts can Protect: You, Your Family, and Your Charitable Interests,” Legacy Bank, 2008 (Co-Author with Attorney Ann I. Weber, Attorney Carol C. Klyman)
Elder Law Institute, “The Trials and Tribulations of Trusteeship: Serving as Trustee or Advising the Clients Who is Serve serving as trustee,” Suffolk University Law School and the Massachusetts Chapter of the a National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2008
“Massachusetts Medicaid Today 2007: Long-Term Care Policy,” 2007 (Co-Author with Attorney Ann I. Weber, Attorney Carol C. Klyman)
“Crisis and Long-Term Planning Under New Medicaid Regulations – What to Do When Your Client is Knocking at the Nursing Home Door,” Western New England College, 2007
“Succession Planning: Transition & Transformation,” Massachusetts Small Business Association, Mount Holyoke College, 2007
Business Center for Advancing Entrepreneurship Springfield Technical Community College, 2007
“Planning for Long-Term Care: New Laws and Regulations,” 2007 (Co-Author with Attorney Ann I. Weber, Attorney Carol C. Klyman)
“MEDICAID PLANNING THE NEW RULES – How To Help Your Clients Protect A Lifetime Of Hard Work,” (Panelist), 2007