About Beyond the Will

The estate planning process, as well as disputes involving families, estates, trusts, and property transfers, are sensitive, emotional, and complicated, each in their own unique way. The Beyond the Will blog is a source that individuals and fiduciaries can count on for answers to a diverse spectrum of difficult issues, including estate and tax planning, the probate process, deadlines in the court, how to protect a beloved elder from potential financial exploitation or undue influence, disinherited children, trust disputes, and mechanisms to “undo” a will, trust, deed, beneficiary designation, or lifetime gift.


Ann Hetherwick Cahill

Hether, a Partner in the firm’s Private Client Group, represents individuals and professional fiduciaries in estate and trust litigation matters, guardianship/conservatorships, family matters, and elder financial exploitation. She loves helping her clients develop plans to guide them through some of the most difficult times of their lives. Hether is active in the legal community and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Fiduciary Litigation Committee of the Boston Bar Association and as the Case Comment Editor of the Massachusetts Law Review. As a former Law Clerk for the Honorable Joseph A. Trainor (ret.) of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, she enjoys research, writing, and advocating for her clients.

Tiffany M. Bentley

Tiffany has spent her entire legal career in the Private Client Group at Burns & Levinson, where her practice focuses on all aspects of Probate and Family Court litigation. Tiffany’s areas of specialty include litigation regarding the validity and interpretation of wills, trusts, and other instruments; as well as accounting and other fiduciary actions. When not advocating for her clients, Tiffany enjoys giving back to the legal community by serving on the Board of Directors of Greater Boston Legal Services, and serving as Court-appointed pro bono counsel through the “Attorneys Representing Children” program to give children a voice in custody matters.


Patricia Malley

Patricia’s practice includes work in estate planning and all aspects of the estate administration process. As an associate in the firm’s Private Client Group, Patricia advises clients on trust and estates matters. Patricia is licensed to practice both in Massachusetts and New York and is a member of the Emerging Leaders Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education.

Russell Smith

Russell is an associate in Burns & Levinson’s Private Client Group and focuses on probate and trust litigation. Russell’s practice includes all aspects of domestic and probate matters. Before joining private practice, Russell served for two years as a law clerk to Probate and Family judges in five different counties across Massachusetts.