Ann Hetherwick Cahill

Partner

Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3358

"I help clients who are going through some of the most difficult times of their lives. Based on a thorough knowledge of the substantive law and the court's procedure, I enjoy developing a plan to help clients address the issue at hand while navigating the emotional complexities of the family's unique situation."

Overview
Bar Admissions

Massachusetts, State and Federal

First Circuit Court of Appeals

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

J.D., Suffolk University Law School

B.A., Skidmore College

As a partner in the firm's Private Client Group and a prior Law Clerk on the Massachusetts Appeals Court, Hether Cahill represents individuals and professional fiduciaries in estate and trust matters, guardianships/conservatorships, and family law.

Experience

Experience

  • Represented beneficiary of trust in a trustee removal action, resulting in voluntary resignation, appointment of successor trustee, and distribution of trust assets, without court involvement.
  • Represented beneficiary of large estate in will contest involving cross-petitions for probate of will, which settled through mediation with substantial distribution to client.
  • Represented individual who successfully obtained appointment as permanent guardian and conservator of her incapacitated mother.
  • Represented heirs-at-law of large estate in will interpretation case, which settled through mediation with substantial distributions to our clients.
  • Represented wife in contentious divorce, which resolved through settlement.
  • Represented client in negotiation of prenuptial agreement.
  • Represented client omitted from father's will, which resolved through settlement.
  • Represented closest heirs-at-law in an equity case in which a putative son sought to exhume the body of his alleged father, which involved an issue of first impression in Massachusetts as to the standard of exhuming a body for the purpose of obtaining DNA to claim inheritance through intestacy.
  • Represented trustees defending against a removal action based on alleged insufficient distributions to lifetime beneficiary of income, which settled mid-trial with our clients remaining as trustees and retaining a beloved family property.
  • Represented trustee/beneficiary defending against a removal action, which settled with limited litigation through an early termination of the trust and trust distributions to our client and other beneficiaries.
  • Represented grandparents seeking guardianship of minor grandchild due to mother’s drug addiction, resulting in the Court appointing them Temporary Guardians and then settlement.

 

 

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Named to the 2020 "Top Women of Law" list by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2020)

Massachusetts Rising Stars (2009, 2011-2012, 2017-2018)

Boston Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Program (2016-2017)

AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Memberships

Memberships

Massachusetts Bar Association

  • Massachusetts Law Review
    • Articles Editor (anticipated September 2020)
    • Case Comment Editor (2017-2020)
    • Book Review Editor (2015-2017)
    • Associate Editor (2014-2015)

Boston Bar Association

  • Co-Chair, Fiduciary Litigation Section (September 2018-2020)
  • Member, Trusts & Estates Steering Committee (September 2018-2020)
  • Member, Steering Committee for the Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion (2019)

Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum

Trusts & Estates Consortium 

  • Technology Co-Chair (2016-2018)

Boston Estate Planning Council

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Brookline Community Foundation's Professional Advisors Committee

  • Vice-Chair

The Mount, Boston Committee

Boston Chamber of Commerce Women's Leadership Program (2016-2017)

Ran Boston Marathon 2019 with Team Brookline

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

Protecting the Interests of Incapacitated Persons:  Issues and Considerations for Fiduciaries and Agents,” Co-Moderator, Boston Bar Association Fiduciary Litigation Committee & Elder Law Committee, Webinar, June 2, 2020

“From a Litigation Perspective, Conflicts of Interest Arising in Estate Planning and Trust and Estate Administration,” Boston Probate and Estate Planning Forum, February 5, 2020

Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling,” Counsel to Counsel with Stephen Seckler, Esq. Podcast, January 21, 2020

"Depositions," Panelist, MCLE Taking Depositions Workshop, October 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019

“Understanding and Utilizing the Fiduciary Litigation Session,” Co-Moderator, Boston Bar Association Fiduciary Litigation Committee brown bag luncheon, October 15, 2019

"Discovery Methods," MCLE Pretrial Litigation Primer, October 2, 2019

"Evidentiary Issues in Guardianship Cases," Speaker, Massachusetts Guardianship Association Annual Guardianship Conference, November 2018

"Wills, Trusts, Probate & Estate Litigation," Speaker, Newton Community Education Seminar, June and September 2016, and May and October 2017

“Estate Planning Strategies to Help Avoid Family Strife,” Radio Entrepreneurs interview, March 2017

"Guardianship, Conservatorship, & Special Needs Planning," Speaker, Newton Community Education Seminar, May 2016

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

Articles

"Cy Pres and Deviation," MCLE Fiduciary Litigation in the Probate Court 4th Edition, 2019

“Limits on Attorney’s Fees,” Massachusetts Bar Association Fifth Annual Probate Law Conference, November 2017

“Using Guardianship of Minors as Leverage to Change Addiction Issues of Parents,” Massachusetts Bar Association Fifth Annual Probate Law Conference, November 2017

“Leveraging Addiction Recovery in Parents by Use of Guardianship of Minors,” Boston Spirit Magazine, September/October 2017

“Guardianship,” MCLE Using Estate Planning to Leverage Treatment of Addiction & Mental Illness, April 2017

"Cy Pres and Deviation," MCLE Fiduciary Litigation in the Probate Court 3rd Edition, November 2016

“Equity Actions to Determine Ownership, Recover Assets,” Massachusetts Bar Association Fourth Annual Probate Law Conference, November 2016

"It's STILL Not Too Late to Act!" Massachusetts Divorce Law Monitor, June 2016

"It's Not Too Late to Act!" Massachusetts Divorce Law Monitor, April 2016

"Civil Law - When to Appeal from a Final Decision: After a Decision on the Merits, or After a Subsequent Decision Concerning Attorney's Fees? Roy Haluch Gravel Co. v. Central Pension Fund, -U.S.-, 134 S. Ct. 773 (2014)" Massachusetts Law Review Volume 96, No. 4, August 2015

"Civil Law - Abolishing the Distinction Between Natural and Unnatural Accumulations of Snow and Ice When Determining Negligence of Property Owner, Papadopoulos v. Target Corp., 457 Mass. 368 (2010)," Massachusetts Law Review, Volume 94, No. 1, September 2011

"Book Review - When Law Fails: Making Sense of Miscarriages of Justice," Massachusetts Law Review, Volume 93, No. 1, June 2010

"Employment Law - Combining Non-Consecutive Periods of Employment to Qualify as 'Eligible Employee' Under the Family Medical Leave Act Rucker v. Lee Holding Co.,471 F. 3d 6 (1st Cir. 2006)," Massachusetts Law Review Volume 91, No. 4, January 2009

 

Hether is a co-founder and editor of Beyond the Will, Burns & Levinson's probate litigation blog.

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