Debra Rahmin Silberstein, Esq., Ph.D.


Andover, MA
D: 978.474.4700
Boston, MA
D: 617.345.3000

“Estate planning is a superb area that lets me provide significant value to clients, get to know families, help them focus on their goals and preserve assets.”

Bar Admissions



J.D., Hofstra University School of Law

Ph.D., Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis College

B.A., Syracuse University

Debra Silberstein works closely with her clients and their families to assess their wishes and develop an integrated plan to meet their needs and goals. Debra's background in inter-generational philanthropic planning helps clients and their families enhance their relationships and networks while minimizing taxes. Debra is committed to providing personalized attention to her clients' needs and goals to develop and administer estate plans.

Debra Rahmin Silberstein is a partner in the firm’s Private Client group. Her practice focuses on trusts and estates, family philanthropic planning, tax-related matters and elder law.

Prior to joining Burns & Levinson in 2016, Debra was in private practice for more than 25 years. Debra received the 2018 Powley Elder Law Award given by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). 

Debra is past Chair of the Lawrence General Hospital Board of Trustees. She was recently appointed to the American Hospital Association Board of Governors.  Debra serves on the Board of Visitors at McLean Hospital.

Debra is a consultant to the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at the Heller School at Brandeis University. Debra serves on the Planned Giving Advisory Council for the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Debra also serves on the Board for the Anti-Defamation League, New England.

In 2010, Debra was a candidate for the Democratic Party for the 2nd Essex/Middlesex Senate seat.



  • Estate planning
  • Tax planning
  • Philanthropic planning
  • Estate and trust administration
  • Business succession planning
  • Elder law
Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) Powley Elder Law Award (2018)



Massachusetts Bar Association

  • Probate Law Section Council

Lawrence Bar Association

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

Lawrence General Hospital

  • Chair, Board of Trustees

Anti-Defamation League

  • New England Regional Board

McLean Hospital

  • Board of Visitors

Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Advisory Council for Bipolar Research

American Hospital Association

  • AHA Governance Committee

Andover's Coalition for Education

  • Advisory Board

Heller School at Brandeis University

  • Alumni Board

Gov. Deval Patrick's Education Readiness Project

  • Long-Term Financial Planning Subcommittee

Andover School Committee

  • Past chair

Merrimack Valley Community Foundation

  • Past vice-chair

Andover Finance Committee

  • Past member

Women's Resource Center's Legal Access Project

  • Past director

The Andovers Village at Home (TAVAH)

  • Past director
Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

"Legal Remedies for Long-Term Mental Health Planning," Guest Speaker, Mental Horizons Podcast, September 26, 2019

"Estate Planning as a Tool to Protect & Preserve Assets & Minimize Family Conflict", Speaker, May 2019

"Guardianships, Conservatorships and other Estate Planning Techniques to Leverage support for Family Members and Loved Ones with Mental Illness," Speaker, November 2017

"Using Estate Planning to Leverage Treatment of Addiction & Mental Illness," Co-chair, MCLE New England Program, April 2017

Edgewood Retirement Community, Speaker, Spring 2016

"Cutting Issues in Estate Planning," Co-chair, MCLE New England Program, 2014 and 2015

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

"Defining, Owning, and Accessing Digital Assets," Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, February 2015

"Decanting After Morse v. Kraft," Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, March 2014

Contributing author, "Brief of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Massachusetts Chapter and AARP as Amici Curae in Support of the Appellant," Johnson v. Kindred Healthcare, Inc., 466 Mass. 779, 2014

Dissertation Study: Authenticity: How Jewish American Families Sustain Philanthropic Values and Behaviors Aross Generations, August 2009

Debra has also written a number of Amicus briefs for the Massachusetts S.J.C and for publications such as NAELA News and the American Bar Association Probate and Property Magazine.

Debra Rahmin Silberstein, Esq., Ph.D.
  • Trusts & Estates

J.D., Hofstra University School of Law

Ph.D., Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis College

B.A., Syracuse University




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