Lisa M. Cukier

Partner | Co-Chair, Private Client

Overview

Lisa Cukier is a firm partner and Executive Committee member. She concentrates her practice on all aspects of estate and trust litigation, fiduciary litigation, probate law, child custody, parentage issues and divorce, planning and litigation for blended families, adoption, guardianship and conservatorship, and elder financial exploitation.

Recognized for her expertise and skill, Lisa is a frequent speaker on the topics of trust and estate litigation, estate planning, and family law, including undue influence and financial exploitation of elders. She is also a regular contributor to various publications, including Boston Spirit Magazine, and a columnist for the Weston Town Crier and Wicked Local Wayland.

Lisa serves as private adjudicator, Special Master, Guardian ad Litem, and mediator. 

Education & Admissions
Bar Admissions

Massachusetts

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Education

J.D., Suffolk University Law School

B.A., Northeastern University

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Named to the 2019 "Top Women of Law" list by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

Named to the 2018 Women Worth Watching® list by Profiles in Diversity Journal

AV® Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

The Best Lawyers in America© (2010-2022) for Family Law and Trusts and Estates

National Law Journal - Divorce, Trusts & Estates Trailblazer (2017)

Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2005-present)

MBA Community Service Award at the MLGBA Annual Dinner (2006)

Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers, "Woman of Distinction In Law and Public Service" (2005)

Memberships

Memberships

Boston Probate and Estate Planners Forum Committee (2021-2023)

Women's Bar Association Women's Leadership Initiative 2020

Burns & Levinson Executive Committee (2008-2012, 2016-present)

Boston Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

Massachusetts Family and Probate Inn of Court

  • Board of Directors

Boston Probate and Estate Planners Forum

Boston Estate Planning Council, Networking Forum 

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

"Financial Exploitation & Undue Influence by Romantic Partners, Adult Children, Paid Caregivers & Neighbors," Speaker, MCLE New England, September 2021

"Dissecting Nuanced Trust Issues," Speaker, Greater Newburyport Bar Association, September 2021

"Money Management Implications for Those Who Meet Later in Life," Guest Speaker, Radio Entrepreneurs, July 2021

"LGBTQ Estate Planning," Presenter, The Harvest Group, June 2021

"Divorce and the Marital Home: Prenuptial/Postnuptial Real Estate Planning," Webinar Speaker, The Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts, June 2021

"2021 Heckerling Recap: Panel Discussion," Panelist, Boston Estate Planning Council, May 2021

"Inside Out: Family Business Risk Management," Webinar Host, Burns & Levinson's Business of Family Webinar Series, May 2021

"Protecting Real Estate (and other assets) in Marriage & Divorce Using Trusts," Webinar Speaker, The Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts, May 2021

"Trusts & Estates – Strategies to Protect Trusts from Divorce Actions and Reach & Apply Actions," Panelist, Social Law Library, May 2021

"Pandemic-Adapted Legal Remedies to Optimize Mental Health Treatment in the Community?" Presenter, Harvard Medical School's MMHC Noon Conference Series, April 2021

"Financial Exploitation & Undue Influence Issues Affecting Real Estate Conveyancing," Webinar Speaker, The Real Estate Bar Association of Massachusetts, April 2021

"Fiduciary Litigation – Objections to Estates, In Terrorem Clauses, and Suitability Claims," Panelist, Social Law Library, April 2021

"Divorce and Family Law – The Rapidly Evolving Law of Alimony under the Flurry of Recent Decisions," Panelist, Social Law Library, March 2021

"Protecting Family Governance in an Evolving Economy," Webinar Host, Burns & Levinson's Business of Family Webinar Series, March 2021

"Balancing the Scales," Panelist, Social Law Library, March 2021

"Financial Exploitation and Undue Influence by Romantic Interests, Adult Children, Paid Caregivers and Neighbors," Panelist, Boston Estate Planning Council, February 2021

"Shifting & Pivoting Your Practice & Perspective in the COVID-19 World," Speaker, MCLE New England, February 2021

"Special Needs Trusts for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum," Speaker, Washington Trust, February 2021

"Considerations for Mental Health + Special Needs," Webinar Host, Burns & Levinson's Business of Family Webinar Series, January 2021

"Protecting the Matriarch and Patriarch," Webinar Host, Burns & Levinson's Business of Family Webinar Series, December 2020

“Why Trusts/Estates Lawyers Need to Know Divorce Law Basics of Trusts, Inheritances, Gifts, and Other Interests,” Co-Presenter, Massachusetts Bar Association Eighth Annual Probate Law Conference, November 2020

"Dividing Assets: What Happens to Family Trusts in Divorce?" Webinar Host, Burns & Levinson's Divorce Law Monitor, October 2020

"Adapting to the New Normal," Guest Speaker, Radio Entrepreneurs, October 2020

"19 Fiduciary Law Solutions During COVID-19," Webinar Speaker, Social Law Library, October 2020

"The Business of Family: Protecting Finances During Transition and Economic Uncertainty," Webinar Host, Burns & Levinson, September 2020

"Co-Parenting Challenges: Blended Families," Webinar Speaker, Vesta Divorce, September 2020

"Co-Parenting Challenges: Managing Difficult Communication," Webinar Speaker, Vesta Divorce, August 2020

"It's About You: Your Family & Assets During Uncertain Time," Webinar Co-Host, Weston Financial Group, August 2020

"Co-Parenting Challenges During the Pandemic: Reducing Stress in Transitions," Webinar Speaker, Vesta Divorce, July 2020

"Pandemic-Adapted Legal Remedies to Optimize Mental Health Treatment," Featured Guest, Mental Horizons Podcast, July 2020

"Building a Concierge Law Practice to Address Family Conflict and Mental Health Issues," Featured Guest, Counsel to Counsel Podcast with Stephen Seckler, July 2020

"Managing Clients with Behavioral Health Issues During and Beyond COVID-19 - The Legal and Clinical Implications," Webinar Co-Host, The O'Connor Professional Group, June 2020

"Divorce Impacted by Family Business Interests, Trusts, and Inheritance," Webinar Speaker, VESTA Divorce, June 2020

"Wealth Preservation During Volatility: Protecting Family Trusts From Unexpected Death and Divorce," Webinar Host, Northern Trust Company, May 2020

"Divorce Impacted by Mental Illness, Addictions, Affairs, and Children Who Have Special Needs," Webinar Host, VESTA: Redefining Divorce, May 2020

"Estate Planning and Estate Litigation," Webinar Host, Newton Community Education, May 2020

"Divorce Impacted by Family Trusts, Inheritances, Gifts, and Family Business Interests," Webinar Host, VESTA: Redefining Divorce, May 2020

"NAGLREP Greater Boston Lunch & Learn," Guest Speaker, National Association of Gay & Lesbian Real Estate Professionals, March 2020

"Understanding Fiduciary Relationships and Accounts," Webinar Host, February 2020

"Legal Strategies of Intervention for Frail Elderly Psychiatric Patients," Speaker, Harvard Medical School, February 2020

"Legal Remedies to Mitigate Mental Health Crises," Guest Speaker, Mental Horizons Podcast, September 2019

"Legal Planning for Children with Special Needs," Speaker, Newton Community Education, April 2019

"Estate Planning and Trust/Estate Litigation," Speaker, Lincoln-Sudbury Adult Education, March 2019

"The Legal and Wealth Management Alliance to Leveraging Treatment Recovery," Speaker, March 2019

"Divorce: Legal Basis," Speaker, Newton Community Education, January 2019

"Solving Real Life Family Crises with Guardianship & Conservatorship and Trusts," Speaker, January 2019

"Estate Planning, Probate, & Estate Litigation," Speaker, Lincoln-Sudbury Adult Education, November 2018

"Advanced Issues in Guardianship and Conservatorship," Speaker, Massachusetts Bar Association Probate Litigation Annual Conference, November 2018

"Fiduciary Account Nightmares," Chair, MCLE Webcast Seminar, October 2018

"Estate Planning, Probate, & Estate Litigation," Speaker, Newton Community Education, October 2018

"Mitigating and Remediating Family Law Nightmares at the Intersection of Estate Planning, Financial Planning and Family Asset Disputes," Moderator, BEPC Members Round Table Breakfast, October 2018

Articles & Publications

Articles & Publications

articles

"Conservatorship Questions Raised by Britney Spears Case," Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, August 2021

“Why Trusts/Estates Lawyers Need to Know Divorce Law Basics of Trusts, Inheritances, Gifts, and Other Interests,” Co-Presenter, Massachusetts Bar Association Eighth Annual Probate Law Conference, November 12, 2020

"Facebook: Control of Electronic Data and Social Media Sites When You Are Gone," Boston Spirit Magazine, November/December 2017

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

Contributing author, "Who Takes on Your Death: Your Spouse/Partner or Your Children?" Boston Spirit Magazine, March/April 2017

Author and editor, "Fiduciary Litigation in the Probate Court," MCLE eBook, November 2016

"Look Out for the Financial Exploitation of your Family Members!" Boston Spirit Magazine, September/October 2014

Divorce When Your Home State Denies Your Marriage," Boston Spirit Magazine, January / February 2014

"Marriage, Divorce & Parentage In this Post-Goodridge, Post-Windsor World," Boston Spirit Magazine, November/December 2013

quotes

"Britney Spears’ Father Agrees To Step Down As Conservator," InvestmentNews, August 2021

"Britney Spears’ Struggle for Independence Puts a Spotlight on Conservatorships," InvestmentNews, July 2021

"Britney Spears Has Been Granted Permission To Hire Her Own Lawyer. Here’s What To Know About Her Legal Battle." The Washington Post, July 2021

"MassBar Educates: Faculty Spotlight," Massachusetts Lawyers Journal, February 2015

"Urban Update: Diversity in the Workplace," WHDH Channel 7, June 2014

"Boston Spirit Magazine to host post-DOMA LGBT financial summit," MassLive.com, October 2013

"Weston attorneys named to 'The Best Lawyers in America'," Wicked Local Weston, September 2013

"Same-sex ruling brings tax benefits for art world professionals," The Art Newspaper, July 2013

interviews

"Q&A with Lisa Cukier, Family Law Attorney at Burns & Levinson," Boston Citybizlist, March 2021

"Q&A with Leading Divorce Attorneys at Burns & Levinson," Boston Citybizlist, October 2020

Resources
Lisa M. Cukier
Practices
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Family Services
  • Divorce & Family
  • Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • LGBTQ Client Services
Education

J.D., Suffolk University Law School

B.A., Northeastern University

Admissions

Massachusetts

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

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