Douglas R. Peterson, Attorney at Law

Douglas R. Peterson, Attorney at Law

Suburban Springfield MA lawyer and attorney for Wills, Trusts, Estates and Probate, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Prenuptial Contracts, Divorce and more.

Firm Overview

Dedicated to high quality, prompt and responsive services
The law office of Attorney Douglas R. Peterson has been helping clients make wise legal decisions regarding their personal, family and business matters since it was established in 1985. This suburban Springfield, Massachusetts lawyer and attorney on a daily basis deals with legal matters involving estate planning, wills and trusts, elder law, probate and estate administration and litigation, divorce, and real estate sales. Attorney Peterson is proud if his record of applying prompt, highly effective, and responsive quality representation and counseling to his clients' legal concerns. For his professionalism and ethics, Attorney Douglas R. Peterson has earned a BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

This law office is also a BBB Accredited Business. Attorney Peterson's extensive legal experience gives him a comprehensive understanding and command of Massachusetts' estate planning, probate, and divorce laws and procedures. His knowledge and diligence enable him to offer you cutting edge legal solutions for your consideration.

Attorney Douglas R. Peterson regularly handles:
-Trusts and estates
-Wills
-Living trusts
-Estate planning
-Elder law
-Estate planning for the elderly
-Probate
-Probate administration
-Probate litigation
-Contested wills
-Inheritance
-Divorce
-Premarital agreements
-Post-marital agreements
-Residential real estate sales
-Real estate sales
-Personalized legal services

Attorney Peterson has extensive experience in probate, wills and trusts, family, elder, real estate, and tax law, and knows how to preserve your hard-earned assets and minimize pitfalls such as estate, inheritance, and income taxes as well as probate costs. Whether your estate, divorce, real estate sale or other matter is a modest one or runs into the millions, or is somewhere in between, he will take your concerns and objectives seriously. Because he will take the time to thoroughly get to know you, your family and your situation, you will always be provided a clear understanding of exactly where you stand legally, what your options are, the agreed upon strategies to proceed, and the current status of your legal matters.

Contact a reliable lawyer / attorney for wills, trusts, estates and probate, elder law, estate planning, prenuptial contracts, divorce real estate sales and more today
Call Douglas R. Peterson Attorney at Law at 413-525-3222 or contact us online to schedule your appointment today.

Mediation Services
Attorney Peterson also provides private mediation services for issues involving individuals, their families and businesses, including divorce and family law, child custody, estate an probate issues, family disagreements, elder law issues and family/closely held business issues.

Call him at 413-525-3222 or contact him online to discuss how mediation may benefit you today.


Attorney Douglas R. Peterson serves clients in East Longmeadow, Longmeadow and throughout the Springfield metropolitan area, Hampden County, Western Massachusetts and those residing anywhere with local matters requiring his legal abilities. Conveniently located at 280 North Main Street in East Longmeadow, the office is at ground level, readily accessible, and has free on-site parking. In-home consultations and flexible meeting times are available by special arrangement. Make your appointment now for a consultation on your matter.
Main Office

Main Office
280 North Main Street, Suite 7
The Reminder Building
East Longmeadow  MA  01028

Phone
  • 413-525-3222
Divorce
Supportive and responsive suburban Springfield Massachusetts divorce lawyer
The dissolution of a marriage often involves crucial decisions about the welfare of your children and the equitable division of your assets. Attorney Peterson has over 25 years of experience in divorce law. He will consider all aspects of your divorce case to develop fair and workable solutions regarding:

-Child custody and visitation rights
-Child support
-Distribution of personal property, bank accounts, stocks and other assets
-Division of marital debts
-Sale or possession of the marital home
-Spousal support and temporary support

Effective lawyer working within the mediation process
Mediation gives you and your spouse an opportunity to negotiate a divorce settlement in a structured setting through a trained facilitator. The mediation process fosters cooperation between partners and removes the unpredictability and uncertainty associated with litigation. Mediation often reduces the time and costs of divorce, and puts the decisions in your hands. Attorney Peterson can advise you throughout the process, make recommendations, and review the proposed settlement on your behalf within the bounds of the rules set down by the mediator you and your spouse may select. Attorney Peterson also offers services as a mediator himself. Details are available on his mediation practice page.

Limited Assistance Representation Qualified Attorney
Massachusetts court rules now permit the "unbundling" of legal services in the Probate Court as well as other courts. What this means in the divorce context is that instead of paying a large retainer and incurring sizeable legal fees to have the lawyer handle all aspects of the case from start to finish, you may retain the lawyer merely as an advisor, or to prepare the complaint or other pleadings or motions, agreements and other documents, or to appear in court for limited purposes only (such as for a motion for temporary orders) which will permit the lawyer to file a limited purpose appearance and then withdraw from the case once the specific matter to be dealt with has been heard in court. Attorney Peterson is qualified under court rules to accept clients on a limited assistance basis.

Knowledgeable family law litigator
Sometimes litigation is necessary to reach a just and equitable resolution to your family's disputes. Through tactical strategies and professional courtroom presence, Attorney Peterson can be an ardent advocate for you throughout the litigation process. He is prepared to handle the difficult points of your divorce while persistently striving for a fair and workable outcome.

Douglas Peterson

Practice Areas
-Trusts and estates
-Wills
-Living trusts
-Estate planning
-Elder law
-Estate planning for the elderly
-Probate
-Probate administration
-Probate litigation
-Contested wills
-Inheritance
-Divorce
-Premarital agreements
-Post-marital agreements
-Residential real estate sales
-Real estate sales

Admitted
Massachusetts, 1973
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1979
U.S. Tax Court, 1979

Education
University of Pennsylvania, J.D.
Williams College, B.A.

Associations and memberships
Hampden County Bar Association
Massachusetts Bar Association
Estate Planning Council of Hampden County
National Association of Estate Planners
Better Business Bureau

Attorney Douglas R. Peterson serves clients in East Longmeadow, Longmeadow and throughout the Springfield metropolitan area, Hampden County, Western Massachusetts and those residing anywhere with local matters requiring his legal abilities.
Education
  • University of Pennsylvania
    Juris Doctorate
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