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Attorney Lucy J. Budman Achieves Top Certification in Elder Law

Wakefield, MACurley Law Firm LLP proudly announces that Lucy J. Budman has earned the prestigious designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) from the National Elder Law Foundation. Only 21 attorneys in Massachusetts have earned CELA status.

Founded in 1993, the National Elder Law Foundation created the CELA designation to identify those lawyers who have the enhanced knowledge, skills, experience, and proficiency to be properly identified to the public as Certified Elder Law Attorneys.

Managing Partner Patrick Curley, who is also a CELA, said “this is a tremendous achievement for Lucy and a great benefit to seniors and their families in Wakefield and surrounding towns. It is also a unique honor for our firm to be one of only three Elder Law firms in Massachusetts with two CELAs on the team.”

Attorney Curley added that “today, more attorneys than ever before are dabbling in the very complex areas of trusts and estate planning, Medicaid planning and asset protection without having a background or experience in those areas. The CELA designation certifies us as among the few experts in the whole Commonwealth. Working with an expert gives clients the peace of mind that they will receive the best advice available today to protect themselves and their hard-earned assets.”

Becoming a CELA is a rigorous process involving many years of focused Elder Law and Estate Planning practice, dozens of hours of continuing legal education, references and support from other top Elder Law attorneys, and a full-day national certification exam. In addition, all CELA attorneys must maintain and improve their expertise through continued Elder Law practice and continuing legal education.

Lucy earned her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University in New York. Thereafter, she graduated cum laude from the Boston University School of Law in 2003, one of the top law schools in the country. Lucy was admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts (2003) and New York (2005) and joined Curley Law Firm LLP in 2010. In 2011, Lucy earned her Masters of Law in Taxation (LL.M.) at Boston University School of Law.

Lucy frequently lectures on Asset Protection and Elder Law Topics. More information about Lucy and a schedule of upcoming free presentations can be found at

The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) is the only national organization accredited by the American Bar Association to certify attorneys in Elder Law. NELF is a private organization, whose standards for certification are not regulated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.