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Attorney John G. Dugan

Doherty, Ciechanowski, Dugan & Cannon
Experience:  42 Years
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124 Grove Street
Suite 220
Franklin, MA, 02038


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I have practiced law in Massachusetts since 1975, and I concentrates in the areas of trusts and estates, probate and family law. I am a 1972 graduate of Holy Cross and a 1975 graduate of Suffolk University School of Law. I have received Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer review rating of AV and I am frequently appointed by the Probate and Family Court as Master, Special Master and Guardian ad Litem in various probate and family matters. I also represent individuals in divorce and fiduciary proceedings.

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Verification- Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

  • Last verified: 2/18/2014
  • Current status is Active
  • This attorney has no record of public discipline.
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Education

Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 1975
College of the Holy Cross, B.A., 1972

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts, 1975

Professional Associations

Massachusetts Bar Association
Bar Association of Norfolk County
Western Norfolk County Bar Association

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About John Dugan

Attorney John Dugan has practiced law in Massachusetts since 1975, and concentrates in the areas of trusts and estates, probate and family law. He is a 1972 graduate of Holy Cross and a 1975 graduate of Suffolk University School of Law. He has received Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer review rating of AV. Mr. Dugan is frequently appointed by the Probate and Family Court as Master, Special Master and Guardian ad Litem in various probate and family matters. He also represents individuals in divorce and fiduciary proceedings.

Mr. Dugan frequently instructs at seminars presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. He recently held the position of Vice President of the Massachusetts Bar Association and is a Past President of both the Bar Association of Norfolk County and the Western Norfolk County Bar Association. In 1999, he was awarded the Outstanding Service Award by South Middlesex Legal Services, Inc. In 2008 he was awarded the John Adams and John Quincy Adams Pro Bono Award.

On January 21, 2009 John Dugan was presented the Community Service Award for outstanding dedication and service to the community by the Massachusetts Bar Association.

From 1977 through 2002, he served as Moderator of the Town of Millis. He is a past president of the Millis Little League and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Mass Bar’s Probate Section. He a member of the Massachusetts Probate and Family American Inn of Court, a small organization of attorneys who specialize in the fields of family and probate law in Massachusetts.

John Dugan was selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in 2006-2011 as published in Boston Magazine and in Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine.

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer 2006 -2011
  • Martindale Hubble AV Rating
  • Community Service Award

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A:
If the person had a valid will, the will determines how the person’s property will pass. Each state has its own requirements for execution of a will, but all states accept a will that complies with the laws of the state where the person resided when the will was signed. If a person dies intestate (without a valid will), the laws of the state of residence determine who will inherit personal property. “Personal property” is all property that is not real estate (cash, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, furniture, cars, collections, jewelry, etc.). This rule applies to all personal property located in any state. For example, if a Mass. resident had bank accounts in Florida, the funds in the Florida accounts will pass according to Mass. law. Real estate is treated differently. Real estate passes according to the law of the state where the real estate is located. For example, if a Mass. resident dies intestate, all personal property will pass according to Mass. law. However, if that Mass. resident owned real estate in Maine, the real estate will pass according to Maine law. A will avoids having state law determine how your property will be divided. A well-written will should be simple and direct, defining how your property will pass, naming a guardian for minor children, and appointing a trusted person as executor of your estate.




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A conservator is appointed by the court to manage a protected person’s property. A protected person is someone who is clinically diagnosed to be unable to manage property, and whose property may be wasted unless a conservator is appointed. The Massachusetts Probate and Family Court has jurisdiction over conservatorship proceedings, under Part 4 of Mass. General Laws, Chapter 190B, the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code. A petition for conservatorship must be filed with a medical certificate, signed by a qualified medical expert, indicating that the individual’s capacity is so impaired that a conservator is needed to avoid waste, dissipation or financial exploitation.



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Attorney John Dugan represent clients throughout Massachusetts and in every county of Massachusetts including Norfolk County, Suffolk County, Worcester County, Bristol County, Middlesex County, Plymouth County, Hamden County, Essex County and Barnstable County.


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