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Mary Clements Pajak

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Phone: (617) 795-2990
Fax: (617) 795-5960

29 Crafts St, #420
Newton, Massachusetts 02458

Mary Clements Pajak, Esq., has over 20 years of experience. She began her legal career clerking for the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. She then practiced law for many years in the Private Client Department at Palmer & Dodge LLP (now Locke Lord LLP), a large (originally Boston-based) law firm concentrating in estate and trust planning and administration.

From there she became the Northeast Regional Manager of the Estate Settlement Department and served as Vice President at Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company (now the Bank of New York Mellon). Attorney Pajak then practiced law with Mofenson Law Offices in Newton, Massachusetts. Later, she was a Founding partner of the law firm of McWalter Pajak LLP in Concord, Massachusetts. In 2004, Attorney Pajak moved her firm back to Newton establishing Clements Pajak LLC. Attorney Pajak’s practice is concentrated in estate and trust planning and administration, advising clients regarding their wealth transfer options and wishes, helping clients through probate and estate tax return preparation, advising clients with respect to related tax matters, and pre- and post- nuptial agreements.

She graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts (ALB) degree, cum laude from Boston College Law School with a Juris Doctorate (JD), and most recently achieved a Masters of Law in Taxation (LL.M.) at Boston University Law School. Attorney Pajak was a Lecturer in Law at New England Law/Boston where she taught Wills, Estates and Trusts Law and a Guest Lecturer at Boston College Law School with respect to estate planning and administration. She is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts (1991), Maine (1991), the United States Tax Court (2004) and the United States Supreme Court (2012). She is a member of the Boston Estate Planning Council, the American Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association and the Maine Bar Association.

She has been honored to be named a Massachusetts Super Lawyer® by Law & Politics® 2005 through 2015 and named a Top Women Attorney in Massachusetts, by Boston Magazine.

Education

LL.M, Boston University Law School, 2012
Taxation

J.D., Boston College Law School, Newton, Massachusetts, 1991
Honors: cum laude

A.L.B., Harvard University, Cambridge, 1988
Honors: cum laude
Dean's List

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Maine, 1991
Massachusetts, 1991
U.S. Tax Court, 2004
U.S. Supreme Court, 2012
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Boston Bar Association

Massachusetts Bar Association

American Bar Association

Maine Bar Association

Boston Estate Planning Council

Published Works

"Counseling Fiduciaries to Avoid Beneficiary Complaints,", The Practical Lawyer, March, 2000

"Fun with IRC 2013", Mass. #1999 - 22.08

Fraternities/Sororities

Phi Alpha Delta