Janet W. Moore

Legal Administrative Assistant Kerstin K. Ebbeling


Janet has been with the firm since 1980 and is a partner. She focuses her practice in estate planning and estate and trust administration, including prenuptial agreements, elder law and special needs planning, guardianships and probate law, charitable giving techniques, business succession planning and preparation of estate tax returns and fiduciary income tax returns for estates and trusts. She works with individuals in all areas of estate and gift tax planning, ranging from homestead declarations and testamentary estate planning (including wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, health care proxies and living wills) to sophisticated lifetime gifting techniques, such as irrevocable life insurance trusts, lifetime QTIP trusts, charitable trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, intentionally defective grantor trusts, family limited liability companies and qualified personal residence trusts. Janet works with individuals who may need trusts for special needs, asset protection or Medicaid planning. She also handles estate settlement and administration, trust administration, and prenuptial agreements.

Janet has been a fellow of the America College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) since 1991 and is the current state chair for Massachusetts.  Janet has been named one of Massachusetts “Super Lawyers” by Boston  magazine and Law & Politics every year since 2006, and in 2013 she was named as one of the “Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts” by Boston magazine.  Janet was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020 in the field of Trusts and Estates.  First listed 1995.  Janet was also named Best Lawyers® Worcester Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in 2013 and 2016.  Janet was also selected for the 2011 inaugural edition of Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.  Janet has received an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Boston College Law School
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst BA, magna cum laude (1974), Phi Beta Kappa
  • Prepared testamentary estate plans consisting of durable powers of attorneys, health care proxies, wills and revocable trusts
  • Prepared and implemented irrevocable life insurance trusts
  • Prepared and implemented sophisticated gifting strategies, including GRATs, installment sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts, and qualified personal residence trusts
  • Prepared prenuptial agreements for high-net-worth clients or their children
  • Administered complex estates, including the preparation of state and federal estate tax returns and fiduciary income tax returns
  • Assisted clients with elder law and asset protection planning
  • Served as trustee of various revocable and irrevocable trusts


  • "Publishing Clause" and "Ultimate Disposition," in Best Practices Series:  Drafting Wills and Trusts-A Clause Primer, MCLE (co-author)
  • "Pour-Over Wills" and "Gifts to Children:  Outright and in Trust," in A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Massachusetts, MCLE (co-author)
  • “Drafting Simple Wills and Trust Clauses,” Massachusetts Basic Practice Manual, MCLE (co-author)
  • "Publishing Clause" and "Ultimate Disposition," in Drafting Wills and Trusts in Massachusetts, MCLE (co-author)
  • "Planning Your Estate:  A Primer on Documents Everyone Should Have," Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, March 2008 (August 2008)
  • "Is Your Estate Planning in Good Health?" Worcester Medicine (Spring 1999)

Professional / Community Affiliations

  • The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, fellow and state chair
  • Estate and Business Planning Council of Worcester County, former president
  • Children's Friend, Inc., former Board of Directors
  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation, corporator and former director
  • Goddard House/Homestead Hall, trustee
  • Worcester State College Foundation, former trustee
  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Tax Law Section
  • Worcester County Bar Association

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Upcoming Elder Law Legal Clinics

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