Katherine R. Dorval

Senior Counsel

(781) 431-9788
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Katie is an estate planning and trust administration attorney who helps her clients build and administer plans that address both personal and business objectives and goals. Katie’s practice also includes a range of corporate matters. Her clients include individuals, couples and families, family-owned businesses, start-up corporations and other businesses.


Katie helps estate planning and trust administration clients craft wills and trusts, carefully explaining a variety of vehicles for transferring assets in a tax-efficient manner, including estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax strategies. Katie works with clients to reduce their taxable estates while planning for future generations.


Katie’s corporate practice often overlaps with her estate planning and trust administration work, giving clients a seamless approach to managing the full range of their legal affairs. Katie routinely counsels family business owners, helping them address the unique challenges they face, such as business succession planning. Katie’s clients look to her for advice on entity formation, limited liability companies, family limited partnerships, shareholder and partnership buy-out agreements, stock transfers and splits, as well as corporate recapitalizations.


Katie has a common sense approach to problem solving and her clients appreciate her approachable, practical and efficient style. She is based in the firm’s Wellesley office, but also meets with clients in our Franklin and Providence offices.

Representative Experience

  • Katie helps individuals, couples and families address important tax related matters in the estate planning process. Her communication style puts clients at ease when discussing topics related to short and long term decisions, as well as end-of-life planning for the benefit of their loved ones.
  • Katie works with family businesses to resolve matters that surface during the estate and tax planning process. These range from creating entities such as LLCs and corporations, to drafting operating and shareholder agreements and bylaws, and structuring stock splits and recapitalizations for the purpose of gifting within the estate planning context.
  • Katie drafts promissory notes and mortgages for clients to use for various purposes, including in the estate planning context.
  • Katie helps clients protect real estate, including family vacation homes, using vehicles such as LLCs while also helping to insulate clients from personal liability for LLC debts.


Katherine R. Dorval

Senior Counsel

Related Practices

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Trust Administration
  • Individual & Family Businesses


  • Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2010
  • Rhode Island, 2006
  • Massachusetts, 2005


  • Suffolk University Law School, J. D. 2005
  • Syracuse University, B. A., summa cum laude, 2002

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • Real Estate Bar Association, Member
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Member

  • Defective Wills and Trusts: Why treat them differently?
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, September 2013
  • Changes Resulting From the New Massachusetts Homestead Act
    April 2012
  • A ‘Nominee Trust’ Isn’t A Typical Trust
    Spring 2012