Danielle G. Van Ess

Danielle G. Van Ess

  • Estate Planning, Probate, Business Law
  • Massachusetts, Virginia
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Anthony S. Dell, JD, LLM May 15, 2020
Danielle G. Van Ess -- Comprehensive & Compassionate Estate Planning The Way It's Supposed To Be When our family of four needed a full estate plan -- wills, powers of attorneys, trusts, etc. -- we were incredibly fortunate to have so many people recommend Danielle G. Van Ess as the best and right lawyer for the job. We soon learned why her clients provide such enthusiastic reviews. Ms. Van Ess's sharp and encyclopedic knowledge of the myriad applicable laws and rules is superb and the pinnacle of expertise. Were this her main attribute, we still would have been in excellent hands. I could stop here and have zero hesitation in recommending Ms. Van Ess on pure skill and talent alone. But there is so much more. Ms. Van Ess's client relationship management, compassion, ability to connect, and inspiring way she can draw out the most important concerns and needs unique to each client...these are rare and powerful characteristics one seldom encounters in lawyers (or many other professional service providers, for that matter). The estate planning process, when done correctly, comprehensively, and thoroughly, is a serious undertaking for a client on many levels: organizational, decision-making, and, yes, emotional and psychological as well. In most estate planning processes, one must confront one's mortality, and those with children must contemplate what their children's lives might be should something happen to their parents. Many times, the questions around one's wishes in the event of disability, incapacity, or death have not yet been examined, and these are crucial elements that guide an estate planning client's decisions, many of which do not have easy answers. Ms. Van Ess has a unique ability to guide her clients safely and professionally through that process, somehow maintaining a perfect balance between the pragmatic steps that must be completed for full effectiveness and the inevitable emotional ups-and-downs most clients experience as they work with their lawyer on their plan. In all sincerity and candor, we firmly believe that Danielle G. Van Ess epitomizes the ideal constitution of what genuine, thorough, professional, and personal estate planning legal services should be. We cannot overstate our genuine enthusiasm and conviction in our recommendation of Ms. Van Ess as a lawyer.
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Danielle founded DGVE law, LLC in September of 2008 with a vision for a new kind of law firm based on a philosophy of compassionately providing high quality, holistic legal services in a friendly and relaxed manner, in a comfortable setting and in an environmentally conscientious way. Danielle enjoys the privilege of working with people of all ages, in all stages of life, from all types of families, through enthusiastic referrals from clients to their friends and family members. As a mother of 4 young daughters (currently spanning a range from Kindergarten to High School), Danielle is deeply empathetic regarding the time constraints and pressing legal needs of families like her own, doing her best to make the process of obtaining legal assistance as painless as possible. Originally from Swampscott on the North Shore, Danielle earned her B.A. with honors from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. After earning her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in May of 2001, Danielle was licensed and sworn into the practice of law. She then spent 7 years working as a lawyer for national nonprofit organizations. In 2007, Danielle decided to shift practice areas and pursue her dream of starting her own law firm. Danielle serves as Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Hingham Cemetery in downtown Hingham Square.

Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Video Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Google Hangouts
  • Zoom
  • GoToMeeting
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Mostly flat fees. Hourly billing for Probate.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Owner & Principal Attorney
- Current
At DGVE law® we're helping people add to, protect, & move their families® by providing high quality, professional legal services in the areas of adoption, estate planning, & residential real estate. We maintain a special focus on the unique needs of parents of minor children.
Massachusetts Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys
Independent Legal Consultant
Southwest Center for Law & Policy
Part-time independent legal consultant on a wide range of issues related especially to domestic and sexual violence against Native American women and children. Conducted research for SWCLAP to prepare and present materials for trainings, national teleconferences, and publication.
Staff Attorney and Lead Trainer
National Center on Full Faith and Credit
Staff Attorney and Lead Trainer for the NCFFC, a national project formerly of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (now part of the Battered Women's Justice Project). Focused on the interjurisdictional enforcement of protection/restraining orders, custody and support orders, and the federal and corresponding state laws on interjurisdictional domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Responded to requests for technical assistance from and traveled extensively to conduct trainings for a wide variety of disciplines including judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, civil legal services attorneys, and lay advocates. Responded to direct requests for assistance from survivors of domestic violence. Wrote articles for judicial newsletters and other publications. Conducted site visits nationally to research best practices regarding firearms in domestic violence cases for subsequent publication.
Boston University School of Law
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The George Washington University Law School
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Reader's Choice Award
Wicked Local
Reader's Choice Award
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#1 choice attorney / lawyer in Hingham 2017
Reader's Choice Award
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#1 choice attorney / lawyer in Hingham 2016
40 Under 40 Award
Cape & Plymouth Business Magazine
Cape & Plymouth Business 40 Under 40 Awards spotlight the region's top young business leaders who excel in their industry and show dynamic leadership. Working in conjunction with the Cape Cod Young Professionals and South Shore Young Professionals, hundreds of nominees were culled down to the 40 who best exemplified an entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to community service and potential to positively contribute to the future of our region.
Professional Associations
Hingham Cemetery Corporation
Board of Directors
- Current
Activities: Active member of the Board of Directors for the Hingham Cemetery.
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Massachusetts Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys
Secretary (2020), Immediate Past President (2019), President (2018), Vice-President (2017)
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Activities: The Massachusetts Forum of Estate Planning Attorneys is collegial and collaborative group that interacts and meets regularly to stay on top of the most recent changes to and developments in the law. Danielle has been a regular and active participant since July 2010, has served on the Board of Directors since 2013.
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Websites & Blogs
DGVE law Blog
Contact & Map
61 South Street
Hingham, MA 02043
Telephone: (781) 740-0848
Monday: 8 AM - 9 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 9 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 9 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 9 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 9 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Notice: During the Coronavirus Pandemic we are all working remotely from our homes, available by video conference and phone about 8AM-9PM weekdays, and by email any time. We are able to do everything remotely quickly, conveniently, and easily.
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