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Susana Lannik - Needham, MA

163 Highland Avenue Needham, MA 02494

Updated: 12/20/2023

Needham Elder Law Lawyer

Overview

Susana founded Lannik Law in 1991, converting what had been a general law practice into an Elder Law and Estate Planning practice focusing on the legal and care needs of seniors and their families. This "turn on a dime" conversion of a general practice to the Elder Law specialty was inspired by one couple who feared loss of everything they ever earned due to a dementing illness of one of them. The family was looking to her for help, and although she understood how to draft an estate plan-a plan for what happens to your assets when you die-- she was startled to realize that the clients' concerns fell under the category of "What happens if you live and suffer some disability. How do you pay for it without losing everything?"

The unfairness of this family's situation led her to ask them to give her a chance to research their situation to discover where in the law they would find help. In short, this couple inspired Susana to discover Elder Law and at that time, the Medicaid system. There were few practitioners in the field, and Susana realized that seniors were an underserved or at least a poorly served group. At that time Elder Law focused on the Medicaid system and how it could be utilized for long-term care assistance while preserving a family's assets for the well spouse and the family in general.

This "new" area of the law was intriguing because Susana knew that she would be exploring uncharted legal territory; and that there was room in this type of practice to expand services (legal and otherwise) to older clients and their families. She knew that there had to be much more that could be done. Thus, Susana never turned back and moved forward to create the full-service practice that she has today. Her specialty areas are listed below.

During the course of her career trajectory, Susana entered into a caregiver role in the case of both her parents. She learned that there are services that are available to assist caregivers and has incorporated this knowledge into her practice as a resource for those who need to care for a parent or a spouse.

Recently, Susana began to realize a dream to educate clients and others through lunch and learn Webinars presenting selected guest speakers. These webinars will enable Lannik Law to bring other outside services to the attention of clients and any other attendees. It is called "Beyond the Law" because most of the topics are not strictly about the law. It is a Lannik Law service to let people know about all of the help there is out there to deal with many issues such as caregiving, estate appraisal, downsizing, financial planning, insurance, and activities that seniors and their families might enjoy. In this way the clients AND their families and caregivers are served with more than just a set of documents.

Susana received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1982; she is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and nationally at the U.S. Supreme Court level. Susana is certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation, and has a "Superb" (10) AVVO Rating for attorneys. She was also honored by the Leading Lawyers on Estate and Long-Term Care Planning Group as "Superb."

She has served on various non-profit committees and boards in Massachusetts and North Carolina. Some of these include the Newton Chestnut Hill Historic Commission, Boston Ballet Board of Advisors, and Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

When Susana is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and now grown son. She and her husband have been attending art exhibitions and collecting art for years. She has accompanied her husband on his photo expeditions in the cities and countries ranging across the globe- Boston, New York, Moscow, Havana, London, Italy and France. She recently took on the role of "Sherpa" for her son who spends his non-working time as an avid wildlife photographer. They have explored both Cape Cod and Kenya for the wildlife. Susana also has a background in and love for the Classical Ballet. Her favorite animals are cats and giraffes.

About Susana Lannik

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Founder

Languages

  • English
  • French

Practice Areas

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate Administration and Trust Administration
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Pet Trusts

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Specialties and Certifications

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney

Other Affiliations

  • Wealth Counsel, LLC member
  • National Elder Law Foundation (NELF)
  • Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA)
  • NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys) (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • Taught Courses on Estate Planning and Elder Law, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Taught Courses on Estate Planning and Elder Law, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Guest Speaker, NARFE (National Association of Retired Federal Employees)
  • Guest Speaker, Senior Centers
  • Guest Speaker, Falls at Cordingly Dam
  • A View of the Future of Medicaid, 2018 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Past events Chair, Local Massachusetts NAELA
  • Past Board Member for University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Current Board Member: Boston Ballet Board of Advisors
  • Newton, Chestnut Hill Historic Committee, Current

Past Positions

  • Law Office of Susana Lannik (Lannik Law, LLC), Owner, 2006 - present
  • Arber, Lannik, Badaloto, LLP, Partner, 1982 - 2003

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts, 1982
    J.D.
  • New York University, New York, New York, 1969
    B.A.
  • Boston University
    M.A.

Fees

Accepts Credit Cards

Articles

Published Works

  • How to Keep Long-Term Care From Devouring Assets, The Jewish Advocate, October, 2010
  • What is Preplanning and Why Bother With It, Brookline Senior News, March, 2010
  • Co-author, Bloopers Episodes in Estate Planning and Elder
 Law
  • Co-author, Estate Planning Magazine, Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Blooper Episodes in Estate Planning and Elder Law

Office Information

Address

163 Highland Avenue Needham, MA 02494

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 9am – 5pm

Achievements

Honors

  • “Superb” AVVO rating for attorneys
  • “Superb” Leading Lawyers in Estate Planning and Long-Term Care

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