Ken W. Shulman

One International Place
Boston, MA 02110
T: (617) 345 4789
F: (617) 206 9357

Ken W. Shulman – Partner

Professional Experience

Ken Shulman's general estate planning practice includes estate planning and related issues for elders and for families who have disabled children. He is a former board member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Ken regularly speaks to consumer groups, professionals in the field, and others interested in issues related to aging, disability, advocacy, financial planning, and the preservation of government entitlements. He previously served as a board member for several human service agencies, including the Greater Boston ARC. He has also served as a consultant to the Massachusetts Office of Handicapped Affairs, the Massachusetts Disability Law Center, and the Massachusetts Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee. Currently he is cochairman of the Elder and Disability Planning Committee of the Boston Bar Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Asperger's Association of New England and he serves on the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Committee on Disabilities and on its Committee on Caring and Social Justice. Ken frequently represents clients in guardianship matters and often serves as a Trustee for families.

Ken is a frequent participant in lawyer training sessions sponsored by the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education organization and a regular contributor to their publications, having cochaired conferences on estate planning and preserving eligibility for government benefits for elderly and disabled clients. He has been a featured speaker on Medicare and Medicaid Liens in Personal Injury Cases at several MCLE Elder & Disability Law Conferences and he is the author of the chapter entitled "Planning for the Disabled Child" in Estate Planning for the Aging or Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts, MCLE (revised 2007). He is a regular speaker on various legal issues affecting the elderly and disabled at seminars sponsored by the Suffolk University Law School, Center for Advanced Legal Studies, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and PESI. Recent presentations have included seminars on preserving public benefits when settling personal injury lawsuits. Ken recently co-authored Managing a Special Needs Trust: A Guide for Trustees, DisABILITIESBOOKS, Inc. (2012).

Ken also has extensive experience in real estate and business matters in addition to his estate planning practice. He is an approved attorney for First American Title Insurance Company and several other title insurance companies and has represented real estate developers, purchasers and sellers, as well as other financial institutions in real estate financing transactions.

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  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., 1974
  • Northwestern University, B.A., with Distinction, 1971


  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Awards and Achievements

  • Recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, 2005-2014

  • Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Elder Law, 2013-2015

  • Special Needs Alliance, member

  • Recipient of a Day Pitney Coleman Award for his commitment to pro bono and public service, 2010