To serve special needs families, the Firm must bring to the table the highest level of skills and knowledge in estate planning, estate tax planning, income tax planning, trust drafting, asset protection, public benefits, trust administration, serving as trustee of special needs trusts, courtroom skills, negotiating skills, skills in dealing with a variety of government agencies, a deep knowledge of public and private resources to solve client problems, and an experienced-based practical bent for helping clients solve their problems, from how to transition a special-needs teenager to young adulthood, to keeping up with the changing needs of an elderly parent, to everything in between.

To do this the firm has a much higher percentage of high-level talent than the typical law firm: Two highly experienced senior attorneys, one associate attorney, and four non-lawyer staff.

 Lora Zommer – Associate Attorney

Lora ZommerSpecializing in Guardianship, Conservatorship, Special Needs Planning and Advocacy, Attorney Lora Zommer is one of the most recent additions to the team. Having previously worked with seniors in long-term care settings for more than 25 years and serving as an assisted living executive director in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and New Mexico, she was inspired to attend law school, strengthening her commitment.

Zommer is a scholar in Elder Law, Mental Health & Intellectual Disability Law and holds her JD from University of New Mexico. A native of the Boston area, she recently returned to MA with her husband, to practice law at the firm.


Nicole Monaghan – Office Manager

Nicole MonaghanNicole’s work experience prior to moving to the US was in European HR/Payroll, and Expatriate Relocation. Her role here at Special Needs Law Group, includes HR/Payroll, Accounts Payable/Receivable, as well as Event Planning and Marketing.

Nicole holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel and Development and is tri-lingual, fluent in English, French and Dutch. She moved from the UK 6 years ago with her husband and daughter.

Heather Pyne – Intake Specialist/Executive Assistant to Attorney Hines

Heather Pyne

Heather has 4 years experience as a Residential Manager in a Special Needs Group Home. Heather is the first point of contact at the firm for new clients. She talks to individuals/families explaining our firm’s intake process and connects them to Attorneys as appropriate. She also coordinates all of Attorney Hines’ scheduling and is her “right hand woman”.

Heather’s compassion and sympathy is a huge asset for the firm and is instrumental in our continued goal of being the number one advocates for families of individuals with Special Needs.


Keaton – Intern

Keaton HOPEhousingKeaton is a student who first came to the firm several years ago from HOPEhouse at Cotting School, where he is learning and practicing independent living skills, going to work, and going to college.  He works in the office every week at Special Needs Law Group of Massachusetts, PC, in Framingham, MA.