Welcome to Hemenway & Barnes, where for over a century we have helped individuals and families, businesses, and nonprofit organizations on a range of legal, wealth management, and personal issues.

From estate planning and charitable giving to business succession planning and dispute resolution, we provide advice customized to the individual needs of each client. Many of our client relationships begin simply. Someone turns to us for help with an initial issue or need. Over time, this evolves into a close, trusted, long-term relationship. We invite you to learn more about our services.

How can we help you?

Wealth Management
We help individuals and families enhance and protect their wealth by building enduring relationships rooted in high-quality, practical, and distinctly personal service.
Family Office
There is no “one size fits all” family office. We place a high value on getting to know each family and working with you to align the services we provide to your goals.
Philanthropic Advisory
We offer a full range of philanthropic advisory and grant-making services to private foundations, trusts, individuals, families, and other entities.
Estate & Tax Planning
Our comprehensive approach is flexible, so it's tailored to each client’s unique financial situation, family, goals, values, and more.
Trust & Estate Administration
Our dedicated team of trust, estate and tax professionals efficiently handles all aspects of trust administration and probate work.
Nonprofit Representation
From corporate governance to tax planning, we provide a full range of services to private foundations and public charities.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
From high-stakes business litigation to probate and land use and real estate litigation, we help clients resolve difficult disputes.
Business Law
We provide comprehensive business law services with an independent and experienced point of view, so you can make decisions with confidence.
Real Estate Law
We partner with our clients to meet the varied real estate needs of start-up developers and large corporations, lenders, nonprofits, and families.
Government & Election Law
From government entities and candidates to businesses and nonprofits, we help clients navigate the intersection of law, public policy and government action.

News & Resources

2023 Personal Tax Planning Update
The new year brings with it new tax-savings opportunities, including opportunities for tax-free gifts and extra time for tax-free growth of assets in retirement accounts.
Massachusetts Charitable Contributions Deduction Takes Effect
Massachusetts taxpayers are now able to claim a state income tax deduction for charitable donations made in taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023.
Firm News
Jane’s Trust: A Lasting Legacy (2003-2021)
Hemenway & Barnes client, Jane’s Trust, was created through the beneficence of Jane Bancroft Cook, who died in 2002. Over nearly two decades, Jane’s Trust awarded 1,215 grants totaling nearly $180 million to nonprofit organizations.
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