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Our Team

David Feakes

Owner/Founder

David Feakes is the founder and owner of The Parents Estate Planning Law Firm, PC. Seeking ways to connect and build long-term relationships with his clients, David started the firm in 1998 when his oldest daughter (now 24) was just a baby.

David and his wife, Paula (who joined the firm in 2008) wanted to connect with young parents to help them breathe easy knowing that if they created the right plan, there would never be any doubt about who would take care of their children. With this goal in mind, David joined the Family Wealth Planning Institute where he learned everything he could about estate planning for young families.

As David and Paula aged and their two daughters became young adults and moved away from home, they incorporated empty nester planning into their niche and now have a firm that truly serves every stage of parenting.

Everyone has a story they want to share.  David’s story is not unique, but it did shape his career path to owning his own estate planning law firm.  David’s parents divorced when he was young and his father was absent for most of David’s childhood.  Having never felt truly protected by his father as a child, David is committed to ensuring his clients have the best protection in place for their children.

David works with his clients to guide them as they preserve and protect their assets, loved ones and legacies; their stories, guidance and advice – the intangible assets that are often forgotten in typical estate planning.

David received his law degree from Suffolk University in Boston, and a B.B.A. in Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He frequently speaks to parenting, community and professional groups on the importance of estate planning. 

In his free time, David enjoys skiing, star gazing, hiking with his dog, Stella, traveling, and reading.

 

James Steele

Attorney

James is enthusiastic about sharing with families the peace of mind that comes with a thoughtful and comprehensive estate plan, particularly those with children for whom guardianship is needed.  His goal is to make planning easy, approachable, and accessible for all clients by partnering with them to develop and create a plan that works for their individual needs.

James began his career as in house counsel for large multi-national corporations such as NIKE, Publicis, and most recently, Timberland, all the while feeling the pull to connect with clients on a more personal level.

He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and received his J.D in 2003 from the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law. Most recently, James earned his L.L.M. in Elder Law and Estate Planning in 2020 from Western New England University School of Law.

For fun, James is a professional Voice Over Actor. We are waiting to see which of our clients is the first to recognize one of his commercials!

James and his husband, Michael, live in Carlisle with their two amazing children, Hadley and Henry. When not involved in swimming, soccer, and dance, or wrangling their puppy, Arlo, any free time has them on the road, exploring New England and beyond.

 

Erin Strauss

Paralegal

Before joining The Parents Estate Planning Law Firm, Erin worked as a Paralegal for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. Prior to the DA’s office, she worked for many years in the financial/investment industry. Erin received her Paralegal Certification and Bachelor of Legal Studies from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She lives in Westford with her husband and two children. In her free time, she loves exploring New England and checking faraway destinations off her bucket list. Cooking meals for family and friends is how she relaxes. She also enjoys reading, taking additional legal coursework, and is an avid indoor plant collector and caretaker.

 

Paula Feakes

Director of Marketing and Client Services

Paula Feakes (yes, David’s wife of 29 years) joined the firm in January 2008 as Client Services Director after being “at home” with their two daughters for five years.  Throughout the years, her role has changed and she now proudly holds the following titles:  Client Services and Marketing Director and Firm Administrator!

Paula formerly worked in Boston as a Senior Recruiter for Hollister Associates where she developed, maintained, and serviced major clients, which included some of the largest financial, high-tech and legal firms in Boston.

In her spare time, Paula enjoys gardening and photography.  Paula and David live in Stow with their two daughters, Hannah and Sadie, and their yellow lab, Daisy.

 

Lori Darling

Client Services Coordinator

Lori joined the Team in October 2017 as the Firm’s Client Services Coordinator. She looks forward to welcoming you to our firm and helping to address your family’s individual needs. Prior to joining us, Lori spent 13 years organizing client events as a Sales Coordinator at a local hotel and nearby lakefront banquet facility.

Lori received a Bachelor’s in Communications and Spanish from SUNY Cortland, and thoroughly enjoyed a Study Abroad experience in Salamanca Spain as well as additional travels throughout Europe.

She lives in Boxborough with her husband, two young sons, and two fluffy cats. In her free time, Lori loves family hikes, music and live concerts, traveling, cooking and baking, and time with friends and family.

Robin Muldoon

Client Concierge/Office Manager

Robin is one of our newest additions to The Parents Estate Planning Law Firm team, taking on the role of Client Concierge in October of 2021. She is excited to work with our amazing team and clients. Robin is originally from Greenlawn, New York. Her journey in Massachusetts began when she enrolled at Northeastern University, earning a B.S. in finance and accounting. Robin enjoys spending time with her family, which includes 5 children, and taking her two dogs, Papi and Chloe, on long walks through the nearby conservation areas. As a self-employed manager of multiple companies, Robin has extensive experience in customer service. Her passion for people and focus on client success makes her a perfect fit for her new role.

 

Emily Drohan

Marketing Manager

Emily Drohan is the newest addition to the Parents Estate Planning Team; she is the Marketing Manager as of June 2021. She is excited to develop and implement strong marketing content to the firm’s loyal customer base as well as provide an excellent vision for the firm’s success.

Emily has over seven years of marketing, customer relations, and event experience making her knowledgeable and valuable in her role. Emily attended Endicott College where she received a Bachelor’s in Sports Management and Marketing.

She lives in Hubbardston with her Husband Steve and their two dogs, Jack and Boone. Aside from spending time with her furry friends, she enjoys traveling and exploring new places, eating good food, and being active by running, skiing, and hiking.

 

 



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The Parents Estate Planning Law Firm, PC is a unique estate planning law firm serving families in Massachusetts. Our team is committed to helping parents at all stages make sure their loved ones are completely protected if the unexpected happens, while making things as easy as possible for their families.

31 Nagog Park, Suite 301, Acton, MA 01451 | 978-263-6900 | info@parentsestateplanning.com | www.ParentsEstatePlanning.com