As an Estate Planning Attorney, I expect the families I work with to open up to me about their families and their personal lives and finances. It is imperative that you, as my client, feel comfortable doing so in order for me to appropriately help you with your estate planning needs and goals. My philosophy in working with families has been, and always will be, that I care for my clients, the same way I would want someone else to care for my family. I believe that if I expect you to share your family’s story with me, then I feel I should share my story with you. So here goes…
My father was in the military and I was born in Oklahoma at the army barracks known as Fort Sill. Shortly thereafter my parents moved back to the Methuen/Haverhill area where my grandparents lived. As I child I spent every day, and I mean every day, with my grandparents. These are some of my greatest memories. The bond between a grandparent and grandchild is simply amazing and I was blessed to have had such an amazing bond. My parents divorced, when I was young and remarried. They have been re-married for a very long time, and I am truly lucky to have two sets of incredible parents. I grew up in Methuen, where I developed life long friendships with my neighborhood friends, and this is where I continue to call home.
Growing up I was always told I could do anything I put my mind to. I decided I wanted to have a life that focused on helping others, as this is what gives my life meaning and purpose. I attended Westfield State, which is now Westfield University, where I received a Bachelors Degree, and played college basketball. I then went on to attend Wheelock College, in Boston, where I received a dual Masters Degree in Education. My father was a teacher and vice principal of North Andover High School so my accomplishments made him proud. After graduating, I decided that I wanted to have a bigger impact on the families in the community, so I enrolled at Massachusetts School of Law, where I received my J.D. Degree, and then was admitted into the Massachusetts Bar Association as well as the New Hampshire Bar Association.
After several years as a partner at an Estate Planning law firm, I decided to pursue my own practice providing effective estate planning for everyday families. I enjoy taking the time to get to know the families I work with, their lives and their values, and working closely with them through an ongoing long lasting relationship to ensure their personal and financial goals are met as their lives change over the years.
I began my legal career in Estate Planning and have never left. My grandmother had been diagnosed with Dementia, and had not appropriately planned, and ended up with nothing to leave behind. I believe that by spending so much time with my grandparents as a child, I developed a fondness for the older generations, and a love for helping families.
My primary focus is in helping everyday families develop an estate plan that plans for and protects their families when they are no longer able to do so themselves, protecting them from the devastating effects of disability and death, and developing a plan that minimizes taxes, expenses and court involvement. I believe it is important to educate families on their options when it comes to estate planning, and I offer educational seminars and webinars on a variety of estate planning topics to both the general public and private groups as well.
I am a former member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, an active member of Wealth Counsel, a member of the North Shore Women Lawyer’s Association, a certified Mediator, and an established speaker on estate planning, as well as the Author of the book “Ladies Legacies – Estate Planning for Women“.
Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with family, my children and friends, walking, going to the gym, and spending lots of play time with my two dogs, Jax and Dexter.
Don E. Goodwin, III
Attorney Goodwin, an experienced estate planning attorney, specializes in working with individuals and families to address their estate planning, elder law, and trust administration needs. With a client centric approach, his primary focus is to do what is best for the client to ensure their legacies are honored and protected. Attorney Goodwin has a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College and his Juris Doctor Degree from Suffolk University Law School. When not practicing law, Don enjoys visiting Crane Beach and vacationing on Fire Island.
Client Relations Manager
Pennie, our Client Relations Manager, has worked as an estate planning paralegal and in client relations for over 15 years. Not only does she provide valuable support to our Attorneys, but she also makes sure that our clients are comfortable and their needs are met in a very timely manner. Pennie ensures that Kelly Longtin Law’s vision and services are publicized whether through social media, community events or advertising. When not working, Pennie enjoys spending time with her family and her two Chihuahuas, Rosie & Rudy.