Michael J. Betcher

Michael J. Betcher

Lexington, Massachusetts

I have dedicated my practice to assisting families and businesses in planning for the future, and handling their legal needs in the present. I offer comprehensive estate planning services for individuals and families. Through the use of wills and trusts we can protect your property from over taxation. Everyone should have an estate plan no matter how large or small your estate. Having such a plan will not only minimize taxes, but also ensure that your wishes are honored, that all you have worked for is protected and properly distributed, and most importantly that your loved ones are provided for.

With a practice focused on estate planning I am in the business of protecting my client's assets. Often times my client's largest asset may be the family business. In addition to crafting estate plans that encompass the family business I offer business formation and transactional services. Whether you are starting a new business, dissolving an old partnership, or buying or selling an existing business, I will make sure that articles of incorporation are properly prepared and filed, draft partnership and operating agreements, execute purchases and sales of a business, and draft and execute contracts for the purchases and sales of goods and services. I pride myself on providing full service planning strategies for my clients, their families, and their businesses. In addition I have advanced training and experience in tax planning and compliance. Estate planning and business transactions have inevitable tax implications. I work hard to structure commercial transactions and family estate plans in order to minimize the tax burden on my clients.

My clients find that my ability to craft an estate plan that may include a family business, while also handling the legal and tax aspects of the plan and the business, is a real asset that allows them to have all of their legal needs met in one place, by an attorney who knows them, their families, and their businesses.

I am located in Lexington, Massachusetts and serve the Boston area including Concord, Winchester, Acton, Burlington, Sudbury and Arlington. Please click on my practice areas to learn more about me, and about how I can serve you.

Areas of Practice

  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Business Organizations
  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Trusts
  • Wills
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Taxation Law

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1975
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1975
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1986


  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • LL.M.
    • Major: Taxation
  • Boston College Law School, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D.
  • Boston College
    • M.A. - 1972
    • Major: Philosophy
  • Catholic University of America
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1971

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Sections
  • Boston Estate Planning Council
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys