E. Spencer Ghazey-Bates ESQ


Attorney Ghazey-Bates began his legal career with our firm in 2007, became a partner in 2011, and was appointed managing partner in 2023. He specializes in tax law, estate planning, trusts, and elder law, where he has earned national recognition. He resides in Northampton, MA, with his wife and three children.


  • Adjunct Professor of Trusts and Estates, Western New England University School of Law
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation
  • Boston University School of Law, LLM, 2012, Tax and Taxation
  • Syracuse University College of Law, JD, 2006, cum laude

Professional Organizations

  • Director, National Elder Law Foundation
  • Director, Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys


  • MassNAELA Litigator of the Year, 2023
  • Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2022

Speaking Events

  • NAELA National Conference 2024, Taxation of Grantor Trusts
  • MassNAELA, The New Massachusetts Estate Tax Law
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Elder Law Institute, Life Estate Valuation and Planning
  • MassNAELA, Estate Tax Planning and Preparation of Estate Tax Returns


  • E. Spencer Ghazey-Bates, The Affordable Care Act and the Continued Commoditization of Elder Law, 11 NAELA J. 35 (Spring, 2015).
  • E. Spencer Bates, Case Note: Lopes v. Department of Social Services, 9 NAELA J. 193 (2013)
  • E. Spencer Bates, Book Review, Some Day This Will All Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age, 8 NAELA J. 259 (2012)
  • E. Spencer Bates, Reverse Mortgage Introduction, 8 NAELA J. 65 (2012)