Legal Staff

At Gerard, Ghazey & Bates, P.C. we work hard to ensure the protection of your rights.

Jennifer L. Dunham

Probate and Estate Planning

Jennifer has worked with the firm from 1994-1999 and then again from 2007 through the present. Jennifer is a graduate from Holyoke Community College, with High Honors, and holds an Associates Degree in Legal Administration.

Jennifer has worked as an estate planning and probate paralegal for twenty years. As such, she has a deep understanding of both estate planning and the resulting probate process.

Jennifer lives in Easthampton, MA with her husband and daughter.

Rebecca (Becky) LaRocque

Tax Paralegal
Office Bookkeeping and Management

Becky maintains the firm’s financial records and, most importantly, ensures that the firm’s IOLTA accounts remain in constant compliance with Massachusetts law.

Becky also assists in the preparation of tax returns, including sophisticated and complex returns for both individuals and businesses. Becky also helps to research and prepare legal documents.

Melissa Kushka

Tax preparation and MassHealth

Melissa, assists clients and their families throughout the arduous MassHealth application process. She oversees and assists clients with collecting and organizing information for MassHealth applications and renewals.

Melissa is one of the two tax paralegals at the firm who help prepare the firm’s approximate 700+ returns annually. She works directly with clients collecting and organizing tax information.