OUR TEAM

ANNA E. BYRNE, Esq.

FOUNDING PARTNER   

Anna is an estate planning attorney with over 25 years of experience. Her decision to establish Eckert Byrne LLC stemmed from a desire to create estate plans that encompass more than just the transfer of tangible assets. Her life experience as a young widow revealed a need to pass on wisdom and values to help those left behind. She has committed more than a decade to creating a team that shares this vision.

Anna’s goal is to help her clients express their values and pass those on along with their assets with the lowest expense and tax impact possible. She was honored by Lawyers Weekly as a Top Woman of Law in Massachusetts in 2014, and was named SuperLawyer™ by Thomson Reuters from 2015 to present. In 2016, she published the book, A Widow’s Guide, to help women who have lost a spouse through their first year. In 2021, Anna published her second book, The Inheritor’s Guide: A Legal, Financial, and Emotional Guide for Adult Children Managing Their Parent’s Legacy. The Inheritor’s Guide is a manual for anyone who has lost a parent and wants to gain an understanding of the step-by-step process of transitioning wealth from one generation to the next. Anna takes on a limited number of clients per year and focuses on working with client families that are in the process of multigenerational wealth transition by helping them navigating the legal and financial issues that arise.

Fun Fact: Anna loves to spend her time in baking and in the garden – just last year she became the queen bee to a Cambridge hive of honey bees. She recently made a resolution to make something new every week. So far, she’s baked breads, made lip balm and even made a body butter!

EILEEN M. CURTIN, Esq.

ATTORNEY

Eileen joins Eckert Byrne LLC as an Attorney with over four years of experience in estate planning and estate (probate) and trust administration with a prior focus on elder law issues including guardianships and conservatorships.  Eileen will oversee our estate administration department guiding clients from initial contact through the probate and/or trust process ensuring proper guidance and legal advice to the personal representative or trustee. As a team, Eileen and Julia pride themselves on providing top-notch services to assist clients with proper administration of probate and trust matters.

In addition to estate administration, Eileen will handle guardianship and conservatorship matters for the firm. Eileen has a passion for assisting those who are caring for a loved one and find themselves in a position where they need to petition the Court for a guardianship or conservatorship for an individual who lacks capacity to make informed health and/or financial decisions.

Eileen prides herself in providing an experience that will give her clients peace of mind during a time that may otherwise be very difficult.

Fun Fact: Eileen loves to be outdoors, so you can find her kayaking, gardening, or playing tennis.  She has always wanted to learn to play pickleball and just started playing this year!

TIMOTHY R. WEEKS, J.D., LL.M.

ATTORNEY 

Tim is an Attorney with over a decade of experience in estate planning and estate administration. Tim works with modest and high net worth families crafting estate plans that meet each family’s goals, including drafting all types of estate planning documents, gifting programs, business succession, and special needs planning. 

Tim has represented clients with matters involving the Massachusetts Department of Revenue and the United States Internal Revenue Service to resolve income tax and estate tax disputes. In light of the impending estate and income tax law changes, we are pleased to gain Tim’s experience to assist our clients in analyzing their estates. It is our goal to keep our clients as up to date as possible and utilize our services to help families navigate the shifting legislative landscape in Washington. 

Tim is a graduate of Boston College, Northeastern University of Law (J.D.), and Boston University School of Law (LL.M. in Taxation). He has practiced throughout the state of Massachusetts, from Lexington to Wellesley to Boston, and is excited to work with and meet our Cambridge community.

AUDREY GARDNER

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Audrey serves as the Operations Manager at Eckert Byrne LLC. She can be reached to coordinate meetings and is available to answer any questions and calls related to your initial consultation or design meeting. It is her utmost priority to make sure that clients are well taken care of throughout their entire estate planning process.

Fun Fact: Audrey loves to travel especially if she can go scuba diving – she’s PADI open-water certified!

NOAH EVANS

LEGAL ASSISTANT

Noah joined us last year and has quickly become a vital member of the team. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 2018 with a degree in Global Studies. In his free time, he loves to be active and do as many outdoor activities as he possibly can. Noah assists Anna as she guides clients through our estate planning process. He can be contacted to coordinate meetings & appointments with the attorneys, as well as to answer any questions an active client may have.

Fun Fact: Noah was First Chair Bass Clarinet for the Vermont High School All State Band for two years!

EMILY WILLIAMS

EXECUTIVE ASSITANT

Emily Williams joined the firm in 2021 and serves as Executive Assistant to founder and managing partner Anna Byrne. Emily supports Anna by providing clerical support and helps manage day-to-day appointments and tasks by maintaining her schedule and incoming communications. Originally from Texas, Emily brings over five-years of experience as an executive assistant. She holds a B.S. in Media and Communications from Texas A&M University.

Fun Fact: Emily loves to travel! She traveled to Santa Cruz, Bolivia and ended up living there for two months.

JULIA KEEFE 

ADMINISTRATION & TRUSTEE SERVICES ASSISTANT

Julia Keefe joins the team as an Administration & Trustee Services Assistant to support attorney Eileen Curtin as Eileen continues to guide our clients through the administration of their probate and trust matters. She also provides support to our ongoing trustee services department. Julia has a B.S. in Business Administration from Bryant University with a concentration in Global Supply Chain Management. She dreams of someday working as a judge.

Fun Fact: Julia is an avid crafter, often knitting or sewing something new to perfect her technique. She is also learning to cook, so send any favorite recipes her way!

CHASE SOUDERS

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Chase Souders brings years of administrative experience to the firm and is enthusiastic to assist the estate planning team in their goal of serving the wide and diverse clientele of Eckert Byrne. He can be contacted to schedule meetings and appointments with our attorneys or answer any questions about the firm. Souders graduated from Emerson College with a B.A. in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. When not working, Chase enjoys jogging through the many parks of Boston, reading novels, and caring for his heavyset cat.

Fun Fact: Chase’s true dream is to one day grow eight to nine inches and play in the NBA, preferably for the Portland Trail Blazers. 

“Anna is such a caring and compassionate person. I did not feel intimidated or nervous. She made me feel so comfortable. It was  a pleasure doing business with her. The firm is wonderful and her team is great!”

D. T. (Weston, MA)

“I felt valued as an individual. I was given the support I needed to help enable me to make very important decisions for myself and my family. My experience with Kristin was a positive one. She was thorough, patient & very knowledgable. ”

H.A. (Cambridge, MA)

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