OUR TEAM

ANNA E. BYRNE, Esq.

FOUNDING PARTNER   

Anna is an estate planning attorney with over twenty-five 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 the last 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. Anna was named SuperLawyer™ by Thomson Reuters in 2015, 2016 and again in 2017. She recently published a book, A Widow’s Guide, to help women who have lost a spouse through their first year. Anna takes on a very 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!

KRISTIN N.G. DZIALO, Esq.

PARTNER

Kristin is an Attorney with over a decade of experience in estate planning and estate (probate) and trust administration. Kristin oversees all of Eckert Byrne’s tree plans and works closely with Audrey & Noah to ensure our clients’ needs are met. She also manages both our probate & trust administration department, as well as maintenance for our current clients.  Her professional hallmark is to not only provide exceptional representation, but also to provide service with compassion and clarity, for even the most complex matters. Kristin was an adjunct professor at New England Law | Boston, and her teaching experience is evident in how she approaches planning with her clients.

Kristin was named a Rising Star in Estate Planning and Probate by SuperLawyer™ by Thomson Reuters in 2017 and 2018. She is a member of the Professional Advisor Council for the Cambridge Community Foundation. Kristin lives in Cambridge with her husband and daughter. Head over to her blog to read more about her unique perspective as a young parent in the estate planning field.

Fun Fact: Kristin chooses her vacation destinations based on foods she wants to try!  She has eaten aspic in Russia, fermented shark in Iceland, thousand-year-old eggs in China, calf brains in Paris, and goat cheeks in Budapest, to name a few!  Next on her list? Live octopus in Tokyo.
COMING SOON

EILEEN 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 Claudia 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!

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 Kristin 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!

CLAUDIA DARMOFAL 

ADMINISTRATION PARALEGAL

Claudia has been with the team since March of 2018 and comes with years of estate planning and estate administration experience. She provides paralegal support to the attorneys for all of the probate & estate administration cases as well as the firm’s client maintenance programs. She also assists the estate planning department with the review and occasional drafting of estate plan documents.

Fun Fact: Claudia loves to watch any and all shows on PBS Masterpiece – chat with her about your favorite!

“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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