Over his 68 years in practice, attorney Raymond H. Young became a well-respected authority on probate law and trust reform. He was at the forefront of a sea change affecting his area of practice in the 1960s and '70s, when he lobbied for the adoption of the Uniform Probate Code and the Uniform Trust Code in Massachusetts. With his recent retirement from Hemenway & Barnes, the former Boston Bar Association president has found himself reflecting on the highlights of his distinguished and influential career.
His colleague, and at times opposing counsel, Lawrence T. Perera of Hemenway & Barnes LLP said, "In my experience, I cannot think of any lawyer who has been held in such high regard by the Probate Bench and Bar as Raymond H. Young. Over and above his skills as an advocate and counselor, Ray led the charge for reform of the probate system in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the nation."
Hemenway & Barnes partner, Michael J. Puzo, added “As one would imagine, the partners at Hemenway & Barnes were thrilled when Ray Young chose to join our firm in 2013. In his somewhat whimsical way, Ray observed that, as he was then approaching his 85th birthday, he thought it was high time to think about how best to transition his practice and ensure that his clients would be looked after. Having admired Ray for so many years as the dean of the probate, trust and estate bar, we were quick to welcome Ray to our firm and were blessed and fortunate that he spent 5 years as our colleague, mentor and friend."
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