Joan Flynn

Joan Garrity Flynn


  • 617-557-9734
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Joan Garrity Flynn


  • 617-557-9734
  • 617-227-0781
  • 75 State Street
  • Boston, MA 02109

Practice Focus

Joan Garrity Flynn has practiced probate law for over 30 years. She joined Hemenway & Barnes in 2008, focusing her practice in the areas of estate and charitable planning; estate, trust and guardianship administration; and probate court equity matters. Joan serves as trustee for private family trusts and charitable foundations.

Joan began her legal career in 1981 at Herrick & Smith, joining Goodwin Procter LLP in 1986. She joined Palmer & Dodge LLP in 1996 and was a Senior Counsel in the Private Client Department at the time of the merger with Edward Angell LLP, where she remained until coming to Hemenway & Barnes.

Representative Experience

Joan’s experience has included a variety of estate planning, estate settlement and nonprofit legal matters including:

  • Successful resolution of court proceeding to confirm decedent’s intent with respect to provisions under her will and subsequent creation of charitable foundation
  • Creation of sophisticated estate plans for owners of significant real estate interests utilizing limited liability entities
  • Design and implementation of a structure for estate beneficiaries to hold and manage inherited property interests
  • Successful negotiation and resolution of federal and state estate tax audits
  • Working with a major religious organization to analyze, propose solutions for and obtain court approval relating to restricted gifts, the terms of which are no longer possible to fulfill


  • Named to the Best Lawyers in America List

Activities and Publications

  • National Co-chair, 1843 Society of the College of the Holy Cross
  • Member of Suffolk University Estate Planning Council
  • Faculty member for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.
  • Member of the Probate Law/Trust and Estate sections of the American, Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations

Community Involvement

  • The Jesuit Collaborative, Board Member, Audit Committee, Finance Committee, Advancement Committee
  • Jesuit Gala, 2016 Gala Committee
  • Weston Public Schools, Past President, Parent Teacher Organization
  • Weston Educational Enrichment Fund, past member
  • Parmenter Health Center, past Board member



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