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Bar Admissions:

  • Massachusetts (2005)

Education:

  • New England School of Law (2004)
  • Webster University (1987)

Certifications & Specialties:

  • Guardian ad Litem, Category F, Massachusetts Trial Court (2014)

Professional Associations:

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • Middlesex Women’s Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Association of Guardians ad Litem

 

Maureen Booth, Esq.

Senior Attorney

Maureen Booth brings over 15 years of legal experience to Turco Legal. As an accomplished divorce and family law litigator, Attorney Booth represents clients in complex divorce and child custody cases, as well as child support and alimony matters, modifications, and contempt cases. Attorney Booth is not only a masterful litigator, however. She also has extensive experience as a Guardian ad Litem in high-conflict family law cases.

Attorney Booth’s legal experience is not limited to her time as an attorney. Beginning in 1987 through her admission to law school, Attorney Booth worked as both a litigation paralegal and as a paralegal in corporate legal departments. Her time as a paralegal set a solid foundation for her legal career. It also enabled her to hone her investigative, research, and detail-oriented skills.

 

Specialized Experience as a Guardian ad Litem

Attorney Booth is undoubtedly a highly skilled litigator. Nonetheless, in addition to her robust divorce and family law practice, Attorney Booth is a Category F Guardian ad Litem (“GAL”) in court-appointed cases.

Through her work as a GAL, Attorney Booth serves as an investigator in complicated child custody and parenting matters. As a neutral third party to a matter, Attorney Booth further reports to the court regarding issues that will help the judge determine what is in the best interest of the child in the case. Among others, her areas of expertise as a GAL include parental alienation, supervised visitation, grief and loss, and domestic violence.

Undoubtedly, Attorney Booth’s work as a GAL is extensive. As she investigates allegations, she must interview all parties of the case, including the children, as well as collaterals, such as teachers and mental health professionals. In order to investigate the case fully and prepare her written findings and recommendations for the court, Attorney Booth generally commits 15 to 35 hours to the matter.

Through her GAL work, Attorney Booth unquestionably has gained invaluable insight into how judges make best-interest-of-the-child determinations. This, in turn, bolsters her work as a divorce and family law litigator. Given her GAL experience and the perspective she has gained, she is uniquely able to assess matters involving children and determine an effective, individualized course of action in each.

 

A Unique Family Law Perspective

In 2016, Attorney Booth became involved with Attorneys Representing Children (“ARC”) as a pro bono advocate. Through her participation in the ARC program, Attorney Booth zealously represented children, at no cost, in high-conflict domestic relations cases. Given her strong reputation as an excellent lawyer, the court-appointed Attorney Booth to her ARC cases.

Much like her work as a GAL, Attorney Booth’s experience as an ARC attorney similarly afforded her unique insight, which serves her well as a divorce and family law attorney. Because of this role, she has a firm understanding and appreciation for the position a child may take in a family law case.

 

Commitment to Pro Bono Work & the Legal Community

Attorney Booth demonstrates her compassionate nature not only as a divorce attorney and GAL, but also as an active member of the legal community and provider of pro bono services. Beginning in 2013, before serving as a pro bono ARC attorney, Attorney Booth volunteered with the Lawyer for the Day programs of the Middlesex and Worcester counties probate and family courts. There, she worked with indigent, self-represented litigants, offering free legal help.

Beyond the community at large, Attorney Booth further dedicates time to the legal community. Attorney Booth is involved with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, an organization with the mission of promoting the well-being and resiliency of lawyers and law students.