About Rob Deschene

Robert Deschene, Esq.

Rob has a core philosophy that guides him in his law practice:

“I chose estate planning and elder law for two reasons.  First, I saw clients whose families were devastated, either emotionally or financially, because they did not take the very easy steps to plan ahead for their disability or death.  The number one comment I heard was “If only I’d known ….” or “If only he’d known …”  Knowledge is power.  I decided that I would do whatever I could to provide that knowledge to as many people as I could.   I regularly write a blog, hold public educational events, and write a column for a local newspaper on these topics.  Sometimes, we don’t even know what we need until someone asks us the right question. We developed a great Self Evaluation Form, which helps people focus on the particular worries that keep them awake at nights. 

Secondly, we all know that many areas of the law leave clients feeling worse off than before: nasty divorces, brutal law suits, bankruptcies, etc.  I chose estate planning and elder law because everyday I help people take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones for the future, and it is very satisfying to have a client walk out of my office with peace of mind, knowing they have done everything they can do to get themselves and their families that protection.  My clients still say “If only I’d known …” but now they finish that sentence with “how easy it is to do planning, I would have done it years ago.” 

Rob assists his clients with planning in the areas of elder law (including Medicaid/MassHealth planning), estate planning and asset protection.   He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), WealthCounsel, Advisors Forum and EstatePlanning.com, and gives educational presentations on these topics.  He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Maine, and is a member of the bars of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the United States District Court of Massachusetts, and the United States District Court of Rhode Island.

Originally from Tiverton, Rhode Island, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude from Brown University in 1978, worked several years in the private banking sector, and then obtained his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law in 1990.  After law school, he worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Caroline Glassman of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in Portland, Maine, followed by a federal court clerkship with the Honorable Conrad K. Cyr of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in Boston, Massachusetts.  He has lived and worked in North Attleborough since 2001.  He is active in community and church affairs, including the North Attleborough Cultural Council.