Polly Tatum

Polly Tatum

We help families Divorce with Dignity and Provide Personalized Estate Planning
  • Divorce, Family Law, Estate Planning ...
  • Massachusetts
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Providing Comprehensive Divorce Mediation, Family and Estate Planning and Medicaid Planning for Individuals and Families

I believe that marriage/relationships should end with the same dignity and respect that it started with. My goal for my practice is to help improve the divorce process for couples seeking to end their marriage in a manner that shall preserve their families and reduce conflict for their children. Although the romantic partnership has ended, parents need to be able to co-exist in order to raise healthy children who can manage conflict in a peaceful and productive manner. I believe the divorce mediation process is the least detrimental for families seeking to end their marriage. A public courtroom battle is not the appropriate forum to resolve your issues relating to custody, parenting times, property division and support. A confidential and private divorce/family mediation with a highly skilled divorce mediator will help expedite your divorce, while leaving a couple in control over financial and parenting decisions for their family in a cost effective manner.

We take a personalized approach to the practice of Estate Planning. I pride myself on taking the time to listen closely to our clients so that we can gain a thorough understanding of their concerns, goals and choices. Then, we design and implement a customized plan to meet our clients’ particular needs.

At the Law office of Polly Tatum, we help our valued clients find solutions to their most pressing concerns and dearest hopes for their future. We help families and individuals find answers to questions such as:
- How can I protect my life savings?
- How can I ensure that people of my choosing will be able to make financial and health care decisions on my behalf if I become incapacitated.
How can I be sure that my assets will go to the people I want to receive them, and not someone else?
- How can I make sure that my children have the appropriate guardian in place?

Practice Areas
Collaborative Law, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Same Sex Family Law
Estate Planning
Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Arbitration & Mediation
Family Arbitration
Elder Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept all major credit cards
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We provide Flat Fee Investment for All Services. No Hourly Billing.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Law Office of Polly Tatum/Mediation Advantage Services
- Current
I provide Divorce Mediation and Wills and Trusts to Families. However, we do it a bit differently than most of the Divorce Mediators and Estate Planning lawyers around town. We focus on serving families with Children. I chose this focus when I learned that most lawyers who do Divorce Work and Estate planning are not specifically trained to serve families with children. The single most important desire that families have whether they are divorcing or creating an estate plan, is to protect your children and not leave decisions about your family up to a Judge. My passion is making sure that my clients and their children's needs are met in the event of divorce or death. We pride ourselves on handling over 4000 divorce mediations being a pioneer in the field in Massachusetts. Additionally we serve families from Second Parent Adoptions to Paying for Nursing Home Care.
Assistant City Solicitor
City of Worcester
Provided litigation services for civil and criminal cases for the Health and Code Department. Conducted and attended meetings for departmental officials and employees to advise on legal questions and impact planning decisions, code enforcement policies and proposed actions and the procedures which should be followed.
Western New England University School of Law
LL.M. (2009) | Estate Planning and Elder Law
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Massachusetts School of Law
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George I Alden Awards
YMCA - Central Massachusetts
In her seven-year tenure, a significant amount of Polly’s work has focused on strengthening the infrastructure of our organization. Her active participation in the Governance, Visioning, Executive, and Institutional Advancement Committees has fortified our foundation and further defined our long-term sustainability. Thoughtful engagement is critical as it ensures diverse Board Member recruitment, access to programs and services for populations who typically feel excluded.
Outstanding Women in Business
Worcester Business Journal
Thurgood Marshall Award for Citizenship
Massachusetts School of Law
Katherine Forbes Erskine Award for Business and Law
Professional Associations
Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation
Former Board Member
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Massachusetts State Bar
- Current
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YMCA of Central Massachusetts
Chair of the Board
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YMCA of Central Massachusetts
Vice Chair
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Worcester County Bar Association
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Articles & Publications
Coparenting Success Series
Online Telesummit
Divorce and Mediation in Massachusetts - Helpful Guide to Navigate Your Case
Speaking Engagements
Co-Parenting Success Series, How to co-parent after Divorce
How to Get Divorced in Massachusetts, Monthly Seminars
Divorce Mediation Benefits, Parenting Groups
Lawyers role and responsibilities to community engagement, Law Day
Conflict Resolution, Leadership Academy
Attorneys Role in Divorce Mediation Process, ADR Committee
Websites & Blogs
Contact & Map
Law Office of Polly Tatum/Mediation Advantage Services
19 Cedar Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Toll-Free: (508) 506-9199
Telephone: (508) 506-9199
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed