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About Us

Lauren Keane Dowley and her team provide the care and compassion necessary to assist you with ensuring yourself and your loved ones are provided for now and in the future. Our comprehensive planning includes the areas of Estate & Trust Planning, Tax Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Special Needs Planning, Asset Protection, Incapacity Planning, and Fiduciary Services. With the partners of the firm having over twenty-five years of experience between them in estate planning and elder law, we at Dowley Law provide quality legal services with an emphasis on creating long lasting relationships with our clients. We provide thorough legal solutions using a client first focus. Whether it is simply updating your estate plan or navigating a crisis, we work with you to develop a solution based on your goals.

Lauren Keane

Lauren Keane Dowley,


Lauren Keane Dowley focuses her practice in the areas of Asset Protection PlanningEstate and Tax PlanningCommunity and Long-Term Care Masshealth/Medicaid Planning, Special Needs Planning, Public Benefits Eligibility, Guardianships/Conservatorships, Probate and Trust Administration, Fiduciary Services, and Masshealth/Estate Recovery Controversies. Attorney Dowley often assists multiple generations of families to transfer wealth. Attorney Dowley ensures that all relevant planning options are considered and that client needs are consistently met with compassionate legal perspective.

Through her practice she works with clients to establish proper planning for their futures and to protect their assets from estate taxes, creditors, and long-term care costs. Attorney Dowley is willing to serve as the appointed fiduciary for clients or to advise family members who are serving in these complex roles. She frequently lectures on such topics as estate planning issues, Medicaid and probate and trust administration.

While she is not busy leading the Dowley Law team and helping her varied clientele in all legal matters, Lauren enjoys skiing, sailing, golf, tennis, and spending time with her husband and three children, whether locally or vacationing in Newport, RI.


Western New England University School of Law, LLM Estate Planning

Suffolk University Law School, J.D.

Providence College, B.S.

Professional Associations and Memberships

Boston Bar Association, Member

Boston Estate Planning Council, Member

Cambridge, Arlington, Belmont Bar Association, Member

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys


Dana Kokoska,

Director of Finance and Operations

After graduating UMASS with English and business management degrees, Dana Kokoska began a career in finance and established herself as a leader at legacy institutions such as the Filene’s Corporate offices, spearheading their training and operations during the merger with May Department Stores. She then began business consulting, followed by helping to build, expand, and sell businesses in the construction, marketing, and media industries.

A highly skilled and versatile real estate professional, Dana works with clients ranging from tenured homeowners looking to sell the longtime family home to first time buyers to vacation home buyers. A longtime resident of Boston and Martha’s Vineyard, with strong footholds in communities like Metro Boston and the North Shore, as well as several years spent in Medford, Dana brings a strong working knowledge of the area’s real estate. Her specialties include supporting Estate and Trust properties in Probate, helping to administer the challenges families face during a time of significant change and stress.

Rounding out her work in real estate are the ever-present and rewarding experiences of assisting her residential buyers and sellers. Dana’s deep understanding of finance, investment potential, knowledge of renovation and building costs, and the real estate market in general, is invaluable to her buyers looking for the perfect home or investment property.

Having been on both sides of the real estate process, Dana understands the delicate balance of being readily available to her clients and marketing their properties effectively. A skilled negotiator, Dana is a dedicated professional who will help her sellers get the best price for their home.

When she is not busy working for her real estate clients and other Dowley Law clientele, Dana enjoys swimming, cooking, and spending time with her husband and two young children.


UMass Boston, B.S.

Professional Associations

Greater Boston Real Estate Board Member

National Association of Real Estate Brokers

Karen Rudnicki,


Karen focuses her practice on estate and tax planning, asset protection, estate planning, guardianships/conservatorships, special needs planning, and probate and trust administration. She is passionate about serving individuals and families regardless of asset class or familiarity with estate plans, and firmly believes in the power of a strong planning foundation.

Karen graduated from Boston University and Tulane University School of Law, where she was a member of the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Team and the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law. She is licensed in MA, NY, and WA.


Karen worked for a decade as a litigator in New York state and federal courts, representing primarily school districts and municipalities in a wide array of constitutional and civil rights matters. Prior to that, she worked with a non-profit dedicated to the restitution of Nazi-looted art.

Karen is a first generation American and native of New York and she enjoys skiing, tennis, and spending time outdoors with her family while not working with her clients.


Tulane University Law School & The Tulane-Siena Institute for International Law, Cultural Heritage & the Arts

Boston University, B.A.


Emma Marek,

Director of Client Services

Upon finishing her degree at New York University, Emma practiced as a Speech Language Pathologist for 12 years across the acute, post-acute, and home-care settings. Specializing in healthcare as Rehabilitation Director, Emma was able to help countless patients and their families navigate the rehabilitative process both in-hospital and across the continuum of care.

Joining a firm with a specialty in Elder Law, Long-Term Care/Medicaid Planning and Special Needs planning was that natural next step in Emma’s career, allowing her to continue helping families access community resources, while advocating for those with cognitive and communicative barriers.

In her current role at Dowley Law, Emma brings compassion and talent to our practice, executing sensitive matters with patience and efficacy, especially with our most vulnerable populations. Strong communication and interpersonal skills ease the onboarding process as she strives to empower her clients through the steps of the legal process, particularly those working through the MassHealth systems.

When out of office and not chasing her two young daughters around, Emma is working on obtaining her private pilot’s license, and enjoys all the outdoor activities New England has to offer.


New York University, M.S.

Stony Brook University, B.A.

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