Our Philosophy

We are committed to client service and open communication.

New Bedford, Massachusetts


Professional and Experienced Estate Planning Attorney

Daniel C. Perry

Dan Perry is the sole member of Perry Hicks. He has been employed by the firm since 1983. He graduated from Pomona College in 1973 and Boston University School of Law in 1978, cum laude, where he was Note and Case Editor of the Boston University Law Review. Before joining Perry Hicks, Mr. Perry was an associate at the Boston law firm, Foley, Hoag & Eliot for five years. Mr. Perry concentrates in land use law, business law, estate planning and wealth management.


E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (508) 996-8291
Fax: (508) 997-2637


Pomona College (1973)
Boston University School of Law
(J.D., 1978 – cum laude)


State of Massachusetts (1978)
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts (1978)


Massachusetts Bar Association


Experienced Civil Litigation Attorney

Neil B. Smola

Neil Smola is an associate attorney at Perry Hicks. He has been employed by the firm since 2014. He graduated from Providence College in 2007 and University of Massachusetts School of Law in 2011, valedictorian, where he was Executive Articles Editor of the Roundtable Symposium Law Journal 2010 and 2011. Before joining Perry Hicks, Mr. Smola was a law clerk at the Superior Court of Massachusetts for two years.


E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (508) 996-8291
Fax: (508) 997-2637


Providence College (2007)
University of Massachusetts School of Law – Dartmouth
(J.D., 2011 – valedictorian)


State of Massachusetts (2011)


Massachusetts Bar Association




Our Practice Areas

  • Real Estate & Title Development
  • Land Use
  • Zoning
  • Permitting & Title Matters
  • Property Rights Issues
  • Representation before local boards:

– Planning
– Zoning
– Conservation Commissions

Estate Planning & Wealth Management
  • Trust and Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Agricultural Preservation Restrictions
  • Family Asset Preservation
  • Estate Tax Return Preparation
  • Gifting Programs
  • Charitable Giving
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • Estate Planning Issues related to:

– Family Land Holdings
– Estate Tax Portability

Historic & Environmental Preservation
  • Historic/Land Preservation
  • Conservation Restrictions
  • Environmental Permitting
  • Wetlands Issues
  • Coastal Permitting
  • Waterfront Properties
Family Law
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
  • Trust Administration
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Divorce
Civil Litigation
  • State and Federal Courts
Municipal Law

The firm has particularly specialized in municipal law, and has over time acted as counsel to:

  • eleven municipalities in the area
  • a number of specialized districts and boards
Business Management Legal Services
  • Partnership & LLC
  • Organizational & Maintenance
  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Tax Exempt Recognition
  • Non-Profit Corporations

About Us

Why Choose Our Firm


We are dedicated to understanding our clients’ needs and providing them with practical and cost-effective legal advice, representation, solutions and quality legal services. Our attorneys have years of legal expertise and have handled numerous cases and projects of significant complexity and substantial economic and social import.

Transparent Fees

We believe that our expertise in addressing cutting edge issues in such fields as estate taxation, land use, environmental permitting and wealth management is unmatched by any firm in our geographic area, and competitive with metropolitan firms that have infrastructure, costs, and billing rates that are substantially higher than ours.

Unparalleled Customer Service

By providing high quality legal services in the areas of estate planning, business organization and management services, asset protection and business planning, family law, guardianships and conservatorships, real estate law, civil litigation, appellate litigation, and trust and probate administration, we are a full-service firm that has been able to develop long-term relationships with our clients.