Entries by Lisa Zappala Wood


I am pleased to announce that I now have a new office space at 3 Hollis Street, Pepperell, Ma 01463 in the TenBroeck Insurance Building across from the Pepperell Recreation Center. My mailing address, phone, fax and email remain the same.

Why should you have an estate plan?

Estate Planning…It’s one of those things that most people have heard of and maybe they’ve even thought about doing it, but just haven’t gotten around to it. Some people think it’s only for the wealthy, but it’s not. Almost every time I meet with a new client I hear “I’ve been meaning to do this […]


I’ve always thought of fall as the start of a new year. The kids are back in school and people are focusing on things they’ve neglected all summer. Fall brings new opportunities for us all to make goals for ourselves whether we are in school or not. What is it that you’ve put off doing […]

Mediation is not just for divorces.

I was speaking with someone at a networking event yesterday and he asked what I did.  I told him I was I was an attorney and mediator. I eventually asked him to keep me in mind if he ever needs my services.  He said he’s been happily married for 47 years and he hopes he […]

Dealing with the loss of a loved one…

As a mediator, divorce and probate attorney, I deal with people who have experienced (or are experiencing a loss) on a regular basis. Everyone deals with loss in a different way. Most have heard of the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.  Often my first contact with clients is in those initial […]


What is your reaction when you hear someone talk about holding people accountable? Do you think that it is about judgment? I don’t, I think it’s about our need for truth and/or the need to feel that we are being treated fairly. No one wants to feel like they are being taken advantage. No one […]