Karen B. Mariscal

Northwestern University School of Law

As Of Counsel at Margolis & Bloom, Karen B. Mariscal practices in the areas of special needs estate planning, guardianship, and disability law. Karen has been a highly-regarded lawyer in private practice for more than 30 years, half of that time in New York City and half in Boston at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP, Peabody & Arnold, LLP, and White & Williams, LLP.

Karen is a passionate advocate for her clients, including people who have family members with special needs. She and her husband have a severely autistic adult son (now living in a group setting in Framingham), so she understands how to navigate the system and what parents go through. Karen has been very active in Special Olympics, founding Wellesley’s Special Olympics track team (part of Wellesley S.T.A.R.S.).  She is the chair of the Housing Taskforce of AFAM (Advocacy for Autism Massachusetts), and is a member of the Housing Subcommittee of Massachusetts’s state-wide Autism Commission.  In addition, Karen is a director of Camp Starfish, a camp for children with emotional and behavioral issues. She is an active member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.

In addition to estate planning and guardianship (including supported decision-making), Karen provides families with information, resources, and practical assistance regarding their children’s adult day programming and housing and residential options and supports. Karen is a graduate of Indiana University, cum laude, and Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude.  Karen is a 2016 recipient of the The Five Star Wealth Manager award for her work as an estate planner.

Karen can be reached at kbm@margolis.com or by calling 617.267.9700 ext. 511

Articles written by Attorney Mariscal 

When Your Child Turns 18: Rogers Guardianships

Not Even Close: Raising a Child with Autism 

Housing for Your Special Needs Child: A Legal and Personal Perspective 

Housing Models for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Who Are Not in State-Supported Housing 

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