Mediation & more

Out of court solutions are often the best ones. Learn more about mediation, collaborative law, and other alternative dispute resolution. Learn more about mediation, collaborative law, and alternative dispute resolution.

Fixed Fee Services & Coaching

“Unbundled” legal services, coaching, or Limited Appearance Representation (LAR). Learn  about how this could work for you…

Guardianship, Adoption & Surrogacy Agreements

Are you a caregiver? We can help. Read here for info on adoptionguardianship, conservatorship, artificial reproductive technology, and surrogacy agreements.

Our core purpose:  Empowering and transforming clients’ lives through insightful guidance.


Lisa graduated from Douglass College, Rutgers University in 1984 and earned her J.D. from the Rutgers University School of Law – Newark in 1992. She practiced law in New Jersey, served as deputy counsel to the NJ State Legislature and was legal counsel to a utility economics consulting firm before moving to Massachusetts in 2001.

Attorney Kent came to specialize in domestic relations after years of practicing civil rights, personal injury, and commercial litigation. To learn what inspires her work, see Why I Practice Family Law.

She now concentrates her practice in contested divorce, child custody, and paternity matters. She is a trained mediator and conciliator and a certified Category F Guardian ad litem in child custody matters. Estate planning, guardianships, and adoptions are among the services she provides to clients.

Prior to joining Attorney Esser, Kent was a litigator with Lesser, Newman & Nasser in Northampton, Massachusetts, and was a staff attorney with the Student Legal Services Office at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Attorney Kent is on the Executive Committee of the Franklin County Bar Association, where she is on the Continuing Legal Education, Parent Education and Courthouse Art committees. She was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court to represent Franklin County as a liaison to the Probate and Family Court. She is a frequent “Lawyer for the Day” in Hampshire and Franklin Probate and Family Courts, and has taught continuing legal education workshops in the field of child custody and electronic/digital discovery rules. She volunteers for the Senior Partners for Justice and the Volunteer Lawyers Project.

When not at work or answering emails, she enjoys gardening and swimming, and completing her training to be