Douglas M. Watson

Topsfield, Massachusetts
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For over 35 years, I have represented people in family law disputes, including divorce, post-divorce modification, custody, removal, alimony, child support and complex property division. In addition, I have also represent people and businesses in litigation, particularly concerning real estate and disputes over wills and estates.

I have represented people in thousands of such cases. Though the vast majority of these disputes have been settled by agreement, others have not. I have found that, while resolution of your case in the courts can be wrenching, lengthy, and expensive, it does not have to be so. With careful preparation, experience, thorough knowledge of the law, a calm demeanor, respectful relationships with other attorneys and the courts, and empathy toward my clients, I can and do deliver to my clients a fair, open and understandable process that allows them to achieve financial security so that they and their loved ones can move forward with their lives.

I practice primarily in the Middlesex County, Essex County and Rockingham County Probate & Family and Superior Courts.

Areas of Practice

  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Wills & Estate Planning
  • Probate Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1979
  • New Hampshire, 1981


  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. – 1979
  • California, University of Berkeley, California
    • B.A. – 1976
    • Major: English

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Member
  • Essex County Bar Association, Member
  • Newburyport Bar Association, Member
  • Rowley Conservation Commission, Former Chairman and Member