Attorney John R. Hope graduated with honors from Rensselaer Polytechnic with a Bachelor of Science in Business and a concentration in Applied Math in 1986. He first engaged in computer-based work as a quantitative analyst at a New York brokerage/asset management firm, PaineWebber. In 1989, John realized he would be happier working more directly with people, so, with the encouragement of his grandfather (himself an attorney), he pursued a career in law at Boston College Law School. John graduated with honors from Boston College Law in 1992, and served as a judicial clerk to the Justices of the Superior Court of Massachusetts. In 2003, Attorney Hope founded Hope Elder Law in Watertown, Massachusetts.
Attorney Hope strived to address client’s legal concerns in a friendly, effective, and supportive manner, explained the issues and options in an easy to understand way. He understood client’s concerns and applied his deep understanding of the law and practical experience in the field to help his clients and their family to overcome obstacles that prevented clients from moving forward. In order to keep his legal understanding current, Attorney Hope regularly attended educational programs to stay up-to-date on the latest changes in the law and public benefit programs. Attorney Hope had the ability to make people from diverse backgrounds comfortable based on his experiences living in a variety of settings including New York City, France, and the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Attorney Hope was a LGBTQ Ally. He was a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (“NAELA”), Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Massachusetts Guardianship Association, American Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association and Middlesex County Bar Association. Attorney Hope was a former member of the Watertown Rotary. Attorney Hope loved the outdoors. He resided in Watertown for about 23 years when he died on April 19, 2018.