It is with sadness that one of our longtime partners, Stuart A. Hammer, passed away on September 13, 2021. He was a highly regarded Tax, Trusts & Estates attorney in the Worcester area for many years having joined Christopher, Hays, Wojcik & Mavricos in 2011. His peers had elected him to membership in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. They had also recognized him as a Super Lawyer in the areas of Estate Planning & Probate, Business/Corporate and Elder Law and one of New England’s Best Lawyers in the areas of Tax Law and Trusts and Estates. He was also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Worcester County Bar Association. Stuart obtained Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating for a lawyer, AV Preeminent®, as determined by his peers.
Stuart was born in Passaic, New Jersey, to David and Sarah Hammer on October 21, 1943. After graduating from Cornell University in 1965, Stuart received his Juris Doctor from Fordham University in 1968 and a Master of Laws Degree in Taxation from New York University in 1970. He initially served three years as an Attorney-Advisor to the late Honorable John Kern and the late Honorable Theodore Tannenwald, Jr., both judges on the United States Tax Court. He then later worked for two major insurance companies as well as the law firms of Fletcher Tilton, P.C. and Mountain Dearborn & Whiting, LLP prior to joining Christopher, Hays, Wojcik & Mavricos.
He was a Life Member of the American Begonia Society and past president of the Boston chapter, served on the national board of the Gesneriad Society, was past president of Jewish Family Service of Worcester, served on the board of the Holden Towers Worcester Tennis Club, and was on the founding board of the Abaarso School. He lived and worked in the Worcester area for over 45 years.
Stuart is survived by his long time partner, Susan Starr, son Jeffrey Hammer and his wife Anne Hammer, daughter Kimberly Hammer, brother Harvey Hammer, sister Phyllis Hammer, and grandchildren Henry Hammer, Sarah Hammer, and Jacob Perez. Stuart will be missed by all who knew him.