Welcome to our Guide to Professionals. Here you will find a network of professional services to help you through your divorce.
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** Denotes Collaboratively Trained Professional
Barbara C. Attardo CFP®, AEP®, CDFA™, Partner
Barbara is a Partner at Daintree Advisors and Daintree Divorce Consulting with over 25 years of experience servicing the financial needs of her clients. Barbara compassionately assists individuals and couples to successfully navigate the financial challenges of divorce.
As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® and key member of the team working with the client and their attorney or mediator, Barbara focuses on the specific goals of the client, setting realistic expectations and their short and long term financial security for the best possible outcome. Barbara commits the time necessary to educate the client to make sure they understand all areas of their financial life and to illustrate the long term consequences of their options, both pre-tax and post-tax. Barbara works hard to take the fear and confusion out of the process by leveling the playing field and empowering the client with knowledge and understanding so they are able to make the best possible decisions for the overall well-being of themselves and their family.
Barbara earned a B.A. degree in Mathematics from Boston College where she graduated summa cum laude. Barbara received a Financial Planning Certification from Boston University and holds the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification, as well as the Accredited Estate Planner® designation and the Certified Divorce Financial Analyst® certification. Barbara was honored as a Five Star Wealth Manager in 2017 by Boston Magazine.
Darlene Dahl, CPA/PFS, AEP®, CDFA™, Managing Director**
Darlene has provided divorce consulting services to clients and their attorneys for over a decade, is a collaboratively trained financial neutral, and has completed mediation training .
As a CPA with accounting, tax, and financial planning experience spanning more than 20 years and as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, Darlene is adept in helping individuals and couples contemplating or going through divorce realize that they have difficult financial decisions to make rather than battles to be fought. By helping her clients understand the long-term financial and tax implications of their settlement options, they gain the confidence to make timely and informed decisions based on their shared values and goals instead of emotion. Darlene provides her clients with peace of mind by illustrating what their financial life will look like after divorce.
In addition to helping clients implement their settlement agreements and successfully transition into their new financial life through post-divorce financial planning and investment advisory services, Darlene serves wealthy, multi-generational families in Daintree’s Family Office group.
Lauren N. Desforge CFP®, CPA/PFS, AEP®, CDFA™, Managing Director**
Lauren Desforge is a Managing Director at Daintree Advisors and Daintree Divorce Consulting with over 25 years of experience providing individuals and families with comprehensive planning and investment management services.
Lauren is a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ who assists individuals and couples with the financial aspects of divorce to maximize their financial resources and enhance their financial well-being. She helps clients understand their current financial picture, advises on complicated settlement issues, and analyzes the pros and cons of different settlement proposals enabling clients to choose the best settlement options for themselves and their family. Through education and working together with the client and their attorney or mediator, Lauren helps clients set realistic expectations, make informed decisions, and gain peace of mind.
As an experienced CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner and a CPA, Lauren helps post-divorce clients transition to their new financial lives with financial planning, investment management, and tax planning services offered through Daintree Advisors LLC, an independent, fee-only Registered Investment Advisory firm.
Additionally, Lauren holds the Accredited Estate Planner® designation and is a collaboratively trained financial neutral. She has received the Five Star Wealth Manager recognition. Lauren is active in the Boston Estate Planning Council and is a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council. She is also a member of her church’s finance council and is a coach for Budget Buddies, an organization that teaches low-income women core money-management skills to help gain their financial independence.
Mary M. Shahian MBA, M.Ed, ChFC, CFP®, CDFA™, Partner
Mary is a Partner at Daintree Advisors and Daintree Divorce Consulting. She has extensive experience working with women in transition and over 20 years of experience in providing comprehensive investment management and financial planning services.
As a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst®, Mary works with clients, attorneys, and mediators to understand financial issues and strategize creative financial options that maximize resources and enhance family financial well-being. As a result of her background in education, Mary particularly enjoys educating clients and giving them the confidence to make good financial decisions both during the divorce process and as they plan for their new financial future.
Mary was recently honored by being named a Five Star Wealth Manager for the second consecutive year by Boston Magazine.
Daintree Advisors is a fee-only Registered Investment Advisory firm.