SALEM — The merger of a Salem law firm and a Wellesley law firm will create one of the larger suburban law firms outside of Boston, says Salem attorney William Tinti, whose Congress Street firm of Tinti, Quinn, Grover & Frey, P.C. is merging with the firm of  King & Navins, P.C.

When the firms combine as of Jan. 1, the new firm will be called Tinti & Navins, P.C., and have offices in Salem and Wellesley.

The merger is designed to give the new firm an expanded estate planning practice, and give the Salem firm an office in Greater Boston area it does not now have. 

"This is something I've been working on for a long time because it will stabilize the firm for the future," said Tinti, a past chairman and present legal counsel for the Northshore Chamber of Commerce in Danvers.

Tinti founded his firm in 1982. King & Navins, which was founded in 1989, specializes in estate planning and trust administration, and Tinti said the merger will broaden this practice for the combined firm. It's an area of the law that holds up, regardless of how the economy is doing.

The combined firm will have about 16 to 17 lawyers, said Tinti, who said his Salem law firm presently has 12 lawyers. Tinti said his firm specializes in real estate law, administrative and government law, litigation, business and employment law and tax law. The firm's attorney, Marc Frey, specializes in estate planning and administration.

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