I help you protect your family and preserve your assets. My focus is on Estate Planning and Business Planning. My goal is to provide you with legal advice for life.
I help you create an estate plan that meets your specific needs and allows you to pass down not only your assets, but also your values, by preparing a comprehensive set of documents and offering you the option of creating a Lasting Legacy Video, where we capture your answers to thought provoking questions that will convey your philosophy of life, the lessons you have learned, and your hopes, dreams and aspirations for your children, and grandchildren.
For individual clients, I can provide advice on a variety of other situations that require legal guidance. Whether you are buying or selling home, dealing with a minor criminal matter, have been fired from a job, or have been injured in a car accident, you should have a lawyer you can turn to for advice. I want to be that lawyer.
I also help individuals who own, or want to start, a business. From helping you choose the right entity for your business from the start, to preparing a buy sell agreement to make sure your family is protected in the event of death or incapacity, to buying or selling a business, I can help.
And If I can't help you, I can usually find someone who can.
Specialties: Wills, Trusts & Estates, including Spendthrift Trust, Special Needs Trusts, Bloodline Trusts, Credit Shelter Trusts, pre-nuptial agreements and probate litigation (including will contests); corporate and LLC formations, business succession planning, purchase and sales of businesses; contract review and drafting.
I started my own firm in December of 2008, after over 20 years in larger and mid-sized firms.
On a regular basis I represent families with minor and young adult children to make sure that their kids are cared for by the people they chose, that their estate is managed by the person they select, and that their assets are used the way they want them to be used --for the benefit of their loved ones.
I also help people navigate their way through probate court, often a complicated and challenging journey.
I recently helped a woman make sure that her aging mother had appropriate documents in place that would allow her to make health and financial decisions for her mother, in the event her mom was unable to do so.
I recently helped a client sell his business, and helped another client finally open his own shop, after years of working for someone else.
500 Winding Brook Drive
Glastonbury CT 06033
I offer a free telephone consultation, up to 15 minutes, scheduled in advance.
For Estate Planning work I provide an estimate of the fee after I have conferred with the client and have gotten a reasonably clear idea of the nature and extent of the work involved. My fee for a straight-forward Will for a husband and wife, including Living Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives and Heath Care Proxies would typically be about $850. If a simple trust is necessary, the typical fee would be about $1,500. My website has more information about my fees.
My normal hourly rate ranges from $325 to $375, depending on the type of case and the client.
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
I always wanted to be in the courtroom. While I can confidently say that I've never lost a case that I should have won, over the years, I've learned that staying out of the courtroom is usually the best course of action.
Now, in an effort to be a trusted family advisor, I'm applying the wisdom I've gained from a lifetime of fighting for people in court to providing advice and counsel to broader range of situations.
I view my clients as critical and hopefully active participants in whatever legal process we end up in, and so the more my clients know the better. Professional training is all well and good, but there is no substitute for the client's eyes, ears and gut when making key decisions about legal issues.
I am always happy to review documents prepared by the client and I will make appropriate suggestions for improvement when possible. However, proper review of a document still requires that I have a clear understanding about a client's individual needs and situation. Without this information, I can't be sure that the documents do what the client intends.
Over the years, I have coached many clients who represent themselves, with mixed success. It really depends on the client.
I started my legal career in 1986 at a prestigious Hartford firm, Schatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin, and then worked at a Cohn & Birnbaum, P.C, also in Hartford. In 1991, I joined the firm of Jacobs, Walker, Rice & Basche, LLC (now known as Jacobs, Walker, Rice & Barry, LLC) where I practiced for 16 years working in a wide range of areas.
I've worked in all sizes of law firms, from one of the largest in Connecticut, to a 25 person firm, then to a 7 lawyer firm, and now I'm a solo practitioner. I've had the training of a large firm, but the breadth of experience of a small firm. I've worked on very complicated, sophisticated corporate and securities litigation and also small claims matters. I've worked with teams of in-house attorneys, and I've also worked with Mom and Pop store owners. In short, I know what clients need.
I attended UConn undergraduate school and UConn Law School and I worked all through school to pay toward the cost of that fine education, so I know the value of hard work.
I have three wonderful children who teach me about life every day and a wife of almost 25 years who keeps me laughing, so I appreciate what really matters in life.
All of this makes me who I am and makes me the best lawyer I can be.
My goal is to provide legal advice to individuals, families and businesses for life. I combine over 23 years of experience, with sound judgment, strong communication, and the highest technology to assist clients in a broad range of areas.Personal interests:
I enjoy golf, tennis, sailing and the latest gadgets. I am trying to learn to play the guitar and to learn Spanish. Both are much harder than I thought. I've coached soccer, basketball and baseball, but I think the only thing I taught my players was to enjoy the game.
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