Fiorentino, Howard & Petrone, P.C.

Fiorentino, Howard & Petrone, P.C.

Your Trusted Connecticut General Practice

Firm Overview

Our experienced Manchester attorneys provide a full range of services
Since its founding in 1956, Fiorentino, Howard & Petrone, P.C. has been a general law firm committed to meeting the legal needs of individuals, families, businesses and organizations in Central and Eastern Connecticut. The firm has previously been known as Phelon, FitzGerald & Wood, P.C.. We work hard to build lasting relationships with our clients and deliver superior responsiveness on your important legal matters. Our experienced attorneys, along with our friendly and efficient staff, are ready to welcome and help you.

We safeguard your every legal transaction, whether it is protecting your interests if you are injured, the management of your estate, or the purchase sale of your home. From the initial consultation to final resolution, we take pride in giving you hands-on, highly focused, personalized attention and solution-driven, cost-effective representation. Our goal is to bring you the best possible results for your important legal matters.

Fiorentino, Howard & Petrone, P.C. offers a broad range of practice areas, including:
-Estate planning
-Corporate law
-Real estate
-Employment law
-Education law
-Juvenile law
-Personal injury
-Medical malpractice
-Wrongful death
-Automobile accidents
-Church law
-Church and state matters
-Religious organizations
-Family law
-Criminal law
-General civil litigation
-Traffic violations
-Products liability
-Drug crimes
-Medicaid planning

Successfully serving clients in Connecticut
For 56 years, Fiorentino, Howard & Petrone, P.C. has been successfully serving clients in the city of Manchester and throughout Central and Eastern Connecticut.

Main Office

Main Office
773 Main Street
Manchester, CT 06040


(860) 643-1136

Estate Planning

Connecticut Trusts and Estates Attorneys Helping You Plan

Preserving your family's wealth for future generations
Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Fiorentino,Howard & Petrone, P.C. can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Choosing the appropriate executor
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Wills drafting

Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Draft your living will and last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored.
Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet - making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

We can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. We draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointment of guardianship
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.

Our attorneys apply their extensive knowledge about the Connecticut probate court to guide you through the complex process of probating a will. We assist executors in all steps of the process, including:
-Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
-Filing the will with the Connecticut probate court
-Closing and opening bank accounts
-Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
-Valuating the estate
-Managing and liquidating assets as appropriate
-Paying taxes and other debts
-Locating beneficiaries
-Hiring professionals and experts when necessary

Probate disputes
When disputes occur between beneficiaries, we successfully represent your interests. We have the extensive knowledge to challenge invalid wills or to defend valid wills against the improper assertions of dissatisfied beneficiaries. As skilled mediators and litigators, we can negotiate between beneficiaries to preserve relationships or diligently pursue your rights in court when necessary.

James H. Howard

Fiorentino, Howard & Petrone, P.C.

Areas of practice
-Civil litigation
-Real estate
-Corporate law
-Will contests

Admitted to practice
-Connecticut, 1988
-U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 1990
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1997

Awards, honors and activities
-BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell - a widely respected mark of achievement signifying quality legal work, professionalism and solid ethical standards
-Instructor, Connecticut Evidence, NITA/NAELA Workshop, 2008
-Counsel to the Federal Grievance Committee, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 2010-2012

-University of Connecticut, J.D., 1988
-Hobart College, B.A., 1985

Reported cases
-Borkowski v. Sacheti, 43 Conn. App. 294, 682 A.2d. 1095 (Conn. App. 1996)
-Fibre Optic Plus, Inc. v. XL Specialty Insurance Co., 125 Conn. App. 399, 8 A.3d. 539 (Conn. App. 2010)
-Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Connecticut v. Gauss, et. al., 302 Conn. 386, 28 A.3d. 288 (Conn. 2011)

Professional memberships
-Manchester Bar Association
-Connecticut Bar Association

-Born in Manchester, Connecticut