The Legal Needs of People Over 50. That’s Our Focus.

If you have questions about a long-term care strategy, Medicaid eligibility, Wills and end-of-life decisions, or settling your parents’ estate, we’re your resource in Eastern Connecticut.

You can rely on us to treat you with respect, listen carefully, and provide clear, practical answers to the questions that come up regarding elder issues, estate planning, probate matters, and more.

We’ll guide you as you make important decisions for the future that will affect your home, your savings, your health care, and your business.

We have deep roots in the Eastern Connecticut community. Our firm and its predecessors have been practicing in the New London area since 1986, its members having served on numerous community and civic board and committees for many years.

Whether you’re thinking about an estate plan, dealing with probate matters, or puzzling over Medicaid requirements, we can help.

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Firm News & Events

On November 13, 2014, 7 p.m. at the Salem Free Library, Attorney John Zaccaro will give the final talk in the Elder Solutions Series entitled “Downsizing Decisions in the Aging Process.” Attorney Zaccaro will discuss moving in with the kids including creating an in-law apartment, buying a new place with your child, moving to Florida, moving to a Continuing Care Retirement Community or an Assisted Living Facility, moving from your house to a condominium, and the Income & Estate Tax Consequences of moving. Space is limited to 40 attendees so make your reservation today by calling 860-442-0150 or sending an e-mail to attorneys@261law.com. The Series is co-sponsored by the Friends of Salem Free Library which receives no remuneration for its co-sponsorship.

On October 16, 2014, 7 p.m., at the Salem Free Library, Attorney Jack Reardon will give the second talk in the Elder Solutions Series entitled “Financial Considerations in Staying at Home.” Attorney Reardon’s talk will focus on ways to make home care affordable. He will discuss the Medicare home care program, Medicaid home care program, State-Funded Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders, Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program, Veterans aid & attendance benefits, Caregiver Agreements, and Reverse Mortgages. Space is limited to 40 attendees so make your reservation today by calling 860-442-0150 or sending an e-mail to attorneys@261law.com. The Series is co-sponsored by the Friends of Salem Free Library which receives no remuneration for its co-sponsorship.

On October 15, 2014, 2:30 p.m. at Senior Resources in Norwich, Attorney Joseph Cipparone will give a presentation entitled “Elder Law Strategies.” The talk will focus on the many strategies for obtaining long-term care and the ways seniors can qualify for programs to provide care. He will discuss the use of Pooled Trusts to lower income so that seniors can qualify for Medicaid and Veterans Benefits, Grantor Trusts to protect the family home, Spousal Testamentary Trusts to create a trust for the disabled spouse if the well spouse dies, and the purchase of a Spousal Immediate Annuity to lower assets to qualify for public benefits. Call Marion Donato (860-887-3561 Extension 124) of Senior Resources, our local area agency on aging, to register for the program. For more about Senior Resources, go to www.seniorresourcesec.org.

On October 8, 2014, 5 p.m. at Crescent Point in Niantic, Attorney Joseph Cipparone will present the talk entitled “10 Mistakes to Avoid in Estate Planning.” After Attorney Cipparone’s presentation, the VNA of Southeastern Connecticut will give a brief talk on the variety of care available in the community. Attendees will also receive dinner during the talks. Call Nancy Chaput (860-739-9479) at Crescent Point, an assisted living facility, to register for the program.

On September 25, 2014, 7 p.m. at the Salem Free Library, Attorney Joseph Cipparone will present the first talk in the Elder Solution Series entitled “How to Protect Your Parents.” Those who attend the first talk will learn the dangers of joint accounts, the promise and perils of durable powers of attorney, innovative uses of revocable trusts for lifetime financial management, and the difference between voluntary and involuntary conservatorships. Attorney Cipparone will also discuss how to broach the sensitive topic of safe driving with your parents, how to guard against financial exploitation, and the latest in home monitoring systems. Space is limited to 40 attendees so make your reservation today by calling 860-442-0150 or sending an e-mail to attorneys@261law.com. All attendees will receive a FREE copy of the 2014 Southeastern Connecticut Senior Services Guide written by Attorney Cipparone. The Salem Free Public Library is located at 264 Hartford Road and can be reached by calling 860-859-1130. There is plenty of on-site parking. The Series is co-sponsored by the Friends of Salem Free Library which receives no remuneration for its co-sponsorship.

 Jack Reardon, Esq. has been elected as President of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (CT-NAELA).  Congratulations, Jack!

Joseph Cipparone has been selected to the 2014 Connecticut Super Lawyers list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice.  Look for his listing in the New England Super Lawyers Magazine and a later issue of Connecticut Magazine.

John Zaccaro, Jr., Esq. has been selected to moderate The Cyber Attorney - Securing Your Data in the Cloud at this year's Connecticut Legal Conference in June.

  • Joe Cipparone is an exceptionally caring and competent attorney. He has guided my personal and legal matters since 2005. Joe helped me with the settlement of my husband's estate and the creation of an estate plan for myself and my family's future. In addition, I have trusted Joe to manage my financial affairs including investments and my children's college planning. He has also advocated with state agencies on legal matters concerning my developmentally disabled son and created a trust for his future. I know Joe truly cares about me and my family. He has my utmost respect and confidence.

    Juliette Evans Case
    Old Lyme, CT

  • After 29 long years, the United States Immigration Court finally granted my brother and me our Permanent Resident cards on January 24, 2011.  We received our long-awaited Green Cards on February 12, 2011.  My brother and I would like to thank Attorney Robert Kim Bingham from the bottom of our hearts for all the hard work and dedication he rendered to make our case successful.  The professionalism, meticulous and articulate manner in which Attorney Robert Kim Bingham handled our case made it a success in court.  My brother and I are now officially Permanent Residents.  Shoud we ever need any additional help, we will not hesitate to call up him.  We would be happy to recommend him to anyone that needs legal help in the future.

    Maysun Saad

  • Attorney Cipparone recently helped my husband and me to prepare an estate plan.  We knew we had to do this but had put it off for a very long time because it seemed like such a daunting task.  Joe showed a keen interest in our family needs and keeping our family finances on track.  He answered all of our questions and made the process generally stress-free!  We are very grateful.  He has our utmost respect, so we refer others to him.

    Marianne Kennedy, Ph.D.

  • We work with Joe Cipparone because he listens, educates and uses his extensive expertise to provide options to meet our needs. Over the years, Joe has helped us with our wills, powers of attorney and estate planning, and made us feel confident that we have planned for our future.

    Carole Eckart and Carl Nawrocki
    Salem, CT

  • Joseph Cipparone is the attorney for our LLC.  As such, the service he has provided has been first rate.  He's a good listener, which means that before he makes recommendations, he has gained a solid understanding of our goals and needs.  The recommendations he gave us have stood the test of time (nearly seven years), and we are grateful for his work.  The only difficulty in this recommendation is limiting our choice of the above attributes to three; he has excelled in all.

    Lewis J. Buckley