About the Author

Joseph A. Cipparone is an attorney and Certified Financial Planner® practicing in New London, Connecticut. Joe has practiced law and estate planning since 1983. Joe received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Joe practiced law at Wiggin, Dana & McGuire in New London, Connecticut, from 1983 to 1985. He joined Leeland J. Cole-Chu to form Cole-Chu & Cipparone in 1986. In 2000, Joe joined the trusts and estates department of Reid and Riege, PC, in Hartford, Connecticut. In 2005, Joe returned to New London to resume practice at Cole-Chu & Cipparone, LLC. In 2009, Kepple Morgan & Avena, PC, merged with Cole-Chu & Cipparone, LLC, to form Kepple, Cole-Chu, Cipparone, Avena & Zaccaro, PC. In 2011, Nicholas Kepple was elected probate judge of the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Probate Court and the firm changed its name to Cole-Chu, Cipparone & Zaccaro, PC.  In 2012, Lee Cole-Chu was appointed Connecticut Superior Court judge and the firm became Cipparone & Zaccaro, PC.  The firm has offices in New London.  Joe practices law with John C. Zaccaro, Jr. and Jack Reardon. See www.261law.com for more about the firm.

Joe has over 25 years of experience working with owners of closely held businesses, individuals and families on the full range of elder law, estate planning and business matters. These matters encompass the taxation of estates and gifts, Medicaid planning, and the preparation of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, prenuptial agreements, buy-sell agreements, and limited liability company documents. He also serves as trustee for numerous trusts.

Joe was the 2010 – 2011 President of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (CT-NAELA). He serves on the Executive Committees of the Estates & Probate Section and the Elder Law Section of Connecticut Bar Association (CBA). He has served as chair of the continuing legal education committee of CT-NAELA and the CBA Elder Law Section. Joe has served as a seminar leader for CT-NAELA and the Elder Law Section. Joe has written numerous articles for such publications as the CT-NAELA Practice Update, the Connecticut Law Tribune, Practical Tax Strategies, and the Estates & Probate Newsletter, Connecticut Lawyer and the Connecticut Bar Journal of the Connecticut Bar Association. Joe serves on the Board of Directors of the Estate & Tax Planning Council of Eastern Connecticut. Joe has also served as counsel and past Board member of the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut and President of the Interdistrict School for Arts & Communication (ISAAC) in New London. Joe lives in Old Lyme with his wife, Ellen Calkins, and their four children, Peter, Charlotte, Hugh and Abigail.