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PRESS RELEASE: LOCAL ATTORNEY RECEIVES CERTIFICATION IN ELDER LAW
New London - The National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) – the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in the area of elder law - has announced that Jack Reardon of Cipparone & Zaccaro, P.C., in New London, Connecticut has successfully completed his examination leading to his certification as an elder law attorney.
Certification in elder law provides a measure of assurance to the public that the attorney has an in-depth working knowledge of the legal issues that impact the elderly. To qualify for the designation of Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA), one must show substantial involvement in the key areas of elder law, which include... Read More
PRESS RELEASE: Mark Pancrazio joins Cipparone & Zaccaro and opens office Woodbury. Read more...
Read Attorney Cipparone's article "Causes of Action for Financial Exploitation of Seniors" published in Connecticut Lawyer magazine.
Joe Cipparone and Attorney Wade Jensen will speak about Present Use and Future Viability of Annuities in Elder Law Planning at the CT Bar Association Elder Law Section meeting on November 18, 2015.
Congratulations to Jack Reardon for receiving the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Outstanding Chapter Member Award in June. This award is presented in recognition of the NAELA Chapter members who demonstrate outstanding initiative and leadership on behalf of their Chapters. Jack is a member of the Connecticut-based chapter, CT-NAELA.
On July 29, 2015, Joe Cipparone joined in a panel discussion at the Lymes Senior Center on the financial exploitation of seniors. A film short, "Last Will and Embezzlement," starring Mickey Rooney was followed by Q & A. Joe discussed the new Connecticut legislation on financial exploitation. http://www.theday.com/local/20150801/filmmaker-shares-story-of-elder-fin...
On June 17, 2015, Jack Reardon will appear as an expert to address the growing concerns of financial exploitation of our senior citizens. Film short "Last Will and Embezzlement" starring Mickey Rooney, followed by Q & A. 6:00 pm Rose City Senior Center, 8 Mahan Drive, Norwich, CT. FREE (860) 889-5960
CT NAELA endorses fixing Connecticut's House Bill 5806 regarding Community Spouse laws. http://www.nhregister.com/opinion/20150601/forum-connecticut-should-help-community-spouses-stay-at-home
On Sunday, February 8, 2015, at 10:00 am, Joe Cipparone will give a talk at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme entitled "Ten Mistakes to Avoid in Estate Planning." The talk is part of the After-Church Sessions in the Sheffield Auditorium of the Church. The talk is FREE and open to the public. The Church is located at 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme, CT. For more information, call the Church at 860-434-8686 or visit their website at www.fccol.org.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.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... Read More
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.
The Estate and Tax Planning Council of Eastern Connecticut, Inc., (ETPCEC) has elected Jack Reardon, Esq. to their Board of Directors for the 2014-2015 term. Congratulations, Jack!
On March 9, 2014, Joseph Cipparone was elected a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).
On Friday, March 7, 2014, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Attorney Jack Reardon and Russ Cumming, CLU will present “Estate Planning- The Basics & New Ways to Generate Retirement Income” at the Windham Falls Estates, 425 Drozdyk Dr., Groton, CT.