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Jeffrey L Crown

Practice areas:

Trusts, Probate, Estate Planning, Litigation

About Me

 


Jeff is the  managing member of Trustlawyer, LLC in Rocky Hill, Connecticut ( Hartford County). He has an “AV” rating in Martindale-Hubbell and is  a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  He’s a graduate of the University of Connecticut Law School and has done graduate study in tax law at New York University. 


 


He works with successful individuals, families and business owners to design wealth transfer plans that benefit families, employees and charities. He has extensive experience representing both executors and contestants in will contests and has settled many large and complex estates.


 


 Jeff has written over twenty five national articles and has lectured widely at seminars throughout the country including the University of Miami, Notre Dame, Duke University and Southern Methodist University Estate Planning Institutes, The State Bar of Texas Advanced Probate Course and the New Mexico and Oklahoma Tax Institutes.


 


He’s listed in “The Best Lawyers in America, Superlawyers  and in “Who’s Who in American Law.”   He’s been quoted several times in “Newsweek” and named as one of the State’s top lawyers in Connecticut Magazine and in Hartford Magazine.


 


 


 


Jeff is an avid fan of the New Britain Rock Cats, shoots in pistol and rifle competitions and is a certified scuba diver. He especially enjoys photography, primarily in New Mexico and Texas. He lives in a cabin in the woods with his wife, Morreene, a herd of cats and assorted woodland creatures.


 


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Languages Spoken: German

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1973

  1. Trusts: 32%
    42 years
  2. Estate Planning: 29%
    42 years
  3. Probate: 29%
    42 years
  4. Litigation: 10%
    42 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • David Michael Goldman

    I endorse this lawyer's work. We worked together on several NFA firearms trust for clients in his sate. Jeff is very responsive and did a great job with us and the client.

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    David Goldman Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

21 New Britain Avenue
2nd Floor
Rocky Hill, CT, 06067


Hartford, CT

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CTActive197309/23/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Estate and Trust LawyersConnecticut Super Lawyers2009
Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law1985
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America1983
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1983
AmJur Awards in Estate Planning and in Creditors' RightsLawyers Cooperative1973

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing MemberTrustlawyer, LLC2008 - Present
LawyerPrivate practice1976 - 2008
Attorney (Trust Law)The Connecticut Bank and Trust Company1973 - 1976

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
The Hundred Club of ConnecticutDirector2008 - Present
Hartford Bow Tie Swap ClubBow Tie Swapper2007 - Present
The Hospital of Central ConnecticutCorporator2003 - Present
Mattabassett Rifle and Pistol ClubMember2003 - Present
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow1983 - Present
Connecticut Bar AssociationExecutive Committee, Estates and Probate Section1976 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Conn. Bar Ass'n. Estates and Probate Newsletter - May, 2012Frequently Forgotten Factors in Pre-Nuptial Pacts2012
CT Bar Estates & Probate Newsletter -- December, 2010Some Shortcomings of Short Health Care Directives2010
U. of Miami Estate Planning InstituteProphylaxis for Probate Practitioners: Malpractice Policies and Malpractice Prevention1992
U. of Miami Estate Planning Institute! Battle Stations ! Evasive, Defensive and Attack Maneuvers for Will Contests1989
Notre Dame Estate Planning InstituteTax Planning and Drafting for Close Order of Deaths1981
Trusts & EstatesPlanning for Emotionally Disabled Beneficiaries1980
The Estates, Gifts and Trusts JournalThwarting the Will Contest -- Some Psychological Aspects of Will Drafting and Execution1980
Notre Dame Estate Planning InstituteLast Requests -- The Right to Die and Anatomical Gifts1980
Review of Taxation of IndividualsIncome Tax Planning for the Terminally Ill Taxpayer1979
The Estates, Gifts and Trusts JournalDivorce, Remarriage and the Marital Deduction1979
Southern Methodist University Estate Planning SymopsiumFree Lunch? -- Non-Interest Loans, Leasebacks and Net Gifts1979
Notre Dame Estate Planning InstituteNaked Death Benefits -- An Estate Planning Opportunity?1979
U. of Miami Estate Planning InstituteThe Emotionally Disabled Trustee1979
Taxation For AccountantsEleventh Hour Income Tax Planning1978
Trusts and EstatesHow to Use Estate Trusts - A Pretermitted Child in Estate Planning1977
Practising Law InstituteSenior Citizens and the Tax Reform Act of 19761977
The Estates, Gifts and Trusts JournalDrafting Marital Deduction Formula Clauses1977
Estate Planning magazineHow to Take Steps to Guard Against a Client's Incompetence1977
Successful Estate Planning Ideas and MethodsThe Durable Power of Attorney - Planning for Incapacity1976

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Connecticut School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1973
University of HartfordPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1967
New York University School of LawTax LawN/AN/A

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
When Family Law and Trusts and Estates IntersectFrequently Forgotten Factors in Pre-Nuptial Pacts2012
Hartford Probate ForumFiduciaries and Firearms - Estate Planning and Settlement for Gun Owners2009
Conn. Society of CPAs - Continuing Education ProgramWinning the Estate Settlement Game - Home Runs and Strikeouts2009
Planned Giving Group of ConnecticutWhat You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Landmines in Estate Settlement and Litigation2008
CSCPA Estate Planning ForumAsset Protection in Plain English2005
Duke University Estate Planning SeminarSome Stories of Successful Succession - and Some Not2004
Southern New Mexico Estate Planning InstituteMickey Rooney Meets Liz Taylor - Planning for the Second Marriage and Beyond2003
Southern New Mexico Estate Planning InstituteDon't Get a "D" for Drafting - A Desultory Discussion of Diverse Delicts in Designing Dispositive Documents2001
Southern New Mexico Estate Planning InstituteMo' Work, Mo' Money, Mo' Fun -- Building and Estate Planning Practice1999
CT Bar Ass'n. Probate Litigation SeminarProbate Appeals1998
Southern New Mexico Estate Planning InstituteEmotional, Tax and Other Factors in Trustee Selection and Removal1997
Southern New Mexico Estate Planning InstituteThe Means of Grace and the Hope of Glory -- Avoiding Malpractice Exposure in Estate Planning1996
University of Miani Estate Planning InstututeProphylaxis for Probate Practitionrs - Malpractice Polices and Malpractice Prevention1992
Connecticut Bar Association CLE ProgramPreventive Medicine for the "California Disease -- Avoiding Malpractice Exposure in Estate Planning1992
University of Miani Estate Planning Instutute! Battle Stations ! - Evasive, Defensive and Attack Maneuvers for Will Contests1989
Notre Dame Estate Planning InstituteTax Planning for Close Order of Deaths1981
Notre Dame Estate Planning InstituteLast Requests - The Right to Die and Anatomical Gifts1980
University of Miani Estate Planning InstututeThe Emotionally Disabled Trustee1979
Stat Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning and Probate CoursePlanning for Will Contests1979
SMU Estate Planning SeminarFree Lunch? Non-Interest Loans, Leasebacks and Net Gifts1979
Notre Dame Estate Planning InstituteNaked Death Benefits - An Estate Planning Opportunity?1979
University of Connecticut Law School - CT Bar Ass'nAdvanced Estate Planning and Administration1978
Oklahoma State Tax InstituteThe Marital Deduction After TRA '761978
Notre Dame Estate Planning InstitutePlanning for Incapacity1978
Colby College Tax InstituteTax Reform Act of 19761977
Trusts and Estates Tax Laws Seminar (1976 Tax Reform Act)Mechanics of Estate and Gift Tax Computations1976