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Stephen A. Unsworth

Estate planning Attorney at Essex Junction, VT

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Stephen A. Unsworth
has over 30 years of experience in estate planning and business law.  Stephen directs the Legacy Wealth Planning group and devotes his practice primarily to estate planning, elder law, asset protection and business law.His mission is to provide quality estate planning resources, such as assistance with Living Trusts, Wills (simple & complex), Probate, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Medicaid and Special Needs Planning and Family Limited Partnerships.

Stephen was previously a member of the Board of Governors for the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA), a national membership organization serving the needs of legal professionals concentrating on estate planning. 

Through the Academy's comprehensive training and educational programs on state-of-the-art estate planning law and techniques, the AAEPA fosters excellence in estate planning among its members and helps them deliver the highest possible service to their clients. 

 

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Licensed for 45 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2018
Updated 06/05/2022
State ME
Status Active
Acquired 1985
Updated 11/26/2022
State VT
Status Active
Acquired 1977
Updated 11/27/2022

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Stephen A. Unsworth
26 Railroad Ave
Essex Junction, VT, 05482

Reviews

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Posted by Karen | February 5, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Nursing Education
Wendy was wonderful and very helpful explaining all the "legal" terminology to two medical professionals! Very patient and thorough. Appreciate the guidance and knowledge in helping us to make the right decisions.
Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Help setting up estate plan.
My email experience working together has been great. All my estate issues were handled very well. I got great explanations covering complex areas that made them seem simple and clear. Highly recommend!
Posted by M G K | June 21, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional
It was a pleasure doing business with you. You were very knowledgeable and explained everything in a language I could understand.
Posted by Roberta H | June 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable
Excellent experience. Knowledgeable, professional staff. My situation was more involved and difficult from prior, possibly ‘poor’ planning and Unsworth LaPlante, PLLC (specially Atty. Unsworth) brought his expertise to the table, worked through the legalities, end result, the Estate was settled and complete planning for myself.
Posted by Linda | November 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceeded expectations
My same-sex spouse and I were ready to modify our Revocable Trust from twenty years ago. We both attended Stephen's free seminar and learned a lot there about different kinds of trusts and ways of handling estate plans when there are children and grand-children in the picture. We had a personal consulting appointment and then adequate time for us to make decisions. The estate plan we were presented with included such tools as a Funding Instructions so we knew what to do to get our assets into the Trust, What to do in the event of Death or Disability, Location Lists, and more. We hadn't imagined those essential extras were part of a top rated estate plan. They have helped us implement all the changes that were needed. Throughout, Stephen was friendly, knowledgeable, considerate, and patient with all of our questions and concerns. We couldn't be more satisfied with our experience.
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Posted by Susan | September 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
Attorney Unsworth prepared my husband's and my Estate Plan after attending one of his workshops. He was extremely professional, thorough and easy to work with. We have been putting this off far too long and we're very happy and relieved that it's finally done and at a reasonable cost!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Unsworth Law
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Unsworth & Barra PLC
  • 1993 - 2012

Education

  • Western New England College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of Maine, Orono
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Associations

  • Vermont Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Vermont Bar Association­ Probate & Trust Section
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Chittenden County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 1977 - Present
  • Vermont Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyer Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyer Magazine
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyer Magazine
  • 2014
  • Top Vermont Business Lawyers
  • Vermont Business Magazine
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyer Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Vermont Business Lawyers
  • Vermont Business Magazine
  • 2013
  • Top Vermont Business Lawyers
  • Vermont Business Magazine
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyer Magazine
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyer Magazine
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyer Magazine
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyer Magazine
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • New England Super Lawyer Magazine
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • NBI
  • Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts
  • 2016
  • NBI
  • Estate Planning and administration: The Complete guide
  • 2015
  • Vermont Bar Association
  • Trust and Estate Planning and Administration
  • 2014
  • National Business Institute
  • Trust 101
  • 2014
  • National Business Institute
  • Practical Guide to Probate
  • 2014
  • National Business Institute
  • Vermont Practical Guide to Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • National Business Institute
  • Drafting Effective Wills and Trust
  • 2013
  • National Business Institute
  • Resolving Estate Wills and Trust contests
  • 2013
  • NBI
  • Probate process from Start to Finish
  • 2012
  • NBI
  • Trust Administration
  • 2011
  • National Business Institute
  • Drafing Effective Wills and Trusts
  • 2011
  • National Business Institute
  • Fundamentals of Trust Administration
  • 2010
  • National Business Institute
  • Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts
  • 2009
  • Institute for Paralegal Educating
  • Ethical Perils in the Probate Process for Paralegals
  • 2009
  • National Business Institute
  • Ethical Perils in the Probate Process for Paralegals
  • 2008
  • National Business Institute
  • Oddities and Challenges in Probate Law
  • 2008
  • National Business Institute
  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish for Paralegals
  • 2008
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Landlord-Tenant Law in Vermont
  • 2008
  • Institute for Paralegal Educating
  • Paralegal Ethics: Perils in the Probate Process
  • 2008
  • National Business Institute
  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Stephen Unsworth truly knows how to help a client find the best plan to fit their needs. He takes the time to listen and consider the client's wishes when putting together a customized Estate or Medicaid Plan."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. They are an expert in the field of estate planning."
Business Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Essex Junction Estate planning Lawyer Stephen A. Unsworth
Stephen A. Unsworth
Estate planning Attorney
Essex Junction, VT
Licensed for 45 years