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Colleen Elizabeth Masse

Trusts Attorney at Berlin, CT

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  • Licensed for 28 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1995
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Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    -Special needs planning -Supplemental Needs Trusts -Fiduciary Services

  2. Estate planning
    -Disability Planning

  3. Medicaid and medicare
    -Medicaid applications -Public Benefits assessment and counsel - including Medicaid, state and federal Medicaid waiver programs, Money Follows the Person, and Community First Choice

Balancing everyday responsibilities and expectations can be challenging when you are caring for a loved one living with a disability. Add estate or special needs planning for the future into the mix, and it may feel utterly overwhelming. Attorney Colleen Masse understands what you are feeling and can guide you through your planning process in a straightforward and compassionate manner.

As Chair of the Firm's Special Needs Planning department and the Fiduciary Services department, Colleen can help you with a wide array of planning needs. She can partner with you on creating your comprehensive estate plan or laying out long-term care planning techniques that will protect your assets.

She can also show you how to use a Special Needs Trust to maintain and improve your quality of life, and to protect your money so you can afford the care you need for the long run. Colleen knows public benefits inside and out and can guide you through the eligibility process in a way that won’t jeopardize your eligibility for government benefits.

Before joining Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri, Colleen was with PLAN of CT where she worked with families and their attorneys to determine the appropriate trust type for the families’ given situation. She also worked with the Connecticut State Department of Education where she represented students in the care of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF). In this role, she advocated for children with special education needs - filing complaints, performing record reviews, and communicating with various agencies and providers.

In her spare time, Colleen enjoys the outdoors and often hikes and camps. She’s an avid reader and runner. In fact, she has completed multiple marathons, including the Boston Marathon!

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Colleen Masse
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri
15 Massirio Drive
Berlin, CT, 06037

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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri
  • 2022 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri
  • 2017 - 2021
  • Trust Coordinator
  • PLAN of CT
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Surrogate Parent
  • Special Education Law and Advocacy: CT State Department of Education
  • 2011 - 2017
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Gerry McMahon, LLC
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Pro Bono Attorney
  • Lawyers for Children America
  • 2006 - 2009
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  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1995
  • Bates College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1992


  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Connecticut chapter)
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • North Central Area Agency on Aging (NCAAA)
  • President
  • 2019 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Community Health Resources (CHR)
  • Board Member
  • 2021 - 2023
  • Dyslexia Society of Connecticut
  • Secretary and Conference Co-Chair
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Vice President/Parent Advisor
  • 2007 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English


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Speaking Engagements

  • West Hartford Public Library Webinar
  • Uniform Trust Code
  • 2021
  • SEPTO Webinar
  • Special Needs Planning
  • 2021
  • Oxford Public Schools Webinar
  • Special Needs Trusts & Guardianships
  • 2021
  • Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Webinar for Professionals
  • Settlement Planning
  • 2021
  • CT Community Care Session 1 & 2
  • Supported Decision Making & Pooled Trusts
  • 2021
  • Brookfield SEPTA meeting
  • Special Needs Planning and ABLE Accounts
  • 2018
  • CT Community Care presentation
  • Pooled Trusts
  • 2017
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Berlin Trusts Lawyer Colleen Elizabeth Masse
Colleen Elizabeth Masse
Trusts Attorney
Berlin, CT
Licensed for 28 years