Compassion. Knowledge. Tenacity. These are words used to describe Colleen’s work in advocating for individuals with disabilities.
Having a loved one with disabilities (or having disabilities yourself) can be incredibly challenging in ways that only you know. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. Colleen understands - she has spent years working with and advocating for people who are challenged with disabilities.
Within five minutes of meeting her, you’ll know you’re in great hands. Her calm, kind, and understanding demeanor will assure you that you’re working with the right person to make plans for your future.
Colleen is the Chair of both Czepiga, Daly, Pope & Perri's Special Needs Planning and Fiduciary Services Departments.
Colleen can 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. She 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 us, 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 has been spending years trying to teach herself the French language.
Czepiga, Daly, Pope & Perri
15 Massirio Dr
Berlin, CT, 06037-2300
|Associate Attorney||Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri||2017 - Present|
|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|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Community Health Resources (CHR)||Board Member||2021 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Connecticut chapter)||Board Memeber||2020 - Present|
|North Central Area Agency on Aging (NCAAA)||First Vice President, Board of Directors||2019 - Present|
|Connecticut Bar Association||Member||1995 - Present|
|Connecticut Bar Association, Elder Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Dyslexia Society of Connecticut||Secretary and Conference Co-Chair||2010 - 2014|
|SPEDCONNECTICUT, INC.||Vice President/Parent Advisor||2007 - 2016|
|Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog||Special Needs Planning: Choose a Trustee with a Network||2020|
|Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog||Stop Cleaning Your Closet! Do These 5 Steps First||2020|
|Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog||Special Needs Planning During the COVID Era||2020|
|Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog||5 Things to Think About When Your Child With Special Needs Turns 18||2017|
|Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog||Budget Changes to Affect Medicare Savings Programs||2017|
|University of Connecticut School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|Bates College||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|Understanding and Preparing for Long-Term Care Costs Webinar||Medicaid and Long Term Planning||2020|
|Care-Partners Support Dementia and Eldercare||Special Needs Planning||2020|
|Wilton SpedNet 2018-19 Speaker Series||Special Needs Planning||2019|
|What’s Next? What You Need to Know about Financial, Legal, and Special Education Transitions as your child reaches adulthood||Financial, Legal, and Special Education Transitions||2019|
|Preparing For Life After Public Schools||Transition Planning||2019|
|How Can a Special Needs Attorney Help Me?||Special Needs Planning||2019|
|Dementia Education Conference||Navigating the Challenges Associated with Younger Onset Alzheimer's Disease||2019|
|What You Need to Know About Disability Planning||Disability Planning||2018|
|Connecticut Bar Association CLE||Maximizing Recovery: A Litigator's Guide to Basic Tax Issues||2018|
|Brookfield SEPTA meeting||Special Needs Planning and ABLE Accounts||2018|
|Agency on Aging of South Central CT Event||Pooled Trusts||2018|
|CT Community Care presentation||Pooled Trusts||2017|
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