Whether you are caring for an ill spouse and worried about losing your savings to pay for long term care, or you have decided to put your estate plan together to protect your family’s future, Lara will reduce the stress that often accompanies such financial and medical care challenges.
Lara will also draft your Will, trusts, powers of attorney, healthcare directives and estate tax documents so you can relax knowing that your estate planning is done according to your specific wishes.
With more than 15 years of experience assisting people who are in need of estate planning, asset protection and Medicaid planning, Lara understands her clients’ needs for public benefits as well as their desire to protect their wealth for future generations. Because she knows the Medicaid rules and how to navigate the complexity of Medicaid eligibility, Lara will help you protect what you’ve worked so hard for.
An elderly woman recently came to Lara because her husband became ill and she was scared they’d lose everything to pay for his long term care needs. She was also concerned about her ability to continue caring for him as she aged. Lara transferred the house to the wife and applied for and was awarded Medicaid home care services for the husband. The husband was now entitled to Medicaid home care hours so the wife didn’t have to worry about being the primary care giver, or worry about paying privately for care.
Lara takes a special interest in advocating for the elderly and people with special needs. Her grandmother lived until 103 and she saw firsthand how her grandmother’s rapidly changing needs affected her ability to care for herself and to pay for her expanded health care needs. For people with special needs, Lara helps to lay out a plan that will provide for future financial security while still having access to public benefits.
As the mom of 3 young children, Lara's day doesn’t end when she leaves the office. On her days off, Lara and her husband enjoy biking and taking day trips with their children.
|Partner||Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri||2018 - Present|
|Associate Attorney||CzepigaDalyPope LLC||2013 - 2017|
|Associate Attorney||Vincent J. Russo & Associates, PC||2003 - 2013|
|Attorney||Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens||2001 - 2003|
|Judicial Law Clerk||State of Connecticut - Stamford Superior Court||2000 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||2013 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Connecticut chapter)||Member||2013 - Present|
|Connecticut Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||2010 - 2013|
|Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog||Why An 18 Year Old Needs An Estate Plan||2018|
|Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog||Proposed Budget Could Prevent You From Getting Home Care in Connecticut||2017|
|Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog||Will Trust Assets be Considered When Applying for Medicaid? Supreme Court Issues New Guidelines||2016|
|Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog||Should You Have a Long-Term Care Insurance Policy? Connecticut Has a Plan!||2016|
|Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog||Revocable Trusts vs. Irrevocable Trusts: What’s the difference?||2016|
|Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog||Annuities as Asset Protection for Couples: Smart Move If You Do It Right||2015|
|Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog||Why You Need a Springing Durable Power of Attorney||2015|
|Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog||Why an 18 Year Old Needs an Estate Plan||2015|
|Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog||Warning: Medicaid Eligibility Varies from State to State||2014|
|Benjamin N. Cardozo Schoolof Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and PublicAffairs||MA - Masters||1996|
|Syracuse University - Newhouse School of Public Communications||B.S.||1991|
|Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Webinar||Medicaid for Singles||2022|
|Adult Education Webinar||Long-Term Care Planning||2022|
|Webinar for Professionals||Single Premium Immediate Annuities (SPIAs)||2021|
|Elmwood Senior Center Lunch and Learn||Estate Planning||2019|
|Wethersfield Senior Center Event||What to do when your family receives a dementia diagnosis||2018|
|SPIA Webinar||Using Annuities as an Asset Protection Tool||2018|
|Medicaid for Clients||What You Need to Know About Planning for Long-Term Care||2018|
|Medicaid Updates for Professionals||Medicaid Updates||2018|
|Middletown Senior Center Event||Estate Planning||2017|
|Elmwood Senior Center Event||Paying for Long Term Care||2015|
|Newington Aging Mastery Program||Advance Directives: Why They Are Important||2015|
|Brotherhood Breakfast Program||Estate Planning Toolbox||2015|
|Wethersfield Senior Center Event||Estate Planning Toolbox||2015|
|Thrivent Financial Client Appreciation Dinner||The Ins and Outs of Trusts||2014|
|Newington Aging Mastery Program||Advance Directives: Why They Are Important||2014|
|East Hartford Senior Center Event||Estate Planning Toolbox||2014|