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Jeffrey L Crown

Probate Attorney at Rocky Hill, CT

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 50 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1973
    Status
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Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    32%
    We assist individuals and families to pass the right assets to the right people at the right time and in the right way. We have created the "Work Incentive Trust"(sm) to make sure that children and grandchildren appreciate the value of education and work and become useful, productive citizens.

    51 years

  2. Probate
    32%
    We have settled many large and complex estates. We assist executors and trustees in navigating the tax and administrative maze of estate administration. Jeff has tried or participated in over fifteen will contests.

    51 years

  3. Trusts
    32%
    Plan and draft all types of trusts including bypass trusts, life insurance trusts, qualified personal residence trusts, charitable remainder and lead trusts and grantor retained annuity trusts.

    51 years

  4. Litigation
    4%
    An aging population. Greedy relatives. Bad economy. The perfect recipe for a will or "lifetime transfer" contest. We have extensive experience representing clients on both sides of all types of trust and estate litigation. This includes contests, construction suits, removal of trustees and other types of fiduciary litigation.

    51 years

 

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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Jeffrey L Crown
21 New Britain Avenue
2nd Floor
Rocky Hill, CT, 06067
Jeffrey L Crown
Hartford, CT
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Posted by Bob | March 24, 2012
NFA Trust lawyer
Mr Crown set up my NFA Trust so I can now purchase Class III items like firearm silencers, SBRs and machineguns. The trust is a fantastic way to manage these types of weapons. The trust was done quickly and the fees were reasonable. I'm very pleased I had him set up my Trust.
Posted by Mary Jean Agostini | March 23, 2011
Review of Attorney Jeff Crown
I have been a client of Attorney Crowns for 5 years. He has assisted me in the areas of trusts, prenuptial agreements and living wills. He is a master in his field and communicates that expertise to his clients flawlessly. I would highly recommend anyone needing great legal advice in these areas to contact Jeff immediately. You will not be disappointed.
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Posted by Robert A. Labbe Chairman/CEO, LAB SECURITY SYSTEMS, INC. | June 2, 2010
Estate Planning Lawyer on Top of his Game
Jeffrey L. Crown has been my estate-planning attorney for 20 years. He has offered his personal and professional advice and guidance, which has been invaluable, giving me assurance and confidence with his recommendations. Attorney Crown's years of estate-planning has made him a remarkable leader and has been quite beneficial to all his clients and me. I personally recommend Attorney Jeffrey Crown to anyone requiring estate-planning guidance.
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Posted by Jonathan W. Webb, QFP, CFP | May 7, 2010
Trust Lawyer, LLC Review
I personally have had the priviledge to work with Attorney Crown, and so have other members of my firm. Jeff has always provided unsurpassed knowledge of estate planning. His knowledge in this field clearly sets the standard for practitioners and educators to follow. Many attorneys and CPAs consult with Jeff to leverage his expertise on their own cases. At the client level, he is very empathetic and approachable. He spends a great deal of time listening and understanding what the client wants and needs before making and executing recommendations. His documents are unique in that they reflect the client's individual desires in clear and straightforward language that is far from boilerplate. I look forward to working with Jeff for years to come.
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Posted by Neal | April 28, 2010
Excellent, Experienced Will and Trust Lawyer
I've had wills and trusts drawn for me in the past by general practice attorneys. Jeff specializes in trust law, and I can tell you there's a huge difference in the quality and thoughtfulness of the product. There are so many concepts to think about when preparing documents such as these. Jeff is able to explain them in language that's easy to understand and then incorporate them into the drafts with the proper legal language. I feel I have a most thorough and expert set of trust documents now, and that they'll "do their job" if and when necessary.
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Posted by Lillian | April 20, 2010
TrustLawyer,LLC
After my husband died,I became the owner of a multimillion dollar business. I knew we had stocks, IRS's, insurance policies, property, etc. We also had a family of three, their sposus, and grandchildren. Prior to my husband's death, I was a domestic engineer, active in community affairs, school and church. I depended upon my husband for handling all money matters. It was all overpowering. I knew II had to have legal advice to sort out my life. After some time with Jeff Crown, I knew every detail there is to know about a will, especially when a family and a business are involved. I now know of wills, taxes, power of attorney, and much more. He continues to keep me informed of all the latest changes that come about with taxes. When you need him, he is always there--immediately. When you leave his office you feel what you have accomplished. He know his stuff, he is knowledgeable and there is no use of legal jargon to you do not understand. I called a business person with much money who I recommended and her spontaneous relpyAfter 10 years I still hear from Jeff about new changes. He answer was "I think he's an excellent guy. He knows a lot about a little. Thanks for the referral."
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Posted by Bill | April 15, 2010
Simply Outstanding
Jeff Crown combines an unusually deep technical knowledge of Trusts and Estates law with an equally deep concern for his clients. He avoids lawyer-ese, making the often complicated points we discussed very clear. His employees are also consumate professionals. Jeff guided my sister and me on how to handle a fairly complicated estate plan involving discounted real estate and a special needs trust. I would recommend Jeff without one second's hesitation to anyone who's looking for a top-tier Trusts and Estate attorney.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Trustlawyer, LLC
  • 2008 - Present
  • Lawyer
  • Private practice
  • 1976 - 2008
  • Attorney (Trust Law)
  • The Connecticut Bank and Trust Company
  • 1973 - 1976

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1973
  • University of Hartford
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1967
  • New York University School of Law
  • N/A

Associations

  • The Hundred Club of Connecticut
  • Director
  • 2008 - Present
  • Hartford Bow Tie Swap Club
  • Bow Tie Swapper
  • 2007 - Present
  • The Hospital of Central Connecticut
  • Corporator
  • 2003 - Present
  • Mattabassett Rifle and Pistol Club
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Fellow
  • 1983 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Executive Committee, Estates and Probate Section
  • 1976 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • German

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Top Estate and Trust Lawyers
  • Connecticut Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 1985
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 1983
  • AV Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1983
  • AmJur Awards in Estate Planning and in Creditors' Rights
  • Lawyers Cooperative
  • 1973
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Publications

  • U. of Miami Estate Planning Institute
  • Prophylaxis for Probate Practitioners: Malpractice Policies and Malpractice Prevention
  • 1992
  • U. of Miami Estate Planning Institute
  • ! Battle Stations ! Evasive, Defensive and Attack Maneuvers for Will Contests
  • 1989
  • Notre Dame Estate Planning Institute
  • Tax Planning and Drafting for Close Order of Deaths
  • 1981
  • Notre Dame Estate Planning Institute
  • Last Requests -- The Right to Die and Anatomical Gifts
  • 1980
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Planning for Emotionally Disabled Beneficiaries
  • 1980
  • The Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal
  • Thwarting the Will Contest -- Some Psychological Aspects of Will Drafting and Execution
  • 1980
  • Southern Methodist University Estate Planning Symopsium
  • Free Lunch? -- Non-Interest Loans, Leasebacks and Net Gifts
  • 1979
  • Notre Dame Estate Planning Institute
  • Naked Death Benefits -- An Estate Planning Opportunity?
  • 1979
  • U. of Miami Estate Planning Institute
  • The Emotionally Disabled Trustee
  • 1979
  • The Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal
  • Divorce, Remarriage and the Marital Deduction
  • 1979
  • Review of Taxation of Individuals
  • Income Tax Planning for the Terminally Ill Taxpayer
  • 1979
  • Taxation For Accountants
  • Eleventh Hour Income Tax Planning
  • 1978
  • Estate Planning magazine
  • How to Take Steps to Guard Against a Client's Incompetence
  • 1977
  • The Estates, Gifts and Trusts Journal
  • Drafting Marital Deduction Formula Clauses
  • 1977
  • Trusts and Estates
  • How to Use Estate Trusts - A Pretermitted Child in Estate Planning
  • 1977
  • Practising Law Institute
  • Senior Citizens and the Tax Reform Act of 1976
  • 1977
  • Successful Estate Planning Ideas and Methods
  • The Durable Power of Attorney - Planning for Incapacity
  • 1976
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Speaking Engagements

  • When Family Law and Trusts and Estates Intersect
  • Frequently Forgotten Factors in Pre-Nuptial Pacts
  • 2012
  • Hartford Probate Forum
  • Fiduciaries and Firearms - Estate Planning and Settlement for Gun Owners
  • 2009
  • Conn. Society of CPAs - Continuing Education Program
  • Winning the Estate Settlement Game - Home Runs and Strikeouts
  • 2009
  • Planned Giving Group of Connecticut
  • What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: Landmines in Estate Settlement and Litigation
  • 2008
  • CSCPA Estate Planning Forum
  • Asset Protection in Plain English
  • 2005
  • Duke University Estate Planning Seminar
  • Some Stories of Successful Succession - and Some Not
  • 2004
  • Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Institute
  • Mickey Rooney Meets Liz Taylor - Planning for the Second Marriage and Beyond
  • 2003
  • Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Institute
  • Don't Get a "D" for Drafting - A Desultory Discussion of Diverse Delicts in Designing Dispositive Documents
  • 2001
  • Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Institute
  • Mo' Work, Mo' Money, Mo' Fun -- Building and Estate Planning Practice
  • 1999
  • CT Bar Ass'n. Probate Litigation Seminar
  • Probate Appeals
  • 1998
  • Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Institute
  • Emotional, Tax and Other Factors in Trustee Selection and Removal
  • 1997
  • Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Institute
  • The Means of Grace and the Hope of Glory -- Avoiding Malpractice Exposure in Estate Planning
  • 1996
  • University of Miani Estate Planning Instutute
  • Prophylaxis for Probate Practitionrs - Malpractice Polices and Malpractice Prevention
  • 1992
  • Connecticut Bar Association CLE Program
  • Preventive Medicine for the "California Disease -- Avoiding Malpractice Exposure in Estate Planning
  • 1992
  • University of Miani Estate Planning Instutute
  • ! Battle Stations ! - Evasive, Defensive and Attack Maneuvers for Will Contests
  • 1989
  • Notre Dame Estate Planning Institute
  • Tax Planning for Close Order of Deaths
  • 1981
  • Notre Dame Estate Planning Institute
  • Last Requests - The Right to Die and Anatomical Gifts
  • 1980
  • University of Miani Estate Planning Instutute
  • The Emotionally Disabled Trustee
  • 1979
  • Stat Bar of Texas Advanced Estate Planning and Probate Course
  • Planning for Will Contests
  • 1979
  • SMU Estate Planning Seminar
  • Free Lunch? Non-Interest Loans, Leasebacks and Net Gifts
  • 1979
  • Notre Dame Estate Planning Institute
  • Naked Death Benefits - An Estate Planning Opportunity?
  • 1979
  • University of Connecticut Law School - CT Bar Ass'n
  • Advanced Estate Planning and Administration
  • 1978
  • Oklahoma State Tax Institute
  • The Marital Deduction After TRA '76
  • 1978
  • Notre Dame Estate Planning Institute
  • Planning for Incapacity
  • 1978
  • Colby College Tax Institute
  • Tax Reform Act of 1976
  • 1977
  • Trusts and Estates Tax Laws Seminar (1976 Tax Reform Act)
  • Mechanics of Estate and Gift Tax Computations
  • 1976
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Estate planning Attorney | May 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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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