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Steven M Basche

Probate Attorney at West Hartford, CT

4.9   11 reviews
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  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1986
    Active No misconduct found

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About Steven

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    I help you protect your family and preserve your assets by preparing Wills Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives, Living Wills and Trusts, to help insure your wishes are carried out. Most estate planning work is on a fixed fee basis, so you know the cost and the value going in to the process. I also help people legally protect their assets while they are alive from creditors and lawsuits.

    19 years, 350 cases

  2. Probate
    The last thing you need if you have lost a loved one is have to deal with a complicated probate process. I can help you through this sometimes difficult process so you can deal with other important things in your life.

    17 years, 225 cases

  3. Trusts
    I help you make sure that your hard earned assets are distributed to your loved ones upon the terms and conditions you set up. I include provisions in my trusts designed to protect the assets you leave behind from creditors of your beneficiaries (including a possible divorcing spouse), as well as from the beneficiaries own irresponsibility (including drug and alcohol addiction, gambling problems, debt problems).

    17 years, 400 cases

  4. Elder law
    I work with aging individuals and their families to help them navigate the complex subject of medicaid planning and eligibility, including asset protection and house transfers, medicaid applications, and spend-down.

    15 years, 75 cases

  5. Wills and living wills
    I help you protect your family and preserve your assets by preparing Wills Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives, Living Wills and Trusts, to help insure your wishes are carried out. Most estate planning work is on a fixed fee basis, so you know the cost and the value going in to the process. I also help people legally protect their assets while they are alive from creditors and lawsuits.

    19 years, 350 cases


My mission is simple: I help you protect your family and preserve your assets. I focus on estate planning and business planning. I also help people deal with the probate process in Connecticut, if a loved one has passed away.

Some people think estate planning is only for the very wealthy.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  If you have a home or if you have children, you should have an estate plan, even if it is a simple will, Power of Attorney, and Health Care Directives.  

Connecticut probate is supposed to be user friendly, but it has become more complicated.  If you need help after a love one has died, I can help.  Did you know that even if all of your loved ones assets pass outside of probate, you still need to file a non-taxable estate tax return (CT706NT).  Without it, if you or your children want to sell the house, you will have a title issue.  That's why it's important to consult with a lawyer about probate in Connecticut.  




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Law Offices of Steven M. Basche, LLC
433 S. Main St.
Suite 319
West Hartford, CT, 06110
Home Office
54 Ballard Drive
West Hartford, CT, 06119
Law Offices of Steven M. Basche, LLC
2389 Main St.
Glastonbury, CT, 06033
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4.9 / 5.0
  11 customer reviews
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Posted by Linda | October 31, 2012
Satisfied Customer
Steve Basche was of tremendous assistance to me and what I required. He listened to what I needed then followed through. His response time was very timely. I found him to be fair and respected his opinion. I would not hestitate to ask for his assistance again.
Posted by anonymous | February 3, 2015
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I contacted Steven after finding him on the internet. I was going on vacation and wanted to get a will done before I left as I had been putting it off for a long time. He was very prompt and had it done for me within a week. Contacted me promptly in all the dealings with my will. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Susan | January 3, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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We recommend Attorney Steven Basche
My husband and I worked with Steve Basche in setting up our will and estate plan and our wishes for care at the end of our lives. We appreciated his patient listening skills, his clear presentation of our legal options and his sensitive response to our choices. We felt more secure and knowledgable at the end of the process.
Posted by Deb | November 2, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Steve was expert, professional and very helpful... he knew what we didn't, and clearly knows his way around financial and estate planning issues.
Posted by Andy | August 29, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
White Glove Service for Complicated Estate Plan
My wife and I worked with Steve Basche and his team on a complete set of estate documents after the birth of our first child. We had a variety of nuances and preferences that we wanted our estate documents to accommodate, and Steve and his team were responsive, thoughtful, and consultative. Steve and his team were willing to make phone calls and perform independent research to double and triple check some of the more complicated pieces of our estate plan, and were more than willing to turn several sets of markups to make sure our estate plans reflected our wishes. I could not ask for a more responsive attorney & team - I would highly recommend Steve, Melanie, and Hassett & George for a host of legal services. We value the relationship we've built with Steve & team, and look forward to continuing to work with him for all future legal needs.
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Response from Steven Basche September 7, 2018
Thanks Andy, it was a pleasure working with you and look forward to helping with any other legal issues that come up in the future.
Posted by Jack | March 20, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Recommendation for estate planning
Attorney Basche helped me create a living trust, will, advanced directives, and final disposition Instructions giving me the peace of mind of my wealth succession. We sat down on several occasions for him to clearly understand my desires and legal implications. He is a good listener and created directives that are clear. I reviewed these with my financial planner who was impressed by his thoroughness. Steve created a binder and CD of the estate planning portfolio at a very reasonable price. He offered to be of assistance when the time comes when the trust will be executed. Jack Windsor, CT
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Response from Steven Basche March 24, 2016
Thanks for the kind words Jack. I enjoyed working with you.
Posted by Don | February 18, 2015
Wills and Family Trust
Steve was great to work with. He had great suggestions for provision for our Trust. Explained all of our options and why we might want one provision over another. I wouldn't hesitate working with Steve in the future.
Posted by Earl | March 13, 2014
Sold my business and prepared Living Trust
Steven guided me thru the many details of selling my business. He's very knowledgeable of what a seller needs from start to final closing. I was very satisfied and later had Steven prepare all the documents related to our Estate Planning. My wife and I found Steven very pleasant and easy to work with. We would highly recommend him to others.
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Posted by Pam | March 11, 2013
Gave me confidence in my future
Steve helped me sort through some very important life planning decisions when my husband passed away last year. In addition to handling my probate, Steve patiently explained options relative to setting up my will and the trust funds for my teenage children. My situation was complicated by an out of state property holding . Steve procured an attorney for me in that state, insuring that the probate and structure of the trust fund would meet state requirements. In all our meetings, he took time to understand what I wanted to accomplish, helping me to think through the various scenarious that could impact my children's future. I would recommend Steve as counsel to anyone who is in need of patient, thoughtful legal advice.
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Posted by Susan | April 26, 2012
House Sale Representation
I was referred to Steve by a neighbor who had a contact in the field who recommended him when I was looking for a Real Estate Lawyer to represent my Mother and I (as her POA) in the sale of her house. Steve was resourceful and helpful at every turn, and made the experience less harrowing than I ever anticipated.
Response from Steven Basche May 4, 2012
Susan, glad I could help.
Posted by Chris | January 30, 2015
Attorney Basche looks out for your interests
Steve put together a will and trust for my wife and I. We were very satisfied with his work product, ethics and expediency . Steve spent a lot of time getting to know us and determining what was important to us so that he could provide the best products to meet our needs. We'd recommend Steve for these types of services.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Law Offices of Steven M. Basche, LLC
  • 2023 - Present
  • Partner
  • Brown, Paindiris & Scott, LLP
  • 2022 - 2023
  • Partner
  • Hassett & George, PC
  • 2016 - 2022
  • Principal
  • Law Offices of Steven M. Basche, LLC
  • 2008 - 2016
  • Partner
  • Jacobs, Walker, Rice & Basche
  • 1991 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Cohn & Birnbaum
  • 1989 - 1991
  • Associate
  • Schatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin
  • 1986 - 1989
  • Summer Associate
  • Shipman & Goodwin
  • 1985 - 1985
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  • University of Connecticut School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Connecticut
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sibi Brancifort Construction v. JVR Ridge
  • Judgment for the plaintiff


  • Jewish Association for Community Living
  • President of the Board of Directors
  • 2022 - Present
  • Jewish Association for Community Living
  • Member Board of Directors
  • 2015 - Present
  • Estate and Business Planning Council of Hartford
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Manchester Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1986 - Present
  • Hartford HealthCare
  • Central Region Board Member
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Rushford
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV-Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2023
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2022
  • AV-Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2021
  • AV-Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • AV-Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Parent Partnership
  • The Importance of Special Needs Trusts
  • 2018
  • Monthly Meeting
  • Trusts and Estates Planning – How can owners keep what they have earned.
  • 2018
  • Planning Ahead: Are You Taking the Right Steps to Secure Your Retirement?
  • Estate Planning for Solo Practitioners
  • 2014
  • Summer Leadership Conference
  • Fundamentals of Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Practice Management Tips for the New and Established Solo and Small
  • Practice Management
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (16)
Given (43)
Endorse Steven
Unknown Attorney | May 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is one of the most intelligent and sensitive attorneys I know. These are rare qualities but ones you want in your lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Steve for over 25 years. He is extremely knowledgeable and trustworthy. Steve is well-respected in the legal community and devoted to the needs of his clients. Any time I have a legal issue I am wrestling with, Steve is the first person I call. He always offers insightful, wise and practical advice. I wholeheartedly endorse him and highly recommend him."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is not only very knowledgeable in his field, he is also very personable. His ability to put people at ease is a true asset in the estate planning field."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Without hesitation, I refer all of my estate planning and trust work to Steve Basche. His reputation within the legal community is outstanding. He is a great lawyer and a very nice guy."
Unknown Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the opportunity to work closely with Steve on a complex case in Connecticut federal court. Steve's assistance as local counsel has been invaluable. His analysis has been insightful, thoughtful, and thorough. I highly recommend Steve both to firm's looking for superior local counsel and to clients looking for an exceptional attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Basche as a most knowledgeable, dedicated, compassionate and understanding Estate Planning attorney. I have known Attorney Basche since we were in the same office building some years ago. I have referred friends and clients to Attorney Basche and they were all extremely pleased with his Estate Planning advice and professionalism. Attorney Basche is committed to his clients, the legal profession, and the larger community. He has a well-deserved excellent reputation for representing and protecting clients and their families to the fullest extent possible."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Steve Basche is a skilled attorney who diligently represents his clients without losing sight of what is practical. He is professional and responsive and I have referred many clients to him over the years without hesitation."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Basche. He is a very personable and experienced lawyer who works diligently to make sure that his client's needs are met."
Business Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Steve without hesitation for business matters. Steve is highly competent, ethical, and understands how to use technology to help his clients. Steve is one of the few attorneys maximizing the use of technology to improve the quality and lower the cost of legal services. I highly recommend Steve."
Real estate Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Steve Basche brings state of the art professionalism to small firm practice. Excellent lawyer!"
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Steve some time ago and was immediately impressed by his careful handling of his clients complex problems. Steve ensures his clients are always prepared for the next phase of life while being protected from unforeseen disasters. The foresight to advise clients on both the offensive and defensive side of estate planning is rare and he therefore has my endorsement."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Basche's answers to questions demonstraites his passion and dedication to his practice of law which is a benefit to any client."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. The information contained in Mr. Basche's responses is both informative and helpful."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Steve is an effective counselor that is able to drill down on the critical issues involved in a matter in order to formulate creative practical solutions. He is a strong advocate for his clients' interests but keeps his focus on the issues and not the process or posturing."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I enthusiastically endorse and recommend Steve Basche as an attorney based on the competency of his work and the strength of his character. I have worked with Steve on a number legal matters and sought his legal advice on others. He is generious of spirit and loyal to his clients."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney Basche for several years now and have thought highly enough of him to refer clients to him on matters that I do not handle. Attorney Basche is very knowledgeable about the law and the practice of law. He is extremely professional, ethical and has a great demeanor with his clients and other attorneys. I highly recommend that individuals looking for an estate planning attorney or attorneys looking to refer a client to someone for estate planning advice consult with Attorney Basche first."
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West Hartford Probate Lawyer Steven M Basche
Steven M Basche
Probate Attorney
West Hartford, CT
Licensed for 37 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available