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Deborah L Hadaway

Elder law Attorney at Glastonbury, CT

4.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1984
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Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Serving seniors and their families in crisis due to stroke or other chronic illness as well as those who wish to plan in advance for the "what ifs" of aging in how to protect and preserve their assets by developing a life and/or estate plan. Advance Directives, Wills and Trusts, Probate Matters, Guardianships, Powers of Attorney, and Living Wills are all part of the Elder Law Center of Connecticut, LLC's areas of service.

    8 years

  2. Estate planning
    Serving clients who wish to plan their estates at death through the use of wills and trusts, with emphasis on asset protection strategies to preserve wealth and protect their assets in the event of chronic illness and at death.

    8 years

  3. Probate
    Serving clients through the process of estate settlement, will contests, conservatorships, and other probate related matters.

    8 years


Attorney Hadaway has been representing seniors and their loved ones with compassionate zeal, focusing her practice primarily in the areas of Medicaid Planning & Crisis Medicaid, Asset Preservation (Life and Estate Planning), Wills and Trusts, Estates and Probate, Probate Litigation, Conservatorships, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Advance Directives, Nursing Home Patient's Rights, and Veteran's Benefits.


Attorney Hadaway, herself, has experienced both her mother-in-law’s incapacity by severe stroke (and surviving for 13 years afterward) as well as her mother’s diabetes, eventual blindness, hearing  loss,  and mental decline –and her accompanying transition from independence to assisted living to skilled nursing home care.   In short, Attorney Hadaway is very familiar with the Elder Care Journey, and understands that traditional estate planning for death is not enough. Her inquiry and planning options compassionately answer the question: 


     What if I have a chronic illness, but don’t die?  


Deborah has been a practicing attorney in Connecticut for 27 years, and has been representing seniors and their loved ones, almost exclusively, for the past 18 years.  She can assist you  with concerns when it appears your loved one may need a nursing home (crisis Medicaid), or putting in place advance directives, or an appropriate estate plan.

Attorney Hadaway is an  Accredited Attorney with the Department of Veterans' Affairs, an Executive Committee Member of the Connecticut Bar Association Elder Law Section, a charter member of CT NAELA and a member of the Connecticut Bar Association Probate and Estates Section, Accredited Veterans Administration Attorney, and an IRA Expert, certified by Ed Slott.

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Posted by Vincent | September 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Managed a Medicaid application for my wife
Deborah Hadaway handled my wife's medicaid application from start to finish and secured medicaid acceptance for her. There were many hurdles to overcome and Attorney Hadaway overcame them with grace ,patience, and compassion. My wife and I had complete trust in Attorney Hadaway's ability to advise and instruct us in all the complicated issues that arose in the course of this legal procedure. I was totally pleased with Attorney Hadaway's handling of this involved legal procedure.
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2013
Extremely Satisfied Client
We found Attorney Hadaway by happenstance while trying to navigate the ins and outs of our family member's recent long term care placement. We needed legal guidance on how to properly liquidate assets, spend down and begin the process of applying for Long Term Care Assistance from Medicaid. Attorney Hadaway was a true blessing for our family. Not only was she a pleasure to work with but she gave us the confidence to negotiate a very difficult process with as little stress as possible. She was very comforting, assuring us that she'd "let us know when it was time to worry" - we never needed to. She handled everything and was amazing. Her guidance was invaluable to us. She was extremely responsive and easy to communicate with - returned emails & phone calls very quickly. Excellent follow through and knowledge pertaining to Long Term Care assistance. We were beyond pleased with her support, professionalism and compassion for our situation.
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2008
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Deborah helped me get through an incredibly difficult time. Without her guidance and expertise I don't know how my family probate situation would have come out. She worked hard and got results for me. Though she's not cheap, she was worth every dollar spent,
Posted by jeff | June 13, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I trusted Atty. Hadaway with my mother's money. My opinion is that her work was sloppy, and her communication quite poor. My opinion is that her wrong advise wound up costing me (besides the $9000 retainer) an additional $6500, and this would have been more if I didn't consult another lawyer who took 5 minutes to correct Attorney Hadaway's reckless advice. It is also my opinion that when I confronted her about these issues, she danced around them. I would have appreciated a little humility however instead I received arrogant replies questioning my memory. She even has the audacity to infer that my mother was of ne help to cruel and insulting since she knew my mother was in a long tern care nursing facility-which was why I met with office in the first place. It's a wonderful thing when you do business with someone and your experience is so positive, refreshing and so rewarding that you can't want to share your experiences with family and friends. I can't tell everyone how poor my experience was, and most of all really disgusted by the consistent feeling of arrogance over integrity I felt I received by Attorney Hadaway.
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AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Clerk
  • New Britain Judicial District
  • 1984 - 1985


  • Golden Gate University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • Central Connecticut State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1970


  • Connecticut Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Executive Committee
  • 2009 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Elder Law Section, CLE Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2009 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Professionalism Committee
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Estates and Probate Section
  • Member
  • N/A
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Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyers
  • Legal Network
  • 2013


  • Amacom Books publication
  • Wake up Middle Class
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Rockville Bank
  • Estate Planning for Medicaid
  • 2013
  • Rockville Bank
  • Advanced Directives
  • 2013
  • Medicaid Seminar
  • Medicaid
  • 2010

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Glastonbury Elder law Lawyer Deborah L Hadaway
Deborah L Hadaway
Elder law Attorney
Glastonbury, CT
Licensed for 38 years