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Bryan Matthew Etter

Trusts Attorney at North Haven, CT

4.8   18 reviews

Licensed for 9 years

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About Bryan

Learn Bryan’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Trusts
    35%
    Revocable Living Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILIT's)

    10 years

  2. Probate
    30%
    Representation of the estate Executor/Administrator, Trust Administration

    10 years

  3. Elder law
    15%
    Irrevocable (Medicaid) Trusts, Medicaid (Title XIX) Applications, Spend-down Plans, Conservatorships

  4. Estate planning
    15%
    Wills, Powers of Attorney, HIPAA Authorizations, Living Wills, Guardianship Designations

    10 years

  5. Business
    5%
    Business Succession Planning (Buy/Sell), Operating Agreements, LLC Registration, Incorporation, Key Employee Retention, Employment Contract Review, Buying/Selling a Business

    9 years

ESTATE PLANNING, PROBATE & ELDER LAW ATTORNEY FOCUSED ON PROTECTING THE FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITY!

MITIGATE THE EVILS OF PROBATE. PUT A FORCEFIELD AROUND YOUR CHILDRENS' INHERITANCE TO KEEP DIVORCE, LAWSUITS & CREDITORS AWAY. PROVIDE & PROTECT FOR YOUR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD. ALLOW YOUR LOVED ONES TO THRIVE FOR YEARS TO COME. 

These are some of the passions that form the foundation of my practice. Call for a FREE consultation!

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Licensed for 9 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 2014
Updated 11/28/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2013
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Wiley Etter Doyon, LLC
97 Washington Avenue
Suite 2
North Haven, CT, 06473

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
Bryan received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2019
Posted by Adrienne | March 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Aleerea
This was my first experience with working with an Attorney for Estate planning. I had a free consultation with Bryan first, and he made me so relaxed by getting to know me and learning about my family. He explained everything they could work on with me, and never pressured. He very easily explained what was entailed in Estate Planning and I knew by the end, I wanted to hire him. He was completely professional, as was the staff who worked with him. When all was said and done, I now have an Estate Plan in place and know that he will be there at any time that I or my heirs will need to contact him. The fees were affordable, and the Documents were concise and organized. My thanks to a great team!
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Posted by anonymous | December 5, 2021
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Great Attorney
Bryan was genuine and helpful in putting together our wills. He answered any and all questions. If he didnt have answers, he knew where to direct us. I would reccomend him to all friends and family in need of estate planning.
Posted by Eddie | January 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Professional & Transparent - Worked In Best Interest Of Estate A+++
Mr. Bryan Etter was very professional and transparent with me from the day met him. I had hired him to help me (executor) with the Probate of My Mothers' Estate, This was very important to me ! He would always answer any and all pertinent queries I had promptly, If he was busy he would call me on his own time to discuss at length any concerns, Bryan was with me through the early stages of probate right through sale of the home to the closing of the probate case. I am satisfied with his service and will reach out to him again in the future. He helped me navigate a lot of things during a very very difficult time. I am grateful.
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Posted by Patrick | December 12, 2020
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Great Experience!
When I first contacted Bryan I had a ton of questions and was really overwhelmed by how many topics there were to cover. From start to finish Bryan and his team simplified every step of the process and made it quite a pleasant experience. Even during the madness of 2020, he was flexible and extremely professional.
Posted by Arthur | November 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Family Trust
My wife, Carole and I recently wanted to update our family Family Trust. We met with Bryan Etter and began the process. Bryan was friendly, kind, empathetic and understanding to our concerns. He is very professional and has an impressive knowledge for creating a Family Trust and one that protects our heirs. Bryan has great attention to detail and communicates well in person as well as by email. There was a lot of hand holding and Bryan was super patient as we went through the thought process involved with our Trust. We strongly recommend you talk to him if you are wanting to create a Family Trust.
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Posted by Kim-Frank | November 27, 2020
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Amazing Experience
Bryan is an amazing attorney who took us through the process of creating estate trusts. We have complex family dynamics of which Bryan provided great strategies and solutions. We are more than pleased. Highly recommend reaching out to Bryan for your estate planning needs.
Posted by Patty | January 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Personal and professional
Brian carefully explained all parts of the estate planning process until everyone was comfortable with each decision to be made.
Posted by Vanessa | October 30, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Respectful Lawyer
My husband and I received Bryan's contact information through a referral, and we couldn't be happier with the service that was provided. Since we had our first child, it was important for us to prepare and finalize our legal documents. Needless to say, living will preparation is never enjoyable and can be slightly overwhelming. Bryan was very thorough in explaining the documents presented to us. My husband and I needed extra time to discuss a few options, and Bryan was patient and respectful of that time. We never felt pressured or rushed. We highly recommend Bryan due to his professionalism, work ethic, and warm personality.
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Posted by Francine | August 20, 2019
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Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Enright
From our very first phone call to our last visit to sign our trust, Bryan was wonderful, precise and respectful. He navigated us thru all our concerns, offered suggestions and always explained our questions in words that we could understand. My husband and I are so happy and relieved to have hired Bryan Etter as our attorney. He made the process of creating a trust for our family very smooth. We are so grateful to Bryan for giving us "peace of mind" in an area that we thought was going to be difficult. Thank you Bryan
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Posted by Mary | June 21, 2019
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Trust and Will
Bryan was great , very thorough and professional. He drew up a trust for me and a living will. He discussed it with me at length and made sure that my wishes were made clear.
Posted by Michelle | May 3, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience!
Bryan was very helpful and detailed in his explanation for how the trust would play out and the difference between a will and a trust. He was thorough and helped walk us through the entire process!! We are very happy that we now have our trust set up for our future and we can feel at ease knowing that our children will be all set.
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Posted by Pamela Swain | February 20, 2019
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Highly Recommend !!
Brian is very professional and personable. Everything was explained in such a way that we were easily able to understand the legal jargon. He delivered as promised and left us with a feeling of security that he will have "our backs" well into the future.
Posted by Michelle | February 15, 2019
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Highly Recommend Attorney Bryan Etter
I hired Mr. Etter to establish my living trust. What started out as an overwhelming process ended up being an easy and fluid one thanks to his guidance. He is knowledgeable, thorough, professional, responsive and personable. His office staff is efficient, kind and well-mannered. I am highly pleased with Mr. Etter´s services and would highly recommend them to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgeable
Great easy to talk to and very knowledgeable. I got the sense that Bryan really wanted to help.
Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Trusted Colleague & Brilliant Attorney
Attorney Etter is a brilliant asset protection specialist, assisting his clients to create custom estate plans for their unique situation.
Posted by Colin | November 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Recommended without reservation
Bryan helped me with some estate planning. I found that he was honest, caring, and took the time to make sure I was on the same page. Without a doubt, one of the most trustworthy guys I have ever done business with. He is an asset to his profession! I would recommend Bryan without reservation.
Posted by Andrew | June 17, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
No one will take better care of you for all of your estate planning needs!
I have had the pleasure to work with Bryan Etter for about 6 months now and he did an amazing job with my family’s estate planning needs. Estate Planning can be very confusing and difficult if elderly parents are involved and Bryan took the time and had the patience to carefully explain everything. I must have had about 100 different ideas and Bryan was well versed in nearly all of them to lay out the pros and cons and his recommendations. For the couple of items that were new to him, he took the time to research and get back to me quickly. Let me be clear, I can be a real pain in the butt – I’m a real stickler for detail, I expect immediate answers, and I have a certain way I want things done. Bryan never missed a beat to accommodate me and he always did it with great pleasure. As far as price, we agreed on a very fair price and he even gave me a little extra just because he wanted to be sure the plan was done right. I’m continuing to work with Bryan now for my own estate planning as well as few other items and will highly recommend him for any of your estate planning needs. By the way, prior to meeting with Bryan I had met with a couple of other lawyers and you have to be very careful as they can very predatory when it comes to estate planning. Anyone interested in working with Bryan can contact me directly and I will answer any of your questions about my experience and what he was able to put together for my family.
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Posted by Patricia | July 16, 2019
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Poor service
Several years ago I hired Bryan Etter to establish a trust fund for myself. Bryan was very professional, and interested in my concerns . Recently I wanted to make a change to my trust and left a message on his voice mail to please return my call. After a week I called back and was told he was in a meeting but would call back after 1 pm that day. Several days later I called again and was told the exact same info. Have never recd a return call from anyone at this firm. I am very surprised because Bryan made it very clear that he would always be available for any questions I had. Needless to say, he is no longer my trust attorney. Very disappointed in Bryan and this firm. I will no longer refer any of my friends to have a trust or will written .
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Response from Bryan Etter September 4, 2019
Pat, I apologize for not making myself available during those couple weeks, as you rightfully expected I would. The last thing I'd ever want is to make you feel unimportant. This lapse in communication certainly falls well below my personal client service standards (to say the least). I hope to have an opportunity to speak with you about it in the near future, so please feel free to call me on my cell whenever it's convenient for you. Again, I'm sorry for any frustration & disappointment this has caused you. -Bryan
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Wiley Etter, LLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Wiley Law, LLC
  • 2014 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Abrams Garfinkel Margolis Bergson, LLP
  • 2012 - 2014

Education

  • Tulane University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2012
  • University of Connecticut
  • BS
  • 2009

Legal Cases

  • Asset Protection and Estate Tax Planning
  • Successful
  • Estate of CK
  • Successful/closed
  • Estate of MJ
  • Successful
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Associations

  • New Haven County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • North Haven BNI
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Hamden/North Haven YMCA
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Connecticut Rising Stars List
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Connecticut Rising Stars List
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Person of the Week
  • North Haven Courier
  • 2015
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Speaking Engagements

  • Guardian Angel Trusts: How to Leave Your Legacy
  • Guardian Angel Trusts
  • 2018
  • Woodbury Senior Center
  • "Guardian Angel" Trusts
  • 2017
  • Wolcott Senior Center
  • "Guardian Angel" Trusts
  • 2017
  • Simsbury Adult Education
  • "Guardian Angel" Trusts
  • 2017
  • Probate Workshop: Peace of Mind over Wine
  • CT Probate Process
  • 2017
  • Orange Senior Center
  • Probate Workshop
  • 2017
  • Orange Senior Center
  • Guardian Angel Trusts
  • 2017
  • Naugatuck Adult Education
  • "Guardian Angel" Trusts
  • 2017
  • Columbia Senior Center
  • Guardian Angel Trusts
  • 2017
  • Bethany Senior Center
  • Guardian Angel Trusts
  • 2017
  • Andover Senior Center
  • "Guardian Angel" Trusts
  • 2017
  • AFT Connecticut (Retired Teachers' Union)
  • Estate Planning, Gifting, Medicaid Protections
  • 2017
  • Woodbury Senior Center
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • 2016
  • Orange Senior Center
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • 2016
  • Old Saybrook Rehabilitation Center
  • Estate Planning 101
  • 2016
  • North Branford Senior Center
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • 2016
  • Mansfield Senior Center
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • 2016
  • Hamden Middle School Career Day
  • Estate Planning
  • 2016
  • Guilford Senior Center
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • 2016
  • Bristol Senior Center
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • 2016
  • Andover Senior Center
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • 2016
  • Hamden Rotary Club
  • Asset Protection
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (10)
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Estate planning Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Bryan demonstrates a unique combination of legal talent and compassion for each client. As a seasoned estate planner and family man, he has the the ideal qualities to provide informed, practical advice. For these reasons, I endorese this attorney without hesitation."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Bryan is knowledgeable, experienced and extremely diligent. All of his clients will benefit from his dedication and the systems his office has in place. I recommend Bryan and Wiley Etter without reservation."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"When it comes to estate planning, Attorney Etter is as passionate as he is skilled. Attorney Etter always goes the extra mile to ensure each estate plan he creates with his clients, who he routinely refers to as family members, is exactly what they desire. He is an expert in asset protection and strives to share his expertise with his clients. Attorney Etter routinely speaks on the subject of estate planning to educate the community. I strongly recommend Attorney Etter to any individual seeking to learn more about the estate planning process."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Co-worker
"Attorney Etter is a brilliant asset protection specialist, assisting his clients to create custom estate plans for their unique situation."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Bryan does a great job and I highly recommend him."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a well-respected, experienced, and knowledgeable estate planning attorney in Connecticut. He is professional yet very easy to talk to. Brian remains on top of recent developments in the law and seeks creative ways to help his clients achieve their unique planning goals in a timely manner. It is a pleasure to have Brian as a trusted colleague and friend."
Trusts Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Friend
"Bryan is a fantastic friend and a better lawyer. He is diligent, hard-working and importantly a creative thinker who uses his expert knowledge to craft the best solutions to his clients needs."
Wills and living wills Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Etter is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of probate law, including the drafting of wills, living wills and trust documents. I consider him to be a valuable resource for any clients who are in need of a trust or other testamentary documents."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Atty. Etter is my go-to contact for clients who have estate planning, probate and elder law needs. He is highly accessible and very knowledgeable in an important area of law."
Estate planning Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Bryan is a diligent professional. He mixes an extreme work ethic with compassion that is well suited for estate planning. I endorse Bryan and believe that clients his clients are in safe hands. Not only can he solve their complex problems but he also realizes that the process to find a solution is in many ways more important than the result. Strongly recommended."
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North Haven Trusts Lawyer Bryan Matthew Etter
Bryan Matthew Etter
Trusts Attorney
North Haven, CT
Licensed for 9 years
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