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John J Sweeney

Elder law Attorney at Ridgefield, CT

5.0   10 reviews
  • State Years
    Connecticut - CT 10 years
    New York - NY 40 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 38 years
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2013
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 40 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1983
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1986
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Elder Lawyers help seniors and their families solve the problems that are unique to aging. These problems include Medicaid planning, Social Security, and Veterans Benefits. Also, Estate Planning including health care directives, powers of attorney, conservatorships, wills, trusts, living wills, revocable living trusts, administering an estate, investments, insurance, estate taxes, and income taxes. Also, planning for long-term care and resident rights in long-term care facilities.

    19 years

  2. Estate planning
    John helps arrange your affairs so your property will be transferred smoothly and properly when the time comes. He ensures you are in control and protects your spouse and your children. He maximizes your assets and minimizes the cost.

    29 years

  3. Business
    John solves problems for small and medium sized local businesses in Connecticut and New York. He helps corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships. He enjoys helping entrepreneurs and businessmen. John addresses business issues from from start-up to sale. He solves issues related to succession planning and other transitional events. In between, he addresses the operational issues.

    40 years

  4. Medicaid and medicare
    Medicaid is a program that pays the nursing home costs for people with limited assets. John helps seniors plan their affairs so they can use Medicaid optimally and have some funds to pay costs or pass to their children

    14 years

  5. Social Security & Disability
    Special Needs is an area which is very complex. From SSI and SSDI to Special Needs Trusts and planning, John can help make a complex area simpler.

    19 years

  6. Tax
    John can help plan across the various potential taxes imposed; estate, gift, income, corporate, partnership, real estate, sales and use, federal, and state. He can ensure your income tax, estate planning and business interest all optimize taxes.

    40 years

Sophisticated Advice in Elder, Wills, Estates, Trusts, Business and Tax Law Law with personal attention, empathy and understanding.


Elder, Wills, Estates, Trusts, Medicaid, Social Security, Special Needs

John helps Seniors and their families with the unique problems of Aging.


John helps Seniors understand the special legal considerations and issues they encounter and helps them, along with their families, work through these issues with expertise, care, and compassion.  He encompasses Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, Special Needs, Social Security for a comprehensive plan to protect your assets and ensure you are in control.  


Business Law

John solves problems for small and medium sized Businesses.


He helps them resolve the day to day issues they encounter and the special issues which arise on start-up and sale.  He drafts and reviews contracts.  He resolves disputes with vendors and contractors.  He advises on employee issues.  He will ensure you protect your intellectual property. He forms companies and ensures you have the best legal structure.  In the end, he will dissolve and liquidate your company properly so there are not lingering loose ends.


Tax Law

John solves tax problems for businesses and individuals.  He guides you through the myriad confusing taxes and helps to minimize them all.  He also helps out people with delnquent taxes and unfiled returns.

You are the Focus

When you are John's client, your needs are his top priority. 


Throughout the process, you will always know a dedicated attorney is working hard for you.  The most rewarding part of his job is not receiving professional accolades, it is helping you resolve a difficult family matter with in a caring and compassionate way.


John's goal is to provide practical, honest, and efficient advice which takes into account the special needs of people and their families.


With 30 years’ experience, he has the judgment and history to guide you on the right path.


He blends the Law, People, Families, and Business.

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Sweeney Legal, LLC
38C Grove Street
Suites on Grove 105
Ridgefield, CT, 06877-4669


5.0 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
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Posted by Joel | December 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
I hired John to review a fairly complex matter related to my business. He demonstrated a clear understanding of the issues and helped me quickly navigate through the situation. He's smart, efficient and a pleasure to work with.
Posted by Alexander | December 19, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Tremendous Lawyer
John Sweeney is efficient, fast, and a great writer. He gets things done in a timely manner.
Posted by Jean | December 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Fabulous Tax & Estate Planning Attorney
My first call on all tax and estate matters is John Sweeney @SweeneyLegal. He has walked me through setting up an LLC. He has reviewed the various options with me and what the tax implications are. He is a no fuss no muss attorney that is very conscious of my time and the impact on cost. He consistently gives me options to do things myself or to have him do them for me and what the pricing is. He keeps my family financially in balance because he helps with the big picture as well as the more detailed issues.
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Posted by Trish | December 18, 2017
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Excellent Lawyer
My mother is in her 80’s and John Sweeney is the lawyer I go to for advice regarding her care. When you think of all the complexities associated with someone of advanced age, it’s nice to have someone to go to who can simplify it all and help you navigate through any possible difficulties so your focus can be on your loved one. His advice is invaluable. I am very happy with John and will continue to go to him for advice. I highly recommend him!
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Posted by Jack | December 15, 2017
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Corporate planning
John helped me approach building my company from an extremely knowledgeable standpoint. Every question I had, he had an answer to. After meeting with him a few times, we pieced together an extremely comprehensive plan that I'm super proud of. John is truly one of the most intelligent and committed people I've ever met and I could not be happier with the help he's provided.
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Posted by Scott | August 20, 2015
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highest legal/ethical standards
I have consulted with Attorney Sweeney on numerous matters. Very impressed with his knowledge, demeanor, and advice. His focus is on cost effective resolution. You are not just another client. Based on my experience can't recommend more highly
Posted by Jean | August 3, 2015
Elder Law Ridgefield Connecticut
John is my go to lawyer with estate planning and elder law questions. He is amazing at the depth of his knowledge and generosity in sharing not only the law but the practical solutions to solve the issue at hand. His tax background is invaluable in resolving family issues for future generations. He is fair in his billing and a valuable person to have relationship with for tax questions, estate planning and elder law decisions. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by David | August 1, 2015
Thoughtful and creative
I sought John's counsel during a recent employment separation. The documents pursuant to which I was contracted with my then-current employer were numerous and complex, but John was able to efficiently distill their contents. He presented me with a clear description of the most impactful provisions and explained how I should consider each as I proceeded to negotiate my separation. John's analysis and summary gave me the confidence and intelligence I needed throughout the process.
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Posted by Raymond | July 27, 2015
Excellent knowledge and outstanding service.
John is a great Lawyer! I recently had several issues with aging parents and the legal/ care issues that come with that situation. It was great to have John's knowledge and insight to those problems. I know feel we have a much better understanding and plan for my aging parents. Thanks John! I would highly recommend John for any legal services that you may be considering him for!
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Posted by Jeffrey | July 27, 2015
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John is a practical and knowledgeable lawyer. He takes the time to listen to you and understand your problems. He knows the law and is also a businessman. He came up with practical solutions, which solved any concerns or problems I had. He is also fast and efficient which translated into a reasonable price. I recommend him highly.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Sweeney Legal, LLC
  • 2012 - Present
  • VP Director of Tax
  • Hanover Insurance Company
  • 2009 - 2012
  • General Counsel and CFO
  • Longevity Alliance, Inc.
  • 2005 - 2008
  • CFO
  • NY Liquidation Bureau
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Tax Director and CFO
  • ING and Aetna Internatioanal
  • 1997 - 2002
  • Intern
  • Bankruptcy Court
  • 1982 - 1982
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Mercy College
  • 1981 - 1982
  • Internship
  • Securities & Exchange Commission
  • 1981 - 1981
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  • New York University
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 1988
  • Pace University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Arizona State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Medicaid Planning
  • Assets maximized and care optimized


  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • ElderCounsel
  • 2013 - Present
  • US Tax Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1990 - Present
  • US Claims Court
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1990 - Present
  • Southern District of NY
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 1990 - Present
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • 1986 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 1983 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Corporate
  • Pace Law School
  • 1982


  • Taxation for Accountants
  • Avoiding Family Attribution Rules on Redemptions
  • 1984
  • Taxation for Lawyers
  • Avoiding Family Attribution Rules on Redemptions
  • 1984
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Speaking Engagements

  • Various Conferences
  • International Tax
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Elder law Attorney | Apr 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have know John for years. He has a first class analytical mind. He knows how to solve problems. He is a compassionate caring person. An outstanding lawyer"
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