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I counsel individuals and corporate fiduciaries in connection with the intricate personal and business problems associated with the administration, disposition and sale of their assets. I am a graduate of Florida State University (B.S., summa cum laude, 1986) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D. 1990). I received an LL.M. in Taxation from the New York University School of Law and an M.A. in Religion from Yale University. I am the Chairman of the Darien Commission on Aging and serve as a Justice of the Peace. I am admitted to practice law in Connecticut and New York. 

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Licensed

  1. Wills: 20%
    26 years
  2. Estate Planning: 20%
    26 years
  3. Trusts: 20%
    26 years
  4. Probate: 20%
    26 years
  5. Other: 20%
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Free consultation (60 minutes)

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Contact info

Wofsey Rosen Kweskin & Kuriansky, LLP

600 Summer Street
Stamford, CT, 06901-1490

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 199103/07/2016
CTActive199007/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale Hubbell2013
Top ContributorAvvo2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWofsey, Rosen, Kweskin & Kuriansky, LLP2000 - Present
Solo Practitionerthe Law Office of Joseph M. Pankowski, Jr.1994 - 2000
AssociateBlair & Potts1993 - 1994
AssociateWinthrop Stimson Putnam & Roberts1990 - 1993
Managing EditorFlorida Flambeau1986 - 1987
Sports EditorFlorida Flambeau1985 - 1986
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
First Congregational Church of DarienChurch Historian2014 - Present
Darien Commission on AgingChair2008 - Present
Town of Darien, ConnecticutJustice of the Peace1998 - Present
First Congregational Church of DarienCareNet Minister1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Martha JonesDistribution of estate assets to rightful heirs
Conservatorship of Jane DoeA contented client whose son is now managing her health care and financial needs.
Estate Planning of John and Nancy SmithVery satisfied clients with properly structured and funded Revocable Living Trusts
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Yale Divinity School's "Reflections" MagazineWho Is My Neighbor? Elders Among Us2013
FCC of DarienWhere is Your Gold?2012
FCC of DarienFocus on the Rocks2012
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yale UniversityReligionMA - Masters1996
New York University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1996
University of Virginia School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1990
Florida State University College of LawPolitical ScienceB.S.1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Daywing LuncheonAvoiding Scams Which Target Seniors2014
Beyond The Statutory Short FormPowers of Attorney2012
Senior Information SeriesEstate Planning After the Death of a Loved OneN/A