D. Jeanne Messick

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Vice President
Partner
Director
Location:
Middletown, Connecticut
Phone:
860-398-9386
Fax:
860-316-2747
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Attorney D. Jeanne Messick has been serving the legal needs of individuals and families in the areas of elder law, estate and gift tax planning, long term care planning, wills, trust and probate administration for more than twenty-five years. Her practice includes preparation of durable powers of attorney and advance health care directives, such as living wills and health care proxies. She guides clients of substantial wealth through the process of creating an estate plan that protects lived ones and conserves taxes. She assists other clients in qualifying and applying for Medicaid/Title 19 benefits and Veterans Aid and attendance benefits. Her experience includes successful advocacy before the State of Connecticut DSS administrative offices. As a VA-accredited attorney and a member of PLAN of Connecticut Inc., Attorney Messick has experience in asset planning to maximize benefits, as well as in creating and implementing special needs trusts for disabled family members, where appropriate. She is committed to partnering with her clients to preserve their valuable assets and independence throughout every stage of life.

Areas of Practice

  • 25% Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts
  • 25% Elder Law
  • 10% Special Needs Planning
  • 25% Probate Administration
  • 15% Real Estate

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1981
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1981
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1981

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Hartford, Connecticut
    • J.D. - 1981
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico - 1974
  • Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1975
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Hispanic Studies and Anthropology

Classes/Seminars

  • Staying at Home with Care, Middletown Senior Center
  • What You Need to Know About Special Needs Trusts, Hospital For Special Care
  • Smart and Savvy Estate Planning for People with Children, Durham-Middlefield Youth & Family Services, Inc.

Honors and Awards

  • Catherine McAuley Award, Mercy High School
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Estate and Probate Section; Elder Law Section, Member, 1984 - Present
  • PLAN of Connecticut ( A non-profit organization serving families with disabled children), Member
  • Middlesex County Bar Association, Past Secretary and Law Day Chair, 1983 - 1985
  • Central Connecticut Business & Estate Planning Council, Inc, Past President and Past Director, 1985 - 2014
  • Middlesex County Leave a Legacy Professional Advisors, 2009 - 2014
  • BNI-River Delta Chapter, Old Saybrook, CT, 2011 - 2014

Past Employment Positions

  • Yale University, Cataloging Assistant, 1975 - 1977
  • Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Technical Writer, 1977 - 1979
  • Brenner, Saltzman & Wallman, Associate Attorney, 1981 - 1983

Pro Bono Activities

  • Brainerd Memorial Library, Board of Trustees
  • Mercy High School, Counsel to Corporate Members and Board of Trustees, 1992 - 2014
  • Mercy High School, Counsel, Past Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Mercy High School Alumnae Association, Past President
  • Middlesex Hospital Philanthropy Council, 2002 - 2014
  • First Congregational Church of Haddam, CT, Choir Member, 1992 - 2014

Languages

  • Spanish

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Pi Beta Kappa