Attorney Weinshank Expands Advocacy for Ability Beyond

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The idea of going the extra mile in a mission of enriching the lives of those who need a particular kind of assistance is encoded in the DNA and name of Ability Beyond.

The Bethel-based organization is “dedicated to empowering every person, no matter their ability, to have the opportunity to live, work and thrive as an integral part of their community,” and “helps thousands of people with physical and mental disabilities discover their abilities and become a part of their communities.”

Attorney Joshua Weinshank, a Trust and Estate Partner with Cramer & Anderson LLP, has taken a leadership role that has him going the extra mile for Ability Beyond.

Attorney Weinshank, who prioritizes community-minded activism, was appointed in 2016 to Ability Beyond’s Planned Giving Advisory Council. He has since been named Co-Chair of the council.

Attorney Weinshank will be speaking at a May 20 Planned Giving seminar for the families of Ability Beyond clients, focusing on special needs trusts, asset protection, estate planning and planned giving.

“It’s open to families predominantly with folks who have disabilities,” said Paul T. Bernetsky, Vice President of Development and Community Engagement for Ability Beyond. “We asked Josh to spearhead this and he was great to say yes.”

The presentation will follow one of Ability Beyond’s periodic meetings with the families of Connecticut clients, which begins at 9:30 a.m.

Joining Attorney Weinshank will be Attorney Alexis Gettier, a tax and estate planning attorney with Day Pitney LLP and member of the Planned Giving Advisory Council, and Mark DeCruccio, a Westport-based Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management.

“We try to have a family meeting four times a year,” said Bernetsky. “This time around the added benefit is a post-family-meeting of this group of professionals who will be there to have a conversation about estate planning.”

Partner Joshua Weinshank

Attorney Weinshank, who was made Partner in December 2016, advises clients on ways to effectively and efficiently preserve and create intergenerational wealth by addressing their tax and personal concerns. Additionally, he works with families that have members with special needs to protect and preserve assets, while qualifying them for governmental assistance programs.

Earlier this year, Attorney Weinshank was named to the Associate Board of the Danbury Hospital & New Milford Hospital Foundation.

A resident of Ridgefield, Attorney Weinshank works primarily in Cramer & Anderson’s Danbury office. He may be reached by email at jweinshank@crameranderson.com and by phone at (203) 744-1234.

Cramer & Anderson also has offices in New Milford, Litchfield, Kent and Washington Depot. For more information, see the website at crameranderson.com or call the New Milford office at (860) 355-2631.