Dolores R. Schiesel- Partner
Dolores R. Schiesel, a Partner in the Kent office of Cramer & Anderson, was First Selectmen of the Town of Kent for five terms. She brings a wealth of combined municipal and legal experience to a practice that extends from Municipal Law, Real Estate Law and Land Use & Environmental Law to Business Law and Elder Law & Special Needs.
Known as Lorry, Attorney Schiesel concentrates her Real Estate Law practice in towns she knows well: Kent, Warren, Cornwall, Salisbury, Sharon and Sherman. She represents clients in purchases, sales, refinances, and reverse mortgages.
In a specialty land-use area, Attorney Schiesel represents area land trusts engaged in land preservation initiatives and handles conservation easements for private donors.
One recent case involving the modification of a conservation easement represented considerable challenges and complexities. Attorney Schiesel successfully guided removal of the conservation restriction on a parcel containing a driveway and garage as part of a greater-good effort allowing the Kent Land Trust to expand its Bull Mountain Preserve, increasing access and extending walking trails.
Estate Planning and Elder Law are increasingly important areas for Attorney Schiesel, as she compassionately addresses the needs of aging residents, and families with complicated situations.
Estate Planning centers largely on issues of taxation, and Attorney Schiesel advises clients on current estate planning laws and how to plan for the future based on their individual needs and goals. In drafting estate planning documents, she considers options that will best protect clients’ assets in light of Medicaid rules and other state and Federal statutes.
Changes to federal programs and statutes affecting estates in recent years have added nuances for estate administration. “These are things we can really help with,” said Attorney Schiesel, who has long and deep experience in guiding clients through the probate process.
Elder Law and issues surrounding long-term care are also continually evolving areas, especially for families dealing with such situations as having a disabled adult child in the house.
“They need attorneys to guide them through these issues,” said Attorney Schiesel, who focuses on the preservation of assets in all of her estate and Elder Law work, which includes special needs planning and individually-tailored conservatorships and guardianships.
In terms of Municipal Law, Attorney Schiesel is Town Attorney for Bridgewater and serves as Kent’s Town Attorney, in conjunction with Partner Randy DiBella. She also represents New Milford’s Water Pollution Control Authority (WPCA), and provides legal services as needed to the Sharon WPCA.
Additionally, Attorney Schiesel counsels small business owners in handling business matters, including formation of limited liability companies and corporations.
Admitted to Bar:
- 1992 – Connecticut
- 1993 – New York
- University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D.)
- State University of New York at Albany (B.A., Education)
- Member, Connecticut Bar Association
- Member, New Milford Bar Association
- Director on Board of the Kent Community Fund, Inc.
- Director of the Kent Land Trust, Inc.
- Town of Kent alternate representative to Housatonic Resources Recovery Association