Estate Planning Is Up With Everyone Social Distancing at Home

Forbes is reporting a rise in estate planning as most Americans remain sequestered at home to stay safe from the COVID-19 coronavirus and have time to take care of personal and financial matters they have been putting off.  

“Many people are reaching out to execute estate plans they have put off finalizing and signing,” the story says. “Others are calling to start estate plans they should have started years ago. Attorneys are offering creative solutions to get estate planning documents signed and in place.”

Cramer & Anderson’s Estate Planning attorneys are well-positioned to complete or begin estate planning work or Elder Law planning even as they work remotely.

“We can do the meetings virtually and do our signings virtually. If you need or want to get this done, now is the time to do it since we are all at home and have hit the pause button with regards to our busy travel schedules,” said Partner Joshua Weinshank, the Fairfield County Trust and Estate Planning and Administration Group Leader for the firm. 

Among the fundamentals for couples and families, Attorney Weinshank lists having the proper and necessary documents—beginning with wills—ensuring those documents are in good order, and having an estate plan.

Cramer & Anderson’s Estate Planning services include:

  • Last Will and Testament
  • Power of Attorney
  • Living Will/Advanced Healthcare Directive
  • Conservatorship and Guardianship
  • Care Agreement Contract
  • Business Succession Plan
  • Irrevocable Trust
  • Living Trust
  • How to use estate planning to protect assets.

Connect with any member of our Estate Planning team to get started.

Partner Arthur C. Weinshank guides and manages influential charitable funds and foundations. For example, the late Academy Award-nominated actor Richard Widmark entrusted management of his philanthropic legacy to Attorney Weinshank. Based in the New Milford office, he may be reached by email at aweinshank@crameranderson.com.

Partner Perley Grimes joined the firm as an Associate in 1969, becoming a Partner in 1974, which gives him decades of experience and valuable insights he shares with clients in developing an optimal plan of action. He is based in the Litchfield office and may be reached by email at pgrimes@cramer-anderson.com.

Partner Robert Fisher, Jr. is experienced in creating and administering trusts, and in drafting wills and living wills, durable Power of Attorney documents, health care directives and other related planning tools. Based in the Washington Depot office, he may be reached by email at rfisher@cramer-anderson.com.

Partner Dolores Schiesel compassionately addresses the needs of aging residents, and families with complicated situations, as she works to protect clients’ assets in light of Medicaid rules and other state and Federal statutes. Based in the Kent office, she may be reached by email at drs@crameranderson.com.

Cramer & Anderson Partner Josh Weinshank

Partner Josh Weinshank, Resident Partner of Cramer & Anderson’s office in Ridgefield, won a prestigious 40 Under 40 award from the Fairfield County Business Journal in 2019, and was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star in both 2018 and 2019. He advises clients on ways to effectively and efficiently preserve and create intergenerational wealth by addressing their tax and personal concerns. He may be reached by email at jweinshank@crameranderson.com.

Partner Neal D. White, Jr. guides clients, families and spouses through Estate Planning and Elder Law issues that can be intricate and emotionally challenging. He was named Best Estate Planning Lawyer in both 2018 and 2019 in the Waterbury Republican-American newspaper’s Reader’s Choice Awards. Based in the Litchfield office, he may be reached at nwhite@cramer-anderson.com.

Working With Us Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

Our attorneys and staff are working remotely amid the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, but they are accessible by phone or email, and using technology like Skype, GoToMeeting, and Facetime for meetings and conference calls.

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About Cramer & Anderson

Cramer & Anderson LLP serves clients from six offices in western Connecticut (currently closed to the public) with a hometown sensibility and a worldly outlook. The flagship office is located in a historic structure on the Green in New Milford. Additional offices are located in Danbury, Litchfield, Kent, and Washington Depot, and Ridgefield, serving Fairfield County. See the website at crameranderson.com to learn more.