Attorney Arthur C. Weinshank, Senior Partner of Cramer & Anderson’s Estate, Trust, Elder Law and Probate Administration Department, is a prominent figure in the world of Connecticut philanthropy—acting as a choreographer fostering positive change on behalf of clients, while also making a direct impact himself.
One example is his role as a longtime member of the Foundations of Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN).
WCHN includes Danbury, New Milford and Norwalk hospitals, and the Foundations’ Winter 2017 Catalyst Newsletter features a Q&A with Attorney Weinshank in which he encourages support for the hospitals and elaborates on his own support, including membership in the Legacy Society.
Honored at a luncheon in October, Legacy Society members are those who have included Danbury or New Milford Hospital in their estate plans.
“The greater New Milford community has been my home for 37 years. During that time, my family and many of my friends, neighbors and clients have used the Hospital. I support the Hospital because it is important to me that our community has access to a first-class facility,” Attorney Weinshank tells Catalyst, later adding, “The Hospital utilizes bequest funds to improve the health of every person it serves through the efficient delivery of high-quality medical care, and we will all need access to a quality medical institution at some point in our lives.”
As Attorney Weinshank has guided growth of the firm’s Estate, Trust, Elder Law and Probate Administration Department—which includes the recent opening of a new office in Ridgefield—he has devoted equal leadership to helping clients become agents of change.
Attorney Weinshank has been instrumental in envisioning, creating, guiding and managing influential charitable funds and foundations, for which he annually oversees hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions each year.
As the force behind the creation of The Lawrence J. Portell and Natalie D. Portell Foundation, Inc., Attorney Weinshank has engaged in writing a new musical score of possibility at the University of Connecticut. The Foundation is funding an effort to enhance excellence in UConn’s Music Department with new Steinway pianos.
Attorney Weinshank also manages the philanthropic legacy of the late Academy Award-nominated actor Richard Widmark as Director of The Jean Widmark & Richard Widmark Foundation, Inc.
In recent years, Attorney Weinshank has guided Foundation donations to a wide range of change-the-world nonprofits, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Brady Center to Prevent Handgun Violence, and Healing the Children Northeast.
The Foundation is a major sponsor of Regional Hospice and Palliative Care, formerly called Regional Hospice and Home Care of Western Connecticut.
Attorney Weinshank also facilitated the creation of the Persbacker Family Foundation, for which he now is a Director. The Foundation was instrumental in aiding the formation of Regional Hospice and Palliative Care.
Through Attorney Weinshank’s leadership, the Foundation contributes to such life-altering entities and programs as an elementary school music therapy program for autistic and Down Syndrome children, and it also recently gave a $20,000 grant toward the restoration of the Derby Historical Society’s General David Humphreys House & Museum.
Attorney Weinshank works primarily in Cramer & Anderson’s New Milford office. He may be reached through his longtime legal assistant Jeremy Ruman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 860-355-2631, ext. 132.
Cramer & Anderson also has offices in Ridgefield, Danbury, Litchfield, Kent and Washington Depot. For more information, see the website at crameranderson.com or call the New Milford office at (860) 355-2631.