Claudia W. EnglisbyAssociate
For disabled or ill individuals and their families, Claudia is the special needs planning attorney you want in your corner. Because of her fierce determination and personal experiences, she will see to it that your money is protected from the exorbitant costs of care. She will help you build a financial foundation that will help you maintain a quality of life without the worry of going broke. With carefully thought-out estate plans to complex special needs trusts – Claudia will be your advocate.
Representing all Connecticut residents – English and Spanish speaking individuals and families, couples of all persuasions, veterans, and people with disabilities – Claudia crafts plans to preserve wealth, protect well-being and maximize public benefits including Medicaid, waiver programs, Money Follows the Person and home care. She devises your planning strategy with an eye on giving you both a plan and peace of mind: the thing she loves most about coming to work each day.
Examples of how Claudia has helped
A middle-aged couple with a child, who has serious health issues, was nervous about how they’d have enough money for their retirement years if they had to continue paying for their child’s medical care. They were also worried about what would happen to the child when they passed. To protect the couple’s assets for their own future needs as well as laying the groundwork for the child to continue receiving care, Claudia crafted a life plan and an estate plan that included using several special needs trusts to protect the child’s present and future eligibility for crucial public benefit programs including Medicaid and SSI. Similarly, the plan incorporated securing assets so that Mom and Dad had resources as they aged.
A woman who is physically disabled from cerebral palsy and wheelchair bound yet gainfully employed with a stellar employment record was receiving assistance under a Connecticut Med Connect waiver program. She needed the services provided by the program, yet, if not structured properly, her income would jeopardize her eligibility to receive these benefits that would help her at home. Claudia prepared a special needs trust and advised how she should structure her finances in ways that would protect the woman’s assets and income along with her eligibility for programs that would pay for home care assistant services.
Claudia was born in Mexico (thus her proficiency in Spanish) and had a solo law practice in Maryland, but now she is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and giving back to the Hartford community. Apart from being an excellent lawyer, she is cheerfully committed to:
- University of Hartford, adjunct professor of Elder Law
- HARC - board of directors
- Co-chair of Hartford County Bar Association, Elder Law Section
- Board of Directors, Friends of Simsbury Crew
Claudia is a self-professed book nerd, is obsessed with school and would love to study neurology and sleep science just for kicks. But until then, she is busy attending wine events, weekend get-a-ways with friends, and cooking and entertaining at home. She currently lives in Simsbury.
What she does
- Elder law
- Special needs trusts
- Estate planning
- Asset protection
Other impressive things:
- Speaks Spanish fluently
- Conducts seminars to professional and public groups about elder law and special needs
- LL. M, Estate Planning and Elder Law, Western New England College, School of Law, 2007
- JD, Western New England College, School of Law, 2001
- BS, University of Hartford, magna cum laude
Professional and Civic Affiliations
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
- Connecticut State Bar Association: Elder Law and Estate Planning and Probate sections
- American Bar Association
- Hartford County Bar Association, Co-chair of Elder Law Section
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
Hartford County Bar Association
Co-chair, Elder Law Committee