Sharon L. PopePrincipal
Most of Sharon’s clients ask the same things: “How can I afford good care and stay out of a nursing home? Is there a way I can get the care I need at home?”
For a frail senior, someone who has an illness and will require long term care services, or for an individual with severe disabilities, Sharon’s answer is “Absolutely yes. Let me show you how.”
Examples of how Sharon can help
A husband and his wife with younger on-set Alzheimer’s (under age 65) needed help figuring out how they will pay for the wife’s care and not lose their savings. Sharon created an estate plan that stretched their dollars by combining the couple’s own resources with public benefits so the wife would get the best care possible without impoverishing the husband.
Due to medical malpractice, a child was born with severe disabilities and the parents pursued a law suit. Because the suit took years to settle, the mother left her job to provide the extensive care the child needed. When the case did settle, Sharon set up a special needs trust for the child so that public benefits would provide her medical care and the funds in the trust would help supplement those benefits.
An 80-year old widow who lives in assisted living came to Sharon for advice on how she can continue paying for rent and medical care with her dwindling savings. Since the woman’s husband was a Korean War veteran, Sharon applied for the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance pension for surviving spouses. The woman was awarded over $1,100 a month which greatly helped her to stay in the facility that she loved. Sharon also applied to the Connecticut Home Care Program for Elders which is helping to pay for the care services the woman needs.
You can count on Sharon listening to your story and your concerns. And you can count on her ability to explain complex laws and ideas in a way you can easily understand – a skill she acquired from 30 years as a professor.
“Do what puts a light in your eye and a fire in your heart.” Protecting the rights of Connecticut seniors and people with special needs is Sharon’s passion.
- She has testified many times before the Connecticut Legislature on bills that affect the lives of Connecticut seniors
- She took an early retirement from her long teaching career to open her own elder law and special needs law practice
- She founded a project through the CT Bar Association to provide free estate planning documents for veterans
- She is immensely committed to volunteering, serving on the boards of and fund-raising for non-profit organizations that are related to her practice
Sharon is known among her clients, colleagues, family and friends as a generous and compassionate woman. She’s got tons of energy which is helpful for her enjoyment of many activities, including antiquing, exercising, cooking, and book clubs, and catching up with her 3 grown children and 24 nieces and nephews. She also has a reputation for making any occasion a party, costumes and all...perhaps it’s her college studies in theatre that explains this passion!
What she does
Other impressive things
- Accredited Veteran Affairs Claims Attorney
- Professor Emeritus, University of Hartford
- Selected to Chair the 2014 National meeting of the Academy of Special Needs Planners
- Certified Medicare Set-Aside Consultant
- Awarded the 2006 Pro Bono Award by the CT Bar Association
- JD, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Michigan
- BS and Masters’ degrees in Education, Indiana University
Because of her extensive knowledge of elder law, estate planning, special needs and settlement planning, Sharon speaks regularly before senior living communities and professional organizations including:
- Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
- Connecticut Bar Association
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Connecticut Community Care Inc.
- VNA Healthcare
- Hartford County Bar Association
- Veteran’s Administration
- Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners
- Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
- Executive Committees of the Elder Law Section and the Estate and Probate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association
- Hartford County Bar Association, Board member, Chair of Elder Law Committee
- Member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and CLE committee
- Member of the CBA Veterans and Military Affairs Committee
- Past-Chair of the Elder Law Section of the CT Bar Association
- Alzheimer’s Association of Connecticut, Public Policy Committee member
- New England Home Care Ethics Committee member
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Director
- Corporator with Connecticut Community Care
- Board of Easter Seals (Central and Eastern CT)
- Past posts:
- Connecticut Spina Bifida, Board member
- Connecticut Brain Injury Alliance, Board member
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Commission - Hartford
- PLAN of Connecticut, Board member and Trust Committee member