Brendan F. DalyManaging Principal
Brendan is one of Connecticut’s top elder law attorneys according to Super Lawyers Magazine. He has been awarded the designation (which only the top 5% of attorneys receive) every year since 2012. He handles this accolade with modesty but will admit, if pressed, that he has preserved his clients’ estates by creating plans to protect their money as they age and face the prospect of long-term care.
When asked why he chose to practice in the fields of elder law and estate planning, Brendan explains with a quote from Hubert Humphrey:
“The moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
“I view this quote through the lens of an advocate and apply the same principles in my practice as an elder law attorney, staying true to the responsibilities I’ve assumed in representing clients who are aging and disabled. It is a matter of maintaining at all times the utmost respect, the highest level of client service, and an unwavering dedication to professionalism.”
If you ask any of his clients, they’ll attest to the veracity of this statement.
Brendan has taken his commitment to elder law to a level that very few elder law attorneys ever have. Since 2008, he has maintained certification as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA). This is a certification awarded by the National Elder Law Foundation – the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in elder law as a result of experience, education, and testing by the National Elder Law Foundation.
Being a Certified Elder Law Attorney is a big deal. For starters, there are only 9 CELAs in all of Connecticut. Part of becoming a CELA entails passing an examination that sees pass rates below 50%. In Brendan’s opinion, passing the CELA exam was far more difficult than passing the Bar Exam to become an attorney. That’s a bold statement.
So why did he go the extra mile and become a CELA?
“When attorneys represent such a vulnerable sector of the population, I think it’s necessary that we hold ourselves to a higher standard. The designation of CELA is not dispositive; I know many stellar elder law attorneys who lack the certification. But on a whole, the overwhelming majority of CELAs dedicate themselves exclusively to the practice of elder law, and taking the time to ensure they have the credentials ordinarily translates to competent representation.”
When it comes to working with individuals and their families, Brendan is known for his kindness, compassion, and gentle manner. He listens to your unique story, and he wants you to take comfort knowing that he intends to make sure you and your family’s future will be protected.
Brendan feels strongly that estate plans are as important as homeowner’s and car insurance. You likely make it a priority to protect your home and car. So why wouldn’t you protect everything else you’ve earned? Brendan’s focus on estate planning includes customized planning strategies that allow you to protect your wealth, save on taxes, and protect the people who depend on you.
Because Brendan can cite the Medicaid eligibility rules and regulations in his sleep, he can help you qualify for Medicaid benefits so you can preserve the money you’ve worked so hard for. And because of his success in many appeals of Medicaid cases, he can fight to get you benefits even if you’ve already been denied.
Brendan’s style is laid back. But don’t be fooled. He will fight tooth and nail to protect you from losing your money to the costs of long term care.
“I believe passionately in remedying injustice, and I will fight for my clients to ensure this. In two landmark cases—Lopes v. DSS (2012) and Simonsen v. Bremby (2017)—I successfully challenged the Connecticut Department of Social Services when the agency failed to correctly apply federal law for Medicaid applicants. Each of these cases reached the Federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The Lopes case, in particular, was a game-changer in Connecticut, paving the way for married couples to preserve assets well in excess of the federal spousal cap.”
Brendan sees the injustice for the families he works with, using his expansive knowledge and experience in Medicaid to defend them, ultimately changing state law in a way that significantly benefits Connecticut’s senior and disabled residents. The result of his advocacy, in federal court has been impactful, profoundly transforming the landscape of elder law in Connecticut.
What does Brendan do when he’s not in the office? Well, in his own words:
“I’m a family man, perfectly content hanging out with my beautiful wife, Kristen, and my two awesome kids. I’m an avid road cyclist; I enjoy winter hiking with my Standard Poodle, playing acoustic guitar, listening to music, and reading.”
Brendan is a frequent speaker on the topics of elder law and estate planning for professional organizations, including the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants; Connecticut Bar Association; and the Connecticut and Massachusetts Chapters of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He is a continuing education instructor, teaching courses on estate and Medicaid planning in many towns throughout Hartford County.
What he does
Other impressive things
- CT NAELA Outstanding Member Award
- Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)
- Since 2012, selected annually as a top attorney by SuperLawyers Magazine, a designation awarded to the top 5% of attorneys
- JD, Quinnipiac University School of Law, 1997
Because of his extensive knowledge of elder law, estate planning, legal trends and changes in legislation, Brendan speaks regularly before professional organizations including
National Business Institute
Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants
Connecticut and Massachusetts Chapters of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Hartford County Bar Association
Association of Long Term Care Financial Managers
Connecticut Estate Planning and Business Council
American College of Health Care Administrators
Connecticut Bar Association
He teaches adult education courses on estate and Medicaid planning in many towns throughout Hartford County, and conducts seminars at area senior centers, nursing homes, civic and charitable groups regarding long-term care issues and estate planning.
Brendan has written numerous articles regarding estate planning, Medicaid and long term care, which have appeared in professional journals and newspapers.
- Executive and Steering Committee member of the Elder Law section of the Connecticut Bar Association
- Estates and Probate section member of the Connecticut Bar Association
- Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys;
- Past President and Board member of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (CTNAELA)
- Corporator of Hartford Hospital