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Colleen E. Masse

Colleen E. Masse

Partner, Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri
  • Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate
  • Connecticut
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Biography

Balancing everyday responsibilities and expectations can be challenging when you are caring for a loved one living with a disability. Add estate or special needs planning for the future into the mix, and it may feel utterly overwhelming. Attorney Colleen Masse understands what you are feeling and can guide you through your planning process in a straightforward and compassionate manner.

As Chair of our Special Needs Planning department and the Fiduciary Services department, Colleen can help you with a wide array of planning needs. She can partner with you on creating your comprehensive estate plan or laying out long-term care planning techniques that will protect your assets.

She can also show you how to use a Special Needs Trust to maintain and improve your quality of life, and to protect your money so you can afford the care you need for the long run. Colleen knows public benefits inside and out and can guide you through the eligibility process in a way that won’t jeopardize your eligibility for government benefits.

Before joining Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri, Colleen was with PLAN of CT where she worked with families and their attorneys to determine the appropriate trust type for the families’ given situation. She also worked with the Connecticut State Department of Education where she represented students in the care of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF). In this role, she advocated for children with special education needs - filing complaints, performing record reviews, and communicating with various agencies and providers.

In her spare time, Colleen enjoys the outdoors and often hikes and camps. She’s an avid reader and runner. In fact, she has completed multiple marathons, including the Boston Marathon!

Education
University of Connecticut School of Law
J.D. (1995)
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Bates College
B.A. (1992)
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Professional Experience
Partner
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri LLC
- Current
Associate Attorney
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri LLC
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Trust Coordinator
PLAN of Connecticut
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Surrogate Parent
CT State Department of Education: Special Educational Law and Advocacy
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Attorney
Law Office of Gerry McMahon, LLC
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Pro Bono Attorney
Lawyers for Children America
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Should You Choose Family or a Professional Trustee? Know the Pros and Cons
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog
Special Needs Planning During the COVID Era
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog
Stop Cleaning Your Closet! Do These 5 Steps First
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog
Special Needs Planning: Choose a Trustee with a Network
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog
5 Things to Think About When Your Child With Special Needs Turns 18
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog
Budget Changes to Affect Medicare Savings Programs
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Smart Planner Blog
Speaking Engagements
Special Needs Trusts & Guardianships, Oxford Public Schools Webinar, Webinar
Oxford Public Schools
Special Needs Planning, SEPTO Webinar, Webinar
South Windsor Public Schools
Uniform Trust Code, West Hartford Public Library, Webinar
West Hartford Public Library
Supported Decision Making & Pooled Trusts, CT Community Care Session 1 & 2, Webinar
CT Community Care
Pooled Trusts, CT Community Care presentation, Bristol, CT
CCCI
Pooled Trusts, Agency on Aging Professional Update, New Haven, CT
Agency on Aging of South Central CT
Special Needs Planning and ABLE Accounts, Brookfield SETPA Meeting, Brookfield, CT
Special Education PTA
Maximizing Recovery: A Litigator's Guide to Basic Tax Issues, CT Bar Association CLE, Hartford, CT
CT Bar Association
Professional Associations
North Central Area Agency on Aging (NCAAA)
President
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Activities: Previously served as a Member of the Board and First Vice President.
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Community Health Resources (CHR)
Board Member
- Current
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CT National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
Board Member
- Current
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Connecticut Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Elder Law Section
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SPEdConnecticut
Vice President/Parent Advisor
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Dyslexia Society of CT
Former Secretary
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Activities: Conference Co-Chir
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Connecticut
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Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Elder Law
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Additional Practice Areas
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Medicaid & Public Benefits
  • Disability Planning
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Colleen E. Masse's Website Profile
Website
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri LLC
Blog
Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog
Contact & Map
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri LLC
Berlin Office
15 Massirio Dr
Berlin, CT 06037
Telephone: (860) 236-7673
Fax: (866) 540-4616