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Paul J. Knierim

Paul J. Knierim

Counsel, Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri
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Summary

Disputes related to probate, wills and trusts, and eldercare concerns are some of the most emotionally charged conflicts that individuals and families go through. At the heart of these disagreements lie deeply personal issues related to family, independence, security and relationships. Fortunately, despite the emotional nature of these issues, it's often possible to reach resolution without resorting to litigation.

That's where Attorney Paul Knierim, a retired probate judge, comes in. As the head of our dispute resolution practice, he brings unparalleled problem-solving strategies to bear on even the most complex of issues. Dispute resolution is a voluntary process designed to help parties achieve a mutually beneficial settlement that ends a disagreement in a faster manner and at far less expense than a typical court case.

Paul's experience includes more than two decades of service in the judiciary. After 10 years as judge of the Simsbury Probate Court, the Chief Justice appointed Paul to lead the state’s Probate Courts as Probate Court Administrator, a role he served from 2008 to 2019.

Paul’s experience as a lawyer and judge is enormously valuable to his clients, but it's his ability to bring a sense of calm to tense situations and his skill in facilitating creative solutions that make him so good as a mediator. A problem-solver with deep knowledge of probate law and keen insight into family dynamics, Paul provides objective and practical guidance to help families resolve their conflicts quickly, cost effectively, and with as little drama as possible.


Education
Yale Law School
J.D. (1989)
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Williams College
B.A. (1986)
Honors: summa cum laude
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Professional Experience
Counsel
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri LLC
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Probate Court Administrator
State of Connecticut
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Judge
Simsbury Probate Court
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Partner
Cummings & Lockwood LLC
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Partner
Drew, Mersereau & Knierim
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State Representative
Connecticut General Assembly
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Law Clerk
Connecticut Supreme Court
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Probate Courts are a Good Value
Connecticut Law Tribune
Probate Courts Protect Vulnerable Citizens From Harm
The Hartford Courant
Probate Court Consolidation Yields Savings and Strengthens Professionalism
Fairfield County Bar Association Newsletter
Speaking Engagements
Testimony for Raised Bill 976, An Act Concerning Conservator Accountability , General Assembly testimony , Hartford, CT
Testimony for Raised Bill 6104, An Act Concerning Adoption of the Connecticut Uniform Trust Code , General Assembly testimony , Hartford, CT
Awards
Treat Award for Excellence
National College of Probate Judges
Henry J. Naruk Judiciary Award
CT Bar Association
Capitol Caregiver Award
AARP
Professional Associations
Connecticut Bar
Current
Activities: Estate and Probate section, Elder Law section, Opioid Task Force
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Connecticut Bar Foundation
Current
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Elder Justice Coalition
Member
Current
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Connecticut Probate Assembly (Emeritus)
Current
Activities: Ethics Committee, Past Chair
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Simsbury Cemetary Association
Vice President
Current
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National College of Probate Judges
Current
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Literacy Volunteers Greater Hartford
Tutor
Current
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Simsbury Land Trust
Trustee
Current
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Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation
Trustee
Current
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CT General Assembly
State Representative
Current
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Governor's Commission on School Choice
Co-Chair
Current
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Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Probate
  • Elder Law
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Website
Paul J. Knierim's Website Profile
Website
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Website
Blog
Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog
Contact & Map
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri
237 Hopmeadow St
Simsbury, CT 06089
Telephone: (860) 259-1575
Fax: (866) 540-4616