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Steven Basche

Steven Basche

I help you preserve your assets and protect your beneficiaries.
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law ...
  • Connecticut
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Biography

Estate planning is not just for millionaires. You may not think you have an estate, let alone any need for a plan, but if you have children, if you have things of value, if you own a home, you need an estate plan. An estate plan ensures that you decide who gets your hard earned assets, whatever their size or value-- not the government. Without an estate plan, your wealth, your estate will pass according to the state intestacy statute. Don't you want to decide to whom and when your assets should be distributed and not a probate court?

Estate is planning how you direct to whom your property will be distributed and who will care for your minor children. Estate planning helps reduce tax liabilities, court costs, and attorneys' fees, and can minimize disputes after your death the loss of family members. We can also design your estate plan to deal with your possible future mental or physical incapacity, either through a trust or a durable power of attorney.

In addition, we can guide you through many situations that come up in everyday life that have a legal angle. Whether you are buying or selling a home, starting, buying or selling a business, switching jobs and need a severance or non-compete agreement reviewed, dealing with a minor criminal mater or have been injured in a car accident, you should have a lawyer you can turn to for advice. If we don't have the expertise to help you, we will find someone who does. The bottom line is that we want to be your lawyer.

You have a family doctor (now they call them primary care physicians); you should have a family lawyer. If you want the benefit of a lawyer with a combination of 34 years of far reaching experience, offering values-based, parent-centered estate planning, and a passion for helping clients, call or email Steve today.

Education
University of Connecticut School of Law
J.D
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Professional Experience
Partner
Hassett & Geoge, PC
- Current
Principal
Law Offices of Steven M. Basche, LLC
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Of Counsel
Sabia, Taiman
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Partner
Jacobs, Walker, Rice & Basche, LLC
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Associate
Cohn & Birnbaum
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Associate
Schatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin
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Publications
Articles & Publications
4 questions single parents should ask about their estate plans
LinkedIn
Speaking Engagements
Estate Planning 101, Summer Conference, Mohegan Sun
Connecticut Education Association
Basic estate planning for Teachers
How can owners keep what they have earned., Exit Planning Exchange (XPX), Hartford CT
XPX Hartford
The Importance of Special Needs Trusts, Parent Partnership, Cromwell, Connecticut
Adelbrook
Educational presentation to parents of kids with special needs on the purposes of Special Needs Trust.
Estate Planning Basics, CEA Summer Conference, Mohegan Sun
CEA
Awards
AV Rating
Martindale Hubbell
AV Rating
Martindale Hubbell
AV Rating
Martindale Hubbell
AV rated since 2012
Professional Associations
Connecticut Bar Association
Member
- Current
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NAELA
Member
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Connecticut
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2nd Circuit
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Major Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Are available
Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Elder Law
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Easements, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Our son is the beneficiary of a GST set up by his grandparents. Can he draw on the trust before we die?
A: To answer your question, we would need to review the trust agreement itself. It really depends on the language used in the document. My guess is that your son should be able to get money from the trust, but without reviewing the document it's impossible to say.
Q. Can a 401k and HSA distribution be added to a general estate bank account if there are no beneficiaries assigned?
A: Yes, the proceeds from the 401k and HSA can, and should, be added to the estate checking account. Keep in mind, there will be income taxes due on both distributions. Those assets will then be distributed to your brothers heirs as determined by the CT intestacy statute.
Q. If a stepdaughter gets poa of her mother to get my dads estate while we are in probate court will she inherit some estat
A: The step-daughter will not inherit money for herself, but rather the money will (or should) go to her mother. As the POA, the step-daughter has a duty to use the money for her mother's benefit, but we all know that doesn't always happen.
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Websites & Blogs
Website
Website
Website
Hassett & George, PC
Blog
Estate and Business Planning blog
Contact & Map
Glastonbury Office
628 Hebron Ave.
Suite 212
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Telephone: (860) 368-1414
Fax: (860) 651-1888
Monday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Evening and weekend appointments available.
Simsbury Office
945 Hopmeadow Street
Simsbury, CT 06070
Telephone: (860) 368-0414
Fax: (860) 651-1888
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 2 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Home Office
West Hartford , CT, USA
Telephone: (860) 368-0414