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Paul J. Knierim

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Biography

Attorney Paul J. Knierim practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, estate and trust administration, and resolution of probate disputes. Paul, a retired probate judge, brings unparalleled problem-solving strategies to bear on even the most complex of issues. He also serves as a mediator to help families to resolve disputes outside of court.

Paul's experience includes more than two decades of service in the judiciary. He served for 12 years as judge of the Simsbury Probate Court. In 2008, the Chief Justice appointed Paul to lead the state’s Probate Courts as Probate Court Administrator, a role he served until 2019. During his 11 years as head of the Probate Court system, Paul was responsible for policy leadership and operation of all 54 of the state’s Probate Courts.

Paul’s experience as a lawyer and judge is enormously valuable to his clients, but he adds even more value with his ability to bring a sense of calm to tense situations and his skill in facilitating creative solutions. 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.

Practice Areas
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Elder Law
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
Video Conferencing
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri
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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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Education
Yale Law School
J.D. (1989)
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Williams College
B.A. (1986)
Honors: summa cum laude
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Awards
Daniel F. Caruso Public Service Award
CT Probate Assembly
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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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
Probate 101, Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri Webinar
Uniform Trust Code, New Haven County Bar
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
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
92 Hopmeadow St
Simsbury, CT 06089
Telephone: (860) 236-7673
Fax: (866) 540-4616
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 12:30 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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