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Steven Basche

Steven Basche

I help you preserve your assets and protect your beneficiaries.
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  • 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.

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
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Major Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Are available
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Connecticut
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2nd Circuit
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
BPS Lawyers
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Partner
Hassett & Geoge, PC
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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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Education
University of Connecticut School of Law
J.D
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Awards
AV Rating
Martindale Hubbell
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AV rated since 2012
Professional Associations
Connecticut Bar Association
Member
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NAELA
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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
Websites & Blogs
Website
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Legal Answers
32 Questions Answered
Q. Does a life insurance policy have to be listed in probate?
A: Not strictly speaking. Life insurance passes outside of probate. That said, the proceeds will probably need to be listed on the estate tax return. The proceeds may be included in your great uncle's estate, but unless the total is over 9.1 million (for 2022), no estate tax will be owed.
Q. In Connecticut, does a living trust need to be witnessed if it contains real property?
A: Very often after a revocable trust is created (or at the same time) the grantor who sets up the trust will transfer his or her house to the trust via a deed. It is unusual, very unusual, for the trust itself to convey real property. So assuming you follow the procedure of setting up the trust and then doing a deed to the trust, it doesn't need to be witnessed.
Q. My father passed away a few weeks ago and did not have a will, He only has about $49,000 in his bank account and owned
A: You will need to petition the probate court for what is called intestate administration. That is what the process is called when someone dies without a will. Since his solely owned assets are more than $40,000, you won't be able to file a short form probate (called an affidavit in lieu of administration). Once you file that and get appointed as the administrator, there is more work to be be done. If you search "10 steps in CT probate" you will find a list of what has to be done.
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Hartford Office
100 Pearl Street
Hartford, CT 06103
Telephone: (860) 368-0414
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 2 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Weekend and evening appointments available.
Glastonbury Office
36 School Street
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Telephone: (860) 368-0414
Fax: (860) 996-8563
Monday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Evening and weekend appointments available.
Farmington Valley Office
20 Tower Lane
Suite 500 (lower level)
Avon, CT 06001
Telephone: (860) 368-0414
Cell: (860) 996-8563
Fax: (860) 996-8563
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 2 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Home Office
West Hartford , CT, USA
Telephone: (860) 368-0414
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