Ellen focuses her practice on elder law and trusts and estates. She assists her clients in meeting their estate planning goals and protecting their assets for their loved ones.
Ellen has significant experience in navigating the complicated long-term care system, and preparing for and filing Medicaid long-term care applications. She regularly works with clients who are able to plan for asset preservation, as well as those who must act immediately to access public benefits systems.
Ellen represents and counsels fiduciaries in the administration of inter vivos and testamentary trusts, and estates. She regularly appears in the Connecticut Probate Courts on behalf of her clients. She frequently works with clients in advising and preparing estate and incapacity planning documents to meet her clients’ unique and specific needs and goals.
Ellen is based in the Bridgeport office but meets with her clients in the firm’s Danbury and Westport offices as well.
Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2015
- Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief
- Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society
- Graduation Awards: Clinical Excellence, Service to the Law School, and Service to the Community
Hofstra University, B.A., Honors College, magna cum laude, 2012
- Concentrations in English, Religion, and Political Science
- Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
- Connecticut, 2015
Honors & Awards
Best Lawyers: "Ones to Watch," Elder Law, 2023
- Attorney Ellen R. Sutliffe Hain to Present at The Residence at Westport's "Navigating Senior Care Options"05.16.2023
- Webinar, 04.01.2022
- Legal Issues & Benefit Systems for Younger Families and Individuals, Alzheimer’s Association of CT, Dementia Education Conference04.2021
- The Legal Landscape of Dementia, Alzheimer’s Association of CT, Dementia Education Conference04.10.2019
- The Anatomy of a Medicaid Application, Connecticut Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section05.2018
- I Want “YOU” to Have “MY” Heart: How Using a Will May Better Protect a Donor’s Intent in Insuring Successful Directed Donation of Organs28 Quinnipiac Probate Law Journal 304, 2015
Fairfield County Bar Association, Co-Chair of the Estates & Probate/Elder Law Section, 2015 to Present
Connecticut Bar Association
- Elder Law Section
- Estates and Probate Section
PLAN of Connecticut, Member
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys