Overview

Joy practices in the areas of estate planning, estate and trust administration, taxation, elder law, and municipal pension planning.  She assists clients with their estate planning goals to ensure that assets are left to family members and to achieve tax planning for high-net worth individuals.  Joy assists clients in administration of estates and trusts in Connecticut probate courts.  She also litigates will contests, conservatorships and other trust and estates issues in Connecticut probate courts and works to negotiate settlements in contested matters on behalf of fiduciaries and beneficiaries. 

In her elder law practice, Joy guides clients in asset preservation planning and transfer of assets, as well as prepares Medicaid applications.  She works with clients to get Medicaid approval by the Connecticut Department of Social Services.

Joy represents municipal and corporate clients in drafting pension plan documents and with plan administration.  She also works with families who have businesses in their business planning, including aiding with forming business entities and drafting agreements for the entities.  Additionally, Joy collaborates with nonprofit organizations to form business entities and attain tax-exempt status for those entities with the Internal Revenue Service. Joy regularly assists nonprofit organizations with operational issues.

Joy regularly meets with clients at all of the Firm’s branches and is fluent in Italian.

Credentials

Education

Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2006
    •  Probate Law Journal, Associate Editor

Fordham University, M.A. Comparative Politics, 2000

New York University, B.A., cum laude, 1997

Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. Tax Court

Honors & Awards

Connecticut Super Lawyers, "Rising Star", Estate & Trust Litigation, 2013, 2015, 2016

Connecticut Law Tribune, "New Leaders in the Law" Award, 2014

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Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association, 2006-present

Connecticut Bar Association, 2006-present
    •  Tax Executive Committee
    •  Estates & Probate Executive Committee
    •  Elder Law Executive Committee

Danbury Bar Association, 2016-present

Fairfield County Bar Association, 2006-present

Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, 2006-present

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2006-present

Support Staff

Cynthia Guerra-Holguin
203.749.5567
cguerra-holguin@cohenandwolf.com

Community Involvement

Coalition for the Advocacy, Prevention, and Elimination of Older Adult Abuse (CAPE), Board of Directors

Leadership Greater Bridgeport

Southbury Women’s Club

 

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