Steven Basche

Steven Basche

I help you preserve your assets and protect your beneficiaries.
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law ...
  • Connecticut
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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 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
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Major Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Are available
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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2nd Circuit
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Hassett & Geoge, PC
- Current
Law Offices of Steven M. Basche, LLC
Of Counsel
Sabia, Taiman
Jacobs, Walker, Rice & Basche, LLC
Cohn & Birnbaum
Schatz & Schatz, Ribicoff & Kotkin
University of Connecticut School of Law
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AV Rating
Martindale Hubbell
AV Rating
Martindale Hubbell
AV Rating
Martindale Hubbell
AV rated since 2012
Professional Associations
Connecticut Bar Association
- Current
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Articles & Publications
4 questions single parents should ask about their estate plans
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
Educational presentation to parents of kids with special needs on the purposes of Special Needs Trust.
Estate Planning Basics, CEA Summer Conference, Mohegan Sun
Legal Answers
25 Questions Answered
Q. I have a very simple probate case. It's me and my sister 50/50 split. What should the lawyer fee be?
A: The fee is not necessarily determined by how simple or complicated the split is. It is impossible for anyone to give you an accurate estimate without knowing the number, nature and value of the assets. I've handled "simple" estates, that end up being very complicated. Most lawyers handle probate matters on an hourly basis and it is hard to know how much time is involved. Maybe you could share more info about the nature of the assets in the estate.
Q. is a medical examiner supposed to contact next of kin when a person dies to ask if they want an autospy?
A: First off, I am sorry for your loss. The loss of a parent leaves a huge whole in one's heart. The State of Connecticut requires that the Medical Examiner examine deaths due to accident, homicide, suicide, and unknown causes, specifically "sudden or unexpected deaths not caused by readily recognizable disease." The law requires the next of kin to consent to an autopsy, but does not specifically give the next of kin the right to ask for an autopsy. You could try to ask them to perform an autopsy, but be prepared to wait for a while because the ME's office is backed up.
Q. Can children (and their spouses) serve as witnesses for their parent when signing a Power of Attorney in CT?
A: Because of COVID, there is an executive order which suspends the witness requirement on all instruments which need to be notarized, except for wills. So, you are in luck. There no witnesses required. That said, it can't hurt to have your sister and her husband sign as witnesses. Or alternatively, remote notarization is also allowed during Covid.
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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 (Today)
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: Closed
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 (Today)
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5 PM
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