Richard L. Emerson

Richard L. Emerson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Bethel, CT

Gager, Emerson, Rickart, Bower & Scalzo LLP
 | 2 Stony Hill Road, Suite 208, Bethel, CT 06801
Phone: 203-207-5400
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009, 2011 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (70%),
  • Business/Corporate (30%)
Attorney Profile

Richard L. Emerson practices in our Bethel and Southbury, Connecticut offices, where he concentrates on estate administration, probate, estate planning, and general corporate representation. He has mediated contested probate matters for other attorneys, testified as an expert witness in probate matters and served as the Probate Judge in Redding, Connecticut for 32 years from 1979-2012. He has also served as general counsel for numerous private and publicly traded companies, including bank holding companies in their mergers and acquisitions activities, and he assisted a publicly traded client in dividing ownership and going private. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and J.D. with Honors from George Washington University.

About Richard Emerson

Admitted: 1973, Connecticut

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Distinguished Service Award, Western Connecticut Estate & Tax Planning Council , 2015
  • Honored by the Connecticut General Assembly for my 31 years of service as a Connecticut Probate Judge. , 2011
  • Honored by the Connecticut Probate Assembly of the State of Connecticut for my 31 years as the Judge of Probate for the District of Redding, 2011
  • Featured in an article in The Redding Pilot on January 6, 2011 concerning my 31 years of service to the Town of Redding as the Probate Judge and other community activities, 2011
  • Honored by the Redding Republican Town Committee on September 9, 2010 for my service as the Judge of Probate for the Town of Redding as well as my other community activities, 2010
  • Graduated with Honors from the National Law Center, George Washington University, Washington D.C., 1973

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Re-elected as a Director of Western Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Council, Inc., 2017
  • President of Western Connecticut Estate & Tax Planning Council 2012-2014, 2012
  • Law Clerk, Appellate Division, U.S. Attorneys Office, Washington D.C., 1972
  • Probate Judge for the District of Redding 1979 to 2012.
  • Selected as a mediator in contested probate matters and as an expert witness in court cases on issues relating to probate procedures
  • Member of the Connecticut and Danbury Bar Associations. Member of the Connecticut Probate Assembly. Member of the National College of Probate Judges.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Re-Elected as a Director and Vice-Chairman of the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association., 2017
  • Appointed as a member of the Town of Redding Board of Ethics
  • Director and past President of The Mark Twain Library located in Redding, Connecticut.
  • Former Chairman of Redding Cub Scout Pack 118.
  • Member of the Redding Republican Town Committee from 1975 to date.
  • Former Director of the American Cancer Society, Danbury, Connecticut.
  • Town Meeting Moderator for the Town of Redding.
  • Former Member of the Redding Planning Commission.
  • President and a Director of Redding Open Lands, Inc., an organization committed to preserving open space in a cost effective manner.  We have worked with The Nature Conservancy, the Redding Land Trust and the Town of Redding to preserve open space for the benefit of all residents of Redding

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Lecture in Redding on Probate Issues and the Elderly., Probate Issues in Connecticut, 2012
  • Lecture on probate procedures in Connecticut at a seminar sponsored by the Fairfield County Farm Bureau, Lecture, Probate Procedures in Connecticut, 2011
  • Lecture on how to plan for potential disabilities at a seminar entitled "Living at Home with Quality Care" sponsored by the Redding Commission on Aging, Lecture, How to Plan for Potential Disabilities, 2010
  • Lecture on Probate and Conservator issues in a seminar sponsored by the Ridgefield Visiting Nurses Association and entitled "The Cost of Aging:  Who Pays and How?", Lecture, Probate and Conservator Issues, 2010
  • Lecture to the Western Estate and Tax Planning Council, an organization of accountants, attorneys, investment advisors and others involved in the process of estate planning and tax planning, How to probate an estate in Connecticut, 2009

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Elected Officer Candiate School Class President, 1973
  • Commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Army, 1973
  • Awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 1963

Educational Background:

  • National Law Center, George Washington University, Juris Doctor With Honors, 1973
  • Wesleyan Uniiversity, Middletown, Connecticut, Bachelor of Arts, 1968
  • Teacher, The Hun School, Princeton, New Jersey, 1968
Office Location for Richard L. Emerson

2 Stony Hill Road, Suite 208
Bethel, CT 06801


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Last Updated: 5/26/2017

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