Richard S. Land

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Danbury, CT

Chipman Mazzucco Emerson LLC
 | 44 Old Ridgebury Road, Suite 320
Danbury, CT 06810
Phone: 203-744-1929
Fax: 203-790-5954
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2014
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (50%),
  • Elder Law (30%),
  • Tax: Consumer (20%)
Attorney Profile

As an attorney and member of Chipman Mazzucco Emerson LLC, Richard S. Land offers comprehensive legal services in estate planning, estate settlement and elder law. He has extensive experience handling matters such as wills, trusts and probate for people in western Connecticut, such as those in Westport, Stamford, Danbury, Ridgefield and Greenwich, as well as in New Haven, Fairfield and Litchfield counties. His practice area also extends to the border counties in New York such as Putnam and Westchester.

In 1970, Mr. Land received a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College. He then attended the Emory University School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctor in 1975.

Since becoming an attorney, Mr. Land has always focused on how to best serve a client’s interests. He knows that means not only reaching the desired outcome, but also getting there in a way that respects a client’s time and resources. Having worked with young parents, retirees, executives, business owners and investors, he has the ability to develop a strategy that is suitable for anyone who walks through his door.

Mr. Land has devoted much of his time and effort to educating the lay public.  He has posted to YouTube more than 120 videos on topics related to estate planning, estate settlement and related tax issues, including multi-part courses in Basic Estate Planning, Estate Settlement in Connecticut, Trusts and Trust Administration and Long Term Care Issues and Medicaid.  Mr. Land has also posted a two part review of the Legal Zoom Estate Planning Service and a series on Pass Through Deductions and Other Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Subjects.  Mr. Land’s primary goal when producing the videos is to communicate complicated subject matter in an easy to understand format making use of often colorful visual aids designed to help hold the attention of the viewer.

Mr. Land is actively involved in the legal community. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law and Special Needs Section and the Trusts and Estates Law Section; the Connecticut Bar Association’s Elder Law and Estate & Probate sections; the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section; and the Western Connecticut Estate & Tax Planning Council, Inc.

Highly respected, Mr. Land has earned the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he holds an Avvo “Superb” (9.0) rating.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate Planning & Probate (50%): Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Elder Law (30%)

Tax (20%): Tax Law

Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Tax Law

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 3 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2014

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About Richard Land

Admitted: 1975, Connecticut

Professional Webpage: http://www.danburylaw.com/attorneys/richard-s-land/

Honors/Awards:

  • Rated by SuperLawyers Magazine, Top Attorneys in New England, 2014
  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Rated by SuperLawyers Magazine, Top Attorneys in New England, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estates Law Section, Member
  • NY Bar Association, Elder Law and Special Needs, and Trust & Estates Sections, Member
  • CT Bar Association, Elder Law and Estates & Probate Sections, Member
  • Western Connecticut Estate Tax & Planning Council Inc.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • 2019: Upate of the Online Estate Plan Review first authored and published in 2015 by Richard Land.  The online estate plan review is described in this video: Estate Plan Review Demonstration Video. The 2019 update reflects changes made by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and New York and Connecticut estate tax changes. It can be accessed through this link: Online Estate Plan Review. It is designed to help the user identify planning issues that may require attention.  The user answers a series of online thought-provoking questions about his or her circumstances and objectives and receives a personalized report.  This service is provided without charge to encourage the user to reflect on his or her estate plan from time to time. Online Estate Plan Review, 2019
  • 2019:  Richard Land is the creator and primary contributor to the Chipman Mazzucco Emerson LLC Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog.  This blog is updated periodically with information relevant to the firm's estate planning clients, their advisors and members of the general publich who are interested in estate planning and elder law topics. Chipman Mazzucco Emerson LLC Estate Planning and Elder Law Blog, 2019

Videos:

  • 2019:  Pass Through Deductions and Other Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Subjects (four parts).  Part I of this video describes how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changes the most widely used income tax deductions related to state and local taxes, mortgage interest deductions and personal exemptions. It also covers how the increased standard deduction and lower rates may make up for lost deductions. Part I is followed by Part II which describes the deduction available for individuals who receive pass through income. Part III covers the aggregation rules. An Appendix to Part III covers safer harbor provisions described in IRS Notice 2019-07.  The video, Pass Through Deductions and Other Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Subjects (four parts), Accounting, Financial Planners, Financial Services, Legal, 2019
  • 2018: How to Make Certain Your Estate Plan Work as Everything Else Changes.  This video is Part Two of a seminar presented in October 2018 by Chipman Mazzucco Emerson LLC, Attorneys at Law, Danbury, Connecticut. Part One is entitled Estate Planning for Beginners and is presented by Attorney Elizabeth J. Hartery. Part Two is entitled How to Make Certain Your Estate Plan Works as Everything Else Changes and is presented by Attorney Richard S. Land. Part Three is entitled Elder Law in a Nutshell and is presented by Attorney Alyson R. Marcucio. All three parts are included in a playlist entitled Basic Estate Planning and Elder Law in a Nutshell. Video, How to Make Certain Your Estate Plan Works as Everything Else Changes, Accounting, Financial Planners, Financial Services, Legal, 2018
  • 2017.  Basic Estate Planning Updated for 2017 (15 parts).  Part 1 covers Will basics and what assets a Will controls. Part 2 covers a common mistake involving life insurance beneficiary designations, trusts, the estate tax exemptions and rates, and what property is includible in the gross estate for estate tax purposes. Part 3 covers life insurance and basic Will provisions used to save estate taxes. Part 4 covers formula marital deduction Wills to save federal and state estate taxes; state estate taxes that might result from the use of traditional marital deduction formula Wills; the portable federal estate tax exemption; and the likely comeback of simple Wills. Part 5 covers the difference between trusts established under formula marital deduction Wills and trusts established as a result of disclaimers. Parts 5 and 6 also cover common estate planning mistakes.  Parts 7 and 8 cover IRAs and similar retirement plan accounts and an estate and income tax trap and how to avoid it. Parts 9 to 13 cover the use of revocable living trusts in estate planning including a comparison of a revocable living trust plan with a plan that does not make use of a revocable living trust and, instead, relies on a Will for the disposition of property at death. Part 9 covers how a revocable living trust is established and describes common terms of a revocable living trust. Parts 10 to 12 continue the comparison. Parts 12 and 13 cover the reasons for using a revocable living trust as a part of an estate plan.  Part 13 goes on to debunk some of the false reasons often presented for using a revocable living trust. Part 14 covers federal gift tax rules and begins a discussion of gifts of life insurance policies.  Part 15 covers gifts of life insurance policies and serves as an introduction to more sophisticated gift techniques.  Video, Basic Estate Planning Updated for 2017, Accounting, Financial Planners, Financial Services, Legal, 2017
  • 2016.  Review of Legal Zoom Estate Planning Document Preparation Service (2 parts).  Part 1 is a step by step examination of the LegalZoom process from log in to the end of the interview. Part 2 picks up where Part 1 leaves off. After receiving the documents, I review them to determine if they achieve the desired estate planning goals and whether they contain any significant errors or pose problems. Video, Review of Legal Zoom Estate Planning Document Preparation Service, Accounting, Financial Planners, Financial Services, Legal, 2016
  • 2013.  Long Term Care Issues and Medicaid (4 parts).  Part 1: What is long term care? Who and what does Medicaid cover? What are the income limitations? Part 2: What are the asset limitations? Part 3: How do asset transfers affect qualification for Medicaid? Part 4: This video describes home care benefits under Medicare and Medicaid. It also discusses long term care insurance as a way to pay for long term care. It concludes with a description of planning steps.  Video, Long Term Care Issues and Medicaid, Accounting, Financial Planners, Financial Services, Legal, 2013
  • 2013.  Trusts and Trust Administration (3 parts).  What is a trust? What is trust administration? What are the rules that apply to trust administration? What does a Trustee do? What risks are Trustees exposed to? What are the Trustee's duties?  Part 1 of this Trusts and Trust Administration video deals with all the above. Part 2 covers common problems faced by trustees while administering a trust including issues relating to accounting, investments and self-dealing. Part 3 (the final Part) continues coverage of common problems faced by trustees while administering a trust including potential claims related to contracts that a trustee makes while administering a trust, claims based on a trustee's negligence and other torts, claims based on environmental contamination of trust real property, and claims related to improper payments and distributions. This Part also includes a brief discussion on Trustee compensation.  Video, Trusts and Trust Administration, Accounting, Financial Planners, Financial Services, Legal, 2013
  • 2013.  Estate Settlement and Trust Administration in Connecticut (6 PARTS).  This video covers in detail the steps of estate settlement from beginning to the final account.  It goes on to cover trust administration.  Video, Estate Settlement and Trust Administration in Connecticut, Accounting, Financial Planners, Financial Services, Legal, 2013

Educational Background:

  • Dartmouth College, B.A
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Office Location for Richard S. Land

44 Old Ridgebury Road
Suite 320
Danbury, CT 06810

Phone: 203-744-1929

Fax: 203-790-5954

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Last Updated: 3/1/2019

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