Richard H. Saxl

Top rated Estate Planning & Probate attorney in Westport, Connecticut

Richard H. Saxl, Attorney at Law
Richard H. Saxl
Richard H. Saxl, Attorney at Law

Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation; view more

Licensed in Connecticut since: 1976

Education: Rutgers School of Law - Camden

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012, 2014 - 2017, 2019 - 2023

Richard H. Saxl, Attorney at Law

265 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06880 Visit website


Attorney Richard H. Saxl focuses his Westport practice in the areas of estate planning and litigation relating to wills, trusts, estates and probate; pre-nuptial agreements; legal services for small businesses. He has argued and won cases in the Connecticut Superior Courts, the Connecticut Appellate Court and the Connecticut Supreme Court.  Some of those cases have been landmark decisions.  He has been practicing law in Westport for more than 35 years.

A passionate advocate, Mr. Saxl has represented clients all over Fairfield County, including Westport, Weston, Fairfield, Easton, Redding, Trumbull, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Stamford and Greenwich. In addition to his practice, Mr. Saxl has taught probate administration at Fairfield University, has been a speaker to the bar association about zoning issues and served as a member of the board of directors of the Connecticut Association of Municipal Attorneys.  He has also participated as a faculty member in numerous seminars on probate, estate planning, ethics, and probate litigation for National Business Institute.  

Practice areas

Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation

Focus areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Probate & Estate Administration

  • 70% Estate Planning & Probate
  • 30% Estate & Trust Litigation

First Admitted: 1976, Connecticut

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Has participated as a faculty member in over a dozen seminars as a writer and speaker for National Business Institute addressing attorneys who participate for Connecticut's Continuing Legal Education.  Lectures written and presented on a variety of topics relating to estate planning, probate administration, legal ethics, and probate litigation.  Advanced Estate Administration topics on Beneficiary Disputes and Complex Distributions will be delivered in late February of 2023.
  • Connecticut, 1976
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Fairfield Town Attorney for 12 years.
Educational Background:
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A. Rutgers School of Law
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • I have participated as a faculty member for several National Business Institute Seminars: Estate Administration from Start to Finish (2017); Probate Boot Camp (2017); Trusts from A to Z (2018). Estate Planning 7 Top Tools to know (2018); Trusts 101 (2019); Probate + Trust Administration (2019); Estate Administration Procedures (2019); Probate Boot Camp (2019); The Probate Process (2020); Estate Planning (2020: The Probate Process (2021); Tax Fundamentals Estate Planning (2021)., Lecturer and author of seminar articles including Advanced Estate Administration: Complex Distributions and methods of resolving Beneficiary Disputes., Faculty , National Business Institute, 2023
  • Representing executor of a taxable estate with a variety of issues, including assistance in working toward closing out several trust interests and disbursing assets to beneficiaries and also managing a complicated real estate sale., 2023
  • Probated estate just under $50 million consisting of a variety of complex assets with valuation issues., 2022
  • Successfully mediated estate with a variety of disputes involving family members with adverse interests., 2021
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Represented a not for profit business entity and assisted it in acquiring land need for expansion.  Successfully defended client in litigation over a parcel acquired in a tax sale., 2022

Office location for Richard H. Saxl

265 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06880

Phone: 475-471-0025


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012, 2014 - 2017, 2019 - 2023

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