ESTATE PLANNING, ELDER LAW AND MEDICAID PLANNING ATTORNEYS
The ever changing economic climate makes it more important than ever to make sure your Estate Planning is handled by professionals. Our experienced Vermont and Albany, NY estate planning attorneys are prepared to create an estate plan based on your specific and unique needs. Each situation is different, and we welcome the opportunity to create a plan that adequately protects your assets while ensuring continued quality care your loved ones deserve.
THE TIME FOR ESTATE PLANNING IS NOW
It isn't unusual for wills and trusts to go long periods of time without being updated. It isn’t unusual for nursing home costs to be as much as $12,000 monthly making long-term care financially devastating to many. It isn't unusual for problems to arise when you least expect them to. There is no wrong time to contact an experienced estate planning attorney to put a plan in place and secure your family's future.
About Our Firm
Unsworth LaPlante, PLLC is dedicated to providing you with quality estate planning resources, so you can become familiar with all of the existing options. When you visit or call our office, we want you to feel comfortable discussing such an important issue concerning both you and your family. We want to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your family’s future.
If you have a well-drafted estate plan in place, you’ll ensure that your estate passes to whom you want, when you want, and is carried out in the manner you’ve chosen. You can rest assured that your family won’t have to endure the public process and costly matter of probate. The government won’t be able to take what you’ve spent a lifetime building. But you need to be aware of the many options that exist in estate planning—and you must choose your attorney wisely.
That is why Unsworth LaPlante, PLLC offers this wealth of free information and free seminars. Read our Estate Planning articles, and if you’re in the area, join us at an Estate Planning seminar. We want you to feel confident about the choices you make—let us be your guide on the path toward preserving your family’s future.
Stephen A. Unsworth is admitted to practice in both Vermont and Maine, and has more than 30 years of experience in estate planning and business law. His mission is to provide quality estate planning services, including assistance with Living Trusts, Wills, Medicaid Planning, Probate, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Special Needs Planning, and Family Limited Partnerships.
Stephen is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA), a national organization serving the needs of legal professionals concentrating on estate planning. He was on the national Board of Governors for the AAEPA and is the only AAEPA member in Vermont. Stephen applies the Academy’s comprehensive training and innovative estate planning techniques to deliver the best possible service to his clients. He is also a member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, the current president of the Vermont Chapter of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, the Vermont Bar Association, Chittenden County Bar Association, and Vermont Bar Association’s Elder Law and Probate & Trust Sections.
He has been President of the Chittenden County Bar Association, and Chairman of the Vermont Bar Association Continuing Education Committee, for which he was awarded a certificate for being an outstanding chairperson. Stephen was also awarded a certificate of appreciation from a Vermont Administrative Judge for his work as an Acting Judge in Small Claims Court. He regularly presents and writes materials for continuing legal education seminars for attorneys and paralegals in Vermont and has taught business law courses at both the University of Vermont and Champlain College. He published a Chapter on the Vermont Trust Code in a book entitled A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Vermont.
Stephen has been named a “Super Lawyer” by the New England Super Lawyers Magazine each year since its creation in 2007. This distinction – based on peer nomination, extensive polling, and independent research – ranks him in the top 5% of lawyers in New England. He has also been named one of Vermont’s top estate planning attorneys by Vermont Business Magazine.
Stephen graduated with distinction from the University of Maine at Orono, and received his Juris Doctorate from Western New England College School of Law, in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Stephen is native of Vermont, and devotes a good deal of his free time to serving his community. He is active in his church, and is on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army. He is a past president of The Essex Rotary Club. An avid sailor, he is a past Commodore of the Lake Champlain Yacht Club. He has sailed extensively in the Caribbean, Belize and Mexico. Stephen lives in Shelburne with his wife and the youngest of their three children.