Danielle P. Ferrucci

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Danielle Ferrucci practices in the areas of estate planning, estate settlement and trust administration. She assists clients with the full range of planning techniques for tax-effective intergenerational and charitable transfers. Danielle also prepares, and advises those preparing, probate documents, estate tax returns and fiduciary income tax returns as well as represents estates before the IRS and DRS on audit. In addition, Danielle actively administers trusts and advises trustees. She also represents clients in contested matters in Connecticut's probate courts.

Prior to joining the firm, Danielle served as a law clerk to Connecticut Supreme Court Justices Joette Katz and Richard Palmer.

Distinctions

Teaching Positions

  • Adjunct Professor, Western New England College School of Law, LL.M. Program in Estate Planning and Elder Law

Professional Affiliations

  • Connecticut Bar Association: Executive Committee, Estate and Probate Section
  • Estate & Business Planning Council
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving: Chair, Professional Advisory Committee
  • Planned Giving Group of Connecticut: Board Member 
  • University of Connecticut Foundation: Professional Advisory Committee
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

Community Involvement

  • Leave A Legacy Connecticut: Statewide Co-Chair
  • Connecticut Children's Museum: Board of Trustees

Challenge to Income and Principal of Will and Trust as Assets of Bankruptcy Estate

In re Britton, 300 B.R. 155 (Bankr. D. Conn. 2003).  A legal team composed of attorneys from the Bankruptcy and Trusts and Estates practices successfully represented long standing Trusts and Estate client by successfully challenging the Chapter 7 Trustee's attempt to include the income and principal of several Spendthrift Trusts into the bankruptcy estate of a contingent remainder beneficiary.  The Court held that a trust that gave the trustees sole discretion to make periodic distributions of income and/or principal in such amounts as they deemed advisable for the support, maintenance and/or education of the beneficiaries (our client) was a valid Spendthrift Trust under Connecticut Law and therefore not property of the Debtor's estate.

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Education

  • University of Connecticut, J.D., 1999,
    with honors

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
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