Estate planning and Probate
The proper estate plan provides legal solutions that anticipate life's most challenging circumstances, no matter what your age or family structure. Having your estate plan in place provides for the possibility of future incapacity as well as the distribution of your assets at death. In assisting with the probate process, we aim to lighten the load of clients grieving the loss of a loved one. Attorney Spain has appeared in probate courts across the state of Connecticut in estate settlement, disability, termination of parental rights, and other matters involving property, children, seniors and vulnerable persons.
Appeals allow for the review of a judicial decision by a higher court. In the judicial review process, appellate courts address not only the specific issues of the case at hand, but also the meaning of the law, creating legal precedent. Attorney Spain served as Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Douglas S. Lavine of the Connecticut Appellate Court upon her graduation from law school, and completed the Appellate Advocacy Institute at the Connecticut Bar Institute in 2019. Her February 2020 reply brief in Dedaj v. Department of Children and Families, an administrative appeal, successfully argued that a finding of child neglect against an immigrant school cafeteria worker in Stamford should be overturned.
A former Impartial Hearing Officer for the Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, Attorney Spain has presided over special education and expulsion hearings across the state. She is certified as a public school administrator (092) and music teacher (049), and has completed the coursework for the Superintendency Certificate (093). Catherine Spain, LLC ably represents school districts and students and families in school law matters.