Elizabeth N. Byrne
Attorney Byrne (Liz) concentrates her practice in the areas of Wills and Trusts, Elder Law, Conservatorships, and Probate Law. Liz regularly represents clients in the preparation of their Last Wills and Testaments, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills and Health Care Proxies, and in the settlement of estates and trusts.
In the past few years, it became increasingly evident to Liz that many Connecticut clients (our “snowbirds”) have purchased Florida homes, become involved with Florida probate matters (timeshares and the like), and require Florida-specific estate planning documents. To better serve this growing population of Connecticut clients, Liz completed the requirements necessary to become licensed as a Florida attorney in December 2017 (Florida license number 1005186), and, since then, has been able to provide numerous clients with the convenience of having their Florida estate tax planning documents and deeds prepared and executed here in Connecticut.
As an elder law attorney in Connecticut, Liz has received the Outstanding Member award from the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (CT NAELA) in 2008 and 2009 and the CT NAELA President’s Award in 2015. Dedicated to providing education to the public regarding elder issues, Liz is a frequent speaker for the AARP and the Alzheimer’s Organization among other community professional organizations, local nursing homes, and health care facilities.
In 2017, Liz was honored to present with the Honorable Joseph D. Marino on the topic of the Uniform Adult Guardianship Laws for the Probate Court Assembly/Connecticut Bar Association joint estates and probate seminar.
Liz is on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a Corporator of Middlesex Hospital, an active member of the Middlesex Hospital Ethics Committee, Middlesex County Bar Association, Elder Law and Estates and Probate Sections of the Connecticut Bar Association, Probate and Real Property Section of the American Bar Association, and member of the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Out-of-Staters Sections.
Liz is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorney’s Practice Update. Her own articles include: “A to Z (Zoe) of Household Employees,” “Understanding the Medicare Hospice Benefit,” “and “New Federal Tax Basis and Reporting Rules Apply to Certain Decedents’ Estates.”
Born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Schenectady, New York, Liz received her bachelor’s degree from Siena College and her law degree from Pace University School of Law in 1985. She was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1985, the New York and U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut in 1986, and the Florida Bar in 2017. Liz is also an accredited VA Claims Attorney.