Steven "Steve" Fast is an estate and trust lawyer in Day Pitney's West Hartford office. He has worked with a broad range of clients, including CEOs of Fortune 100 companies, homeless people, business owners, and others from diverse walks of life. His focus is always on providing for family in a healthy and tax-sensitive, but not necessarily tax-perfect, way and resolving conflict with the least controversy possible. His work has included complex arrangements that save tax as well as simple "ethical wills" that capture the personal legacy, not measured in dollars, that clients want to leave for their family.
Steve has taught the estates and trusts course at Yale Law School, where he was the Macklin Fleming Visiting Lecturer in Law in 2010, and at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Steve is particularly interested in the intersection of common sense and creativity and has presented papers at professional meetings for the American Law Institute, the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Legal Education, the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the American Bar Association, the Federal Tax Institute of New England, the Office of the Probate Court Administrator of Connecticut, the Connecticut Bar Association, and the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants. Quoted in Forbes and Business Week, he has written for CCH, Practical Lawyer, ALI-ABA Estate Planning Course Materials Journal, Probate & Property, Trusts and Estates, and Yale Law Journal Online.
Steve has chaired the Connecticut Bar Association's Trusts and Estates Section Executive Committee and co-chaired the Business and Investment Entities Committee of the Probate and Trust Law Section of the American Bar Association. He also contributed to the drafting of Connecticut's Prudent Investor Act and its Principal and Income Act. Steve is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He graduated from Dartmouth College as a Choate Scholar and from Columbia Law School as a Stone Scholar.
Chosen for inclusion in Chambers HNW Guide (Chambers & Partners) as a leading lawyer for wealthy individuals and families in Connecticut, 2016-2018
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Trusts and Estates, 1997-2018
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Litigation-Trusts and Estates, 2011-2018
Selected to the list of Connecticut Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Estate Planning and Probate, 2007-2017
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, Hartford Litigation - Trusts & Estates Lawyer of the Year, 2014
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