K. Bradoc "Brad" Gallant advises families in all aspects of trust administration and estate planning, including disabilities planning and special needs trusts as well as planning. He guides clients through often complicated and sensitive personal situations, such as medical and end-of-life decision-making, long-term care issues, conservatorships, commitments and guardianships, as well as planning for same sex couples and their families.
Brad has litigated a wide range of matters in probate and appellate courts, including lost wills, paternity disputes, will and trust constructions, charitable trust deviations, contested conservatorships, accountings and undue influence cases. He has appeared on behalf of clients in virtually all Connecticut probate courts, as well as in numerous Connecticut and federal trial and appellate courts. Brad was lead counsel for the amicus curiae in the landmark Connecticut Supreme Court case, Department of Social Services v. Saunders. He is consulted regularly by trial counsel and testifies as an expert in trusts and estates disputes, dissolution of marriage actions and disabilities litigation. He also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution of probate controversies.
Brad has spoken on special needs trusts, long-term care insurance, probate litigation, the disposition of interests in trusts incident to divorce and ethical issues in estate planning at seminars throughout the U.S., including the annual meetings of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the American Bar Association, as well as at seminars sponsored by ALI-ABA, NYU Institute of Federal Taxation, the Connecticut Probate Assembly, the Federal Tax Institute of New England and other groups. Brad has been quoted in Forbes, Connecticut Law Tribune and The New York Times.
Brad lives in New Haven with his wife, Professor Joanna Waley-Cohen, their children, Isabel and Kit, and a beagle, Samantha. Brad is a former President of the Connecticut Bar Association and now serves on the CBA Standing Committee on Professional Ethics. He also served four terms as President of the Board of the New Haven Free Public Library.
Chosen for inclusion in Chambers HNW Guide (Chambers & Partners) as a leading lawyer for wealthy individuals and families in Connecticut, 2018-2019
Selected as the Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year for the New Haven Metro Area by The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), 2018
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Elder Law, 2007-2021
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Litigation - Trusts and Estates, 2011-2021
Chosen for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), Trusts and Estates, 2006-2021
Selected to the list of Connecticut Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), Estate Planning and Probate, 2006-2019
Selected as Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year for the New Haven Metro Area by The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc.), 2014
Recognized with Achievement Award by the Federal Tax Institute of New England, 2014
Listed as one of the Top 100 Attorneys representing individual clients by Worth magazine, 2006-2009
Listed as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in all practice areas in Connecticut by Connecticut Magazine, 2006
Named "Citizen of the Year" by the Connecticut Probate Courts, for his advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities, 1994
Elected Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, 1993
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Center for Medicare Advocacy, a national organization serving Medicare recipients, Vice President, Board of Directors
New Haven Free Public Library, President, Board of Trustees, 2005-2009
Provides pro bono estate planning through the Connecticut Veterans' Legal Center