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Alfred R. Casella Murtha Cullina LLP Partner

Partner

Hartford
Email: acasella@murthalaw.com
Phone: 860-240-6048
Fax: 860-240-6150

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • Connecticut

Education

  • New York University (LL.M in Taxation, 2001)
  • University of Connecticut Law School (J.D., 1996)
  • Trinity College (B.A. in Political Science, 1993)

Alfred R. Casella


Alfred Casella's practice includes estate administration, probate litigation and sophisticated estate planning.  His practice also includes serving as a fiduciary, whether as executor, trustee or conservator, as well as serving as counsel for conservatorships.

Presentations & Articles:

  • “Income Tax Considerations for Estate Planners,” Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association, Estates & Probate Section, May 5, 2014
  • "Postmortem Planning" for reference book,  A Practical Guide to Probate in Connecticut, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (1st. Edition 2013), chapter author
  • Dealing with a Decedent's Tax Fraud When Handling an Estate, Connecticut Bar Association, March 15, 2013, author and presenter
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Connecticut Bar Association, March 12, 2012, author and presenter
  • Estate Planning Gone Awry:  What Happens When Things Don't Work Out the Way We Planned?, American Bar Association, February Meeting, Tax Section, February 17, 2012, author and presenter
  • So You Want to Run a Farm Stand - Entity Choices, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, February 13, 2012
  • State Income Tax of Trusts Holding Business Interests, American Bar Association, 2011 Fall Meeting, Tax Section, October 21, 2011, author and panelist
  • Business Succession Planning, Federal Tax Institute of New England, September 23, 2011, author and presenter
  • The New Federal Estate and Gift Tax Portability Law and Related Connecticut Tax Matters, Connecticut Bar Association, Annual Meeting, June 23, 2011, author and presenter
  • A Guide to Probate Accountings, Connecticut Bar Association, May 6, 2011, author and presenter
  • Tilling the Soil of Opportunity, Entity Choices, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, Inc., February 2011, author and speaker
  • Tilling the Soil of Opportunity, Entity Choices, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, January 31, 2011, author and speaker
  • Giving Away the Store:  A Primer on Business Succession Planning and Post-Mortem Financing of Tax Liabilities of Estates Holding Closely Held Business Interests, American Bar Association, 2011 Midyear meeting, Tax Section, January 21, 2011, author and panelist
  • The Probate Process From Start to Finish, NBI, December 6, 2010, presenter
  • Challenging Estate Assets:  Firearms, co-presenter for Connecticut Probate Asembly Judge and Clerk Seminar, January 12, 2010
  • Panelist for Planned Giving Group of Connecticut, September 17, 2009
  • Panelist for Connecticut Probate Assembly Judge and Clerk Seminar on Conservatorships, November 18, 2008
  • 2009 contributor to LawForChangeTM Forms of Organization (Connecticut)
  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish, NBI, December 7, 2009, presenter
  • Simple End of Year Tax Planning Strategies, Connecticut Bar Association Estates & Probate Section, Notes & Commentary Special December 2008 Electronic Issue - No. 64, co-author
  • Estate Administration Procedures:  Why Each Step is Important, NBI, June 11, 2008, author and presenter
  • Estate Administration Procedures:  Why Each Step is Important, NBI, June 2007, author and presenter
  • Estate Administration Procedures:  Why Each Step is Important, NBI, June 8, 2006, author and presenter
  • How to Protect Assets During Life & Avoid Estate Tax at Death in Connecticut, NBI, 2005, author and presenter
  • Effective Planning for New Couples, NBI, 2004, author and presenter
  • How to Protect Assets During Life and Avoid Estate Tax at Death in Connecticut, NBI, 2003, author and presenter
  • Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Executive Committee, Estate & Probate Section; Member, Tax Section, Executive Committee (2011-2013).
  • Hartford Estate and Business Planning Council
  • Central Connecticut Estate and Business Planning Council, Executive Committee (2009-Present)
  • Greater Hartford Probate Forum, Chair (2008-Present)
  • Estate Planning Council of Hampden County (Massachusetts)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Trusts and Estates Law, 2017 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)
  • Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Estate & Probate (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)
  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Robert Chatigny, of the U.S. District Court
  • Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors (2011-Present)
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Professional Advisory Committee (2012-2014)
  • Connecticut Judiciary Public Service and Trust Commission - Pro Bono Committee (2011-Present)
Overview

Alfred Casella's practice includes estate administration, probate litigation and sophisticated estate planning.  His practice also includes serving as a fiduciary, whether as executor, trustee or conservator, as well as serving as counsel for conservatorships.

Presentations & Articles:

  • “Income Tax Considerations for Estate Planners,” Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association, Estates & Probate Section, May 5, 2014
  • "Postmortem Planning" for reference book,  A Practical Guide to Probate in Connecticut, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (1st. Edition 2013), chapter author
  • Dealing with a Decedent's Tax Fraud When Handling an Estate, Connecticut Bar Association, March 15, 2013, author and presenter
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts, Connecticut Bar Association, March 12, 2012, author and presenter
  • Estate Planning Gone Awry:  What Happens When Things Don't Work Out the Way We Planned?, American Bar Association, February Meeting, Tax Section, February 17, 2012, author and presenter
  • So You Want to Run a Farm Stand - Entity Choices, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, February 13, 2012
  • State Income Tax of Trusts Holding Business Interests, American Bar Association, 2011 Fall Meeting, Tax Section, October 21, 2011, author and panelist
  • Business Succession Planning, Federal Tax Institute of New England, September 23, 2011, author and presenter
  • The New Federal Estate and Gift Tax Portability Law and Related Connecticut Tax Matters, Connecticut Bar Association, Annual Meeting, June 23, 2011, author and presenter
  • A Guide to Probate Accountings, Connecticut Bar Association, May 6, 2011, author and presenter
  • Tilling the Soil of Opportunity, Entity Choices, Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation, Inc., February 2011, author and speaker
  • Tilling the Soil of Opportunity, Entity Choices, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, January 31, 2011, author and speaker
  • Giving Away the Store:  A Primer on Business Succession Planning and Post-Mortem Financing of Tax Liabilities of Estates Holding Closely Held Business Interests, American Bar Association, 2011 Midyear meeting, Tax Section, January 21, 2011, author and panelist
  • The Probate Process From Start to Finish, NBI, December 6, 2010, presenter
  • Challenging Estate Assets:  Firearms, co-presenter for Connecticut Probate Asembly Judge and Clerk Seminar, January 12, 2010
  • Panelist for Planned Giving Group of Connecticut, September 17, 2009
  • Panelist for Connecticut Probate Assembly Judge and Clerk Seminar on Conservatorships, November 18, 2008
  • 2009 contributor to LawForChangeTM Forms of Organization (Connecticut)
  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish, NBI, December 7, 2009, presenter
  • Simple End of Year Tax Planning Strategies, Connecticut Bar Association Estates & Probate Section, Notes & Commentary Special December 2008 Electronic Issue - No. 64, co-author
  • Estate Administration Procedures:  Why Each Step is Important, NBI, June 11, 2008, author and presenter
  • Estate Administration Procedures:  Why Each Step is Important, NBI, June 2007, author and presenter
  • Estate Administration Procedures:  Why Each Step is Important, NBI, June 8, 2006, author and presenter
  • How to Protect Assets During Life & Avoid Estate Tax at Death in Connecticut, NBI, 2005, author and presenter
  • Effective Planning for New Couples, NBI, 2004, author and presenter
  • How to Protect Assets During Life and Avoid Estate Tax at Death in Connecticut, NBI, 2003, author and presenter
Memberships
  • Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
  • Connecticut Bar Association: Executive Committee, Estate & Probate Section; Member, Tax Section, Executive Committee (2011-2013).
  • Hartford Estate and Business Planning Council
  • Central Connecticut Estate and Business Planning Council, Executive Committee (2009-Present)
  • Greater Hartford Probate Forum, Chair (2008-Present)
  • Estate Planning Council of Hampden County (Massachusetts)
Recognition
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Trusts and Estates Law, 2017 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC)
  • Listed in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Estate & Probate (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.)
Prior Experience
  • Judicial Intern for the Honorable Robert Chatigny, of the U.S. District Court
Community Activities
  • Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Board of Directors (2011-Present)
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Professional Advisory Committee (2012-2014)
  • Connecticut Judiciary Public Service and Trust Commission - Pro Bono Committee (2011-Present)
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • Connecticut
Education
  • New York University (LL.M in Taxation, 2001)
  • University of Connecticut Law School (J.D., 1996)
  • Trinity College (B.A. in Political Science, 1993)
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