Amy E. Orlando is the founding attorney of the Law Offices of Amy E. Orlando, LLC, where she practices in the areas of elder law, special needs, estate planning, estate administration and taxation. She is also an Accredited Attorney and Federal Fiduciary with the Veteran’s Administration. Amy is licensed to practice law in the State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and is the President of the Connecticut Chapter of NAELA, while also sitting on the Public Policy and Membership Committees. She is a member of the Board, and on the Trust Committee, for Planned Lifetime Assistance Network (PLAN) of CT, a non-profit serving as Trustee for Special Needs Trusts. Amy has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA), and also sits on the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the CBA. Amy also serves as the Secretary of the Central Connecticut Business and Estate Planning Council. She is a member of the Cheshire Kiwanis Club. Amy teaches classes on elder law and estate planning for various adult education programs in Connecticut, and is a frequent lecturer on topics that include Medicaid, estate planning and elder financial exploitation. Amy received her law degree Cum Laude, from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. She is also a graduate Cum Laude with Honors from Wake Forest University where she played goalkeeper for Division I Field Hockey. Prior to attending law school, she worked in Social Services in Virginia and Massachusetts. Amy resides in Simsbury, Connecticut, and enjoys spending her free time with her two young children, Marina and Mitchell.
Attorney Hajosy graduated Cum Laude with Honors from Texas State University in 1994, with a B.A. in Psychology. In 1998, she earned her Juris Doctorate from the University Of Denver College Of Law. She is admitted to practice in the States of Connecticut and Utah.
Her practice focuses on advising older clients and their families, and clients with special needs, regarding their estate planning options, including asset preservation and obtaining public benefits, when needed. Aging in place is a dominant choice of her older and special needs clients, so she works hard to make sure they have the resources available to make this choice. Helping the client maintain autonomy and dignity are the cornerstones of her estate and elder law practice.
She is an accredited Veteran Affairs Claims Attorney (VACA) and is a member of the Special Needs Alliance and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Attorney Hajosy was the President Elect of the Connecticut chapter of NAELA (2017). She is on the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, where she served on the Diversity and By-Law Committees. She is on the West Hartford Advisory Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Attorney Hajosy started and runs the University of Hartford and Greater Hartford Legal Aid Estate Document Clinic for Low Income Seniors.
In addition to being an attorney, she is a longtime professor at the University of Hartford where she teaches Probate Practice and Elder Law. Her joy of teaching means she is a frequent speaker offering seminars and courses on all topics within her practice areas.
In her free time, Rebecca likes to hike and camp with her two teenage kids. She has completed most of the Appalachian Trail from New York to Maine and loves the outdoors. She is a Land Steward for the Connecticut Forest and Park Association and enjoys other land conservation volunteer opportunities. She is also an avid guitar player.
Kelly McCrann has worked as my paralegal for several years, and before working with me, had many years’ experience with other Connecticut elder and estate planning law firms. Being in a small practice now, she has graciously accepted the expansion of her job duties, from being the warm voice you hear on the other end of the telephone and assisting Attorney Orlando with all aspects of the practice, to continuing to skillfully prepare and process the Medicaid Applications, as well as carefully drafting the Asset Protection Plans and Estate Planning documents. Kelly is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and enjoys competitive snowmobile racing-on both snow and water.
Laurene Y. McCrann has over 30 years of paralegal experience specializing in all areas of elder law. Laurene’s expertise enables her to handle probate matters, including estate and trust administration, conservatorships and guardianships, in a highly efficient manner. She also assists Attorney Orlando in the preparation of estate planning documents and the processing and filing of Medicaid applications. Laurene, an honors graduate of Tunxis Community College, also attended courses at Hartford College for Women and UConn School of Law as well as seminars held by National Business Institute and the Connecticut Bar Association. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, attending concerts, dancing and traveling to car shows.