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12 Porter Street
P.O. Box 1399
Connecticut 06039
Phone: (860) 435-2077





the law offices of DONNA D. VINCENTI
attorney at law, LLC
provides legal services in the following areas:

- Estate Planning (wills, trusts, and tax planning)
- Charitable Giving
- Administration of Trusts and Estates
- Probate Law
- Preparation of State and Federal Estate and Gift Tax Returns
- Land Conservation Planning
- Tax-Exempt Organization Law

The Firm represents individuals and corporations (banks, trust companies, and not-for-profit organizations), providing sophisticated and personalized legal services in a relaxed and friendly small-town setting.

DONNA D. VINCENTI is the sole member of the Firm.

The Firm's main office is located in the Town of Lakeville, in Litchfield County, Connecticut.


Notice to Clients and Friends:

The office is open by appointment.  Attorney Vincenti is available by email (donna@cottonhilllaw.com) or telephone (leave a message at the office number under “contact” below). I am confident that we can work within the recommended public health protocols to continue to provide legal services in a timely manner. I hope you will find helpful my Notices concerning actions that the Governor of this State, Ned Lamont, has taken in response to this outbreak, and how the CARES Act might impact your estate planning. Please take care and do stay healthy in this challenging time.

NOTICE Concerning Executive Orders. By Executive Order, Governor Ned Lamont has made many accommodations to ensure the health and safety of Connecticut residents during the coronavirus outbreak.  A few are noted below.

  • Executive Order 7K suspends filing and hearing deadlines in non-emergency matters before the probate courts, including those involving decedents’ estates and trusts.
  • Executive Order 7Q provides a procedure for remote notarization (this sets out a very technical procedure that must be adhered to and recorded).
  • Executive Order 7Q suspends witness requirements on any document, other than a last will and testament, requiring a notarial act, and provides a procedure for remote witnessing of wills.

The Governor’s Executive Orders can be viewed here:  

For filing deadlines extended by the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, visit: https://portal.ct.gov/DRS/Press-Room/Press-Releases/2020/DRS-Extends-Filing-Payment-Deadlines-for-Certain-State-Tax-Returns


Do you CARE?
The CARES Act provides for an above-the-line deduction of up to $300 for cash gifts to qualified charitable organizations (501(c)(3)s, religious organizations, and the like). In other words, even if you do not itemize, and elect the standard deduction, you will be allowed to take a charitable deduction of up to $300 in 2020. (Gifts to supporting organizations and donor advised funds do not qualify.) So, if you are able to do so, please consider making a gift of $300 to your local food bank to help your neighbors who may be in need of assistance. The Corner Food Pantry in Lakeville (PO Box 705, Lakeville, CT 06039) and Fishes and Loaves (of the North Canaan Congregational Church, PO Box 306, Canaan, CT 06018) are two that come to mind.