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2nd-crop-DN2A4341_newAttorney Julia M. Brown

Upon admission to the Bars of the State of Connecticut in 1986 and New York in 1987, Ms. Brown began her legal career as a special investigative attorney for the City of New York. After relocating to Connecticut, she entered private practice and thereafter accepted a position with Connecticut Legal Services (CLS). During her tenure, Ms. Brown became very active in the legal issues of the elderly in the Waterbury office of CLS. In 1994, she opened the Law Office of Julia M. Brown, LLC in Waterbury, Connecticut and has been serving clients in the greater Waterbury area and surrounding communities for over twenty-five years. Ms. Brown has accepted representation of clients throughout the state.
Attorney Brown focuses her practice on issues involving paying for long term care and keeping family members home, estate planning and special needs planning, overall medical and financial planning and probate matters. She counsels clients on Medicaid (Title 19) eligibility and preservation of assets, planning for a disabled family member, home care planning and other options, nursing home admission & discharge and issues of substandard nursing home care, alternative housing, long term care and other insurance options, conservator and capacity matters, tax planning and retirement considerations.

Ms. Brown’s service to the community and the legal profession includes:

• chair and founder of the Central Naugatuck Valley (C.N.V.) Senior Services Network
• executive committee member of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) Elder Law Section
• prior co-chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee and past chair of the Medicaid Committee of the CBA Elder Law Section
• member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and National Elder Law Foundation
• founding member and continuing member of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (CTNAELA)
• member of the Elder Law Section of the Waterbury Bar Association
• member of the National Association of Social Workers
• past Chair for Alzheimer Association Waterbury Memory Walk
• former member of the Advisory Committee for the Northwest Connecticut Area Agency on Aging
• former Board member for the South Central Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and
• former Chair for the Alzheimer’s Public Policy Committee.
Attorney Brown is an accredited attorney for preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for Veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Connecticut Magazine has named Attorney Brown an Elder Law Super Lawyer every year since 2007. Ms. Brown wrote the Medicaid Eligibility Chapter of “The Practical Guide to Issues in Connecticut Elder Law” published by the Connecticut Bar Association Elder Law Section.
Attorney Brown has been a featured lecturer for the Connecticut Bar, AARP, the Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups and the Annual state wide conference, the Waterbury Bar Association, the CT National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Waterbury Hospital Evergreen Club, employees and physicians, Support Groups of the Harold Leever Cancer Center, various professional, civic and employee groups on elder law and estate and financial planning; estate planning for those in crisis; medical decision making and end of life issues; using trusts, non-profits and estate planning to achieve client goals; assisting and advocating for elders and their families transitioning through health care and long term care systems; obtaining eligibility and accessing health and long term care coverage; nursing home resident rights; tax, retirement and probate and in particular the impact of long term care issues.
Prior to her legal career, Ms. Brown received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and served in a variety of positions within health care institutions including medical and psychiatric hospitals, nursing homes and residential treatment centers for adolescents with mental disorders and substance abuse issues. She discovered her interest in the elderly and other vulnerable populations and a desire to further assist and advocate for the elderly and other vulnerable people and work with their families and the health care institutions to resolve care and quality of life issues. It was these experiences and her personal experience with her grandmother’s terminal illness that led her to pursue a career in law and to advocate for the elderly and their families.


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