Serving Clients in Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield and New Haven Counties
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Richard L. Emerson

  • Profile
  • Credentials
  • Practice Areas

Richard L. Emerson practices in Connecticut where he concentrates on:

  • Estate administration
  • Probate
  • Estate planning
  • Trust and estate disputes
  • And general corporate representation

He has mediated contested probate matters and has appeared as an expert witness for other attorneys.  He continuously served as the Probate Judge in Redding, Connecticut for over thirty years.

His probate services include everything from pre-death planning and counseling to the final distribution of assets to your estate beneficiaries, whether as legal counsel, executor, or trustee. 

He has also served as general counsel for numerous private and publicly traded companies including bank holding companies in their general corporate and mergers and acquisitions activities.

He has assisted in the formation and administration of corporations and limited liability companies and has acted as Connecticut counsel for multi-state businesses.


  • George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 1973
    • Honors: With High Honors
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1968
    • Major: Government
Past Employment
  • District of Redding, Judge of Probate, 1979 to 2011
  • Planning Commission, Redding, 1975 to 1979
  • U.S. Attorney's Office, Appellate Division, Law Clerk, 1972 to 1973
  • U.S. Army, Lieutenant (Retired)

Professional Associations

  • American Cancer Society, Section of Planned Giving, Director
  • Mark Twain Library, Director and Past President
  • Redding Open Lands, Inc., President and Director
  • Boy Scouts of America, Pack 118, Past Chairman
  • Republican Town Committee, Redding, 1975
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1973 to Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Section of Corporations and Other Business Organizations, Executive Committee, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Sections of Commercial and Banking Law, Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Section of Estates and Probate Law, Member
  • Connecticut Probate Assembly, Member
  • Danbury Bar Association, Member, 1977 to Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 1973 to Present
  • Western Connecticut Estate Tax & Planning Council, Director & Past President, 2008 to Present
  • National College of Probate Judges, Member, 1979 to Present

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Delta Kappa Epsilon


  • Super Lawyers, Estate Planning & Probate, 2009, 2011 - 2021
  • Eagle Scout

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut, 1973

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