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Glass Buildings


One Hamden Center
2319 Whitney Avenue
Suite 1-D
Hamden, CT 06518

Phone: 203-281-2700 

Fax: 203-281-0700

William S. Colwell

William S. Colwell

William S. Colwell was born and raised in Hamden, Connecticut. After attending Hamden Public Schools, he graduated from Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Massachusetts. He attended Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, in 1973. In 1976, Mr. Colwell graduated from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts with a Juris Doctor Degree.

Mr. Colwell’s practice focuses primarily on the probate arena. It includes estate planning, Will and Trust drafting, elder law, conservatorship, and the probation of decedent’s estates. Mr. Colwell also represents individuals and companies in their formation, purchase of real estate (residential and commercial), and acquisition of large assets or other companies.

Mr. Colwell started practicing law in the City of New Haven in 1976. He joined the law firm of Parrett, Porto, Parese & Colwell, P.C. in 1980 and became a principal of the firm in 1981. The main office of the Law Firm is at One Hamden Center, 2319 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, Connecticut. He is a member of the New Haven County and Connecticut Bar Associations (Member of Estate & Probate Section, and Elder Law Section). In addition, he is a member of the Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Council and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (Connecticut Chapter).

Community / Business Affiliations (current and previous)

William S. Colwell is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Inc., Past President and Member of the Board of Directors of Clifford Beers Clinic, Inc., and President of the Board of Directors of the City Missionary Association of New Haven, Inc. He is Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors of the Lewis G. Schaeneman, Jr. Foundation, Inc., Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors of Changing Children’s Lives’, Inc., and on the Advisory Board for Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven.

William S. Colwell is past President of the Quinnipiac Council, Boy Scouts of America, and past member of the Board of Directors of Connecticut Yankee Council, Boy Scouts of America. He is the past Chairman of the Cheshire Planning and Zoning Commission, past member of the Cheshire Inland/Wetlands Commission, past Vice-President of the Cheshire Jaycee’s, and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees, First Congregational Church of Cheshire.

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