Instructor Bio

Deborah J. Tedford is an attorney and principal in the Tedford Law Firm of Mystic, Connecticut. She graduated from Yale University, cum laude in 1972, in one of the first classes to include women, and from Boston University School of Law in 1976. She is also a qualified mediator, having completed 40 hours of training. Deb was elected President of the Connecticut Bar Association, an organization of over 11,000 members, for the year 2002-2003, and previously served as Secretary and Vice President of that organization. She is the past chairman of the Connecticut Bar Association's Estates and Probate Section and also of its Elder Law Section. She was the founding editor of the Estates and Probate Newsletter and a past president of the Southeastern Connecticut Estate and Tax Planning Council. She currently is co-Chair of the CBA's annual Federal Tax Institute of New England. Deb was elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) in 1992; was elected as a fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation in 1995; and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in 2012. She recently served three years as Chair of the Elder Law Committee of ACTEC is a former Regent of the College and is the current Connecticut State Chair. She is a member of ACTEC's Fiduciary Litigation Committee, and the ACTEC/National College of Probate Judges Task Force and has served on several other administrative committees for the college. She is a member of the Special Needs Alliance. Deb has been named one of the Top Twenty-Five Women Super Lawyers in Connecticut as well as one of the state's top trusts and estates lawyers by Best. As part of her service to the Bar and her profession, Deb co-chaired and was the principal author of the Connecticut Bar Association's Report of the Task Force on the Future of the Connecticut Probate System, published in May 2003. She worked for years with colleagues on a Connecticut version of the Uniform Trust Code, which successfully passed on June 4, 2019. Deb has testified before Connecticut's Finance Committee on the effects of the estate tax laws in Connecticut and has also testified in favor of special needs trusts for the disabled. She served as ACTEC's observer to the Uniform Law Commission's amended model guardianship and conservatorship laws and is now an observer to the ULC's drafting committee revising the Uniform Health Care Decisions Act. Finally, she serves on ACTEC's SECURE Act Task Force to provide guidance requested by the U.S. Treasury for new regulations on retirement plan payout rules, focusing on Eligible Designated Beneficiaries, AMBTs, and disability trusts. Deb is a frequent speaker at the state and national levels on topics related to the field of trust and estates. She has written several chapters in the book Estate Planning for Modern Families from the Stephen Leimberg Library; and a chapter on Connecticut's new DAPT law in the ABA publication, Domestic Asset Protection Trusts, edited by Alexander Bove, Jr.

Deborah Tedford


Instructor Bio

Special Needs Planning Symposium 2023

A 3-day experience dedicated to educating professionals who plan for persons with disabilities and administer special needs trusts. This informative and interactive educational adventure benefits both seasoned professionals and those just beginning their practice. There are multiple opportunities to network with nationally-renowned experts on all aspects of special needs planning and administration to ensure your master this complex yet rewarding field.

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