Lisa K. Wexler, Probate Judge

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Hello, this is Lisa Wexler.  I love to help people resolve their own disputes if at all possible. Mediation, if approached properly, can save you time, money, and many sleepless nights of aggravation. However, as you can see from my attached resume, I have a very busy and rigid weekday schedule, as both a daily talk radio host and the current Probate Judge for the Westport/Weston District.

Here is how I propose to help you. If you are stuck on an issue that appears to be the one stumbling block between you and peace, I’m your gal. Often people ask for modification of their original divorce decree, because circumstances change. Sometimes, on the eve of trial, both sides realize that airing their dirty laundry and ceding control of their lives to a judge might not produce the best outcome.

As a probate judge, I have extensive experience in some areas that may be important to you: children and adults with special needs, and issues affecting the elderly who are losing their ability to live independently. Probate judges in Connecticut appoint all guardians and conservators. I have adjudicated and mediated highly contested family matters as a result, including custody cases battling over children with special needs. We also adjudicate psychiatric commitments. As a result, if you have a circumstance where someone is affected by severe depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, I have extensive knowledge of the particular challenges facing you.

I am not the person to help you figure out all the details of your divorce. I simply do not have the time to devote to your matter. I am the person to help you when you’ve already worked out most of the details, but you are not across the finish line. I like getting across the finish lines. Generally, I find it easier to do that when you are already represented by counsel.

My fee is an hourly one, based on the average of the lawyers in the case. If one lawyer is charging $600 an hour, and the other is charging $700, I will charge $650.00 an hour for my time, shared equally between the parties. Generally, I require the decision-makers to be physically present at the mediation because it is my experience that the process results in a more favorable outcome. However, I have also conducted successful mediations via zoom, depending upon the issue, and I can be flexible as necessary. I require payment of six hours of time as a minimum non-refundable fee because I will be reading your file and preparing for your case before the mediation itself.

I have asked Ravit Rose to assist me in deciding whether or not your case is one in which I can be of help. Please email her with your request. I wish you good luck, success, and peace in your journey.

Love, Lisa

 

 

JUDICIAL:

 

WESTPORT/WESTON PROBATE JUDGE

2013- Present. Re-elected to serve through 2026.

 

Decided thousands of matters, including resolution of disputes regarding estate assets, will contests, construction of trusts, compromises of claims, contracts, conservatorships, involuntary commitments, DNR hearings, spousal support, elective share, paternity contests and disputes regarding estate and trust accountings, as well as custody and programming issues involving intellectually disabled persons, removal of guardians and terminations of parental rights. Gave CLE presentations to Probate Court judges and clerks. Chair of Public Information Committee for the CT Probate Assembly.

 

MEDIATION EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING:

 

Regularly mediate to settlement disputes within the Connecticut Probate system as well as for the Connecticut Bar Assn. Completed 40-hour Mediation Course, Quinnipiac School of Law, Fall, 2017. Mediation Skills for Probate Judges; Quinnipiac School of Law, March, 2016.

 

ARBITRATION EXPERIENCE: Arbitrate fee disputes for the Connecticut Bar Association.

 

EDUCATION:

 

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, J.D. 1984

Honors: American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law

 

THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY, B.A. 1981

Honors: Political Science, Dean’s List All Semesters

 

LEGAL EXPERIENCE: Admitted to Bars of States of NY and CT, Federal Court

 

LISA K. WEXLER, ESQ.: General law practice for over 35 years, with a principal concentration in wills, probate, trusts and estates, real estate, contracts, commercial leasing and general corporate work. Firm handled personal injury and matrimonial matters. Appeared in Stamford, Bridgeport and Danbury Superior courts as well as Connecticut Probate courts and various New York Surrogates courts. Handled matters alleging undue influence and fraud. Represented small and multi-million dollar estates.

 

MILBANK, TWEED, HADLEY AND McCLOY, New York, NY 1984-1986

Associate Attorney, Real estate, corporate and institutional leasing departments. Commercial leases, residential closings, complex corporate transactions. Wills and trusts.

 

NEW YORK STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL REAL ESTATE FINANCE BUREAU,

New York, NY- Reviewed offering plans for real estate syndications, newly constructed cooperatives and condominiums.

 

PUBLIC SERVICE POSITIONS:

 

  1. Legislative Appointment as Special Assignment Probate Judge for State of Connecticut
  2. CT Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee JJPOC, Legislative Appt, 2014-2018
  3. Westport Zoning Board of Appeals, Elected, 1999-2003
  4. Westport Planning and Zoning Commission, Appointed, 1997-1999

BOARD MEMBERSHIPS:

 

  1. Connecticut Probate Judges Association, Board Member, Executive Committee
  2. Jeffrey Modell Foundation for Primary Immunodeficiency Disease
  3. Jane Doe No More, Advisory Board Member
  4. Trustee, Kiwanis of Weston Foundation
  5. Co-Founder, Women in Power, CT, creating informational events for women in transition
  6. Former Trustee of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Bridgeport, CT
  7. Former Trustee of JCC of Bridgeport, Bridgeport, CT
  8. Former Trustee for JCC of Norwalk, Westport, Weston and Wilton

 

HONORS and AWARDS:

 

Liberty Bell Award from Greater Bridgeport Bar Assn; CAFAP, Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents, Community Media Partner Award; ATHENA Award Finalist; GRACIE Award for Best News/Talk Show; Best of Gold Coast Award for Lisa Wexler Show, Best of Westchester Award for Lisa Wexler Show; CT Press Award; CT Press Club Awards, National Federation of Press Women Award for Best Newscast

RADIO and TV: Creator, Host and Executive Producer of “The Lisa Wexler” Radio Show, a talk radio show broadcasting weekdays daily from 10AM to Noon EST on AM 600 WICC, broadcasting continually on various suburban stations since 2006. Many guest commentator appearances on CNN, Fox, NBC, local and national shows.

AUTHOR, COLUMNIST: Co-Wrote Award-Winning “Secrets of a Jewish Mother” with mother Gloria Kamen and sister Jill Zarin (Penguin/Dutton 2010). Paperback, 2011. Book has been translated into Japanese, Chinese and Russian. Op-eds published in various newspapers.

SCIENCE AWARD PROGRAM: 2012-2019; Together with Acorda Therapeutics, established the Acorda Scientific Excellence Award (the “ASEA”), an award recognizing outstanding STEM achievement in high school students. ASEA winners are interviewed on a weekly radio program hosted by Lisa Wexler, who is also a judge on the panel.

LANGUAGES: English. Proficient in Spanish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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