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Out and About: Attorney Jacqueline Reardon

Out and About: Attorney Jacqueline Reardon
Interviewed by: TL Rotkiewicz
Photo by: Michael Taylor

Jacqueline M. Reardon is an attorney who specializes in probate, elder law, conservatorships, estate planning, and special needs planning. She has been in business for over twenty years, and considers herself very fortunate that she can mix her passion of helping others with earning a living for herself. Jackie is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Professional Member of PLAN of Connecticut, and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.

Jackie discovered law from a love of reading crime novels, and by watching TV programs and films dealing with attorneys. She graduated with an MA from Stonehill College in North Easton, (BA, magna cum laude in English and an MA from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, (JD, cum laude.) Her first thought when getting into law school was to become a criminal attorney. She loved her classes, but when it came time to practice, she decided to go a different route. Her mentor, Brian Griffin (former Windsor mayor, and probate judge) suggested she get involved with those in need. She says, "The probate courts are nice because they're dealing with issues that are so personal and people can be upset whether they're having to ask for someone to manage their parents affairs, arguing about a will that's unfortunate. When parents or siblings who are trying to get help with somebody who has a mental illness, it's hard for the family to serve in the role as a guardian or conservator. They're trying to be supportive. They're also trying to either push the person to treatment or manage their funds. It may cause tension. Probate judges can be so understanding."

The reason she practices in town speaks for itself. Windsor Social Services is very good. There are many resources within town to assist with varying needs. There is a large community for those who are 55 and up who can get help. Family assistance as well as a network of people work to get a client what they need. She is wary that long-term health services don't pay for all of the care. That's when the probate courts are necessary. As she states from a hard lesson learned, "A disability can happen to anybody any time. It can happen at any age. You want to have a balance in your life because of that. Take time to enjoy life when you can." For an older generation, things can get more hectic throughout the ages as she notes of the "Sandwich Generation" - People who have elderly parents, but who are still raising children. It creates challengers for that generation especially if they develop their own health issues. "It's a field that has changed in the years that I have been practicing. And again, I'm seeing there's a population that is getting older.
The baby boomers are getting older and so now that generation is trying to do planning for themselves or trying to assist themselves to the needs they have."

Jackie is a life-long Windsor resident along with her mother and brother. She has relatives in Boston and Georgia. Her hobbies include books, walking (she loves to walk around the center of town), and traveling (her dream is to see all fifty states.) Being a Windsor resident, she's very excited of the progress in town, including the reopening of the Plaza movie theater complex/restaurant and upcoming commuter railroad.

Words that describe Jackie: Compassion. Sensitivity. Support



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Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
Advanced Adult Art
May 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Book Buzz Event
May 26 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
May 26 at Senior Center Cafe
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 30 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 31 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 2 at Windsor Train Station Studios
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 4 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jun 4 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 5 at Windsor Train Station Studios
WAC Portrait Painting Workshop
Jun 5 at WAC Train Station Studios
Gardens in the Hudson Valley
Jun 6 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Hypertension Workshop
Jun 6 at Video Conference via Zoom
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 6 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Join our new Men's Club!
Jun 6 at Windsor Senior Center
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 7 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 9 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Virtual Book Club
Jun 9 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
38th Annual Chamber Cares Auction
Jun 10 at Mill Brook Clubhouse, 147 Pigeon Hill Road
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 11 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 12 at Windsor Train Station Studios
WAC Portrait Painting Workshop
Jun 12 at WAC Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 13 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Learn How to Lead Like a Pro
Jun 13 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Windsor Toastmasters Club
Jun 13 at Zoom meeting, possible in-person meeting
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 14 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Board of Directors Mtg
Jun 14 at online
Advanced Adult Art
Jun 16 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Camino de Santiago Lecture
Jun 16 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
Jun 18 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Tickborne Illness Support Group
Jun 18 at LP Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Ave. Windsor
Windsor House Tour is Back!
Jun 18 at Windsor Historical Society
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
Jun 19 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
Jun 20 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Join our new Men's Club!
Jun 20 at Windsor Senior Center
Programs Committee Mtg
Jun 20 at online
Strawberry Festival and Vendor Fair
Jun 20 at Brown's Harvest 1911 Poquonock Ave
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jun 21 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Farmers Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
38th Annual Chamber Cares Auction
Jun 10 at Mill Brook Clubhouse, 147 Pigeon Hill Road
Board of Directors Mtg
Jun 14 at online
Programs Committee Mtg
Jun 20 at online
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 24 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
May Business After Hours
May 25 at Windsor Chamber of Commerce office, 261 Broad Street
Advanced Adult Art
May 26 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Book Buzz Event
May 26 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
Monthly Veteran's Coffee Hour
May 26 at Senior Center Cafe
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Intermediate II Art for Adults
May 30 at Windsor Train Station Studios
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
May 31 at Windsor Public Library 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT
First Town Chat
Fridays at 161 Broad Street, Windsor
Second Annual Clothing Drive
May 28 at CT Cat Connection, 40 Stevens Mill Lane, Windsor CT 06995
Snap Back Fitness Boxing
May 28 at Stony Hill School
Open Classroom at the WAC Studios
May 29 at Windsor Train Station Studios