Linda McDowell

Linda J. McDowell

Partner

Linda J. McDowell

Partner

  • Overview

    Biography

    Linda McDowell is the chair of the firm's Trusts and Estates Section and practices in the areas of estate planning and estate administration. She assists individual clients in creating and implementing estate plans and gift-giving arrangements that meet their personal wishes and concerns while taking into consideration various state and federal gift, death, and income tax consequences. In estate administration, Ms. McDowell assists clients in the orderly settlement of decedent estates. During the process, she works with family members, as well as the local probate courts, and state and federal tax authorities.

    Ms. McDowell has been a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel since 2002. She has also been a member of the Connecticut Bar Association's Estates & Probate Section Executive Committee since 1990 and is a current member and past president of the Estate and Business Planning Council of Hartford. Ms. McDowell currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame.

    Ms. McDowell is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell™ in the areas of Estate Planning and Probate, and Not-for-profit. (Martindale-Hubble Peer Review Ratings is a trademark. AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc.) She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Trusts and Estates since 2006. Ms. McDowell has also been selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list since 2006 and to the Top 25 Connecticut Women Super Lawyers list from 2007 to 2009.

  • Experience
    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Estates & Probate Section, Executive Committee (1990 - present)

      Estate and Business Planning Council of Hartford
      Director (2001 - 2002)
      Former President

      American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
      Fellow

      American Bar Association
      Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

      Greater Hartford Probate Forum
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Trusts and Estates since 2006

      Selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2006 to 2017.

      Selected to the Top 25 Women Connecticut Super Lawyers from 2007 to 2009.

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame
      Former Board of Trustees and Secretary
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      "New Rules on Retirement Plan Distributions," published in Connecticut Bar Association Estates and Probate Newsletter (1/2003)

      "Qualified Plans Holding Employer's Securities," published in Connecticut Bar Association Estates and Probate Newsletter (9/1999)

      "Federal Estate Taxes Paid From A Marital Trust," (4/1996)

      "Estate Administration Expenses: Where to Claim Them as Deductions," (6/1995)

      "Another Trap for the Unwary: Charitable Bequests That Trigger a Succession Tax," (12/1993)

      "The Trustee's Dilemma: Whether to Consider a Beneficiary's Independent Resources," published in Connecticut Probate Law Journal (1991)
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    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Connecticut Post-Mortem Planning - Strategies and Issues," at Professional Education Systems Institute Seminar (10/02/02)

      "Estate Planning After 2001 Federal Tax Legislation," at open meeting of the Estates and Probate Section of the CBA (2/4/2002)

      "What's New in Estate Planning?" at the 2001 University of Connecticut Income Tax School Seminar (11/7/2001)

      "Qualified Plans Funded with Employer's Stock," at CBA seminar (11/16/1999)

      "Connecticut Transfer Taxes: Succession, Estate, and Gift Taxes," at Lorman Education Services Seminar, co-presented with Jeanmarie B. Shea (6/3/1998)

      "Trusts and Estates Income Tax Issues," at the 1997 University of Connecticut Income Tax School Seminar (11/18/1997)

      "Environmental Issues—How Should the Executor Respond?" at CBA seminar (5/15/1992)

    • News

      R+C in the News

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        Robinson+Cole Women Lawyers Listed in Best Lawyers Spring Business Edition

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      R+C News Releases

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      • August 15, 2017

        Fifty-Nine Robinson+Cole Lawyers Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018

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      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • August 15, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • August 18, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016

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      • October 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers

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      • August 19, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Lawyer Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • August 16, 2013

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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      • October 24, 2012

        Robinson & Cole’s Women’s Initiative Honored Partner Linda J. McDowell with Inaugural Ladder Award at its Women’s Retreat

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      • October 22, 2012

        Super Lawyers® Names 49 Robinson & Cole Attorneys to 2012 List and Recognizes 26 as Rising Stars

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      • August 28, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Receives Top Listing in Connecticut Attorney Count in Best Lawyers National Peer Review Survey

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