About Drazen Law Group, LLC in Milford, CT
Drazen Law Group, LLC is one of the few firms in Connecticut that is dedicated to elder law, estate planning and tax planning. Franklin A. Drazen is one of the few attorneys in Connecticut with a CELA and one of the few elder law attorneys in the nation who also holds an LLM in taxation. Drazen Law Group, LLC is one of the few firms in the area to offer Life Care Planning with a care coordinator on staff.
FRANKLIN A. DRAZEN, B.S, J.D., LL.M-TAXATION, CELA
Attorney Franklin A. Drazen has earned the distinction of a Certified Elder Law Attorney from the National Elder Law Foundation. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Attorney Drazen earned a B.S. in Finance and Economics with highest distinction from Babson College and was awarded his Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law. He also earned an Advanced Law degree in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1977, the Massachusetts Bar in 1978 and the United States Tax Court in 1983.
Attorney Drazen practices in Elder Law, focusing in estate planning, estate administration and probate, Title XIX (Medicaid) planning and eligibility, Life Care Planning, business continuation, disability and special needs planning, trust planning and administration, and related tax matters. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Milford Bar Association and serves on the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association.
In 2010 and 2011, Attorney Drazen was nominated by his peers as a result of his legal work on behalf of clients to the Connecticut Super Lawyers, who comprise the top of their profession.
Attorney Drazen is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) and has served on numerous committees and sections for the organization. He is currently a member of its Tax Steering Committee. He founded the Connecticut chapter of NAELA and served as the chapter’s first president. In 2011, Attorney Drazen was voted as CT-NAELA’s Member of the Year.
Attorney Drazen was also a founding member of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association (LCPLFA) and has been a member of its Board of Directors since the LCPLFA was founded in 2005. In addition to serving as the LCPLFA’s first mentor for less experienced members, he has held many leadership roles and is currently serving as President. Attorney Drazen is also a member of National Elder Law Foundation and served as a member of the Appeals Committee for the CELA examination process.
Active in his community, Attorney Drazen is a member of the Orange Chamber of Commerce and served on the Board of Members for the Orange/Milford branch of the YMCA for many years. He also served on the board of the Milford Chamber of Commerce and was elected to the Woodbridge, CT Board of Education.
Attorney Drazen is a popular speaker whose seminars on estate planning and elder law issues draw audiences of all ages. He has been speaking at adult education events, public seminars and professional association events since 1992.
STEVEN L. RUBIN, B.A., J.D., Of Counsel
Steven L. Rubin is an attorney who uses modern methods and technology in order to provide clients with efficient and affordable representation.
Attorney Rubin was born in New Haven and has been a life-long Connecticut resident. He graduated from Cheshire High School, and the University of Connecticut (UCONN) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. While attending the University of Connecticut, Attorney Rubin was a member of the governing counsel for the Housing Board of Directors and the vice president of the Jewish Student Association. He graduated UCONN a member of Phi Alpha Phi- the national political science honor society.
Attorney Rubin then attended Widener University School of Law in Pennsylvania. While attending Widener, he was a member of the Trial Advocacy Honor Society and participated in numerous Moot Court arguments. He was also a founding member of the Animal Rights Legal Society and Treasurer of the Environmental Law and Policy Society.
Attorney Rubin began his career by representing clients at the Widener Civil Law Clinic. At the clinic, clients would get no-fee legal service in a variety of areas. Steven worked in New Haven at a mid-size law firm and in Palm Beach County Florida, after his admission to the Florida Bar. Prior to joining the Drazen Law Group, Steven had his own solo practice.
Attorney Rubin is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers, New Haven Bar Association, New Haven Bar Association Young Lawyers and the Florida Bar Association He is also a member of the New Haven Bar Association Public Service Committee, The New Haven Bar Association Trusts and Estates Committee, and Court Relations Committee. He is also a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.
Attorney Rubin volunteers his free time at the Veterans Legal Clinic providing free advice to veterans who otherwise could not afford legal representation. When not working, Steven enjoys reading books, watching and attending sporting events, and spending time with his dog and family. He is a fundraiser for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis association, and the American Cancer Society. Attorney Rubin also volunteers his time at soup kitchens and other philanthropic activities.
AMELIA M. EDELMAN, B.A., J.D., Of Counsel
Attorney Amelia M. Edelman joined the Drazen Law Group in 2007 as an Associate Attorney and served in that capacity until August of 2010. She now serves Of Counsel to the firm. Attorney Edelman earned a B.A. from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, in 2003, having majored in Political Science and History and minored in Public Communications at the Newhouse School of Communication. Following her graduation from Syracuse, she served for a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer with Generations Incorporated, a non-profit organization that unites at-risk youth with older adults in the Boston area. After her year of service, Attorney Edelman attended Quinnipiac University School of Law in Hamden, Connecticut. While in law school, she was awarded a Dean’s Scholarship, received a Legal Action Fellowship and was honored with an Academic Achievement Award for Legal Skills. Attorney Edelman is licensed to practice law in Connecticut, New York, and Texas, and is currently a member of the San Antonio Bar Association and Bexar County Women’s Bar Association. She also regularly volunteers with the San Antonio Bar Association’s Community Justice Program .
KAUSHAL VAIDYA, M.B.A, B.S., Care Coordinator
Kaushal joined the Drazen Law Group in 2012 as the firm’s Outreach and Clinical Care Coordinator. He has always been involved in helping people and the community, which is why he fits perfectly in this role. Kaushal received his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in Biology, and recently earned his MBA in Healthcare Administration from Temple University in Philadelphia. His past work experience has included medical research, working in hospital settings, and assisting families with difficult medical decisions. In our office, his medical background allows him to assist our clients as they transition through different types of health care facilities. He spends much of his free time helping in the community through various projects such as setting up free blood pressure screenings. He currently volunteers as a reading tutor for underprivileged kids and as a nutrition instructor, teaching low-income families how to cook and eat healthy.