Thomas M. Divine chairs the firm's Trusts and Estate Department. His areas of concentration include estate planning, estate and trust administration, the tax aspects of charitable giving, elder law concerns, and federal and Connecticut personal taxation. He has had extensive experience in the crafting of sophisticated estate plans for individuals having substantial assets. He works with families challenged by the disabilities of parents or children. He counsels owners of family businesses with respect to transitions of management. Mr. Divine has extensive experience with the use of insurance in personal and corporate planning, and the structuring of redemptions and cross purchases of business interests. He has worked with families to structure private charitable foundations, charitable lead trusts, donor advised funds and other charitable vehicles. When requested, he has served as the executor of decedents' estates and as trustee of a wide variety of trusts. When required, he works with families in conflict and crisis.
He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and of its Tax and Estates and Probate Sections.
Before entering private practice, Mr. Divine clerked for Judge J. Joseph Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1977-78). He has served on the Executive Committee of the Estates and Probate Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. He has lectured on the problems of the elderly and the use of a variety of legal mechanisms to maximize the quality of life of those challenged by advanced age and disability. He is admitted to the Bars of the State of Connecticut (1978), the U.S. Tax Court (1980) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1984).
Mr. Divine has served as a Trustee of the Hebrew Home and Hospital, the Mandell Jewish Community Center, the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford (where he served as President), the Jewish Community Foundation (where he served as Chair during 2008-2011 and headed its grants committee for almost a decade). He serves on the faculty of Beit Midrash of Greater Hartford, where he taught Jewish ethics and philosophy. He has served on the professional advisory panel of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.