Helping You Do Business Right

J. Vance Hancock

  • Principal






Vance provides legal advice to individuals in developing and documenting their estate plans and legal representation in the probate and settlement of estates. Vance also provides businesses and their owners comprehensive legal representation in the formation and operation of their businesses. Vance brings in-depth experience in estate, probate and business law, as well as a deep understanding of the tax code to provide clients with straightforward, tax efficient advice.

Vance represents individuals to draft wills, trusts and powers of attorney that provide for the intended disposition of their assets while also reserving for those clients flexibility to adapt to changing legal and personal circumstances. He also provides guidance and representation to the heirs and fiduciaries of estates to bring to fruition the plans designed by their deceased relative or friend, and to comply with tax laws affecting those estates.

Vance has represented businesses in diverse industries, including, banking, chemicals, manufacturing, distribution, aerospace, architecture, digital media an consulting. Among other things Vance has assisted clients with major information technology outsourcing and purchase, development of distribution networks, software licensing and software as a service, business acquisitions and sales, resolution of business disputes and development of export control and other regulatory compliance policies and procedures.

All the while, Vance remains current in the tax law to keep clients aware of the tax consequences of their estate plans and business activities and to adjust those plans and activities as appropriate to address those consequences.

Vance enjoys working closely with his clients to assist them achieve their personal and business goals.

Areas of Practice

  • Trusts and Estates
  • Business Commercial Law
  • Tax
  • Succession Planning
  • Contracts
  • Mergers and Acquisitions

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 1984
  • Connecticut, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut, 1990


  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York
    • J.D. - 1984
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1981
    • Major: Economics
  • Villanova University, Villonova, Pennsylvania
    • LL.M in Taxation - 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Connecticut Bar Association, Member, 1986 to Present
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Member, 1984 to Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation, James W. Cooper Life Fellow, 2018 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Wiggin & Dana, New Haven, CT
  • Consolidated Asset Recovery Corporation, Bridgeport, CT
  • The Southern New England Telephone Company, New Haven, CT, 1995 to 2011
  • Arch Chemicals, Inc., Norwalk, CT, 1999 to 2003

Pro Bono Activities

  • Easton Public Library, Easton, Connecticut. Board of Trustees, 2006 to 2011
  • Region 9 Board of Education, Redding/Easton, Connecticut. Member 2011 – 2019, Chairman 2015 – 2017
  • Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Trustee 2019 – Present