Matthew Stillman

Candidate for Board of Assessment Appeals

Attorney Stillman practices locally in the areas of Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates drafting, and Elder Law. He regularly advises clients on asset protection, Medicaid crisis/non-crisis planning, Trusts and Estates planning and drafting, completes Medicaid applications to the Connecticut Department of Social Services, and advises on and/or drafts V.A. benefits applications to the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs. He recently appeared before the Board of Veterans Appeals with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs.

Attorney Stillman frequently lectures on a variety of topics including: Medicaid (Title XIX) planning, Trusts and Estates planning, Veterans’ Benefits, and other subjects affecting seniors, Veterans, and disabled individuals. Past presentations have included: lectures at multiple assisted living communities throughout Connecticut, the North Branford Senior Center, Estuary Council of Seniors in Old Saybrook, the Middlesex M.I.L.E. program at Middlesex Community College in Middletown, CT, and the Southeast Senior Network in Southeast, CT. In 2015 & 2017, Attorney Stillman lectured before the Connecticut Bar Association, at the Statewide annual meeting and in section meetings as well.

Attorney Stillman is the immediate Past President of the Connecticut Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (CTNAELA), and both an executive committee member of the Elder Law section and a member of the Veterans and Military Affairs section(s) of the Connecticut Bar Association. Attorney Stillman received the CTNAELA President’s Award for service to Seniors and his community in 2016. Attorney Stillman is being honored by CTNAELA as the Elder Law Attorney of the Year at the 2017 CTNAELA annual meeting. Attorney Stillman is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Middlesex County (CT) United Way; a member/past President of the Clinton (CT) Lions Club, and a member/the legal committee for ‘The Goodmen Club’, a ski club in North Branford, CT. Attorney Stillman and his family are active in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy sponsor family program in New London; they have sponsored sixteen current or former cadets. When not working, Attorney Stillman resides in Connecticut with his family, which includes Cody- a large black Labrador Retriever, Molly- a rescued Beagle Cross, and Maisie- a cat who is far too smart for her own good.

Questions for the Candidate

Why are you running for Board of Assessment Appeals? 

I think my professional background as a lawyer, both in reviewing statutes and listening to people’s issues enables me, more so than possibly others, to allow me to successfully complete this role.  I’m running in this term because  some of my prior (time) commitments (CT Elder Law Attorneys, President and Executive Board (2013-2017), CBA Elder Law Committee (2012-2017), Clinton Lions club President and officer, Boy Scouts, etc…) have abated, leaving me more time to assist with matters of Killingworth.  Even if you want to help, if you don’t have the time, you cannot participate.  As I have the time, I’m happy and willing to contribute.

 What inspired you to go into public service? 

I believe my talents (being a level headed, pragmatic person) are missing from some of today’s partisan/impractical world.  Not everyone sees things in one manner; why should only one perspective come into play.  Especially in our small town, partisanship needs to be put on the “back burner” for financial common sense, pragmatic, practical concerns.  Politics’ current failure (on many levels) raises my concern, pushing me to participate. 

My favorite KW business?  Still the True Value hardware. Great staff; always fun to go in (and unfortunately spend $$$).  The pharmacy was a great improvement to town; they’re terrific too. June’s recent improvements/upswing with the kitchen is a favorite as well. 

What’s your favorite KW landmark? 

Easy, the Parmalee Farm trails.. great addition for an easy hike.  Whole place is an amazing addition to town.  Who can ask for more from a town park?

What’s your favorite day to go the transfer station?   

Saturday; nearly everyone’s there at one point or another.  Jeez, just don’t park in front of the bin and block it, before it or after it already…