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Dear Fellow Westporters,
For the first time in many years, we are choosing a new probate judge. Unfortunately, Judge O’Grady is quite ill and recently resigned. My friend Lisa Wexler is running for this position, and I am writing to introduce her to you and ask for your support on Election Day.
You may know that Probate Court is where people go after someone has died in order to transfer his or her property to someone else. But it also serves our neediest citizens, those who need conservators because they are too mentally or physically ill to take care of themselves. In Westport alone, the probate judge handles hundreds of these kinds of decisions each year.
Lisa has lived in our town and has practiced law here since 1989. Her practice has concentrated in the areas of real estate, trusts, estates and probate. She has appeared before our own probate court in Westport for over 20 years, representing estates and people who sought conservators for loved ones. She is married 31 years and raised her two children here in Westport.
Lisa represented our family when my husband Michael lost his brother, his mother and his sister, all within a year or two of each other. It was a terrible time for us, and Lisa’s skill and kindness helped us through it.
A good probate judge is one who understands that people are going through enormous stress by the time they have reached the court. People need a judge who will be sympathetic, kind, and ease the burdens of bureaucracy and paperwork. We need a judge who will look out for the estates of people whose minds have slipped into dementia, who will make sure that an elderly person is being cared for properly and that greedy people are not helping themselves to money that is not theirs.
Lisa’s life is about helping people who cannot speak up for themselves. She serves on the board of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation for Primary Immunodeficiency Disease and successfully lobbied in Hartford to fund newborn screening for babies born with fatal but curable diseases. She is on the Advisory Board of Jane Doe No More, whose mission is to train law enforcement to interact better with victims of sexual assault.
Lisa is a co-founder of Women In Power, a local group which hosts seminars for women entering the work world. As a member of Westport’s Planning and Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals, Lisa spoke up for neighbors who often felt under siege by developers looking to change their neighborhoods.
Several years ago, Lisa started a talk radio show which she uses as a forum to advocate for those who do not have a voice. She won a broadcasting award from the CT Press Association for airing the plight of Kathy Sorrentino, a Fairfield woman who was jailed by a Bridgeport judge for not paying her mortgage. By the fourth day of sticking with this story, Ms. Sorrentino was out of jail.The Connecticut Association of Foster and Adopted Children gave Lisa a special award for media awareness because she devoted much airtime to educating the public about the need for foster homes.
Visit Lisa’s campaign website and view all of her credentials. You will see that Lisa Wexler is extremely well-qualified for this office, and that we would all be lucky to have her as our next probate judge.
Very truly yours,
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