Raymond A. Colla, Jr., Esq.
Ray is a Connecticut native, having earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut in 1990, where he graduated, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. After four years of working in the marketing field, Ray returned to his studies and enrolled at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Ray was selected to be a member of the Connecticut Law Review, where he served as an associate editor. He graduated with honors in 1997 and subsequently joined the Connecticut bar. Upon graduating, Ray entered the legal world in downtown Hartford, where he practiced at several large, highly-regarded law firms, initially practicing in the area of corporate finance and then moving into estate planning and probate, which he greatly enjoyed.
As an estate planning attorney downtown, Ray had the opportunity to work on planning for many high net worth individuals and families where sophisticated tax planning was an integral part of the process. Many of these clients were also highly successful, closely-held business owners for whom it was necessary to incorporate business succession planning into their overall estate planning. As a result, Ray gained extensive experience in estate planning that extends far beyond drafting simple wills and straightforward trusts. In light of this experience, Ray is able to offer his clients sophisticated and creative options and strategies to meet their particular needs – whether they are based on estate and gift tax concerns, specific family situations, or a combination thereof. Additionally, Ray served as general counsel for a private equity company in Connecticut and, along the way, was in private business. Having grown up in a family business environment, this came quite naturally to him. These actual, firsthand business experiences have given Ray a somewhat unique perspective as an estate and business planning attorney, as he is well aware of the exceedingly hard work that goes into operating a business, and all of the stresses and concerns (as well as rewards) that go along with doing so. There is a very human side to the whole process. For the business owner, it is not all simply about numbers and dollars.
Lots of blood, sweat and tears go into operating and maintaining one’s own business, and often there are family members involved as well. In short, it becomes very personal. Ray knows this from his own experience, and it affords him the ability to be sensitive to and mindful of the business owner’s overall situation, needs and concerns. The totality of this experience has led Ray to focus his practice within these narrow, inter-related areas of the law. By doing so, he is able to build attorney-client relationships that are ongoing and oftentimes extend to future generations. From Ray’s perspective, these areas of the law are the most rewarding to practice in, affording him the opportunity to make a positive and long-lasting impact on his clients’ lives, helping them to plan for the futures of themselves and their children and grandchildren, and pursue their dreams and ambitions along the way.
Rewarding and noble work. That’s what it is all about.
- 1997, Connecticut
- University of Connecticut School of Law, Class of 1997, J.D., with Honors
- University of Connecticut, Class of 1990, B.S., Business Administration, Cum Laude
- Connecticut Bar Association, Member
- Estates & Probate Section
- Business Law Section
- Tax Section