Stephen Unsworth Esq

Unsworth LaPlante, PLC

Stephen Unsworth Esq
Unsworth LaPlante, PLC is dedicated to providing you with quality estate planning resources, so you can become familiar with all of the existing options. When you visit or call our office, we want you to feel comfortable discussing such an important issue concerning both you and your family. We want to arm you with the information you need to make an informed decision about your family’s future.

Law License and Admissions

First Admitted to Practice Law:  1977

Licensed to Practice Law:  Maine, Vermont

Professional Work Experience

Stephen is a member of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA), a national organization serving the needs of legal professionals concentrating on estate planning. He is the only AAEPA member in Vermont, and applies the Academy’s comprehensive training and innovative estate planning techniques to deliver the best possible service to his clients.

Stephen is also a member of the Vermont Bar Association, Chittenden County Bar Association, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and Vermont Bar Association’s Elder Law and Probate & Trust Sections.

He previously served as a member of the Board of Governors of the AAEPA, President of the Chittenden County Bar Association, and Chairman of the Vermont Bar Association Continuing Education Committee for which he was awarded a certificate for being an outstanding chairperson. Stephen was also awarded a certificate of appreciation from a Vermont Administrative Judge for his work as an Acting Judge in Small Claims Court. He regularly presents at continuing legal education seminars for attorneys and paralegals in Vermont and has taught business law courses at both the University of Vermont and Champlain College.

Stephen has been named a “Super Lawyer” by the New England Super Lawyers Magazine each year since its creation in 2007. This distinction- based on peer nomination, extensive polling, and independent research- ranks him in the top 5% of lawyers in New England.

Education and Law School

Western New England College School of Law, 1977
  • JD - Juris Doctor
University of Maine, Orono, 1974
  • (Psychology) BA - Bachelor of Arts

Noteworthy Achievements

Professional Associations

American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, Vermont Bar Association, Maine State Bar Association, Chittenden County Bar Association, Vermont Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Vermont Bar Association­ Probate & Trust Section

Honors, Awards & Achievements

Stephen has been named a “Super Lawyer” by the New England Super Lawyers Magazine each year since its creation in 2007. This distinction – based on peer nomination, extensive polling, and independent research – ranks him in the top 5% of lawyers in New England.  He has also been named one of Vermont’s top estate planning attorneys by Vermont Business Magazine.

Notable Appearances

Fundamentals of Trust Administration - National Business Institute - 2010
Landlord-Tenant Law Update in Vermont - Sterling Education Services, Inc. - 2009
Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts - National Business Institute - 2009
Ethical Perils in the Probate Process for Paralegals - Institute for Paralegal Educating - 2009
Ethical Perils in the Probate Process for Paralegals - National Business Institute - 2008
Oddities and Challenges in Probate Law - National Business Institute - 2008
The Probate Process from Start to Finish for Paralegals - National Business Institute - 2008
Landlord-Tenant Law in Vermont - Lorman Education Services - 2008
Paralegal Ethics: Perils in the Probate Process - Institute for Paralegal Educating - 2008
The Probate Process from Start to Finish - National Business Institute - 2007

Other Information

Primary Counties Served:

  • VT - Essex County

Other Legal Areas Served:

Contact Information

  • 26 Railroad Avenue
    Essex Junction, Vermont 05452
  • 802-879-7133
  • 802-879-0408
  • Other Locations:
    Vermont » Essex Junction

Law Office Details

  • Hours Currently Open

    Monday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tuesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Wednesday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Lawyers in Firm: 1-10
  • Fee Types Accepted
    Hourly
    Free Consultation
  • Payment Accepted By
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  • Languages Spoken
    English