Cheryl Gabes Rice, Esq.

 Cheryl Gabes Rice, Esq.

Ms. Rice gradated from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics, Magna Cum Laude.  She received her Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University School of Law.  While attending law school, Ms. Rice served as the Director of the Hofstra University School of Law Moot Court Board.  More recently, she completed the Mediation Certification Program at Quinnipiac University School of Law.

Ms. Rice has a diverse practice that focuses on four areas of law:  Business Law (including business and lender representation), Commercial Litigation, Estate Planning/Fiduciary Services and Probate/Estate Administration.

Business Law:  Ms. Rice advises business clients and their owners on formation issues and growth strategies, business financings (including secured, unsecured and equipment financings, as well as in obtaining grants), business succession planning, negotiating and drafting a variety of business contracts/agreements and in connection with the purchase and sale of businesses.  She frequently serves in a general counsel role for many of her small and family-owned business clients, counseling on various issues ranging from day-to-day business operations, strategic planning and litigation avoidance strategies to working through managerial and other internal struggles that tend to arise in closely-held business operations.

In addition, Ms. Rice represents lender clients (financial institutions, asset-based lenders and finance companies) in negotiating and documenting commercial and asset-based loans and working through troubled credit facilities, including drafting loan restructuring and workout agreements, as well as collateral liquidations.  She also represents lenders in contested foreclosure, replevin, complex loan-related, and other creditor's rights litigation matters, including defense of lender liability claims.

Commercial Litigation:  Ms. Rice represents individual and business clients in a variety of business-related litigation matters, including, but not limited to, breach of contract, business torts, fraud, real estate disputes and financial transaction-related claims.  She also represents lender clients in contested foreclosure, replevin, complex loan-related, and other creditor's rights litigation matters. 

Estate Planning and Fiduciary Services:  Ms. Rice counsels and advises clients on identifying the appropriate estate planning documents to achieve their personal and financial wishes and goals, including wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and health care directives (including living wills and appointments of healthcare representatives).  She also advises small and family-owned business owners on issues pertaining to business succession planning.

In addition, Ms. Rice is regularly appointed by the Connecticut Probate Courts to serve in a variety of fiduciary capacities, including appointments as the Administrator of Decedent's Estates and Conservator of Person and/or Estate for elderly persons and persons with disabilities.

Probate/Estate Administration:  Ms. Rice is frequently retained to represent Executors and Administrators to ensure that estates are properly probated and that estate assets are appropriately dispersed.  She is also retained to represent the interests of executors, administrators, heirs and beneficiaries in connection with a variety of estate-related issues.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Connecticut

  • State of New York  

  • U.S. District Court, Connecticut  

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York  

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit  

  • U.S. Supreme Court  

Ms. Rice is a long-standing member of the Connecticut Bar Association.

When she is not working, Ms. Rice can be found in the stands, watching her sons playing high school and college baseball. She also enjoys traveling, cooking and creating a warm, comfortable and inviting home for family and friends to gather.

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The Law Office of Cheryl Gabes Rice, LLC is located in West Hartford, Connecticut and serves all of Hartford County including, but not limited to, Avon, Berlin, Canton, Cromwell, Farmington, Glastonbury, Newington, Plainville, Rocky Hill, Simsbury, Southington, Wethersfield, and surrounding towns.

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