Stephen A. Unsworth
Unsworth LaPlante, PLLC

26 Railroad Ave.
Essex Junction, VT 05452
TEL: (802) 879-7133

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About Unsworth LaPlante, PLLC

Unsworth LaPlante, PLLC is a firm focusing on estate planning, probate, trust administration and elder law issues. Based in Essex Junction, VT, our mission is to provide residents of Essex Junction and surrounding areas with quality estate planning resources, such as assistance with Living Trusts, Wills (simple & complex), Probate, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Irrevocable Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, and Charitable Giving. 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. Visit our online Estate Planning Information Center to obtain timely, quality information on estate planning and related issues, including complimentary issues of our Special Reports and Estate Planning News articles. Residents of Essex Junction and surrounding areas can register to attend our Estate Planning Seminars.

About Stephen A. Unsworth

Stephen A. Unsworth is the senior partner in the law firm of Unsworth & Barra, PLC located in Essex Junction, Vermont. He has over 30 years experience in Legacy Wealth Planning. Stephen directs the Legacy Wealth Planning group and devotes his practice primarily to estate planning, elder law, asset protection and business law. His mission is to provide quality estate planning resources, such as assistance with Living Trusts, Wills (simple & complex), Probate, Trust Administration, Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Medicaid and Special Needs Planning and Family Limited Partnerships.


Attorney Unsworth was recently appointed to the Board of Governors for the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA), a national membership organization serving the needs of legal professionals concentrating on estate planning. Through the Academy's comprehensive training and educational programs on state-of-the-art estate planning law and techniques, the AAEPA fosters excellence in estate planning among its members and helps them deliver the highest possible service to their clients. Stephen joins eight other attorneys from around the country on this prestigious Board, serving as an advisor who helps guide the direction of this national organization. Stephen is the only AAEPA member in Vermont.

In 2007, Stephen was named as a “Super Lawyer” in the New England Super Lawyers magazine. Nominees are chosen by their peers through extensive polling and independent research conducted by Law & Politics. Featured lawyers are considered to be the best in their professions and the attorneys named as Super Lawyers are limited to the top 5% in New England.

Stephen is admitted to practice law in both Vermont and Maine. He is a current member of the Vermont Bar Association, the Maine Bar Association the Chittenden County Bar Association, The American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Vermont Bar Association’s Elder Law and Probate & Trust Sections. Attorney Unsworth has taught business law courses at the University of Vermont and Champlain College. He has been a presenter in numerous continuing legal education seminars for attorneys and paralegals in Vermont. He is a past President of the Chittenden County Bar Association. He was chairman of the Vermont Bar Association Continuing Education Committee and was awarded a certificate from the Vermont Bar Association for being an outstanding chairperson. He was co-chair of the Vermont Governor's Commission on Mobile and Manufactured Housing. Stephen was also awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Vermont Administrative Judge for his work as an Acting Judge in Small Claims Court.


Stephen Unsworth graduated with distinction from the University of Maine at Orono and received his Juris Doctorate from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Massachusetts. Attorney Unsworth is admitted to practice law in both Vermont and Maine.


Stephen is native of Vermont, and devotes a great deal of his free time to serving his community. He is active in his church, on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and is the past president of the Essex Rotary Club. An avid sailor he is the past Commodore of the Lake Champlain Yacht Club. Stephen lives in Shelburne, Vermont with his wife and three children.

About the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys

The Academy is a national organization dedicated to promoting excellence in estate planning by providing its exclusive membership of attorneys with up-to-date research on estate and tax planning, educational materials, and other important resources to empower them to provide superior estate planning services. The Academy expects members to have at least 36 hours of legal education each year specifically in estate, tax, probate and/or elder law subjects. To ensure this goal is met, the Academy provides over 40 hours of continuing legal education each year. Since 1993, the Academy has also been a highly-regarded and sought-after resource for attorneys and consumers alike, and has been recognized by Consumer Reports, Suze Orman in her book, 9 Steps to Financial Freedom and numerous times by Money Magazine.