Welcome to JG Advance Planning

We have over 65 years of collective experience in working with funeral homes, Elder Care and Medicaid planning attorneys, as well as other senior planners.

Our relationships with funeral homes and cremation service providers throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island allow us to get you discounts on cremation and burial packages.

No interest in going to the funeral home at this time? We can help plan outside of the funeral home. We can show you creative ways on how to finance long-term care costs in your home or in assisted living.

We offer simple solutions for your unique circumstances.

James W Cowan Jr. (Jamie)

Having provided guidance to thousands of families and funeral homes for the past 27 years regarding Medicaid compliant Final expense / Funeral Trust, and at the same time assisting families by helping them protect assets in the event of a Long-Term Illness and Nursing home confinement. Medicaid Protection is what I do!

A frequent guest speaker at various community seminars and workshops discussing topics such as Final Expense Trust, Funeral Planning, Medicaid planning, and Veterans Pension Benefits.

I specialize in the needs of those, regardless of age, who need to protect their assets and keep their hard-earned money safe.

Finding Tax Free Money to pay for Long Term Care. VA Benefits

Most recently Co-founded:
JG Advance Planning

Gary A Szewczyk

Gary A Szewczyk, born of Polish Heritage, began his working career at age 11, on Guida's Dairy Farm, learning the core values of life. Working his way through high school and college, Gary knows first-hand what it is to work hard, overcome challenges, and persevere.

As a licensed funeral director for over 42 years, specializing in advance planning for the past 24 years and having built two very successful businesses from scratch, has provided him a wealth of life experiences. As a financial services professional for the past 14 years, Gary credits his long and successful career with a single focus, that of being of service to his clients, helping them plan for life's biggest challenges with compassion and care.

His expertise surrounds the Three Pillars of Retirement Planning:

  • Protect
  • Preserve
  • Distribute a person's assets, using sound and safe money strategies.

Lydia Yanginski

Lydia Yanginski is a bilingual and bi-cultural Latina. A dedicated elder care professional for 12 years assisting elders, families, and caregivers in making well-informed decisions on home and community-based services and long-term care planning.

A graduate of Westfield State College with a BA in Psychology and more recently a licensed insurance advisor, Lydia made the decision to start empowering families to make crucial financial decisions as they prepare for the next chapter of their life.

She emphasizes the need to financially plan ahead as your goals and needs change. As a caregiver to her father during the last 15 years, Lydia understands the financial challenges that it presents when caring for a loved one.

Lydia looks forward to being your trusted financial advisor and expert resource to meet your future needs.

Brian J. Cimbak

Brian J. Cimbak, a lifelong CT native, has been a licensed funeral director for over 12 years in the funeral industry and most recently a licensed insurance consultant. As an Eagle Scout and throughout his funeral career, he has learned numerous life experiences of organization, planning, and attentiveness to details. Brian has helped countless families not only during their time of need, but in the early stages of setting up their Medicaid compliant Final Expense/ Funeral Trusts, assisting with asset protection in the event of a Long Term/Nursing Home situation, and making sure the needs of his families are met with the attention to detail that he has become known for over the years. Brian is happy and excited to join the JG Advance Planning Group and is eagerly looking forward to be able to further help families in CT reach their long term care goals.

Brian A Szewczyk

Bryan A Szewczyk, was born and raised in Middletown, CT. He is a graduate of Xavier High School with High Honors and a member of The Golden Key International Honour Society. He attended Central Connecticut State University where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Biomolecular Sciences. He has spent multiple years working for Yale University in their Department of Genetics. Recently, he has joined JG Advance Planning and as a licensed insurance agent, assisting funeral homes with their advance planning programs. Having had multiple years of client experience, Bryan is diversifying, bringing his knowledge and experience to helping others navigate life-ending planning.