Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K
                                 CURRENT REPORT

                     PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE
                         SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

         Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): July 23, 2002

                         WEBSTER FINANCIAL CORPORATION.
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

           DELAWARE                     0-15213                06-1187536
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 (State or other jurisdiction         (Commission             (IRS Employer
       of incorporation)               File Number)         Identification No.)

                    (Address of principal executive offices)

       Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (203) 753-2921

                                 NOT APPLICABLE
          (Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


                  Webster Financial Corporation ("Webster" or the "Company")
announced today that it has completed its review of the carrying value of all of
its goodwill and other intangible assets in compliance with the requirements of
Statement of Financial Accounting Standard No. 142 "Goodwill and Other
Intangible Assets." As a result of the review, the Company determined that a
portion of the goodwill related to its investment in Webster D&P Holdings, Inc
("Duff & Phelps") was impaired, and has taken a one-time transitional charge of
$11.2 million or $7.3 million after taxes. The charge, will be taken effective
January 1, 2002 and will be included in the six months ended June 30, 2002
consolidated statement of income in Webster's second quarter earnings release in
accordance with the transitional rules under SFAS No. 142.

                  In accordance with SFAS 142, Webster performed an evaluation
of all its $320 million of intangible assets at January 1, 2002. These
intangibles resulted from the completion of 24 acquisitions in the last 12 years
and included $223 million of goodwill, $76 million of core deposit intangibles
and $21 million of other intangibles. The evaluation process resulted in the
identification of impairment in a portion of the goodwill recorded in the Duff &
Phelps transaction. There was no impairment noted in the goodwill recorded
related to other transactions. The imputed value of Duff & Phelps has been
impacted by the extremely challenging business environment and especially by the
slowdown in mergers and acquisitions activity, which comprised a significant
portion of Duff & Phelps revenues at the date of Webster's purchase. As a result
of the charge, at June 30, 2002 the carrying value of Duff & Phelps goodwill was
$7.1 million. Additionally, at June 30, 2002 Webster had outstanding loans to
Duff & Phelps LLC totaling $5.7 million.

                  In November 2000, Webster, through its newly formed subsidiary
Webster D&P Holdings, Inc., acquired a 65% interest in Duff & Phelps, LLC which
interest today amounts to 72%. Duff & Phelps services customers through its
regional offices in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle, providing
expertise in private placements, fairness opinions, middle-market mergers and
acquisitions, valuations, ESOP, and ERISA advisory services and special advisory
services to public and private companies. Total revenues for the year 2001 were
$15.6 million compared to $18.2 million in 2000, $1.3 million of which were
recorded subsequent to the November 2000 purchase. Total revenues for both the
six months ended June 30, 2002 and the six months ended June 30, 2001, were $8.3


(a)      Not applicable.

(b)      Not applicable.

(c)      Exhibits.

         Not applicable.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

                                    WEBSTER FINANCIAL CORPORATION.

                                       /s/ William J. Healy
                                    William J. Healy
                                    Executive Vice President and
                                    Chief Financial Officer

Date: July 23, 2002