Recent Blog Posts

CRUISE SHIP INJURIES AND THE “CRUISE CONTRACT”

If the release of this blog goes according to schedule, as you’re reading it I am sitting on the Lido deck of the ms Veendam, enjoying a cocktail and celebrating my 35th wedding anniversary with my wife, along with our children and their respective spouses.  A family vacation that is long overdue and I would… Read More »

IS IT TIME TO DIE?

For twenty five years I have been preparing estate planning documents for clients which documents usually include an Advanced Directive (AD) (also known as Living Will). An AD, in short, is a simple statement that says if there is no longer any medical help for me, then I want to be allowed to die a… Read More »

WIRING FUNDS? – BEWARE OF WIRE FRAUD SCHEMES

The use of wired funds for real estate closings is extremely common. Wired funds are immediately available, with no concerns regarding checks being forged, not clearing or being dishonored by the originating bank.  Unfortunately, there has been a recent surge in wire fraud schemes, many of which involve funds being sent for real estate closings. … Read More »

STATE LEGISLATURE EXPANDS PROTECTIONS UNDER PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION LAW

The legislature passed a bill expanding protections for pregnant employees. The bill, called “An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace,” awaits Governor Malloy’s signature. State law already makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a woman because of her pregnancy, and much of the existing law will remain under the bill. For… Read More »

UNION ORGANIZING IN HIGHER EDUCATION

In August 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) ruled that graduate students and adjunct professors at private colleges and universities are employees and, therefore, can join unions. The NLRB is the federal agency that enforces the federal law that grants most private sector non-supervisory employees the right to form unions, as well… Read More »

JOINT ACCOUNTS-Good or Bad?

Joint bank accounts/investment accounts are generally a good practice between spouses, with some exceptions; joint bank accounts/investments with children or others can be troublesome. Between spouses joint accounts work well to transfer an asset to a survivor and it minimizes the probate process, at least as to that asset, however, it is necessary to have… Read More »

HOSPITAL “OBSERVATION STATUS” REVISITED

Let me start by stating that recent laws have made some changes to this living nightmare, but the changes appear to be aesthetic only. First, the rule: Within 24-48 hours of entering the hospital, the doctor(s) must determine if you will be admitted as an inpatient (2 midnight rule); Once admitted as an inpatient, you… Read More »

PROBATE COURT – PART 4: Guardians

A Guardian is an adult appointed to oversee the affairs of a minor which is defined as one who is under the age of 18 years. There are three primary types of guardianships in Connecticut, guardian of the person, guardian of the estate and guardian ad litem. Pursuant to C.G.S. 45a-606, “The father and mother of… Read More »

COURT SIDES WITH EMPLOYEE WHOSE FACEBOOK POST CALLED MANAGER OBSCENE NAME

The Second Circuit (which covers Connecticut) recently issued a decision that may surprise you. In NLRB v. Pier Sixty, LLC, the court held that an employee’s Facebook post containing expletives and insults aimed at his manager and his manager’s mother was protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA is a federal… Read More »

PROBATE COURT – PART 3: Conservators

A Conservator is a person appointed by a Probate Court to oversee medical and/or financial affairs of an adult. There are two types of conservatorships, voluntary and involuntary and then there are two distinct roles of a conservator, Conservator of the Person and Conservator of the Estate. A Conservator of the Person is a person… Read More »

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