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EXTREME WEATHER & PET SAFETY

The weather outside has been downright frightful lately, with extremely low temperatures, snow and ice and, well, even bomb cyclones. One reminder during these extreme weather conditions is the safety of your pets.  A recent unfortunate event in Connecticut led to a dog being frozen to death after being left outdoors under extremely cold circumstances… Read More »

SLIPS, TRIPS & FALLS

“Did you fall at your place or somebody else’s”? This line from “My Cousin Vinny” is sure to bring chuckles every time it is uttered. Vincent LaGuardia Gambini, a fictional character played by Joe Pesci in the hit movie asks an obviously injured man in a neck brace if the fall that caused his injury… Read More »

MORTGAGE LOAN LIMITS INCREASED FOR 2018

Loan limits are being increased for both conforming loans and FHA loans for 2018. The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced an increase in the “conforming” loan limits effective January 1, 2018. (Click for More Info). Conforming loans are those loans which are readily saleable into the secondary mortgage market (specifically to Fannie Mae… Read More »

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIMS: The Reasonable Inquiry & Good Faith Certificate Requirements

I am often asked by prospective clients if they have a malpractice claim as a result of a perceived medical error in the treatment they received from a health care provider. The answer to that simple question is an involved process that requires careful review and analysis, along with a written opinion from a health… Read More »

ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT – Part I

Every lawsuit has the same basic parts: A Summons and Complaint by the Plaintiff (the party bringing the lawsuit) and an Answer to the claims in the Complaint by the Defendant (the party being sued). The lawsuit is commenced with a Summons (also called a “Writ”) and Complaint being served upon the Defendant usually by… Read More »

CAN USING MEDICAL MARIJUANA GET YOU FIRED?

Nearly ninety percent of states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, allow the limited possession of marijuana for medical treatment. However, federal law still designates marijuana as contraband for any purpose. That means that an individual lawfully prescribed marijuana for medical purposes under a state law is potentially subject to federal… Read More »

THEY ARE MY PARENTS – why am I asked to leave the room?

It is quite common in the practice of elder law for adult children to make the initial contact with the law firm and come in for consultations with their parents. As attorneys we always need to be cautious of our relationship with our clients. We must first identify who will be our client, the parent… Read More »

COMMERCIAL LEASES – Important Considerations For Tenants

For many small business owners, one of the first major transactions as they grow or transition from a home-based business is signing a lease as a tenant for commercial space for their growing business. All too often, a new commercial tenant will not scrutinize the proposed lease as carefully as they should before signing it,… Read More »

CHRO RELEASES 2016-2017 STATISTICS

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) recently released its 2016-2017 statistics. The CHRO is the state agency tasked with eliminating discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit transactions. The 2016-17 statistics show a drop in the number of discrimination complaints for the first time in several years. The CHRO received a… Read More »

NEW CHANGE IN THE LAW COMING FOR AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE POLICY LIMITS IN CONNECTICUT

Auto Insurance For many years, the law in Connecticut has required that automobile insurance policyholders must hold insurance coverage of at least $20,000 per person, $40,000 per accident for bodily injury, and $10,000 per accident for property damage.  There was recently a push to increase these policy limits in an effort to make individuals more… Read More »

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