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FHA AND CONFORMING LOAN LIMITS INCREASED FOR 2020

  Both the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), for FHA loans, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), for conforming loans purchased by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, have announced increases in the applicable loan limits for 2020. We wrote about the loan limits applicable in 2018 in this blog post [Read More]…. Read More »

UPDATES ON THE CRUMBLING FOUNDATION SITUATION IN CONNECTICUT

We previously discussed the issue of crumbling foundations in a blog called Crumbling Foundations in Connecticut back in April, 2018, and this blog explores some updates since the release of that blog. These crumbling foundation issues are prevalent in northeastern Connecticut and can encompass homes built anytime between the early to mid-1980’s until approximately 2015… Read More »

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: CRASHING INTO CONNECTICUT

In the last two years I have written several blogs on the safety risks inherent in autonomous vehicles: The Future is Here Technology with Risks Safety at Risk The common thread reveals technological advances that carry with them inherent safety risks. These risks, whether caused by inadequate safety risk assessments or failure of the vehicle… Read More »

END OF THE YEAR PLANNING

As we near the end of the calendar year, many people start to think about taking stock of some of their personal affairs and thinking about planning for the future. Here are a few pointers for you to consider: Do you have a Last Will and related planning documents? When did you last update them… Read More »

ELECTRONIC WILLS

There apparently is a push for legislatures across the country to pass laws allowing electronic Last Will and Testaments rather than the traditional pen and paper Wills. In Connecticut a Last Will and Testament has to be signed by the testator and witnessed by two others who were present to see the testator sign the… Read More »

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: SAFETY AT RISK

In previous blogs I wrote about the emerging trends in autonomous vehicles, and the risks inherent in the new technology. [GPS Blog – The Future is Here] [GPS Blog – Technology with Risks]. I specifically referenced well publicized accidents involving the autonomous vehicles, and the rapid response of the potentially liable parties in reaching settlements… Read More »

DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF CONSORTIUM

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? In prior blogs I discussed different types of damages recoverable for injury or harm caused by negligent or reckless conduct, as well as different components of damages, including damages for economic and non-economic compensation for injuries. In addition to these damages designed to compensate the injured person, Connecticut also permits… Read More »

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME AND THE IMPACT ON ROAD SAFETY

Daylight saving time ended again on Sunday, November 3rd and, for just one day, we all got that lovely one extra hour of sleep that we all hope for. But what impact does daylight saving time have for us immediately following the change to those clocks? Studies show that daylight saving time does, in fact,… Read More »

OPPORTUNITY ZONES – AN UPDATE

Opportunity Zones were implemented as part of the 2017 revisions to the Federal tax code, and are designed to stimulate investment in lower income or lower opportunity areas of the country.  My prior blog post discusses the basic concept of the Opportunity Zones, and there have been significant developments over the past year. Each state… Read More »

DOG BITES: LANDLORD LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES CAUSED BY A TENANT’S DOG

In a blog published in 2016 I wrote about the Connecticut Strict Liability law as it relates to damages caused by dogs, and the absolute responsibility of the owner or keeper of the dog for those damages. A question that often comes up is what happens when the owner or keeper is a tenant in… Read More »

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