Recent Blog Posts

DISCLOSURE OF ESTATE PLAN DOCUMENTS

A recurring problem that we have noticed with respect to estate planning documents, besides having none at all, is when the author fails to advise anyone that the documents exist and where the originals are located. The following is a common occurrence: Elderly clients ask us to prepare estate planning and end of life documents…. Read More »

WORKERS COMPENSATION AND THE PRINCIPAL EMPLOYER RULE

In a recent decision, the Connecticut Appellate Court had occasion to review the circumstances where an employee of a subcontractor can maintain a claim for workers compensation benefits against the “principal employer.” Section 31-291 of the Connecticut General Statutes provides that “when any principal employer procures any work to be done wholly or part for… Read More »

SUDDEN ACCELERATION IN TESLA VEHICLES: FACT OR FICTION?

Recently new allegations of unintended sudden acceleration in Tesla vehicles have made national headlines. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reviewing a petition that alleges that Tesla models experience sudden unintended acceleration which results in dangerous situations. The Agency is reviewing the petition, which references 127 separate complaints with 110 crashes and 52 injuries…. Read More »

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 »

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