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NEW LEGISLATION REINFORCES ATTORNEY ROLE IN CONNECTICUT REAL ESTATE CLOSINGS

Using an attorney to perform real estate closings is the norm in Connecticut, and many people assume that this is the case everywhere in the United States. However, in about half of the states, an attorney is not typically used by local custom, and the use of an attorney is required by law in only… Read More »

MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN CONNECTICUT: Legal or Not?

Answer: It depends. Federal law still defines marijuana as a prohibited substance. However, in direct conflict with federal law, more and more states are legalizing medical use of marijuana, such as Connecticut, and more and more states are legalizing recreational use of marijuana; Connecticut has not crossed this line yet. Connecticut General Statutes “CGS” sections… Read More »

SHARING THE ROAD WITH MOTORCYCLISTS THIS SUMMER

We are finally experiencing some warmer weather, and the rain seems to have stopped, which means that there will be more and more motorcyclists out on the road. It is important to keep in mind that those operating smaller vehicles, such as motorcycles, are much more likely to be injured in the event of an… Read More »

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: Technology with Risks

Last year I wrote about the future in a blog dealing with autonomous vehicles and some of the challenges that come along with the emerging technology.  As automakers and ride sharing companies race to the finish line in an effort to perfect the technological advances that will set them aside from the rest so as… Read More »

DENVER FIRST IN NATION TO DECRIMINALIZE PSYCHEDELIC MUSHROOMS

~Why did the mushroom get invited to all the parties? ~ Because he was a fungi.~ On Tuesday, May 7th, citizens of Denver, Colorado voted “yes” on an ordinance that decriminalizes Psilocybin, the hallucinogenic compound in “magic mushrooms.” The ordinance passed by an extremely narrow margin with 50.56% voting in favor of decriminalization and 49.44%… Read More »

ZONING VARIANCES IN CONNECTICUT

Each Connecticut town has adopted their own individual set of zoning regulations, in compliance with state statutes. These zoning regulations generally divide the town into zoning districts, and then state what uses will be allowed in each district (residential, commercial, etc.), as well as the building characteristics allowed, such as provisions for building height, setbacks,… Read More »

DISTRACTED WALKING

My last blog was on distracted driving and the consequences of doing so. Should there also be laws against distracted walking? As technology continues to advance and the demand for the necessity of multi-tasking increases, we see more and more people walking around with their eyes glued to their phones; earbuds deafening their ears; and… Read More »

ELEPHANTS IN THE NEWS: What does it Mean to be an Elephant in Connecticut?

While perhaps an unusual topic for a legal blog, a three judge panel at the Appellate Court heard arguments this week from an animal rights group on the issue of whether animals possess the same rights as human beings for purposes of a writ of habeas corpus (a way of protection against any detention that… Read More »

(INHERENTLY) RISKY BUSINESS

Whether you are throwing axes, skiing, snowboarding or attending a party where 7 year olds are permitted, and actually encouraged to play with bricks (I wish I were kidding, but this is a real thing), you may have been required to sign a release. But do these releases completely shield businesses from liability under all… Read More »

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR AN “ABLE” ACCOUNT?

ABLE accounts (“Achieving a Better Life Experience”) allow an individual, who was disabled prior to age 26, to set up an account which allows the funds to grow tax-deferred and which will not be counted as an asset for public benefits the disabled person may be receiving as a result of their disability. One of… Read More »

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