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DONATING TO CHARITY?

Do Your Homework First! As the year end nears, many people start thinking about their taxes and charitable contributions. In fact, Tuesday, November 27, 2018 has been designated as #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving. Donations to a charity recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code are tax deductible for most taxpayers. Americans… Read More »

KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS

…to bring claims that is. A significant part of my practice involves tort litigation, specifically representing those injured as a result of the negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of another. Unfortunately, at times the injured client waits before consulting with an attorney only to be told at the initial meeting that they are beyond an… Read More »

ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT – Part VI.

Now that you have a judgment in your favor, you need to collect it. Any judgment can be appealed within twenty (20) days. Therefore, it is not a final judgment until twenty days after the date of judgment. If the losing party had insurance coverage, then collecting should not be a problem. The insurance company… Read More »

KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO ASK FOR HELP

Although I am an attorney, I have always enjoyed tinkering with manual labor trades. Thanks to my late father, I have a pretty expansive working knowledge of painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, sheet rocking, taping and many other fields. Although he was very mechanically inclined, he never did any of his own car repairs. I do…. Read More »

SAFEkeeping Important Documents

As an estate planning attorney I prepare legal documents for people all the time. Documents such as Wills and other estate documents are usually stored away for long periods of time without much further thought. Have you given any thought to where you should store these and other important documents? The first question you need… Read More »

WHAT ARE OPPORTUNITY ZONES?

Part of the tax overhaul bill passed by Congress in 2017 includes a new community development program to encourage investments in lower-income communities. Each state, including Connecticut, was able to select certain areas as “Opportunity Zones.”  Connecticut designated 72 areas as Opportunity Zones.  The Opportunity Zones in our area include certain census tracts in New… Read More »

WILL YOU BE ABLE TO HELP YOUR 18+ YEAR OLD CHILD IN A MEDICAL EMERGENCY?

At the suggestion of my partner, I recently read an article in Consumer Reports prompting this blog. Ironically, I had taken these very steps with my son, but never gave it a second thought that most people wouldn’t think of these issues. Once your child turns 18, even though you may still be financially and… Read More »

A REVIEW OF BUS SAFETY LAWS IN CONNECTICUT

It might seem obvious enough that you are supposed to stop your vehicle if you are approaching a stopped school bus with its lights on, however, with this new school year upon us, it seems as though many people are simply not stopping for school buses, placing children’s safety at issue, and at least one… Read More »

CURRENT STATUS OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN CONNECTICUT

We previously reviewed the efforts taken in Connecticut to combat the opioid crisis, and noted that the number of opioid deaths was projected to be 1,078 at the end of 2017. (See blog Published March 16, 2018).  We also reviewed the new law effective January 1, 2018, which law was meant to try to lower access… Read More »

NEW CREDIT FREEZE AND IDENTITY THEFT LAWS IN CONNECTICUT

Unfortunately, credit breaches have become routine with major companies. Large repositories of information such as Anthem in 2015 and Equifax in 2017 (which alone involved over 143 million people) have suffered data breaches, along with many other small and large companies.  Identity theft continues to be a major problem and a major concern for many… Read More »

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