Recent Blog Posts

AS I WISH – A Complete Estate Plan

An estate plan is an organized plan of what you want to happen to your assets upon your passing. Having executed a Last Will does not “complete” your estate plan. It is extremely important that you understand that your estate plan is more than just your Last Will and Testament (and/or your Trust in some… Read More »

TORNADOES, MACROBURSTS AND DOWNED TREES……OH MY!!

Last week brought about an intense storm to some areas of the state, including the town of Hamden where our office is located. The storm brought about at least five confirmed tornadoes and macrobursts, with devastating winds.  These storms caused significant damage to our town and other areas in the state, from numerous trees and… Read More »

BUYING A BUSINESS

What is involved with a purchase of an existing small business? This blog post will discuss some basic points to consider. Structure of the Purchase: Most small business purchases are actually what are known as asset purchases.  In an asset purchase, the buyer purchases certain tangible assets, which are physical assets such as inventory, furnishings,… Read More »

SERVICE ANIMALS

We are all aware of the existence of service animals, like guide dogs for the blind, but what are the legal parameters that govern these animals and what prevents misuse of these laws by non-disabled individuals? According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) only dogs are recognized as service animals, although the act was… Read More »

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: The Future Is Here

Last year, Connecticut joined a number of other states that have enacted laws to regulate autonomous vehicles, also known as self-driving cars. The Connecticut law is designed to allow a limited number of municipalities to apply for permission to permit testing of fully autonomous vehicles within specifically designated areas of the municipality. Whether or not… Read More »

ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT – Part V

If pre-trial negotiations, mediation or non-binding arbitration efforts were not successful in resolving the claims, then it is time for trial. Aside from some pretrial motions that will vary depending on whether the trial is to a judge or a jury, it is time to present evidence. Different types of claims have different burdens of… Read More »

CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS IN CONNECTICUT

In having recently gone through my own purchase of a home in a highly affected area of Connecticut, I could not help but become familiar with the issue of crumbling foundations in Connecticut. This resulted in us doing a ton of research prior to settling on a home, especially in light of initially having interest… Read More »

RENT-TO-OWN: A Misnomer of an Old Practice

With the current conservative lending attitude, buyers and sellers are looking for other alternatives to buy and sell property. This concept of Rent-to-Own seems to be taking root. Rent-to-Own infers that by renting a property you can subsequently become the owner which was similar to an old practice called an Installment Sales Contract that has… Read More »

YOUR HOME IS BEING FORECLOSED: WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

You own a home and fall behind in your mortgage payments, and suddenly you are faced with being served with a summons and complaint, along with other notices, in which the lending institution is seeking to proceed with a foreclosure of your property. What do you do after receiving all of these papers? Upon being… Read More »

LOW DOWN PAYMENT MORTGAGE OPTIONS FOR YOUR HOME PURCHASE

Purchasing a home, especially as a first-time home buyer, can be overwhelming. This is especially true when it comes to considering how to finance your dream home.  Unless you are one of the lucky few who can pay cash, purchasing a home requires obtaining a mortgage loan.  There are numerous options for mortgage financing. Traditionally,… Read More »

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