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ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT – Part IV

In my prior blog “Anatomy of a Lawsuit-Part III” I referenced Mediation and Arbitration as alternatives to trial.             Mediation is very much like a pretrial, but the mediator, usually an attorney or retired judge with no ties to either party, spends several hours or even days in an effort to assist the parties in… Read More »

EFFORTS TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

New legislation was recently signed into law in an effort to combat the opioid crisis in Connecticut. As of September, 2017, there had been more than 1,000 overdose deaths in Connecticut, with a large majority of those deaths resulting from opioids, and with fentanyl surpassing heroin as the most common opioid of abuse.  The projected… Read More »

PLANNING FOR LIFE’S END

Planning for life’s end is not always easy. For many people, it is a challenge just to face the fact that someday they will die. Yes, it is a fact of life but not everyone is comfortable talking about it. Once one overcomes that obstacle, then the black and white decisions can be made. By… Read More »

LOOKING FOR A LYFT/UBER?

Transportation Network Companies, which include companies such as Uber and Lyft, have become increasingly popular as a means of transportation in this country.  I have not yet personally utilized these services, due to the uncertainty of the services to be provided by these companies and/or their individual drivers, however, my friends seem to regularly utilize… Read More »

ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT – Part III

Once the Pleadings are closed (complete) and the Discovery is finished, the parties will usually engage in discussions to attempt a resolution of their dispute. These discussions will involve a review of the pros and cons of each party’s claims and defenses in an effort to make the other see that their claims are not… Read More »

TYPES OF TITLE INSURANCE

In a recent blog post (What is Title Insurance & Do I Need It) I discussed the basics of title insurance.  This blog post discusses the different types of title insurance that are generally available in a residential real estate closing. The Loan Policy: A loan policy of title insurance is always required by the… Read More »

WINTER DAMAGE & INSURANCE CLAIMS

The wind is howling, the snow is falling and the temperatures are dropping, all of which means that your homes are potentially susceptible to frozen pipes, ice dams, power outages and/or roof collapses, all of which could be devastating and/or cause a substantial amount of damage to your home. If the temperatures drop severely, or… Read More »

ANATOMY OF A LAWSUIT – Part II

Now that we covered the basics of a lawsuit from my prior blog (Anatomy of a Lawsuit-Part I) we can expand on that knowledge. In addition to filing an Answer, a Defendant can also file Counterclaims, Special Defenses and claims of Setoff.  A Counterclaim is similar to the Plaintiff’s original complaint.  It asserts claims by… Read More »

IS A DOCUMENT EXECUTED IN ANOTHER STATE VALID IN CONNECTICUT?

With our mobile population, a common question which comes up is whether a document that was signed in one state, such as a power of attorney, appointment of health care representative or end-of-life instructions, is valid if you are in another state, either permanently or temporarily. Generally, documents executed according to the law in the… Read More »

WILL HOMEOWNERS BE AFFECTED BY THE NEW FEDERAL TAX LAW?

Updated March 27, 2018 Congress recently passed and President Trump signed into law a sweeping overhaul of the federal income tax structure. The experts are still sorting out all of the various parts of the very complicated law and its potential impact on individuals and businesses.  Discussed here are some of the changes in the… Read More »

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