Recent Blog Posts

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 »

SCAMS & IDENTITY THEFT: How To Protect Yourself

As technology becomes more advanced, so do the scams and the theft of our identities. Seniors tend to be preyed upon more as they are less apt to report an incident and/or there may be changes in the brain as they age making them more trusting, in part due to a decline in the ability… Read More »

ASSISTANCE ANIMALS

An “Assistance Animal” is an animal that works, provides assistance or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provides emotional support that alleviates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person’s disability. It is not a pet. This is the definition set forth by the U.S. Department of… Read More »

SERVICE ANIMALS: A Follow Up Regarding Delta’s Pit Bull Ban

Previously, I wrote a blog regarding Service Animals and the rules surrounding them. On June 20, 2018, Delta announced a ban on all “pit bull type” service and support dogs effective July 10, 2018. (Read Full Announcement Here) Airlines are not only subject to the federal service animal codes, but also the federal Dept of… Read More »

RUNNING BAMBOO – A Potential Liability for Connecticut Homeowners

“Running bamboo” is a specific type of bamboo plant which has a tendency to spread well beyond where it was originally planted. Running bamboo is sold and planted in Connecticut as an ornamental garden plant and due to its rapid growth and spreading properties, frequently used as a hedge or border plant.  Unfortunately, the properties… Read More »

CONNECTICUT IS NOW A “RIGHT-TO-WORK” STATE

In the recent decision, Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, et al, the United States Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for state and public-sector unions to deduct agency fees or any other payments to the union from a nonmember’s wages without their consent. The basis for the Court’s decision is that it is a… Read More »

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