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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 »

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 »

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