Tag Archives: General/Misc

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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