Filing a Petition/Administration or Probate of Will is the first step in the Connecticut Probate Court process. Here is an overview: The Petition must be filed within the Probate Court district where the decedent was last domiciled on the date of death.  It should be filed within thirty (30) days of death. If the decedent…

A Connecticut Power of Attorney (also known as a POA) is one of the most important estate planning documents.   It allows you (“Principal”) to appoint someone else (“Agent” or “Attorney in Fact”) to act for you.  Therefore, if you are  ill, involved in a serious accident or not available to act for yourself then someone…

Custodial Interference in Connecticut is defined as follows: In the first degree: Class D felony. “(a) A person is guilty of custodial interference in the first degree when he commits custodial interference in the second degree as provided in section 53a-98: (1) Under circumstances which expose the child or person taken or enticed from lawful…

It goes without saying that texting while driving is extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, careless drivers continue to do it. I have witnessed this firsthand.  Stupid – to be polite. In fact, operating a motor vehicle while texting or talking on a cell phone may be considered more than just ordinary negligence. It may be reckless conduct which…

Larceny in Connecticut Juvenile Court can have serious consequences. Connecticut law defines larceny as occurring when a person wrongfully takes, obtains, or withholds someone else’s property with the intent to permanently deprive the owner of the property, or to appropriate it to a third person. (Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 53a-119). Common examples include: shoplifting….

Connecticut divorce residency requirements can be confusing. Even to a judge.  More on that below. In order for a Connecticut Court to grant a divorce, legal separation or annulment one of the following must be true: (1) One of the parties to the marriage must have been a resident of this state for at least…

Alimony tax changes will take effect in 2019 and will have a major impact on alimony payments in Connecticut. For years, the payer of alimony has been able to deduct alimony payments from gross income.  The recipient then reported the support as his or her own taxable income. The alimony deduction rule has allowed an…

Dividing property in Connecticut divorce is a major concern for many spouses. Connecticut is an an “equitable distribution” state.  Equitable in this context means what is fair.  It does not necessarily mean equal.  In some cases the property is divided equally but in other cases there is a different distribution.  The analysis is fact dependent….

A motorcycle accident that killed the victim’s fiancee has settled her case for $13.6 million after dash cam footage showed the other driver, who was operating a garbage truck, was not paying attention. The victim was a passenger on a motorcycle when it collided in July 2016 with a garbage truck operated by a man…

A dog bite victim from Pawcatuck, who was bitten repeatedly by a yellow Labrador retriever and suffered injuries to his right forearm and right upper thigh settled his lawsuit for $320,000. The victim was attacked by the 2-year-old dog after he went to a neighbor’s house to pick up his young son from a play…

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