It’s common for first-time homebuyers to make mistakes. However, with the real estate market so competitive right now, you can’t afford to learn on the job. If you’re interested in buying a home in the future, you should start preparing today. Keep your credit score high Your credit score will be extremely important at all steps in the home buying process. Even if you … [Read more...] about Legal News You Can Use: Tips for First-Time Homebuyers
Because housing has become so expensive, making your first home purchase an investment home may be a good idea. Continue reading for an overview of the pros and cons to help you make your decision. Pro: Leverage to buy the home you want Many people who are looking to buy their first home usually can’t afford the one they truly want. Rather than put down a lot of money … [Read more...] about Legal New You Can Use: Should an Investment Home be Your First Home in CT?
When a person provides alcoholic beverages to guests in his or her home, that person may face legal consequences for an intoxicated guest’s actions. Specifically, if an intoxicated guest causes an injury to him or herself or to another person in a car accident, the social host who served the guest alcohol could be held responsible. Social host liability Social host … [Read more...] about Legal News You Can Use: Liability of Social Hosts, Dram Shops in Connecticut
When a couple is going through a divorce, they often know that they will need to divide their property and there may be decisions to make regarding child custody. However, they may not be aware of the requirements of a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) and its role in the divorce. Retirement plan benefits A QDRO is a domestic relations order that creates or … [Read more...] about Legal News You Can Use: Basic Information About QDROs
Even though someone else’s reckless or negligent behavior may have caused you to suffer a car accident, there is no guarantee that you will receive the compensation you need to cover the costs of your injuries. A car accident involving medical injuries can cost thousands of dollars, so how can you be sure you are doing what is necessary to secure the best possible … [Read more...] about Legal News You Can Use: What To Do After a Car Accident
The January death of a Connecticut construction worker exemplifies the risks, hazards and dangers faced by people employed within this industry. Serious and fatal injuries are not uncommon among construction workers. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 5,333 U.S. workers who died on the job in 2019, nearly 20 percent of the deaths – 1,061 – … [Read more...] about Legal News You Can Use: Construction Worker’s Death Illustrates Dangers Within Industry
Happy New Year! Welcome 2021! As Connecticut employers bid farewell to the year of “unprecedented times,” not so fast, I say. This New Year ushers in a significant change in employment law for Connecticut employers of all sizes. Connecticut has joined a handful of other states in creating a Paid Family and Medical Leave Act (PFMLA) that drastically changes the landscape … [Read more...] about Legal News You Can Use: Understanding CT’s New Paid Family & Medical Leave Act
Experienced motorcyclists possess a high level of skill that helps keep them safe during each trip. Yet no matter how skilled a rider may be, there is also some element of luck that helps motorcyclists avoid a negligent driver when they are riding on Connecticut’s highways. When luck is no longer on your side, wearing a helmet may help prevent serious injuries or … [Read more...] about Legal News You Can Use: Why CT Motorcyclists Should Never Pass on a Helmet
When Connecticut Family Courts hand down a final order, that order becomes law. If you do not agree with the ruling, you cannot choose to ignore it. Instead, you must go through the courts to request a change. Your ex must do the same. Failure to abide by court orders may result in a contempt of court motion. There are several reasons why parents file contempt of … [Read more...] about Legal News You Can Use: Filing a Motion for Contempt: What Do You Need to Know?
When a couple with minor children gets divorced, they face areas of adversity that childless divorcees or those with children, who are of legal age, will never know. Co-parenting may become the new reality for parents after divorce. The couples that make it work are willing to make some minor concessions, create a plan that works for the children, and stick to … [Read more...] about Legal News You Can Use: What to Do, What to Avoid When Creating a Co-parenting Plan
Congress has enacted legislation that modifies a number of provisions in the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that was implemented as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act and its response to COVID-19. The new legislation gives business owners more time and more flexibility in using loan proceeds received through the PPP, and modifies … [Read more...] about Legal News You Can Use: US Senate, House of Representatives Pass Modifications to PPP
If you and your spouse are pursuing an amicable divorce, going through litigation may not make sense. No matter what your feelings are toward each other, you may both be clear communicators and able to work together. If you have children, you may want to avoid a contentious process to protect them, too. In these cases, mediation may be your solution. Yet, it’s … [Read more...] about Legal News You Can Use: Does Mediation Make Sense for Your Divorce?
From New London to Los Angeles and beyond, the world has shut down to contain and fight the COVID-19 virus. The global lockdown has upended life for billions who now find themselves isolated in their homes. While the isolation of self-quarantine and the anxiety of worrying about the illness that could lead to death is an alien experience for most people, it is for … [Read more...] about Legal News You Can Use: Work, Disability and SSD in the Age of COVID-19
If you suffer an injury on the job in Connecticut, the law protects you when you file a workers’ compensation claim. However, some employers may try to find ways around these anti-discriminatory laws. Your employer is not going to tell you they are terminating you because you filed a workers’ compensation claim. Most employers know it is illegal. Instead, an … [Read more...] about Legal News You Can Use: I Filed For Workers’ Comp: Can I Get Fired?
While the overall divorce rate has declined steadily over the past few decades, the number of couples over age 50 who decide to end their marriages keeps climbing. So-called 'gray divorces' have quadrupled since 1990, according to multiple studies. Divorce can be an emotional and devastating experience for anyone, and it can be especially challenging for couples who have … [Read more...] about Legal News You Can Use: Why are ‘Gray Divorces’ on the Rise?