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Poorly Done Estate Settlement Can Create Real Estate Title Problems

When a family member dies, there are many legal and financial things that need to be taken care of.  That process is commonly called “estate settlement.”  It is also called Probate.  There are costs involved with the estate settlement process.… Read More
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Can you keep your estate plan totally private and should you want to?

Many families are hesitant to discuss financial affairs together.  Parents do not necessarily want their children to know how much or exactly what they have.  Some do not want their loved ones to know exactly how they plan to dispose of their asset… Read More
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Pay Attention to Your Estate Plan: Chris Rock’s Expired Prenuptial Agreement

While most marriages are entered into with a great deal of bliss and optimism, nonetheless many of those marriages end in divorce.  From an estate planning perspective, it always prudent for a marrying couple to enter into a prenuptial agreement tha… Read More
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A Good Estate Plan Needs More than a Will

When it comes to estate planning, everybody wants a Will.  Many people believe that good estate planning begins and ends with having a Will and they think once they have a Will, all their estate planning problems have been solved.  But unfortunatel… Read More
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Changes to Connecticut Probate Fees

Prior to the start of the State of Connecticut’s current fiscal year that began on July 1, the State’s General Assembly made some important changes to how the state’s Probate Courts are funded.  The new budget reduces state funding for the Pro… Read More
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Can you change your Will on your own? Should you?

Since the purpose of a Will is to document your wishes for who should be the executor and who should receive your solely-owned assets after you die, it should be a fairly straightforward matter to change that document if you later change your mind, r… Read More
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Impact of Supreme Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriage: Part 2 of 2

Last time we gave a brief description of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that recognized same-sex marriage as a constitutional right.  Same sex marriage is now a right nationwide.  Now that same-sex couples have the op… Read More
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Do You Know How the New Connecticut Law Affects Your Power of Attorney?

Do You Know How the New Connecticut Law Affects Your Power of Attorney? The legislature of the State of Connecticut, after years of debate, has adopted comprehensive new laws concerning powers of attorney for financial matters.  Overall, the new la… Read More
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