$75,000 For What?

Today’s edition of legislators legislating in an election year: $75,000.00 of your tax dollars for a Hartford West Indian Independence Day Celebration. Representative Kirkley-Bey has proposed a bill that would allocate $75,000.00 of your money to support the celebration of Hartford’s West Indian Independence Day Celebration. In doing some research for this entry, I found something that I … Read more

Legislature Considering Income Tax Deduction for Funeral Expenses

In case you needed another reason to pre-plan your funeral, the Legislature just may give you one. The Legislature is considering a bill that would allow individuals who earn less than $150,000.00 per year, and who pay state income tax a personal income tax deduction for funeral expenses not to exceed $5,000.00.

Connecticut Ticket Reselling Legislation

It’s an election year and our legislature is hard at work legislating. This week at www.aconnecticutlawblog.com , I’ll be taking a look at pending legislation in Connecticut. Each day, I’ll tackle a different bill. Today’s edition of legislators legislating in an election year is: ticket reselling. Raised Bill No. 5771 is offensively titled: “An Act Concerning … Read more

Sunday Real Estate Contracts in Connecticut

Did you ever worry that if you entered into a real estate contract on a Sunday that it would be invalid? I haven’t and it turns out with good reason because Connecticut has a statute that says real estate contracts and leases entered into on Sundays are valid: No provision of section 53-302a shall be … Read more

Adverse Possession: The Pictures That Prove

In case you needed it, I have yet another reason to keep those old pictures of family picnics: adverse possession. Most broadly defined, adverse possession, is a method of acquiring title to real property without compensation by possession for a statutory period of time under certain conditions. Black’s Law Dictionary. In Connecticut, to acquire title … Read more

Avoiding a Conservatorship in Connecticut

Rick Green wrote this article about how ugly a conservatorship proceeding can turn in Connecticut. I’ve represented people who have been involved in very difficult conservatorship proceedings that end up being a drain on not only their finances but their dignity. Contested conservatorship proceedings are often harder fought than Hillary v. Obama. They’re ugly for all … Read more

Connecticut Probate Courts Lack Security

Last weekend, the Hartford Courant ran another editorial arguing for probate court consolidation. Lost in all of the politics of the situation is the glaring fact that Connecticut Probate Courts lack security. One of the issues that the Courant never seems to address in making the argument for consolidation is the lack of security in probate … Read more

The Right To Dry: Connnecticut, Clotheslines, Apartments and Condos

  Bill Leukhardt of the Hartford Courant wrote this interesting article on a bill before the legislature that would give tenants and residents of condominiums and apartment buildings “the right to dry” their clothes using solar power.   Here is a link to the bill itself. The  “right to dry” bill would allow landlords and condominium associations the right … Read more

When Cats Attack

  So often it’s the dogs that get all of the bad press. Here at aconnecticutlawblog, make no bones about it – I’m a dog person. In the interest of equal time, I’ve decided to write about cat bite  law. Today, the Connecticut Supreme Court released an opinion holding that when a cat has a propensity to attack … Read more