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Jun 06 2022
When I think of many people’s approach to estate planning, I am reminded of an infomercial from the late 1990s. The product being sold was a rotisserie oven, and the enthusiastic pitchman proclaimed that once the chicken was in the oven, you co ... Continue Reading »
May 23 2022
It’s no secret that Americans are spending more and more of their time online with each passing day: shopping, paying bills, sending emails, etc. Social media websites are a huge part of this trend. You find out about local events, parties, and ... Continue Reading »
May 04 2022
Some of your friends are starting to buy their first homes. You’ve got a good, steady job, you’ve been paying rent for a few years, you’ve built up some savings for a down payment, so you’ve decided it’s time to “t ... Continue Reading »
Apr 22 2022
Today we're introducing our new video series, Facts in 5, where we answer your most frequently asked questions in about 5 minutes. Today's topic is about how to structure your assets in order to avoid probate and keep things simple for y ... Continue Reading »
Apr 06 2022
Winters in New England can be rough. Wind, snow, and ice can really take a toll on your property. If you haven’t started your spring cleanup yet, a walk around your yard will probably turn up a slew of branches littering the ground, maybe ... Continue Reading »
Mar 18 2022
A common issue that arises for many when preparing their estate plan is resolving the struggle between equity vs. equality. Are there certain assets that are passing to some beneficiaries but not others? If so, are those beneficiaries receiving more ... Continue Reading »
Mar 04 2022

Why Your Business Needs a Buy-Sell Agreement

By Attorney Anne Blanchard / In Business
There is a lot of planning that goes into starting a business, however, one thing owners may not consider is what happens to the business if you retire, move on, become disabled, or die. Buy-sell agreements help business owners prepare and easily ... Continue Reading »
Feb 23 2022
Most of the cases I have been involved with over the last 30 years involve a “subpoena." The very idea of being subpoenaed makes many people weak in the knees. However, knowing what a subpoena is, what it can and cannot do, and what rights ... Continue Reading »
Feb 07 2022
If you’re like most people, thinking about who you want making medical decisions for you in the event you become incapacitated is not likely very high on your list of things to do. It’s a very difficult thing to contemplate, and even more ... Continue Reading »
Jan 21 2022
Tax season is a great time to examine the contents of your old filing cabinet and desk drawers, reduce the clutter, and shred any documents you no longer need. Many clients ask for guidance on how long you should retain your personal income tax and o ... Continue Reading »
Jan 07 2022

4 Health Tips for a More Effective You in 2022

By Attorney Michael Kopsick / In General
Lawyers often give a wide range of advice to their clients. Not all of that advice is focused on the law. Sometimes the most value a lawyer can add comes when he or she recognizes the need to change patterns and behaviors in order to address a proble ... Continue Reading »
Dec 22 2021
Divorce is often difficult. You’ve separated from a person you once loved and maybe still do. You had to figure out how to divide the assets you owned and the debt you had together. The holidays often bring up fond memories you made during a ma ... Continue Reading »
Dec 16 2021

VLOG: Probate 101

By Attorney Allison Poirier / In Probate
What is probate? What assets need to pass through probate? What tools can be used for avoiding probate? Will your estate have to pay an estate tax? Attorney Allison Poirier answers these questions and more in our Probate 101 video.    ... Continue Reading »
Dec 03 2021
Most of our estate planning clients come to us as husband and wife. The estate plan is typically prepared with each spouse providing for the other on the death of the first spouse, and for the couple's children or other beneficiaries on ... Continue Reading »
Nov 18 2021
In honor of Thanksgiving, we asked KKC staff to share their favorite holiday recipes. We hope you find a new favorite or two.  Appetizers/Drinks Mulled cider Thanksgiving mules Wine-baked olives and garlic cloves Oven-roasted dates an ... Continue Reading »
Oct 29 2021

6 Things You Need to Plan for the Future

By KKC Estate Planning Attorneys / In Estate Planning
It's not pleasant to think about a time when you won't be here anymore. But it's very important to start thinking about this ahead of time so that you can prepare adequately. Many people pass away without a will, which makes things very c ... Continue Reading »
Oct 15 2021
Decades ago, it was common for the elderly to remain in the family home and be cared for by their extended family. Often the elderly owned the family homestead that provided shelter for their children and grandchildren. In exchange, the elderly recei ... Continue Reading »
Oct 01 2021

Appealing Your Property Tax Assessment

By Attorney Dorian Famiglietti / In Real Estate
The National Taxpayers Union estimates that between 30 and 60% of taxable property in the United States is overassessed. And while no one wants to pay more for taxes than they need to, fewer than 5% of homeowners challenge the assessed value of ... Continue Reading »
Sep 17 2021
The number of unmarried partners living together nearly tripled in the past two decades, to 17 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And there’s a growing trend that more of those couples are buying a home together prior to getting marr ... Continue Reading »
Sep 03 2021
In today’s society, nearly everyone has some form of digital presence. From email to Facebook to online banking, a large part of our personal and financial lives are online. These modern conveniences make it easier to manage our ... Continue Reading »
Aug 20 2021
As a business owner, the need for proper estate planning is essential, but in addition, a proper succession plan for your business is just as important. Given the fact that many small to midsized business owners spend a large amount of time and energ ... Continue Reading »
Aug 05 2021
Anyone looking to buy or sell a home these days? If so, you know that homes are selling quickly. As a seller, or a buyer, what should you be thinking about? One of the primary explanations for the recent surge in prices is a lack of inventory, i.e ... Continue Reading »
Jul 23 2021
Many of us have experienced significant life changes over the past year, particularly as the pandemic affected everything from health to employment to schooling. If you have divorce or custody orders that have been substantially impacted by life chan ... Continue Reading »
Jul 09 2021
Cybersecurity breaches and computer crimes against our government and large businesses have made national news headlines for several years. In 2010, cyberattacks were listed for the first time as a top ten threat to global businesses. By 2020, it was ... Continue Reading »
Jul 02 2021
On June 22, 2021, Governor Lamont signed into law a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in the state of Connecticut. This law creates a whole new set of rules for employers, most of which will not go into effect until July 1, 2022. In essence, ... Continue Reading »
Jun 24 2021
On June 7, 2021, Governor Lamont signed a bill requiring employers to disclose salary ranges for positions to both applicants and employees. The law also expands Connecticut’s prohibition on gender-based pay discrimination to now require equal ... Continue Reading »
Jun 11 2021
There are some crazy laws from Connecticut's past that still exist today. Why? Because they were created during a time when society looked very different, and it required unique guidelines to keep the peace. They were never stricken from the rule ... Continue Reading »
May 28 2021

VLOG: Medicaid Rules for Eligibility

By Attorney Allison Poirier / In Elder Law
Attorney Allison Poirier wraps up National Elder Law Month with a video on Medicaid Rules for Eligiblity. Topics covered include: -How much money are you able to keep -How to spend down your assets to become eligible -Tools for preserving your a ... Continue Reading »
May 21 2021
Every year, millions of older Americans lose billions of dollars to scammers. And while millennials are now the most likely age group to fall victim to scams, the 60+ age group is the most frequent target of fraud, and the monetary loss is highest in ... Continue Reading »
May 18 2021
Since May is National Elder Law Month, we have two vlog posts this month that will focus on important aspects of Elder Law: Long-Term Care Planning and Medicaid Eligibilty. Our first entry is Long-Term Care Planning. Check back at the end of the ... Continue Reading »
Apr 30 2021

Do You Really Need a Will?

By Attorney Kevin McCann / In Estate Planning
Joint accounts, rights of survivorship, accounts payable on death, trustee accounts, powers of attorney, designated beneficiaries – with all of the various methods of managing and transferring property and assets, does anyone really need a Will ... Continue Reading »
Apr 19 2021
April is National Distracted Driving Month. Though traffic dropped significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic, our roads actually got more dangerous, and remain more dangerous, while traffic has increased back to pre-pandemic levels. More t ... Continue Reading »
Apr 02 2021
We're changing things up this month with a vlog post! Attorney Allison Poirier sat down pre-pandemic with Community Voice Channel to discuss estate planning, probate, trusts, estate taxes, and more. If you've got questions, they're s ... Continue Reading »
Mar 19 2021

Employee Handbooks: Benefits and Risks

By Attorney Michael Kopsick / In Litigation
It has become a common practice for employers to regularly distribute an "employee handbook” or "employment manual" (hereinafter "handbook”). Handbooks typically summarize compensation plans and insurance coverage; set ... Continue Reading »
Mar 04 2021
At Kahan Kerensky Capossela, LLP (“KKC”), we assist many clients with the process of starting a new business each year, and it's not uncommon for a potential client to call our office and ask if they really need a lawyer to compl ... Continue Reading »
Feb 18 2021
The growing prevalence and value of 401(k) plans and IRAs, and other retirement accounts have become more significant portions of many estates – and they generally are not governed by a will. The distribution of retirement accounts is governed, ... Continue Reading »
Jan 29 2021
There is no denying it. Probate has a bad reputation. Chances are that if you have heard anything about probate, it is that probate is something to be avoided at all costs. And while minimizing interaction with the probate court can be accomplished ( ... Continue Reading »
Dec 29 2020
COVID-19 has changed virtually every aspect of our lives, including access to the court system. Court dockets have ground to a halt, there are no jury trials for the foreseeable future, and your right to confront a witness is often confined to a vide ... Continue Reading »
Dec 11 2020
Making the wrong moves after an accident can affect your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve. Here are 7 things that you should be aware of that can negatively impact your claim:   Refusing to Seek Immediate Medical Attention Th ... Continue Reading »
Dec 01 2020
One of my favorite parts of being a business lawyer is working with clients that are starting new businesses. Over the years, Kahan Kerensky Capossela, LLP has advised and guided hundreds, if not thousands, of clients navigate the process of starting ... Continue Reading »
Nov 13 2020
We often think that celebrities, due to their wealth and fame, are surrounded by attorneys, accountants, and other advisors who prepare detailed plans for the star’s assets. However, this is sometimes not the case. The potential consequences fo ... Continue Reading »
Oct 26 2020
Here’s a sobering statistic: according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1 in 3 Americans will be involved in a drunk driving crash in their lifetime. The fallout from a drunk driving accident can have massive consequences ... Continue Reading »
Oct 05 2020
According to a recent survey published by the Washington Post, there are more than 400 million privately owned guns in the U.S. In another survey performed by the Pew Research Center, it was reported that as of 2017, one in every five women owne ... Continue Reading »
Sep 18 2020
The Coronavirus has changed our behaviors in many ways, including how real estate closings are being conducted. For now, the days of a conference room filled with sellers, buyers, their attorneys and real estate agents, happily consummating a real es ... Continue Reading »
Sep 01 2020

10-Step Yearly Checkup for Your Business

By KKC Business Attorneys / In Business
Just like doctor’s appointments, car maintenance, and furnace servicing, business owners should be conducting a yearly checkup on their business. Here are 10 important things to consider in order to run your business better and make sure you&rs ... Continue Reading »
Aug 11 2020
On July 24, 2020, Connecticut’s Governor Lamont issued Executive Order No. 7JJJ regarding the processing of COVID-19-related workers' compensation cases. The Executive Order creates a rebuttable presumption that an employee who su ... Continue Reading »
Jun 15 2020

Can I Use My Home as a Short-Term Rental?

By Attorney Dorian Reiser Famiglietti / In Land Use & Zoning
With the growing popularity and success of short-term home rental platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO, many property owners may be wondering if they too can list their home for short-term rental. The Connecticut Law Tribune reported that, in 2018, ... Continue Reading »
May 20 2020
No one likes to think about their own mortality. To a large extent, we’d rather believe we are invincible (to some degree) and that debilitating or terminal illnesses are things that only happen to other people.  However, if there’s ... Continue Reading »
Apr 28 2020
With most people currently sheltering in place, now is a great time to reassess your estate plan to make sure it meets your current needs and desires. Major life events, such as the ones listed below, should prompt you to take your estate planning do ... Continue Reading »
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