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Milford Will Lawyer Offers Essential Estate Planning Considerations for Parents

November 30, 2017 | By: Steven L. Rubin
Being a responsible parent is usually associated with bedtime stories for toddlers, homework reminders for grade schoolers, and trying to decide whether or not your teenager is responsible enough to drive to school on his or her own. Creating an estate plan for those children is not something we usually associate with responsible parenting, but... Read More

Stratford Special Needs Lawyer: What Benefits Are Available for Children with Special Needs?

November 24, 2017 | By: Franklin A. Drazen
Children with special needs, or Children with Special Health Care Needs as defined by the Social Security Act, are eligible to receive a number of government benefits to pay for the aid, care, and services that are available to them. There are many ways a child can qualify as a Child with Special Health Care... Read More

Trumbull Estate Planning Lawyer: Pet Trusts…They’re Not Just for the Rich and Famous

November 15, 2017 | By: Franklin A. Drazen
Not too long ago, a person who decided to leave an inheritance behind for their pet might be considered eccentric, to say the least. Take, for example, the case of Leona Helmsley: when she died in 2007, she left her dog, Trouble, an inheritance worth $12 million. While there may have been other factors weighing... Read More

New Haven Elder Law Lawyer: 5 Red Flags of Financial Abuse

October 26, 2017 | By: Franklin A. Drazen
The elderly are too often targets of unscrupulous individuals who may try to take an unsuspecting senior’s money. Seniors are especially vulnerable as they become less cognitively able and thus more dependent on other adults. Unfortunately, elder financial abuse is common in Connecticut. Here are some red flags to watch out for with your elderly... Read More

Trumbull Special Needs Lawyer: Special Needs Planning for Divorced Families

October 19, 2017 | By: Franklin A. Drazen
When it comes to creating a special needs plan for a loved one with disabilities, it’s the hope that all family members are in agreement and ideally on the same page. But, even if everyone is working together, there can be issues when the parents are divorced. Often, there are separate estates, separate finances, and... Read More

Stratford Will Lawyer: A Life Estate Can Prevent Your New Spouse and Adult Kids from Fighting Over Your House When You’re Gone

October 13, 2017 | By: Franklin A. Drazen
A common concern for those who have remarried is that they still want to leave the bulk of their estate to their adult children without abandoning their current spouse. The solution? Create a life estate. A life estate is a tenancy that allows a person to use a property for the rest of their natural... Read More

Milford Probate Lawyer: Can Beneficiaries Demand a Formal Accounting of an Estate?

October 06, 2017 | By: Franklin A. Drazen
An estate administrator has a duty to manage the estate and do so in the best interest of the beneficiaries. However, not every administrator acts in good faith, and even when they do, disputes and discrepancies can make a beneficiary want to know exactly where the assets are and where they’re going.  What duty does... Read More

What Happens if I Don’t Have a Will? An Introduction to Connecticut Intestacy Law

September 28, 2017 | By: Franklin A. Drazen
Dying intestate, or without a will, is very common. If you die without a will, your property will go through probate and is then distributed according to Connecticut’s intestacy laws. Intestacy laws govern intestate property. They go into effect unless there is a valid will to testify to the deceased’s wishes or an established estate... Read More

Trumbull Probate Lawyer: The Person Who Provides for You Suddenly Dies. What Happens to You?

September 22, 2017 | By: Franklin A. Drazen
When the primary breadwinner dies, his or her surviving spouse, domestic partner and minor children can find themselves without the necessary resources to maintain their current lifestyle. If you find yourself in this position, you do have options. Under Connecticut laws, you have entitlements in regard to a place to live, use of personal property,... Read More

Preliminary Do’s and Don’ts for Special Needs Planning in New Haven

September 14, 2017 | By: Franklin A. Drazen
Special needs planning in Connecticut can be daunting if you’re just starting. However, a New Haven special needs lawyer can save you the headache of planning and the worry over whether your plan will be executed properly. If you’re new to special needs planning and aren’t sure where to start, check out these do’s and... Read More