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Enforcing Judgments for Money Damages

After a civil lawsuit has been won in court, the process of collecting an award of money damages is not yet over. Sometimes the losing party in a lawsuit will pay the award right away, but often, collecting an award … Continue reading

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Collecting Unpaid Contractual Debts in Small Claims Court

Almost every small business will encounter customers who are overdue on or are avoiding paying their bills. Failure to pay bills is a breach of contract on the part of the non-paying customer, and Connecticut courts provide a means to … Continue reading

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Conservatorships

When a person becomes incapacitated and requires help with managing his own affairs, appointing a conservator becomes necessary.  Conservatorship is a legal mechanism by which the probate court appoints a substitute decision-maker for an individual who is determined to be … Continue reading

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A Workplace Nightmare: Who Decides?

by Polina Bodner Shapiro, Esq. The summer is winding to a close and with it, the relaxation of vacation and time-off spent with family and friends. People are gradually returning to the normal rhythms of their work places, as well … Continue reading

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Steering Clear of Liability

by Polina Bodner Shapiro, Esq. In tort law, a defendant can only be held liable for injuring a plaintiff if the defendant’s negligence caused the plaintiff’s injuries.  There must be a direct link between the negligent behavior and the injury … Continue reading

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Recent Developments in Massachusetts Divorce Law – Alimony

Alimony is the legal obligation to provide financial support to one’s spouse after a divorce. Alimony restrictions depend on the state of residence, with some states allowing lifetime support and others terminating payments after the recipient becomes self-supporting.  Importantly, in … Continue reading

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The Importance of Prenuptial Agreements in Connecticut

By Polina Bodner Shapiro, Esq. Until recently, agreements made prior to a marriage regarding the dissolution of the marriage were disfavored in the United States and Connecticut. That changed in 1980 with the ruling of the Connecticut Supreme Court case of … Continue reading

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Adding a Loved One to Your Deed

One might think that adding a loved one’s name to their deed is a good idea.  Whether it is an elderly parent adding an adult child in an attempt to simplify the probate process or a couple in a new … Continue reading

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DAMAGES IN PERSONAL INJURY CASES

In a personal injury lawsuit, an injured party (plaintiff) is entitled to recover all the damages caused by the negligent act, provided that the plaintiff establishes, by preponderance of evidence, a causal relation between the injury and the physical condition, … Continue reading

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CHILD CUSTODY IN CONNECTICUT

Is there an age at which a child, who is the subject of a dispute, can choose the parent or other party that he/she prefers to have custody? SUMMARY A child’s preference is never the only criterion for making a … Continue reading

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