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Haven for Health Care Professionals- Doctors, Nurses, Psychologists

HAVEN, Health Assistance Intervention Education Network, was set up in 2007 under P.A. 07-103, Section 19a-12b, C.G.S. to provide a confidential alternative for licensed health care professionals, such as doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, who are confronted with issues involving health and well-being, which may call into questions their ability to practice with reasonable skill and safety. Haven is there to support such licensed individuals experiencing health related issues, such as drug or alcohol addiction or certain mental health issues such as clinical depression, PTSD or severe anxiety.

Testator's Selection of Executor

Complaints about the appointment of a proposed executor or successor in a WILL are not uncommon. Concerns of interested parties may range from competency to conflicts of interest. Relatives may be concerned about impartiality, personal animus, or ability. A creditor may be concerned about a potential conflict of interest which may jeopardize the payment of a claim.

Single Limits, Split Limits, Conversion, Non-Conversion--What in the world does it all mean on your automobile policy of insurance?

Unfortunately, most vehicle owners buy auto-insurance without knowing the material terms contained in their policy. I hear it every day. They know it is required by the State, and they purchase it-usually under time constraints-without consideration of the numerous options at their disposal to customize said coverage. Given the thousands of dollars that individuals and families spend, that is rather surprising. Given the potential exposure you may face, or money you may lose out on during a difficult time, that is rather incredible. If you are unable to recite your coverage and understand what it means without looking, then this is your wake-up call.

Estate Planning, Elder Law and Medicaid/Title 19 During COVID

As the COVID pandemic reaches the six-month mark, the BPSLawyers Estate Planning and Elder Law Department continues to be busy serving clients, existing and new, through a variety of methods. As an essential business under the Governor's executive orders we have stayed open during the crisis. We are utilizing phone conferencing, various video conferencing tools, and socially distanced in person conferences to serve the needs of clients in virtually any situation. Using these tools and following the Governor's guidelines authorizing remote document execution, including remote witnessing, notarization and recording where needed, we have been able to conference with clients, discuss their goals and needs, explain options and recommendations, and proceed to preparation and execution of appropriate documents to prepare clients for whatever situation they may face or be concerned about. Even clients confined as residents of nursing facilities, assisted living, or hospital settings, with strict prohibitions against in person visitations, have been able to effectively conference with our attorneys, and to make and execute plans necessary to carry out their wishes. It has been possible to accomplish clients' legal objectives without physical meetings or in the privacy of a client's own home. Often this may involve review of existing plans in need of modification to reflect changes in family situations, asset ownership or client goals as time has passed.

Connecticut Domestic Asset Protection Trusts (DAPT)

For many years, Connecticut residents that desired to establish trusts to protect their assets from creditors had to utilize the jurisdictions of Alaska, Delaware and others. These jurisdictions typically required a certain amount of assets to be kept in that State, and for at least one of the trustees to be located there as well. This typically added significant expense to establishing and administering a domestic asset protection trust. This all changed as of January 1, 2020, because Connecticut now permits the establishment of self-settled domestic asset protection trusts (DAPTs). Simply put, Connecticut now permits individuals to establish a trust that protects the individual's assets from their creditors, and still benefit from the assets.

When DCF Comes Knocking: Tips for Handling a DCF Investigation

It can be a scary time when an investigator from the Department of Children and Families shows up at your home unannounced. Many times, this situation comes as a complete surprise, and parents are unaware of how best to proceed. Here are a few tips for handling an investigation by DCF.

Probate Avoidance

The term probate avoidance can have different meanings in different scenarios. The most common might be the idea of avoiding the need to open an estate after death. Another meaning would include avoiding the need for probate court involvement during lifetime.

Gov. Lamont's Recreational Marijuana Bill: How Does it Protect CT Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs?

Governor Lamont's recently proposed bill seeks to legalize recreational sale and use of cannabis by adults, among other things. The 108-page bill was referred to the CT legislature's judiciary committee on February 6, 2020. As it currently stands, the recreational cannabis legalization provisions in the bill become effective July 1, 2022. The delay is intended, in part, to allow time for a soon to be formed "Cannabis Equity Commission" to make recommendations to the state legislature and the Department of Consumer Protection regarding the bill and regulations that must follow.

THE RIGHT LAWYERS CAN HELP COUPLES DIVORCE PEACEFULLY

The family lawyers at Brown, Paindiris & Scott offer Collaborative divorces as an alternative to hostile and dysfunctional processes typically experienced through court system divorces.

A Collaborative divorce avoids the one-size-fits-all and often devastating consequences of a court battle by bringing couples to the table with attorneys, mental health professionals, child specialists, and financial experts.

5 Considerations If Your Marriage Is Over

As the economy slowly begins to reopen and the quarantine eases, many couples counselors and family attorneys are anticipating a rise in the number of divorces. The outbreak of COVID-19 has forced families to shelter at home, causing many couples to realize that they cannot continue in their present relationship. People are reflecting on their lives and relationships and making changes. (For options on separating see Attorney Ron Scott's blog regarding divorce processes.) Even though Connecticut courts are operating only on a limited basis, here are five considerations for those contemplating divorce now or in the future: 

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