Will of Fortune: the Connecticut Legal Battle Involving an Internet Will Signed at Foxwoods

With a plot line straight out of a soap opera or a Lifetime movie, the recent Connecticut case involving Dennis Dix’s will and the subsequent battle between his wife and children highlights some interesting points in Connecticut law, and is a lesson in "why it is better to hire a lawyer to handle your will than to try to do it on your own." Dix v. Dix et al involves a will downloaded from the “Willmaker 6” Read More

Divorce Service Via Facebook in New York — is Connecticut Next?

Articles are flying around the internet about New York Justice Matthew Cooper's decision that Facebook is an acceptable alternative method for Ellanora Arthus Baidoo to serve her husband. According to court documents, Ms. Baidoo's husband "has no fixed address and no place of employment."  More, "[h]e has also refused to make himself available to be served with divorce papers" and the "post office has no Read More

What Does Grey’s Anatomy Have To Do With Organ Donation Law?

Oh, Grey's Anatomy.  We are regular watchers, and it is surprising, especially given the series' 10 year run, that this is the first time it has inspired a law blog post. This week's episode, "When I Grow Up," continued the series' final season tear-jerker trend and framed a legal issue related to organ donation that we couldn't ignore. In the episode, three police officers were badly injured in a bank robbery. Read More

How is Divorce Mediation Different from Traditional Divorce Litigation?

The courts of this country should not be the places where resolution of disputes begins. They should be the places where the disputes end after alternative methods of resolving disputes have been considered and tried. —Sandra Day O’Connor More often than not, our mediation clients tell us that they can't believe more separating spouses don't choose to mediate their divorces.  Their most popular theory -- one Read More

Nashville, and the Tale of the Invalid Will

One of our guilty pleasures is ABC’s soapy drama Nashville, which follows the trials and tribulations of the country music industry. On the recent episode "I'm Lost Between Right or Wrong", singer Deacon Clayborne, thanks to a recent (and secret) cancer diagnosis, is grappling with his mortality and his relationships with his ex-lover, their love child, his selfish sister, and his long-suffering niece. In a moment of Read More

Estate Planning and Financial Loose Ends After Divorce

Following the emotional and financial turmoil of a divorce, people are understandably focused on their own well-being, helping their children through the transition, and moving on to the next chapter of their lives. This can lead to their forgetting to consider the impact a divorce has on their estate plans – such as wills, beneficiary designations, powers of attorney, and advanced healthcare directives (living Read More

Cohabitation After Divorce: Living with a New Partner Can Impact Alimony

Many people are aware that a remarriage can end a former spouse's alimony, but not everyone realizes that cohabiting after a divorce can also affect alimony. This is a particularly important issue given how many couples are choosing to live together rather than marry.  The percentage of married households in the United States has fallen to a historic low; census data cited in a 2014 study by the Pew Research Center Read More

How Is the NFL a Non-Profit? And Why Aren’t the NHL, MLB, and NBA?

Not to rain on the parade of the many New Englanders celebrating the Patriots' Super Bowl win, but you do have to wonder whether it's right that the National Football League holds not-for-profit status. Here at Freed Marcroft, we are honored to guide charitable organizations through the legal aspects of acquiring not-profit status, most frequently under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.  Among our Read More

What Do Boardwalk Empire and Reese Witherspoon Have to Do with Whether I Have to Go to Court to Finalize My Connecticut Divorce?

Two years ago, inspired by an episode of Boardwalk Empire, I wrote a post about how there is no (and never has been any) such thing as federal divorce. In the same episode, Nelson Van Alden received a divorce petition in the mail, accompanied by a note from his wife which read: "Please attend to this as soon as your activities allow." Boardwalk Empire is one example of the many television shows and Read More

In Observation of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: King in Connecticut and Significant Connecticut Civil Rights Cases

As a young man, Martin Luther King Jr. was struck by the absence of overt segregation in Connecticut.  In summers of 1944 and 1947, as a high school and college student, King worked at a Simsbury tobacco farm. In letters home to his mother and father, King wrote “Yesterday we didn't work so we went to Hartford. We really had a nice time there. I never thought that a person of my race could eat anywhere, but we ate Read More