Supplemental Needs Trusts for Special Family Members

One major concern for families who have a family member with special needs is what happens to that person when his or her primary caregiver or advocate, often a parent or family member, passes away or is unable to continue as the primary caregiver. Proper estate planning can assist the family in ensuring the continued well-being of their family member, including providing continuity of services and maintaining Read More

Training, Tax Credits and Loans for Connecticut Small Businesses

The Connecticut Department of Labor has announced that it is holding three Step Up Employers Conferences, all free of charge, to provide information to Connecticut employers interested in learning more about subsidized training and employment, low-interest financing, tax incentives, tax credits, and related programs. The conferences are June 19, 24 and 26 in different locations around the state. We assist small Read More

Removal Proceedings Can Be Reopened In Same-Sex Marriage Cases

Immigrants with a removal order are now eligible for relief based on their same-sex marriage to a U.S. citizen. At the April 10, 2014 American Immigration Lawyer's Association/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) liaison meeting, ICE's Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) announced that it will agree to join Motions to Reopen where the respondent (the foreign national) entered into a lawful, bona fide, Read More

Divorce and Marriage-Based Green Cards

What happens when two of Freed Marcroft's practice areas, family law and immigration, intersect? We assist binational couple clients in obtaining permanent residence status (commonly referred to as "green cards") based on their marriage to a United States citizen (or green card holder). But what if that marriage breaks down? Divorce is an upsetting time for any anyone who has to go through it. Life can become Read More

Pet Trusts in Husky Country

Our pup, Daphne, is a fixture in Freed Marcroft's office and has so many opinions of her own that she is even on Twitter at @thatlawyerdog. As a dog lover myself, I understand why one of our trust and estate clients' common concerns is what will happen if they predecease their pets. Happily, in 2009, Connecticut enacted its "pet trust" law.  It is entitled "Trust to provide for care of animal," and is located Read More

Connecticut Jurisdiction Over Divorce for Non-Residents

Meghan's recent posts about cases pending in Texas and Mississippi address the difficulty people in same sex marriages can have locating a court who will grant them a divorce if their marriage doesn't work.  I thought it made sense to explore further whether Connecticut can grant divorces to same sex couples who married here, but who reside elsewhere. Connecticut law, as with the laws in many marriage equality Read More

150 Years of Thanksgiving, Thanks to Lincoln

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. -- Abraham Lincoln With those words, within a month of delivering the Gettysburg Address, 150 years ago President Abraham Lincoln (in a proclamation actually penned by Secretary of State William Seward, of "Seward's Folly" fame) declared that the fourth Thursday of every November would be considered Read More

Kristen Marcroft to Participate in Connecticut Bar Association Symposium

Kristen Marcroft will be a panelist in a symposium the Connecticut Bar Association Young Lawyers Section is presenting tomorrow, November 22 in conjunction with the University of Connecticut School of Law's Lambda Law Society. Attendees of Supreme Change: The Legal Landscape After Windsor will learn about the legal strategy that ultimately led the United States Supreme Court to reject as unconstitutional the Read More

Happy Anniversary, Connecticut!

Five years ago today, same sex couples began marrying in Connecticut. News coverage and photos from that day are available on GLAD's website. When the Connecticut marriage equality decision -- Elizabeth Kerrigan et al v. Commissioner of Public Health et al -- was released, we could not have predicted the massive strides marriage advocates would make in five short years. It was only nine years ago, on November 2, Read More

When a Marriage Fails, Same Sex Legally Married Couples Might Not Be Able to Divorce

One of the rights we associate with marriage, is, when a marriage fails, the right to end that marriage. At the same time that Illinois is on the brink of becoming the fifteenth state to allow gay couples to legally wed, two Texas same sex couples are trying to find a court to grant them a divorce. One of the significant problems a couple faces when they are married to someone of the same sex is that their marriage Read More