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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

Is There A Waiting Period Before I Can Get Divorced in Connecticut?

Currently, under Section 46b-67 of Chapter 815j of the Connecticut General Statutes, you are required to wait a minimum of 90 days from the "Return Date" (the official start date of your case).  All deadlines and statutory periods are measured from the "Return Date," but is important to keep in mind that after your attorney completes your Summons, Complaint, and Notice of Automatic Orders, time is needed prior to the Read More

$5,000 Reward Offered In Shooting Of Bald Eagle In Rocky Hill

Even though a month has passed since someone shot a bald eagle and left it for dead in Rocky Hill, State of CT DEEP Conservation Police and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are still working the case hard, canvassing area businesses in the hopes that someone will come forth with information. Attorneys Meghan Freed and Kristen Marcroft spoke with Conservation Police Officer Edward Yescott today about the ongoing Read More

Recent and Proposed Changes to Procedure in Connecticut Divorce and Family Matters

What should I expect when I go to court for my divorce? Many of Freed Marcroft's family law clients -- whether we represent one party in a dissolution or custody dispute, or serve as a couple's divorce mediator -- are understandably interested in knowing what to expect when they go to family court. Two recent changes and two proposed changes may significantly impact a client's experience with the Connecticut Read More

Special Needs Trusts Are Not Only For Wealthy Families

We were recently invited to attend the Connecticut Department of Development Services Resource Fair Family Forum Open House at the Channel 3 Kids Camp. The goal of the open house was to help families secure resources related to developmental disabilities, and we were there to discuss supplemental (special) needs trusts. It was wonderful to speak with families, and hear what questions are often on their minds. One Read More

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