How to Hire an Attorney for Your Small Business

Have you come to this website wondering how to hire an attorney for your small business? Or maybe you want to refer the Law Office of David Minicozzi to an associate, but don’t know how to explain what they should look for in an attorney.

In the comprehensive article “How to Hire an Attorney” in Entrepreneur magazine, author and syndicated columnist Cliff Ennico offers up some good advice about finding, interviewing and hiring the best attorney for your small business needs, including:

• The best time to hire an attorney
• What size firm you need
• Types of Attorneys
• What to ask when interviewing attorneys
• Questions to ask before hiring an attorney
• Where to start looking

Click here to read the full article now, then call The Law Office of David C. Minicozzi 203-483-7069 or 203-804-0841 to schedule a consultation today.

Branford Observes Endangered Species Day

In May, Branford Selectman James Cosgrove and the Town of Branford formally recognized the 13th annual Endangered Species Day and took action to protect threatened species and preserve biodiversity by planting a Franklin tree (Franklinia alatamaha) on Branford’s Town Green. The Franklyn tree — America’s first rare tree – was discovered in 1765 by legendary botanist and plantsman John Bartram and his son William, and named in honor of their good friend, Ben Franklin. The tree is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, and it’s so rare, that it’s extinct in the wild.

Attorney David Minicozzi, Chairman of the Branford Green Committee, attended the ceremony along with representatives from the Town of Branford, the Community Forest Commission, and Branford’s Inland Wetlands and Natural Resource Commission.

Click here to read the full story.


Photo by Kelley Fryer/The Sound/Zip06.com.

Solve the Home Buying & Selling Puzzle

You’ve decided to buy or sell a home, Congratulations!

The entire process can be rather puzzling.
Let the experts help you put it all together!

Attend this FREE workshop and learn from a panel of dedicated professionals with many years of experience in the home buying and selling process.

Tuesday, October 20th, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cedar Woods, 80 Cedar Street, Branford, 2nd Fl.
Please RSVP to Dawn Carlson 203-214-4493 or DawnCarlsonRealtor@Comcast.net

Create an LLC

YOU SHOULD HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO…Create an LLC

By David C. Minicozzi, Attorney at Law (Branford, CT)

The first decision a small business owner must make is: are they going to run their business in a business-like manner? That includes the process of creating the business. Creating an LLC – Limited Liability Company – can be a wise choice. But creation needs to be done correctly. Connecticut law provides for certain minimal requirements, however, if the LLC is going to borrow money, or if it is audited, the bank and the IRS will look for further documentation you should have obtained at the time of its creation. If you do not have that documentation it will impede or destroy your ability to borrow money. And that IRS audit will be quite miserable. An attorney can assist in avoiding these pitfalls.

In today’s world, an unfortunate trend exists to discount the use of an attorney in certain type of situations. People are told “oh, it’s just a simple transaction,” or “anyone can write that,” or my favorite, “you can save time and money by having a notary or a paralegal do it, or even do it yourself.” Maybe. But by the time you find out a mistake was made it may be too late.

Don’t let that happen to you. Call The Law Office of David C. Minicozzi 203-483-7069 or 203-804-0841 to schedule a consultation today.

YOU SHOULD HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO…Write Your Living Will

By David C. Minicozzi, Attorney at Law (Branford, CT)

A “Living Will” is an advance directive that allows removal from life support if you are found to suffer from a “terminal condition” and to be “permanently unconscious.” Connecticut law discusses at least three types of advance directives in this area. Each one is a bit different from the other two. They are not “one size fits all.” The proper advance directive should depend on whether you want to: simply choose a person to make health care decisions for you, give that person the additional power to make end-of-life decisions, name a Conservator to make health, financial and other decisions if you are incapacitated but not terminal and unconscious, and/or make anatomical gifts. These choices have legal consequences. They should be carefully considered and discussed with an attorney to be sure they fit your circumstances, that the documents are properly written, and that they are properly signed, witnessed and acknowledged. The time to find out you made the wrong choice, or that the documents were improperly drafted, is not when you are in the hospital.

In today’s world, an unfortunate trend exists to discount the use of an attorney in certain type of situations. People are told “oh, it’s just a simple transaction,” or “anyone can write that,” or my favorite, “you can save time and money by having a notary or a paralegal do it, or even do it yourself.” Maybe. But by the time you find out a mistake was made it may be too late.

Don’t let that happen to you. Call The Law Office of David C. Minicozzi 203-483-7069 or 203-804-0841 to schedule a consultation today.

Facing Divorce

By David C. Minicozzi, Attorney at Law (Branford, CT)

Unfortunately, divorce is a common occurrence. According to the American Psychological Association, 40 to 50 percent of married couples in the U.S. will face divorce.

Having spent the past 29 years as an attorney on both sides of divorce proceedings, I can tell you, it is never an easy process. However, there are some things you can do to make sure you don’t make some of the common mistakes.

As Catherine Shananan, co-founder of Divorce U Solutions, explains, “For the most part, the common divorce regrets divorcees end up having are avoidable when given the right information on how to navigate this life-changing process.”

Check out her article “4 Common Divorce Regrets – and How to Avoid Them”, then contact the Law Office of David Minicozzi 203-483-7069 to set up a consultation today.

Is it time to prepare your will and estate planning?

“I have been Attorney Minicozzi’s client for more than 20 years. He is thorough, honest, and always helpful, whether it is a real estate matter or guiding us through the will-probating process. He also has infinite patience when answering our questions, which gives my wife and me great comfort and confidence in him. I will continue to use David; he is the best!” — James F.

 

Let Attorney Minicozzi help you with your Wills & Estate issues: last wills & testaments, living wills, and probate matters. Call the Law Office of David C. Minicozzi 203-483-7069 or 203-804-0841 to schedule a consultation today.

YOU SHOULD HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO…Refinance Your Home

By DAVID C. MINICOZZI, Attorney at Law (Branford, CT)

The trend lately is for banks and mortgage companies to perform “notary only” refinances. Homeowners are told it is convenient and cost-effective. What isn’t discussed is that someone needs to obtain the Release of the old mortgage, file it at the Town Hall, and clear your title. Failure to do so will impair your ability to sell or further refinance your home. You also may not be provided the option to obtain Owner’s Title Insurance. This protects you from future claims against your home due to a faulty title search, boundary disputes and other frightening scenarios. Attorneys are excellent at explaining these issues, facilitating the refinance process, clearing up lingering issues from the original purchase, and answering your questions along the way. A notary will not do this. The attorney will explain the legal significance of the important documents you sign. A notary will not (and by law shall not) explain them because they act only in the capacity of an official witness. Massachusetts has taken steps to mandate an attorney be used in residential refinance transactions. They recognize a refinance is an important transaction that affects your most important possession: your home.

In today’s world, an unfortunate trend exists to discount the use of an attorney in certain type of situations. People are told “oh, it’s just a simple transaction,” or “anyone can write that,” or my favorite, “you can save time and money by having a notary or a paralegal do it, or even do it yourself.” Maybe. But by the time you find out a mistake was made it may be too late.

Don’t let that happen to you. Call The Law Office of David C. Minicozzi 203-483-7069 or 203-804-0841 to schedule a consultation today.

Celebrating 30th Year in Practice

Branford Attorney David Minicozzi has been practicing law since 1988 and began his own practice in 1994. Today, the Law Office of David C. Minicozzi offers assistance with personal injury, real estate, family law, wills and probate, criminal and civil matters.

Attorney Minicozzi received his B.A. in political science from the University of Connecticut, and earned his degree in Law from Western New England University School of Law in Massachusetts. He is a member of the New Haven County Bar Association, and a Certified Divorce Mediator.

Dave is an affiliate sponsor of the New Haven-Middlesex Association of Realtors. He actively supports the community through involvement in the East Haven Chamber of Commerce, the Branford Lions Club, the Branford Green Committee, the Widow’s Son Masonic Lodge #66 A.F. & A.M., and St. John Bosco Parish in Branford. He was twice honored as a Branford Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year, and received the New Haven Lions Club Knight of the Blind Award and the Melvin Jones Award. Dave has been a shoreline resident since 1974 and lives with his wife Joann in Branford.

“From the beginning, my goal has been to provide personal service to each and every client. I strive to be accessible, affordable and efficient in the delivery of quality legal services.”

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