Getting divorced? Don’t forget about your will.

If you and your spouse created a will before you were divorced, the Connecticut General Statues states that in most cases any provision in the will for the benefit of your former spouse is ineffective.

Here’s a great general article from The Balance about divorce as it pertains to wills and estate planning “Revising Your Estate Plan After Divorce.”

While website information like this is helpful, it’s important — especially during critical phases like divorce — to have expert legal counsel.

Contact The Law Office of David C. Minicozzi 203-483-7069 or 203-804-0841 to schedule a consultation today.

(“Will Your Last Will and Testament Work in All States? by Julie Garber, October 31, 2019 on The Balance website, www.thebalance.com.)

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.

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.

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