Challenging the decision of a lower court is a complex process. It begins with an examination of the record, which is followed by issue identification, research, brief writing and, ultimately, oral argument before the Court. With nearly fifty years of combined experience handling appeals in both civil and criminal cases, our attorneys have familiarity with the specialized procedures involved in the appellate process.
Land records in New England date back hundreds of years. As a result, the ownership history of a piece of land can get complex. So much is at stake when buying or selling a home; it is often the largest single purchase you will ever make. We are here to make the process as smooth as possible.
If you are buying a property we will serve as advisors and advocates on your behalf and assist you by reviewing the contract, coordinating the closing with your lender, reviewing the title search, preparing your title insurance policy and managing any unforeseen issues. We take the time to explain the process and ensure that you understand the transaction. We ensure that documents are recorded and delivered to the appropriate parties, ensuring clean title.
If you are selling a property, we will serve as advisors and advocates on your behalf and assist you by completing mortgage payoffs, preparing deeds, delivering clear title, attending the closing, and managing any unforeseen issues. The legal landscape in real estate is changing every day. We make it our business to keep abreast of these changes. Our firm has attorneys admitted in both Connecticut and Rhode Island and we are happy to close at your local real estate office if Mystic is inconvenient.
Our firm is perhaps the largest criminal defense firm in Southeastern Connecticut. All attorneys at the firm practice criminal law. We defend against everything from DUI/DWI, motor vehicle, and misdemeanors to class A felonies carrying the potential for life imprisonment. We also handle post-conviction matters including criminal appeals and habeas corpus actions. For more information on our criminal practice please click here.
The circumstances that bring about civil litigation are inherently difficult. We support you through the process by serving as your advocate and advisor while always keeping your goals of representation in mind. Whether you have experienced a personal injury, are involved in a business dispute, a contract dispute, are the subject of defamatory statements, or any other situation where civil litigation comes into play, we will assist and support you.
Equine law is an obscure practice area that encompasses any legal matter that involves horses. These matters can include areas of the law such as contracts, property, real property, civil litigation, business formations, debt collection, bailment, real estate, land use, intellectual property, etc. An attorney with a working knowledge of horses and the horse business understands the subtle considerations involved in equine legal issues. As a result, the horse savvy attorney is able to anticipate and foresee points of critical importance that may be lost on an attorney without such knowledge.
When might you need an attorney who knows horses? Examples include, but are not limited to: purchases, sales, leases, instruction, training, breeding, forming a horse-related business, operating a boarding stable, boarding a horse with special needs, leasing your facility, hosting shows at your facility, collecting debts, trailering. Attorney Brodeur spent more than 20 years riding and showing horses and much of the past fifteen years practicing equine law; she has given presentations on equine law and has even attended the National Conference on Equine Law in Lexington, Kentucky. She believes strongly that the mantra of the equestrian world should be “everything in writing.”
Estate Planning, Probate & Conservatorships
Estate planning is a task often delayed until someone close to you experiences unexpected loss or illness. No one wants to face their own mortality, yet it is one of the few certainties in life. It has taken your lifetime to accumulate your assets; estate planning allows you to protect those you love and ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes.
Estate planning should plan for not only the inevitable, but also for the unanticipated. You may plan to protect minor children and other dependents, as well as yourself and loved ones, if you were to become incapacitated. This is accomplished through the creation of wills, trusts, living wills or healthcare directives, powers of attorney, creating or updating beneficiaries on plans such as life insurance, IRAs and 401(k)s, developing investment strategies to reduce the taxable estate, naming guardians for living dependents and an executor to oversee your estate.