- $3,000,000 Commercial Real Estate Purchase
recently closed the file on a $3,000,000 purchase of a commercial real estate
property in Connecticut. Our client
expressed his appreciation of our work on this deal and a prior matter:
I am confident that if not for your people skills with _____________
this deal would never have happened. The first time you represented me with the
[prior matter] you got me out of very hot water. And I couldn't be
happier with your (sic) all you did for this deal.
Details are omitted to preserve confidentiality. We're appreciative and grateful that our
client took the time to let us know how we did.
Connecticut Banking Law - Dispute and Settlement with a National Bank
a recent case, our firm negotiated
a favorable settlement on behalf of a client with the credit card
a major national bank. In addition to receiving money to settle
the case, the client recouped all of his attorneys' fees and expenses. Names are omitted here to
The client had moved out of the
country for a job opportunity. He sent a
change of address letter to the bank. He
engaged a third-party debt-settlement firm to negotiate the satisfaction of a credit
card debt. He agreed to pay the
negotiated settlement amount and did pay the settlement amount to satisfy the credit card debt. He was
sued anyway. When commencing the
suit, the bank directed a State Marshal to serve a summons and complaint at the
client's vacant house in Connecticut -- literally thousands of miles from his then
The client counterclaimed under
the abusive collection practices statute (CGS §36a-648). Ultimately, the bank, through its
attorney, settled the case "amicably."
Employment Law - Reinstatement of Government Employee
We helped a hard-working federal
government employee win reinstatement to her job and achieve vindication after
a premature suspension. Our client was
accused -- but not tried, let alone, convicted -- of a serious crime. We worked in coordination with criminal
defense counsel to prevent the loss of pay, job status and morale while charges
were appropriately addressed.
We are pleased to report that
both the criminal charges and the employment issues were resolved
satisfactorily for our client who is back at work without loss of pay or status.
Trusts and Estaes - IRS Audit
We represented the Executors of a
20 million dollar estate through an IRS audit of the estate tax return. Working with the Estate's accountant and a
co-counsel, we established a professional working relationship with the auditor
and were able to fully document and explain all aspects of the tax return. This matter presented a significant issue
when we discovered a consultant had over-valued an asset and the Executors had
to file an amended return to claim a refund.
The IRS agreed with us on that issue and we were able to resolve other issues
raised by the audit to the satisfaction of our clients, the Executors -- and
Trusts and Estates - Undoing a 20-year Error
We drew on our expertise in both
New York and Connecticut law to help a family undo a 20-year error in two deeds
and quiet title to a Connecticut real estate property. The property had been in the family even
longer, more like 40 years. But, over 20
years ago, when a parent tried to pass the property to the next generation, a
New York lawyer drafted two deeds, each with a provision that would have been legally
sufficient in New York but not in Connecticut -- we'll spare you the
technicalities but attorneys and others who are curious can send us an inquiry
through the "Contact Us" feature of this website.
As a result, we had to go back
15-20 years to research the history of two closed estates. Clearing title involved researching the
status of estate tax and succession tax laws over the last 15-20 years (which
have done nothing but change over that time), determining the value 20 years
ago of a property that had not sold for about 40 years and commencing an
appropriate proceeding in Probate Court.
Happily, with the assistance,
patience and cooperation of the clerks of a New York Surrogate's Court and of a
Connecticut Probate Court, title was cleared, title insurance was issued and
the family was able to sell and transfer the property as planned.
Connecticut Breach of Contract for Unpaid Pension Benefits
successfully sued for breach of contract when a Connecticut
volunteer firefighter was wrongfully expelled from a fire company after
he complained that pension benefits to which he was entitled were not
properly credited to him. The volunteer fire company had the duty to
keep accurate attendance records of plaintiff's responses to fires and
ambulance calls. The attendance records were used to credit
firefighters and volunteer ambulance personnel with pension benefits.
Attendance records were missing, those that were found were incorrect;
some were altered. After an 11-day trial, a Connecticut jury found that
the fire company and the local municipality, which was the pension plan
administrator, breached its contract with the firefighter and was
negligent in recording his attendance at fire and ambulance calls. The
jury awarded the firefighter $72,000 for the loss of his pension and
New York Real Estate Dispute
13-day trial, a New York jury verdict rejected a claim to ownership and
use of a portion of our client's real property. The claim had been
based on the principles of "adverse possession" or "prescriptive
easement." These involve rights that can accrue over time when owners
are inattentive to the use and occupation of their property by others.
Connecticut Fraud and Contract Claim
settled a Connecticut case for fraud and breach of contract in which
our client received over twice the amount originally claimed in the
suit, since our client also sued for "punitive damages." Under
Connecticut law, punitive damages are generally limited to paying the
other side's attorneys' fees and costs. These would have increased if
the case had gone to trial, putting the defendant at a greater risk of
New York Employment Defamation Claim
We settled a
New York case brought by our client, a professional chef, against his
corporate employer, its owner and its managers for defamation. Our
client was falsely accused and then dismissed for stealing wine from
the private collection of a celebrity guest at a catered event.
Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act
successfully brought suit against a home improvement contractor who
contracted to build an extension to our client's home and then failed
to complete the renovation. The home improvement contractor's work was
also so shoddy that a substantial portion of the renovation had to be
dismantled and rebuilt by another contractor.
Contact us today for more information.