Category Archives: Family Court Reform

Fiduciary’s Right to Self-Representation: Attorneys who find themselves acting as estate fiduciaries should be mindful of the advocate-witness rule and, if litigation ensues, must assess whose interests are at stake before they (or their firms) continue representation.

Fiduciary’s Right to Self-Representation October 10, 2007 Barbara L. MacGrady & Peter C. Valente New York Law Journal In a case of first impression, Surrogate Lee L. Holzman (Bronx County) recently ruled that a fiduciary of an estate does not … Continue reading

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Connecticut: So how do you get the press to listen to your court story?

ANNE STEVENSON’S PRESENTATION AT THE BATTERED WOMEN’S CUSTODY CONFERENCE 2015! I first became involved in this issue when a group of parents came to me and wanted their stories heard and asked me to find a journalist who would write … Continue reading

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Connecticut: Letter to the editor from a retired Connecticut Judge

  Anne Stevenson is a political analyst and freelance journalist for the national media. Anne Stevenson Facebook page is dedicated to sharing her professional work, promoting social justice issues, raising awareness on child welfare issues, and improving the way the courts do business.  Communities … Continue reading

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Connecticut: Resident wins Appellate Court reversal, “The question that this raises is pertinent to consider: is justice unaffordable for many?”

New Canaan resident Michael Nowacki claims a trial court violated his U.S. Constitutional rights in two 2012 convictions of him it reached, and the Connecticut Appellate Court has now said it agrees. In a decision published Tuesday, March 10, in … Continue reading

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Connecticut: Emotional Prevue of Legislator & Parent Testimony

Emotional Prevue of Legislator & Parent Testimony State Rep Dan Carter (R) – Lost Confidence State Rep Edwin Vargus (D) – Shop of Horrors State Rep Minnie Gonzalez (D) – Parents in Visitor Gallery say Vote No International Human Rights … Continue reading

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Connecticut: COURT REPORTERS SCAM FAMILY & PROBATE COURT LITIGANTS AND CONNECTICUT TAXPAYERS TO THE TUNE OF THOUSANDS!

During the proceedings of the 2009 subcommittee on audio recordings, I was struck by the fact that three dozen court reporters and court recording monitors spoke out about the sanctity of audio recordings and vociferously opposed making them available freely to … Continue reading

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Connecticut: Public Corruption Task Force uses Billboards to Combat Corruption in Connecticut

Courtesy of FBI New Haven Bureau ___________________________________________________________ Local legislators said Wednesday they support the creation of a task force to combat corruption in Connecticut. The Connecticut Public Corruption Task Force was formed earlier this month and consists of representatives from … Continue reading

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Feds announce Connecticut public corruption task force

By Dave Collins, Associated Press Published: February 4, 2015, 11:23 pm NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities in Connecticut announced a new task force Wednesday to investigate corruption by public officials, saying the problem remains persistent despite numerous prosecutions … Continue reading

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Connecticut: Feds form team to fight corruption in Connecticut

NEW HAVEN – The State of Connecticut has seen its share of corrupt public officials over the years, from former  governors, to city mayors and officials. Now, the feds are stepping up efforts to crackdown on corrupt behavior. Federal law … Continue reading

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New York Times Article on Nursing Home Abuse of Civil Rights Puts It Mildly To Collect Debts, Nursing Homes Are Seizing Control Over Patients

 The New York Times Newspaper By NINA BERNSTEIN                                                                               JAN. 25, 2015 Dino and Lillian Palermo at the Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home, which had tried to obtain guardianship over Mrs. Palermo. Credit Piotr Redlinski for The New York Times        Lillian … Continue reading

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