Perley Grimes


Real Estate Lawyers Aren’t All the Same: Choose Wisely

Connecticut law requires that attorneys handle real estate closings involving title insurance, which is commonly required when a buyer is borrowing money from a lender to purchase property. By prohibiting non-attorneys from handling most types of real estate transactions, Public Act No. 19-88, adopted in 2019, provides safeguards that codify what was already common practice. […]


Vacant Property Fraud: Scammers May Try to Sell Your CT Land

The real estate scam in which imposters fraudulently sell vacant land free of mortgage liens out from under the true owners was attempted recently in Danbury and Goshen. Retained to handle what appeared to be legitimate transactions, Cramer & Anderson’s highly experienced real estate attorneys, including Partner Neal White, determined that imposters were claiming to


National Estate Planning Awareness Week Offers Important Reminder

National Estate Planning Awareness Week, Oct. 17-23 this year, was adopted by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008 as a way to highlight the importance of estate planning for individuals, families, and business owners. While it’s often noted that more than 50 percent of adult Americans don’t have an estate plan, one new survey


Millennials Making Wills Amid COVID Highlights Risks of Inaction

The 2021 Wills and Estate Planning Study documented a trend familiar to Trust & Estate attorneys: Younger adults are embracing the wisdom of making a will and engaging in estate planning amid fears and uncertainty created by COVID-19. The study revealed that younger adults are 63 percent more likely to have a will than


Municipalities May Limit or Ban Recreational Marijuana Sales

Several Connecticut municipalities have moved to prohibit establishments that would sell recreational marijuana, or initiated steps toward such a ban, after Gov. Ned Lamont signed into law a bill that legalizes the recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older as of July 1. The Planning and Zoning Commission in Prospect immediately voted to


Open Building Permits: Home Buyers and Sellers Beware

Open building permits are yet another potential stumbling block to smooth and trouble free home sales. With the housing market in Connecticut continuing its surge, encountering these hurdles has become widespread. It’s essentially a standard now for attorneys handling real estate transactions to advise clients to commission municipal inspections. While many sellers and buyers might

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