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The Female Advantage

Wolf & Shore, LLC is nationally recognized for client satisfaction and superb legal representation. Do you know what else we have been recognized for? Having an all-female office.

That’s right, Wolf & Shore is an all-female practice. Attorney Kristen Wolf and Attorney Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore are the Owners and Partners of the firm, and our staff is comprised of all female paralegals.

Having a combined 16 years of experience, Attorneys Wolf and Shore have made a name for themselves locally and nationally. No glass ceiling exists in our office. Wolf & Shore strives to empower our staff, and our clients, regardless of their gender, in everything we do.

Wolf & Shore, LLC represents both men and women, however, we often see that more of our divorce clients are males than other areas such as custody or post-judgment motions. This could be from a variety of factors, but ultimately, it shows us that we are a strong firm that attracts clients from all backgrounds.  Attorney Wolf and Attorney Shore have built their practice by finding the “sweet spot” between negotiating and zealously standing firm in their beliefs.  We have the talent to negotiate favorable settlements and the “in the trenches” trial experience to fight the toughest battles.

Wolf & Shore, LLC has settled hundreds of cases for men and women alike. We believe in reaching a reasonable agreement by being collegiate and amicable, and we know how to “turn it up” when necessary too. Our firm settles more than 90% of our cases. What else would you expect?

Ever argue with a woman?

If you need a confidential consultation, you can reach our office here, at 203.745.3151, or at info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

To hear more about all-female practices, and how they can better help you, you can check our this Family Lawyer Magazine article.

Helping Out-of-State Clients

Attorney Wolf and Attorney Shore are licensed to practice in Connecticut.  So why would you want to retain Wolf & Shore, LLC if you live out of state?

There are plenty of scenarios that create the need for someone residing outside of Connecticut to need to retain a Connecticut attorney. Our firm has handled hundreds of cases where our client does not live in Connecticut.

For example, if your loved one lived in Connecticut and passed away, you may need a Connecticut attorney to probate their estate. Another frequent situation is when your child’s other parent moves to Connecticut with your child.  Under certain circumstances, custody matters may need to be handled in a Connecticut court.

Wolf & Shore, LLC has the experience, and technology, in place, to make working with clients who reside in other states a seamless experience. We communicate via email, mail, and fax if you need to exchange documents with us. We are able to make sure you have enough time and notice to make any travel arrangements for court appearances, we have the ability to file certain motions in some courts to allow you to participate telephonically, or via video, and we give you all of the information that you need to make the process a smooth one.  We are even able to accommodate time differences for any phone meetings that we do need to have.

Are you living in another state, but have a Connecticut custody case? Or a Connecticut estate administration? Contact Wolf & Shore, LLC today and set up a confidential consultation! We offer them over the phone, specifically to make sure you are helped as quickly and efficiently as possible. You can reach us here, at 203.745.3151, or at info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

Help Us Help You

Every law firm knows their job is to help you. At Wolf & Shore, LLC we do everything to help you through all difficult times, and we also help people get ready to celebrate good times too!

We know that no matter what the situation is, our clients are busy. Our office will always work to accommodate your schedule. However, there are plenty of ways our clients can help us help them.

Every client gets a unique package in the very beginning of their matter. A key to getting your matter started in a timely fashion, and to keep it running smoothly, is to return the necessary documents to us.

Every client gets a personalized questionnaire. If a Client fills out their questionnaire completely, and returns it quickly, it will help streamline the process for you.

There are many additional ways to help our office help you through your matter. Always answering our questions honestly is imperative. Some of our clients may feel embarrassed or worried about their responses, but at Wolf & Shore, LLC we never judge you. We would rather know the truth, than go forward using the wrong information.

Our office has the upmost respect for our clients, and being respected back is crucial to representing you. We talk to our clients like we would speak to our colleagues or friends. A mutual respect is necessary in order for us to represent you to the best of our ability.

An understanding that our office handles the bigger picture, and not the day-to-day issues in your case is also a way to help us help you. By working to co-parent, and being amicable, matter will run smoother. Our office often can help you form a parenting plan, but being flexible and helpful to your co-parent is what truly makes the plan effective.

Wolf & Shore, LLC focuses on family law, handles probate and guardianship matters, estate planning, residential closings, and juvenile law. We draft and re-view prenuptial agreements, we handle temporary restraining orders, and even handle emergency motions and hearings. If you need a confidential consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us here, at 203.745.3151, or at info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

Self Employed and Getting Divorced

Getting divorced is already tough enough, but being self-employed can make it more complicated.

Wolf & Shore, LLC has helped hundreds of self-employed clients negotiate and settle their divorces. We work with other professionals, such as accountants and business valuators, to help you navigate through the potential financial obstacles of this process.

Our office also understands that when one, or both, spouses are self-employed, different inquiries need to be addressed and different financial documentation needs to be reviewed.  We make sure that the proper documents are requested, and thoroughly analyzed, to ensure a favorable settlement.

If you or your spouse is self-employed, and you are getting a divorce, contact Wolf & Shore, LLC for a confidential consultation. You can reach us here, at 203.745.3151, or info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

How a Law Firm Can Help Domestic Violence Victims

Domestic violence is a global issue. Not only is it wide spread, domestic violence is deeply ingrained into society, and has serious impacts on women’s health and well-being. Its cost to individuals, to health systems, and to society is enormous.

Domestic violence can be described as “the power misused by one adult in a relationship to control another.” It is the establishment of control and fear in a relationship through violence, and other forms of abuse. This violence can take the form of physical assault, psychological abuse, social abuse, financial abuse, or sexual assault.

Wolf & Shore, LLC wants victims of abuse to know that we are here to help. We know that our callers are often in immediate danger, and encourage you to call the police in an emergency. Our firm has handled hundreds of civil restraining orders. These restraining orders will not only protect you, but your children as well.

Our office can also file “ex-parte” motions (emergency motions) for custody of your children. They are filed with the court and ruled on during the same day to be as fast acting as possible.

If you are in need of a restraining order, do not hesitate to call our office. You can contact us here, at 203.745.3151 or info@wolfandshorelaw.com to set up your confidential consultation today.

Again, if you are in immediate danger always call the police first.

Start the New School Year Off Right

It’s that time of year again! The kids are going back to school, and you’ve got a lot on your plate.

The clothes shopping needs to get done, the supply list is ever-growing, and pretty soon you’ll have to juggle after-school football practice and dance class.

Every year the kids grow. They’re bigger, smarter, and have a whole new host of things to do. As your kids change, your parenting plan may need to change too.

How will you split the cost of extra-curricular activities? Who is in charge of getting the kids to practice, and on what days? Who schedules the physicals, and then what about the co-pay?

Wolf & Shore, LLC has drafted, negotiated, and settled hundreds of parenting plans. If you think you need help, contact us here before the new school year starts. You can also reach us at 203.745.3151 or info@wolfandshorelaw.com. Set up a confidential consultation today!

Supreme Court Rules Selling Stock is Violation of Automatic Orders

The Connecticut Supreme Court has recently ruled that selling stocks is a violation of the automatic orders in a divorce, in the case of O’Brien v. O’Brien.

In any divorce, automatic orders are put in place for both parties. They govern your actions throughout your case, including how you handle your finances, in order to prevent the parties from depleting marital assets prior to dissolution.

In the recent case of O’Brien v. O’Brien, Defendant Wife, Kathleen O’Brien, alleged that Plaintiff Husband, Michael O’Brien, violated automatic orders by cashing in stock options before his divorce was finalized, and without notification to his wife or the court.

Kathleen O’Brien filed a Motion for Contempt with the court, saying that Michael had violated the automatic orders by cashing in his stock for $2.5 million without her permission. She claimed that had he not cashed in the stock, it would have continued to accrue value up to $6 million.

The trial court ruled in favor of Kathleen, and penalized Michael O’Brien financially, but did not find him in contempt of court. Michael O’Brien appealed this decision. The Appellate court ruled in favor of Michael, stating that the trial court could not penalize someone if they are not found in contempt of court.

Kathleen O’Brien took the case to the Connecticut Supreme Court, who ruled that Michael O’Brien did in fact violate the automatic orders, and should bear the losses.

The automatic orders do state that you may use your assets in “the ordinary course of business.” This generally means to pay your bills, including attorney fees, and other regular expenses. Michael O’Brien argued that cashing in his stock options to reduce risk to his portfolio was an ordinary course of business, which it may be for someone who regularly invests.

The Supreme Court ruled that cashing in stock options is not an “ordinary course of business” and a party would need to get consent from their spouse, and permission from the court. Some may argue that this will cause a burden on the courts, with the parties having to go to court each time they wish to liquefy or change an asset.  There is currently a motion for reconsideration pending that has not yet been ruled upon.

Wolf & Shore, LLC regularly handles high-asset divorces, where issues similar to this are likely to arise, and encourages every client to be cautious when making financial decisions. Checking in with your attorney regularly is very helpful, as they will be able to advise you as to whether your actions are in accordance with your automatic orders.

If you have a high asset divorce, seeking representation may be the best course of action. Please contact us here, at 203.745.3151, or at info@wolfandshorelaw.com and set up a confidential consultation.

 

National Family Fun Month

August is National Family Fun Month! It’s a great time to celebrate together, since it’s summer and kids aren’t back to school yet.

As a family law focused firm, Wolf & Shore, LLC sees a lot of different family dynamics, but they all have one thing in common-they can all benefit from some quality time together.

Whether you’re a step-parent, two parents trying to co-parent, or a single parent, take what’s left of this summer and celebrate with your family the best way you know how.

There are so many ways to celebrate with your kids, and if you need some ideas you can check out this article.

If you need help co-parenting, Wolf & Shore, LLC would be happy to help you come up with a plan that’s right for you. We can also refer you to a co-parenting counselor, if necessary. Please contact us for a confidential consultation today by clicking here, calling 203.745.3151, or emailing us at info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

Wolf & Shore, LLC hopes that you get out together as a family and enjoy National Family Fun Month!

National Respect Parents Day

National Respect Parents Day is celebrated on August 1st, 2017. The day is meant to encourage families to become united and strong, by recognizing the leadership roles parents have.

Respecting parents is necessary, but not always easy. Not only do children need to respect their parents, but parents should have mutual respect for each other.

Co-parenting, regardless of whether you’re with the other parent of your child or not, is vital. Respect is a huge part of making any family, blended or not, work. Take National Respect Parents Day to reflect on that, and make sure to respect your co-parent!

If you need help co-parenting, Wolf & Shore, LLC would be happy to help you come up with a plan that’s right for you. We can also refer you to a co-parenting counselor, if necessary. Please contact us for a confidential consultation today by clicking here, calling 203.745.3151, or emailing us at info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

National Parents Day

National Parents Day is the fourth Sunday of July every year. This year it will be celebrated on July 23, 2017.

Wolf & Shore understands just how important the role of being a parent is, and we would like to honor all parents on National Parents Day!

Being a parent isn’t easy, especially if you’re divorced or sharing custody of your children. Co-parenting isn’t always easy, but parents work through it for the sake of their kids.

If you’re a parent, make sure to celebrate you and all of your hard work. If you’re not a parent, appreciate your own and all that they have done for you. Parents consistently make sacrifices for their families, and they deserve to be recognized for that.

If you need help co-parenting, Wolf & Shore, LLC would be happy to help you come up with a plan that’s right for you. We can also refer you to a co-parenting counselor, if necessary. Please contact us for a confidential consultation today by clicking here, calling 203.745.3151, or emailing us at info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

Happy National Parents Day to all of the parents out there. You deserve it!