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How Online Reviews Effect Attorneys

Online reviews are extremely important for businesses. We all use them as a point of reference. If we want to go out for dinner, we won’t pick the restaurant that only has “two stars.” With direct access to anecdotes of other customers’ personal experiences, it’s easy to make quick judgments and decide where you do and do not want to go.

This doesn’t just apply for restaurants or products you want to buy online. This concept is applied to everything we choose, including but not limited to our legal representation.

Attorneys often see their clients at some of the worst times of their lives. Wolf & Shore, LLC primarily deals with family law related matters, and those cases come equipped with extreme tension and lots of different emotions.

Our office guarantees that you will be heard, respected, and represented zealously. However, we can never guarantee the outcome of a case. Everyone wants to “win,” but that term means different things to different people.

Sometimes, when a client doesn’t feel as though they’ve “won” it can generate more tension and more emotional responses. This can often lead to lashing out in reviews, which can greatly impact a law office. Negative reviews can significantly affect a firm’s reputation, and it is unfortunate that one person (or even a few people), may feel the need to try to hinder an attorney’s career. Negative reviews can devastate any small business.

Law offices, and Wolf & Shore, LLC included, are usually unable to respond to any negative reviews. Responding can lead to issues with confidentiality, and may just add more fuel to the fire. When negative reviews are posted, a firm’s reputation is put on the line and the office has no avenue to share their side of the story.

All of the above-mentioned points on negative reviews tie into why every law office encourages their clients to leave positive reviews. Our firm works hard to make sure that our clients can rely on us to get the job done. We pride ourselves on our Client Testimonials, which you can see on our website. Check out the full list here.

National Happiness Happens Day

Did you know that August 8th is National Happiness Happens Day? This nationally recognized holiday reminds us to find joy in even the small things.

Sometimes it seems like happiness is an unattainable goal, especially during divorce. Wolf & Shore, LLC knows that separation is never easy, and that finding the silver lining can be extremely hard. Sometimes though, when we force ourselves to find something happy in our lives, we actually become just a bit happier!

There is always a bright side to every situation, and National Happiness Happens Day helps us find it. If you are going through a divorce, it could be that you find a new sense of independence. Maybe you will even have more time to do things for yourself. Self-care is very important and helps keep us as happy as possible.

On this Happiness Happens Day, reflect on what brings you joy in life. Whether it’s spending time with your children, going for a walk, or your first sip of coffee in the morning, there is always something that can bring a smile to your face.

If you are truly unhappy in your marriage, you can try to suggest counseling. Our office works with counselors for marriage and co-parenting and would be happy to refer you to a professional if necessary.

We can draft a comprehensive parenting plan for you, which will minimize some stress and help you set up a schedule. Knowing that you’ll be seeing your kids will give you something to look forward to, and hopefully make some happiness happen!

If you think you need some help finding the first step in the right direction, our firm would be happy to schedule you a confidential consultation with Attorney Kristen Wolf or Attorney Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore.

You can contact us here, at 203.745.3151, or at info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

Should I Wait To Hire An Attorney?

Have you been wondering if you need to hire an attorney? So many people decide to try to “tough it out” on their own in court. The consequences of not having adequate representation can be devastating.

Hiring an attorney early on is extremely important. Not only does it ensure that any motions that you need to file will be drafted correctly, but your attorney will also have full knowledge of your case.

Hiring an attorney in the middle of a matter can create a burden on yourself. You will need to spend time providing details to your new attorney’s office, and you will need to make sure you’ve retrieved a complete copy of all court filings to be added to your new file.

When you hire an attorney from the beginning, you actually save time and money! Sometimes when people represent themselves, they end up with court orders put in place that they don’t agree with. Often, that is the catalyst to potential clients finally reaching out for representation. Unfortunately, once those orders are in place there is little that can be done to change them without a substantial chance in circumstances.

By hiring an attorney early on, you will have counsel advocating and negotiating on your behalf, and addressing the court appropriately for you. This creates a much better chance for a favorable outcome. Don’t wait, this is your future! Contact our office for a confidential consultation today. We can be reached here, 203.745.3151, or info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

What Is A Quitclaim Deed?

You’re probably somewhat familiar with the word “deed.” If home ownership comes to mind, you’re on the right track. However, you may not know what a quitclaim deed is.

A quitclaim deed is used to transfer interest in a property. For example, if you own your house before you get married and you’d like to add your spouse’s name to the deed, you would “quit claim” half of your interest in said house to your spouse. This term is often mis-understood and people frequently refer to this process as “quick claiming,” even though it’s actually a quitclaim deed that is signed.

If you wish to transfer ownership of your home to your adult children, for estate planning purposes, or otherwise, without them having to go through the process of a residential closing, you can also use a quit claim deed.

Frequently, quitclaim deeds are also used in a divorce when one spouse is transferring his or her ownership to the prior spouse at the end of a divorce. This deed can also be executed, and held in escrow by an attorney until the other party re-finances, if applicable.

An attorney that deals with residential real estate would be able to execute a quit claim deed for you, should the need arise. They may recommend getting a title search beforehand, which would confirm that you own the property, and that it is free of any liens or other judgments.  This way, you know that the title will pass “clear.”

Wolf & Shore, LLC routinely handles drafting quit claim deeds, along with residential closings. We are able to obtain title searches for our clients as well if such is needed. If you think you may need to quit claim your interest in a property, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

You can contact us for a confidential consultation here, at 203.745.3151, and info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

Emotional Burnout During Divorce

In a divorce, emotions are bound to be at an all-time high. It can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life.  The range of feelings you may experience can be enough to completely burn you out, and you must make time to take care of yourself so that emotional burn out doesn’t happen.

The range of feelings you can experience during your divorce may take you by surprise. You may not know how to process or describe exactly what you’re going through.

While being emotional in the midst of a major life change is nothing short of normal, you should be careful not to make rash decisions in your case. Make sure you have a thorough understanding of what you’re agreeing to. Take notes to reflect back on once you’ve cleared your head, and be sure to ask your attorney any questions you may have.

You may also need to contact a counselor to help you navigate through this time in your life. Seeing a professional can be extremely helpful, and gives you the rare opportunity to vent to someone with no opinion on your matter. They can give you unbiased advice, and that reassurance is often needed to avoid emotional burnout.

Keeping yourself calm doesn’t just help you, but helps others around you. Your loved ones will see the change for the better once you gain control over your feelings and start making informed decisions.

Seeing through the “emotional cloud” can be a challenge, but Wolf & Shore, LLC is here to help! Not only do we handle hundreds of divorce cases, but we also work with counselors and other professionals to take some of the burden off of your shoulders.

You can contact our office for a confidential consultation here, at 203.745.3151, or at info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

 

National Get Out of the Doghouse Day

July 16, 2018 is National Get Out of the Doghouse Day! Everyone knows what it’s like to be in the “doghouse” and it definitely is not a pleasant experience.

It’s impossible to make everyone happy, but upsetting your spouse or your co-parent can really make day-to-day routine more difficult. Communication is key resolving those conflicts.

Always be sure to take responsibility for your wrongdoings.  Sometimes the other person involved needs an apology, and sometimes they just need you to take ownership of a mistake. Saying sorry goes a long way. Taking the time to talk it out shows that you care, and might just get you back in the “big house.”

Occasionally, there are issues that an apology just can’t fix. You may need to seek the assistance of a counselor, and that is not something to be ashamed of. Asking a neutral third party for advice can help open your eyes to a bigger picture, and give you a new perspective on a situation. If your spouse or co-parent attends counseling with you, they may come to the realization that your argument is easy to overcome.

Getting out of the doghouse can require serious compromise, and an ongoing commitment to your relationship with the other person. If there is an issue that you simply cannot reach a compromise for, then it may be time to speak with an attorney and see if you need to take further action.

Wolf & Shore, LLC has helped many couples reach amicable solutions and agreements, and we can refer you to a counselor if necessary. Let us help you get our of the doghouse! You can contact us for a confidential consultation here, at 203.745.3151, or at info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

National Academy of Family Law Attorneys’ Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Connecticut

Attorneys Kristen Wolf and Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore are honored to have received the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys award for both being part of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in Connecticut! Attorneys Wolf & Shore have received this award for 4 consecutive years, the first year being 2014!

The National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, established in 2013, is a professional organization that is dedicated to helping the public find the most premier family law attorneys in the nation. By equipping highly-qualified family law attorneys with the most current continuing education opportunities and providing the public with the most accurate, up-to-date listings of top ranked attorneys in their states, the NAFLA helps ensure quality representation for those in need of a family law attorney.

Cases involving family law require competent, experienced attorneys educated with the most up-to-date knowledge of the judicial system. The mission of the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys is to provide advanced educational opportunities that enable family law attorneys to afford their clients the best representation possible.

You can check out the list of all 10 attorneys here.

Wolf & Shore Is “Re-Defining” Family Law

Family law is typically viewed as just divorces, custody, post-judgment, child support and the like; however, we have crafted our practice to incorporate other practice areas to help your family get through some difficult times in your lives.

We not only represent people in divorce, custody, and post judgment cases, we also file and defend restraining orders (both civil and in family court), and we represent victims in criminal matters if they need to pursue a protective order and need help, in addition to family services.

We draft estate plans, often reciprocal (which means each spouse leaves their estate to the other), we do residential closings and re-finances, and we handle custody & guardianship matters in probate court and juvenile court.

Wolf & Shore, LLC also represents clients in paternity matters, defends clients against the Department of Children and Families (DCF), and we defend (or pursue, as necessary) termination of parental rights petitions in both juvenile and probate court.

There is no family law matter that our office can’t handle. If you need help with any one of those types of issues, please do not hesitate to contact us for a confidential consultation. Attorney Kristen Wolf or Attorney Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore are ready to sit down with you, create a personalized strategy for your case, and help you reach a resolution.

We can be reached here, at 203.745.3151, or info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

Does A Parent Have to Pay For Their Child’s Lunch?

It seems like school lunches are a lot fancier than they used to be – deli options, gourmet options, hot options, etc. Do you let your children select their own lunch? Do you encourage them to “brown bag it”? Or do you budget what they spend? Parents have different opinions on it, and many parents who may no longer be “together” and are co-parenting, definitely have different opinions on it.

Are those lunch costs considered a child care expense? Should you be obligated to pay for a percentage those school lunches, even if you’ve packed a lunch for your kids whenever they are in your care?

Wolf & Shore, LLC has handled hundreds of parenting disputes, and this issue comes up more than you think. The answer is, that while school lunch is certainly a child-related expense, there is no one true answer. It’s all about communicating with your co-parent, and working together to see what is financially feasible for your family.

It’s typical that parents don’t see to eye-to-eye on expenses, especially when you’re no longer together. Some parents feel like it is not their responsibility to pay  for school lunches when they can easily make a lunch for their child(ren). But, what happens when the other parent’s position is that the child(ren) prefer to buy lunch at school? Should the cost be divided equally? Or should you each do what you want on your days? This is becoming an increasingly hot topic in divorce and custody matters, especially as the cost of these school lunches is on the rise.

Compromise is key in these types of matters. If you are able to have a calm conversation with your child’s other parent about this, you may want to try to communicate why paying for school lunch is a hardship, or a good idea, or not a good idea – whatever your position may be.

Our firm understands that not everyone can effectively communicate with their co-parent, and are here to help you. We can help negotiate a reasonable agreement regarding school lunch, along with other child-related expenses. We can also refer you to a number of professionals to help you with communication and finances, such as a co-parenting counselor or a financial advisor, if you need that.

If you need assistance in your matter, contact us today for a confidential consultation! We can be reached here, at 203.745.3151, or info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

National Higher Education Day

Happy National Higher Education Day! Observed every year on June 6th, this day recognizes those who decided to better themselves and receive a college degree.

Receiving a higher education, whether it be a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral  degree, is extremely important now. It takes a lot of motivation and dedication to prepare for, get accepted to, and attend college.

As parents, encouraging your child to continue their education may seem overwhelming. Something you can do to try and lighten the load is to have an open and sincere conversation with your spouse or your co-parent.

Having a united front when it comes to making those decisions about your child’s education is key. Being on different pages about finances, location, or even what you hope your child decides to major in can drastically affect your child and their desire to continue schooling.

Parents don’t always agree on everything, and that is understandable. However, it should be a main priority to find common ground for the sake of your kids. Try sitting down as a family and discussing what they might be interested in, if they’ve looked at any schools, and possibly even how they expect school to be paid.

Seeing your child off to college can be stressful enough, and arguing about it with your co-parent certainly won’t help the situation. Wondering if your co-parent will help foot the bill for tuition, books, and dorm room necessities can put a dark cloud over a time that should be looked forward to. It’s okay to ask for help, and Wolf & Shore, LLC can easily assist you with that!

If you are unable to reach a resolution with your co-parent on your own, you may be able to seek the court’s help. If you have an agreement that was entered previously, and the court has retained jurisdiction over your children’s education needs, we can re-open your case and negotiate how college will be hanlded.

If you have small children, you may not want to wait to put something in place so the court can retain jurisdiction over their education. Contact us for a confidential consultation today! We can be reached here, at 203.745.3151, or info@wolfandshorelaw.com.