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Why Do You Need A Compassionate Law Firm?

At Wolf and Shore LLC, we understand that you are usually calling us on one of your worst days. Whether you were just served with divorce papers, or you are thinking about separating from your spouse, whether you have lost a loved one, or maybe had a disagreement with your significant other about entering into a prenuptial agreement, we know that none of these things are easy. Even if you have finally made a decision to think about your estate plan, it may not be the most uplifting thought.

That’s why Attorney Shore and Attorney Wolf treat each client as a person, not just a matter. We understand that each person has a different story to tell, and different priorities. There isn’t one formula that fits every case. That’s why we let the clients drive the direction of their own matter, and we can adjust our tactics to best accommodate their goals.

At Wolf and Shore and LLC, we know that family matters, so we treat our clients like family. We address your concerns as soon as possible, and make sure that someone is always available for you. You can contact us for a confidential consultation.

Pets and Divorce

April 23rd, 2017 was National Pet Parents Day, and it was created to honor all dedicated pet parents across the nation with a special day of their own.  For more information on the history of the holiday, check out this article.

If you have pets and are going through a divorce, you may want to create an arrangement for your pets. Pets are treated as property in Connecticut, so a court generally will not entertain such arguments, but they usually will accept agreements incorporating pet visitation.  At Wolf & Shore, LLC, we know that if you have a pet, they are more like family than property, and often are part of some of the most sentimental issues in a divorce.

Wolf & Shore, LLC has negotiated many divorces involving pets, and has even created estate plans for pets. Did you know that you could set up a trust for a pet, just like you would a loved one? By doing so you can ensure that your pet is well taken care of and provided for no matter what.

If you are interested in a confidential consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Wolf & Shore, LLC.

Wolf & Shore, LLC Newsletter April 2017

Shari-Lynn Shore to Receive Young Lawyers Section Vanguard Award

HAMDEN ATTORNEY HONORED BY CBA

Shari-Lynn Shore to Receive Young Lawyers Section Vanguard Award

New Britain – The Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) is pleased to announce that Shari-Lynn Shore, of Wolf & Shore LLC in Hamden, is the 2017 recipient of the Young Lawyers Section Vanguard Award. The award is presented to a current or recent alum of the CBA Young Lawyers Section (YLS) Executive Committee who has made significant contributions to the CBA and YLS and assumed a leadership role without having served as an officer.

The award will be presented at the CBA’s annual “Celebrate with the Stars” awards celebration on April 13 at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville.

Shore is a partner with the Hamden-based law firm of Wolf & Shore LLC where she focuses on family law. She is a 2008 graduate of Albany Law School. In addition to her work with Wolf & Shore LLC, Shore serves as assigned counsel for the Office of Chief Public Defender in Hartford, representing indigent clients in juvenile delinquency and child protection matters.

“Shari-Lynn Shore has distinguished herself as an emerging leader in the Connecticut legal community,” said Monte Frank, president of the CBA. “Her work with the Young Lawyers Section—as a non-officer—sets an example for others to follow and provides an important fresh voice to the goals of aspirations of both the YLS and the CBA.”

“Celebrate with the Stars” is dedicated to recognizing Connecticut’s top judges, lawyers, and professionals who make a difference through their work by demonstrating allegiance, dedication, conscientious service, commitment, and mentorship.

About the Connecticut Bar Association

The Connecticut Bar Association, founded in 1875, is the preeminent organization for lawyers and the legal profession in Connecticut. With its 70+ sections and committees, the CBA produces over 300 programs each year, including the Connecticut Legal Conference. The CBA is a non-profit member service organization dedicated to advancing the legal profession and the principles of law and justice.

 

Media Contact:

Alysha Adamo

Phone: (860)612-2008

E-mail: aadamo@ctbar.org

National Month of Military Children

April is the National Month of Military Children, which was established by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger in 1986.

We often honor and thank our service members for their sacrifice, but we sometimes forget that their family members make sacrifices too. The children of military families often change schools multiple times throughout their lives, and go long periods of time without seeing one, or both, of their parents.

Being a child in a military family is extremely difficult, but even more difficult is being the child in the midst of a military divorce. Children are often the center of the debate in a divorce, but due to the military lifestyle of frequent moves and long deployments, finding a parenting plan that will work is even harder.

Wolf & Shore, LLC has handled many military divorces, and is even accredited by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Veteran Benefits.  If you or your spouse are in the military and getting divorced, contact us for a confidential consultation.

For more information on the National Month of Military Children, check out this article.

National Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month

April is National Child Abuse Prevention & Awareness Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 646,261 children are victims of child abuse or neglect across the nation per year.

The majority of child abuse cases stem from situations and conditions that are preventable. A community that cares about early childhood development, parental support, and maternal mental health is more likely to foster nurturing families and healthy children.

Wolf & Shore, LLC works as assigned counsel for the Office of the Chief Public Defenders to provide families with programs and services that help build parental resilience, and offer knowledge about parenting and child development.

Attorney Kristen Wolf & Attorney Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore also take on private child protection and juvenile delinquency cases, along with guardianship matters in probate court where grandparents, or other relatives, often take on the parenting role for children. It is very important for children to grow up with strong support systems, and in a safe environment. If you are concerned about a friend, family member, or loved one, and think legal action may be necessary, contact us for a confidential consultation.

Protecting and defending children is a job for everyone. If you suspect a child in Connecticut is being abused or neglected, please call 1-800-842-2288.

If you’d like to read more about National Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month check out this article.

 

 

National Ex-Spouse Day

April 14, 2017 is National Ex-Spouse Day. Some may scoff at the idea of a day to honor your ex-partner, but we’ve found there to be many reasons to appreciate them.

During a divorce, tension can be high, but it’s important for parents to work together when they are divorcing to help maintain a sense of normalcy for the children. The ultimate goal should always be to make it easier on them.

By appreciating and respecting your ex-spouse, co-parenting together will be much easier. Not being a couple doesn’t mean you can’t be a united front when raising your family.

You can check out this article for more information on National Ex-Spouse Day.

Wolf & Shore, LLC encourages co-parenting, and has partnered with Divorce Magazine to bring you this Divorce Magazine Co-parenting Guide.

Estate Planning After Divorce

Wolf & Shore, LLC understands that going through a divorce is stressful, and dealing with more paperwork once it’s over may be the last thing you want to do. However, to protect yourself, your family, and your assets, you should look to update your estate plan as soon as possible after your divorce is finalized.

After a divorce, your estate plan should be updated accordingly, or your ex-spouse could potentially inherit your assets if you had already appointed him or her as an Executor or listed him or her as a beneficiary.  Do you really want someone you just ended a marriage with making decisions about your assets?

Estate planning is more than just updating your will.  You many need to set up a trust if you have a child(ren) under 18 that could inherit your assets.  You may need to re-assign beneficiaries for retirement plans, pensions and/or life insurance policies.  Also, you may want to re-evaluate who can make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so for yourself.

If you didn’t create an estate plan during your marriage, now is as good of a time as any. It’s likely that you have more (or different) assets that are solely in your name after a divorce.  If you plan appropriately, you will save your loved ones the headache (and a lot of fees!) of putting your estate through probate.  Hiring an experienced estate planning attorney after your divorce is extremely beneficial, as they will be able to help you update and create the necessary estate planning documents. Let us help you take the headache out of estate planning. You can contact our office for a confidential consultation at 203.745.3151 or info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

Attorney Kristen Wolf and Attorney Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore receive American Institute of Family Law Attorney’s Award for Three Years as 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Connecticut

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Attorney Kristen Wolf and Attorney Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore receive American Institute of Family Law Attorney’s Award for Three Years as 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Connecticut.

 

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys (AIOFLA) has recently recognized Attorney Kristen Wolf and Attorney Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore as two of the 10 Best Attorneys for Client Satisfaction in Connecticut for the last 3 years.

 

The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in each state. Attorneys who are selected to the “10 Best” list must pass AIOFLA’s rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOFLA’s independent evaluation. AIOFLA’s annual list was created to be used as a resource for clients during the attorney selection process.

One of the most significant aspects of the selection process involves attorneys’ relationships and reputation among his or her clients. As clients should be an attorney’s top priority, AIOFLA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved significant success in the field of Family Law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria therefore focuses on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of Client Satisfaction.

Attorney Kristen Wolf and Attorney Shari-Lynn Cuomo Shore have been in practice for 8 years, and they focus in family law, probate & estate planning, residential closings, and juvenile law. If you wish to receive a confidential consultation please contact Wolf & Shore, LLC at 203.745.3151 or info@wolfandshorelaw.com.

National Single’s Awareness Day

National Single’s Awareness Day is February 15th, and it is a legitimate nationally recognized day. With February 14th being the day of love, single people felt that they needed to take a stand and show others that it’s okay to be single.

For some, Single’s Day is an appreciated break from the commercialism of Valentine’s Day. For others, it’s a day to celebrate yourself and your close friends. Gifts are often exchanged, and some people even host parties.

Single’s Day should not be viewed as depressing. The message is actually intended to be the opposite, and encourage single individuals to appreciate themselves and their loved ones.

If you are single and happy, February 15th is your day to celebrate! Reflect on all that you’ve accomplished on your own, and thank those that have helped you along the way.

In addition to being National Single’s Awareness Day, February 15th is also the one day of the year when most divorces are filed. You can check out this article to learn more: http://money.cnn.com/2013/02/15/pf/valentine-divorce/