Services

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“The ten years I spent representing clients in civil litigation matters has given me valuable perspective and insight as to how a well-written contract can eliminate many future headaches.”

– Attorney Meghan Smith

Buying or Selling Residential Properties

For many people, the purchase or sale of a home represents one of the largest economic decisions of their lives. When faced with such a significant transaction, retaining an experienced attorney is essential to protecting your interests. The Smith Law Group real estate team will review and handle the contract of sale, title search and title insurance, seller disclosures, mortgage paperwork, city, state, and federal forms and documents, and collect and disburse funds through an escrow account.

Buying or Selling Commercial Properties

For many people, the purchase or sale of a home represents one of the largest economic decisions of their lives. When faced with such a significant transaction, retaining an experienced attorney is essential to protecting your interests. The Smith Law Group real estate team will review and handle the contract of sale, title search and title insurance, seller disclosures, mortgage paperwork, city, state, and federal forms and documents, and collect and disburse funds through an escrow account.

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33% of people who buy a home in the US are first-time buyers.nate many future headaches.”

—National Association of Realtors

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Mortgage Refinancing and Reverse Mortgages

These types of financial transactions still have complexities that require an attorney looking out for your best interests. We will review the closing and title documents, prepare the payoff statement and other relevant documents, and collect and disburse funds through an escrow account.

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Commercial and Residential Landlord Issues

As a landlord, your success depends on your ability to collect rental income, safeguard your property, and protect yourself from litigation. When your tenant violates their lease, destroys your property, disturbs their neighbors, or engages in illegal or dangerous behavior, they are putting your business and livelihood at risk. An experienced attorney with knowledge of Connecticut landlord/tenant laws will help you resolve issues like this efficiently, so you are not saddled with a problem tenant. We can review your current leases and advise on improving them and advise you on changes to local zoning laws that may affect your income properties.

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AirBnB and Vacation Rentals

Renting a primary or secondary home for short-term vacations is a booming business, but not without its own set of concerns. Zoning regulations, homeowner association rules, and owner-occupancy requirements need to be taken into consideration when opening your home to paying guests. We can review your local zoning restrictions, HOA Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (“CC&Rs”) and Rules and Regulations, and advise on the best course of action before you lay out the welcome mat.

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Despite the pandemic, more than 4.4 million new companies were started in the US in 2020.

—Census.gov

Business Formation

Whether you are starting a side hustle, creating an LLC to hold title to a property, or launching your entrepreneurial dream, we can help you select the correct business entity for your needs, and to limit your personal liability. We’ll ensure that your operating documents contain all the essential terms to prevent potential future problems. We can also assist you in maintaining your business entity records, and ensure you comply with all filing requirements under the Connecticut Secretary of State. Start your business with the confidence that you have laid the foundation to protect your assets. Click here for more information and our fee schedule.

Contract Drafting, Review, and Negotiation

Even the simplest of contracts has caveats and conditions that can tip the balance of favor from one party to the other. Whether you are looking to have contracts drafted for your own business or you are contemplating entering into an agreement with another entity, it is essential to have a knowledgeable and experienced attorney review it to ensure there are no unfavorable terms, and to negotiate important components before it is executed. Our team can draft and review general business contracts, consulting agreements, non-disclosures, leases, business operating documents, license agreements, buy/sell agreements, easements, or any other business-related contracts you may need.

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50% of all small businesses in the US are operated from home.

—SBA.gov

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Business Asset Transactions

The goal of any business is growth. Sometimes growth means bringing in investors and partners, and sometimes it means selling all or part of a business in order to retire or invest in something new. Having a trusted legal advisor to guide your negotiations, draft memorandums of understanding, and other relevant documents is key to protecting your assets. We also negotiate purchases and sales of business assets, membership interests and stocks, prepare buy-sell agreements for business owners, and assist you in transitioning your business to the next generation.

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Estate Planning and Probate

Major life events such as buying or selling a home, getting married, having children, or starting a business are also ideal times to consider planning for your family’s future. We will consult with you on your specific situation and needs, answer your questions about the probate process, and craft documents specific to your situation, such as a simple will, healthcare directives, durable power of attorney, and testamentary trust. Click here for more information and our fee schedule.

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Other Services

  • SBA small business and women-owned business applications.
  • SBA economically disadvantaged business applications.