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Consumer Legal Services, LLC BLOG

Bad things occasionally happen to good contract parties. Let’s assume you’ve done everything right in the negotiation process. You’ve been transparent about risk; honest about your capabilities; and pellucid in setting your terms. Indeed, your contract documents cause veteran lawyers to gasp at their thoroughness and shrewdness. You have planned for every contingency except the...
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If you are a Veteran and meet certain criteria, you are exempt from the Means Test. If you are a Veteran and meet both of the criteria below, you are exempt from the Means Test (meaning you would qualify for filing Bankruptcy regardless of your level of income). Criteria: (1) Must have  at  least 30%  disability  from service ...
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WHY BUDGET? You may have yawned (or cringed) when you read the title of this article, but please keep reading. This information is important for anyone who has ever worried about money or been in financial distress, which is almost everyone. We’ve all been told over and over again to budget. But few people actually...
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The District of Connecticut has selected Dinah Milton Kinney to serve as Clerk of Court. Kinney will officially assume the role of Clerk of Court on January 1, 2022, replacing outgoing Clerk Robin DeKam Tabora upon her retirement.Prior to her recent appointment by the Board of Judges, Kinney held the position of Chief Deputy Clerk...
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I love the summer, but by the time it draws to an end and the leaves start changing, I get excited for autumn in the Northeast. For me, fall signifies hiking through the foliage, apple cider, and of course, all things pumpkin! If you’ve got that fall pumpkin craving, check out these awesome and inexpensive...
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Probate Court Administrator Beverly K. Streit-Kefalas announced a series of changes to the state’s Regional Children’s Probate Courts. Probate Courts assist annually in thousands of children’s matters which include temporary custody and guardianship, termination of parental rights, visitation, adoption, emancipation and paternity. The state’s six Regional Children’s Probate Courts employ a collaborative model that emphasizes...
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The Census Bureau will not release updated median income totals by state and family size in 2021 due to data quality issues associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the U.S. Trustee Program will not post updated median income totals until a Consumer Price Index adjustment in spring 2022. SOURCE: U.S. Trustee
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You are thinking about buying a car, but are not long out of bankruptcy. What can you do to increase your chances of qualifying for a loan without having to pay a sky-high interest rate? Here are 10 suggestions: 1. Take some time to rebuild your credit and save for a down payment. You can...
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Last week I posted a video about the Homestead Exemption. Afterwards, lots of folks asked me if they qualify for it. In order to determine that, you first have to calculate your home equity. But how do you do that? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! 1. Determine your home’s value; 2. Add up...
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