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Heading toward the door, Gov. Malloy keeps up liquor law fight

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is nothing if not persistent. The state's chief executive has repeatedly pushed hard for changes to Connecticut's minimum pricing liquor law rule, which he and like-minded thinkers view as price fixing and detrimental to business in the state.

The governor is now in the final innings of his last term, and seems just as determined as ever to forge a change that would allow retailers to sell alcoholic products at prices below statutorily specified bottoms.

Proper ways to handle encroachment

Though you hope to be at peace with your neighbors, issues may arise over time. In certain instances, such as cases of encroachment, it is important for landowners to understand their rights in regards to real estate.

If a neighbor is infringing on your land, you should consider your options before acting. There are a few different ways to handle encroachment.

Current Bridgeport focus: liquor outlet zoning rules

Any person needing confirmation that municipal zoning relevant to liquor outlets and sales can be thorny and contentious business need look no further these days than Bridgeport. A recent media spotlighting of an ongoing dispute in that city notes that it is "so controversial that the [city] planning department is seeking a consultant's perspective."

We allude to liquor law's complexities on our website at Berdon, Young & Margolis in New Haven. We note therein that detailed state and federal regulations already on the books are often rendered even more complicated by an "intersection of local zoning, fire and health regulations."

Should smaller businesses start making plans in wake of tax cuts?

Principals of small and medium-sized businesses in Connecticut and across the country have pined for years for reduced tax levies on their companies. They routinely note that tax law changes salutary to businesses will enable them to buy more equipment, expand operations and hire additional workers.

Should they act now on their inclination to do so, in the wake of recent federal tax cuts announced by the Trump administration?

What's trending in 2018? Where is American business headed?

The U.S. business landscape is frenetic, evolving and complex.

Indeed, it always has been, right? Company entrepreneurs in Connecticut and nationally have had a constant and sharp focus on profit-making opportunities since the nation's birth. Roads to explore both figuratively and literally lead in all directions, and bright minds have always been eager to travel them.

No time like the present to revisit the company handbook

Experienced commercial law attorneys promoting the best interests of business owners routinely focus on matters across a wide universe of concerns.

We note on our website at the New Haven law firm of Berdon, Young & Margolis, for example, that we assist our valued clients with matters ranging from formation issues and financing to dispute resolution and employment-linked considerations.

Business financing: of course, there's lots to think about

If you are a Connecticut entrepreneur with a strong business vision, you've undoubtedly got a lot of things on your mind concerning start-up considerations.

A key threshold matter is of course formation. What entity will your enterprise assume? Will careful consideration result in a corporate form, partnership, limited liability company or some other type of business concern?

What's on the horizon for retailers in 2018?

The answer to the question posed above in today's post headline can be succinctly stated: It depends on who you're asking.

As revealed in a recent national business article, prognosticators focused on business realities this year in the retailing sector largely reside in two polar camps.

Odd marital property subject to division in your divorce

If you have decided that divorce is inevitable, you and your spouse will soon be facing the task of dividing your marital property. This is not an easy task, and it is a good idea to begin compiling a list of assets you believe will qualify.

The first items that come to mind will probably be things such as real property and bank accounts. However, as you delve further into the assets you have accumulated during your married life, some you had not considered initially will surely turn up. Here are a few you might want to list:

Americans largely fail to prepare for divorce or widowhood

According to a study conducted by TD Ameritrade, 65 percent of married people lack a plan for handling their finances in the event of divorce or the death of a spouse. Connecticut residents may want to consider their financial plans in the event of their marriage ending as money is among the most-disrupted areas when divorce occurs.

Approximately a quarter of Americans aged 65 and older become widowed, and around 40 percent of marriages end in divorce, according to TD Ameritrade. A managing director there said people could bolster their personal financial security by planning for events that leave them alone. In the study, individuals who were married reported incomes averaging $61,700 annually while those who were divorced averaged $9,800 less. Widows and widowers reported personal incomes of $13,100 less than married people.

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