FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

This section answers some questions you may have about legal services. To discuss any of the answers in more detail, or to discuss your specific needs, please call or email us.

First, be sure to get the medical attention you need. No two accidents are alike and there are many factors that play into each one (time of day, weather, actions of those involved, etc.)

Consult with an attorney as soon as you or your loved ones are able. Not all accidents or injuries will result in a recovery for the injured party. The lawyers at Hassett & George will gather the information, analyze the facts, and evaluate whether or not you have a case. If you do, we can discuss how to proceed.  We recommend speaking with an attorney before giving any written or oral statements to investigators or insurance personnel.

Keep in mind that you must file your suit by a definite time after your injury – otherwise you will be forever barred from doing so; therefore, it is important to make contact with us as soon as possible. 

You should contact an attorney right away. Failure to answer a summons to court in a timely manner may result in a judgment against you.  In addition to the summons, you will be given a copy of the complaint that the other party is bringing against you.

The attorneys at Hassett & George understand that being summoned to court can be a frightening event. We will evaluate the documents you received to confirm they were properly served and whether the claim is timely and proper. We will discuss the options available to you and advise you on how to proceed.

Going through a divorce is an emotionally complex time. Oftentimes anger, blame or other highly charged emotions outweigh the real issues. Children, support, property, and other assets bring different dynamics to each situation. You should contact an attorney to help you preserve your rights, as well as to navigate through the law and courts.

Divorce falls under the broader “family law” arena and includes considerations such as filing for the divorce, fairly dividing assets, child support, and visitation. The attorneys at Hassett & George routinely represent clients through the entire family law process before the courts – and stay with them every step of the way.

If you feel that you have been illegally discriminated against, illegally terminated, or suffered illegal whistle-blower retaliation, an attorney at Hassett & George can discuss the issue with you, and if required, represent you before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the National Labor Relations Board, the court, or an arbitrator.

The fees you will be charged will be discussed upfront, prior to any action being taken.  The rules of professional responsibility require that an attorney execute a written fee agreement prior to or within a reasonable time after they begin to represent you. Depending on the nature of your case, fees fall into one of three categories:

  • Hourly Fee.  Clients are billed an hourly rate for the time an attorney works on their matter.
  • Outcome-Based / Contingency Fee.  The attorney receives a percentage of the recovery/settlement at the outcome of the case. 
  • Fixed Fee.  Clients are charged a fixed fee for a transaction matter.  Specific matters such as real estate closings, estate plans, leases, and corporate transaction are typically handled in this fashion.

Congratulations! Buying a piece of real estate is an exciting time, but it can be stressful, too.  Once you find a property you want to purchase, you’ll need to enter into a contract that will control the steps leading up to the transfer of title.  The end of the transaction is commonly called a closing.  There are multiple steps between finding the property you want to purchase and the closing.  The attorneys at Hassett & George can walk you through those steps – whether you’re a first time home-buyer or you’re an experienced commercial buyer.

The attorneys at Hassett & George will schedule a personal appointment to review your estate in its entirety. From there, a comprehensive plan will be drawn up so that your assets will be directed where you would like them to be. Along with these considerations, we can guide you through the other multitude of issues including guardianship for minor children, establishment of trusts, and probate administration.

While the terms and the jargon can be confusing, the attorneys at Hassett & George will explain the details and answer all of your questions.

The attorneys at Hassett & George can help you set up your business as a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, S-corporation, or corporation. We will make sure that all of the articles of organization, bylaws, operating agreements, and other documents are properly executed for your protection.

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