Fishbein Law Firm, LLC is a Connecticut general civil practice law firm concentrating in the following areas:

Auto Accidents

Fishbein Law Firm, LLC represents clients injured in car crash and motor vehicle accident cases involving:

  • Rear end collisions
  • Intersection accidents
  • Alcohol related crashes
  • Hit and run injuries
  • Passenger injuries
  • Driver injuries
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Semi-truck and tractor trailer crashes
  • Pedestrian accidents and injuries
  • Bicycle accidents

Every motor vehicle accident in Connecticut is different. Every set of damages, injuries, and losses is unique. While most car accidents in Connecticut are caused unintentionally by a momentary lack of attention, such as the use of a cellular phone, stereo, or other unsafe driving habit, some accidents are caused by behavior such as high speed reckless driving, drunk driving, driving while intoxicated (DWI), or driving under the influence (DUI). These reckless acts are not only negligent, but also criminal.

If you have been injured in a car accident or motor vehicle crash in Connecticut, please contact us today. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingency fee basis.

Bankruptcy

We help people file for debt relief under the bankruptcy code.

If you are interested in discussing debt relief, please contact us today.

Business Formations

We provide the tools to incorporate businesses or to create Limited Liability Companies and to obtain the Federal Tax Identification numbers for the same. We also provide buy-sell agreements and non-competition agreements for businesses.

Elder Law

America as a society is living longer and encountering issues and problems of aging that a few short years ago were not of great concern. Today, appropriate planning can facilitate the ability to obtain governmental assistance to fund medical and convalescent homecare without burdening the children of aged parents.

If you are interested in discussing the issues of trusts, Title 19 planning, Medicare and Medicaid, our firm offers counseling with respect to the many dimensions of elder care law.

Estate Planning

The knowledge that we will eventually die is one of the things that seems to distinguish humans from animals. At the same time, no one likes to dwell on the prospect of their own death. But if you postpone planning for your demise until it is too late, you run the risk that your intended beneficiaries — those you love the most — may not receive what you would want them to receive whether due to extra administration costs, unnecessary taxes or squabbling among your heirs.

This is why estate planning is so important, no matter how small your estate may be. It allows you, while you are still living, to ensure that your property will go to the people you want, in the way you want, and when you want. It permits you to save as much as possible on taxes, court costs and attorneys’ fees; and it affords the comfort that your loved ones can mourn your loss without being simultaneously burdened with unnecessary red tape and financial confusion.

All estate plans should include, at minimum, two important estate planning instruments: a durable power of attorney and a will. The first is for managing your property during your life, in case you are ever unable to do so yourself. The second is for the management and distribution of your property after death. In addition, more and more, many are using revocable (or “living”) trusts to avoid probate and to manage their estates both during their lives and after they’re gone.

In addition you may want to consider use of a “living will” with respect to life support systems. If appropriate, please click Wills and Trusts below

If you are interested in discussing an appropriate estate planning process for you and your family, please contact us today.

Family Law/Divorce

A divorce or other family law dispute can be one of the most devastating things that can happen to a family, and family law litigation typically propels adults and children into numerous adjustments and challenges. At Fishbein Law Firm, LLC, we understand the emotional toll that a divorce or child custody dispute can take on mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and children, and are committed to providing the most effective level of service in a caring and compassionate manner.
From our office in Wallingford, Connecticut, our lawyers and staff provide families throughout the New Haven area with experienced legal representation and personalized service in every area affecting the family. Our clients appreciate the caring and supportive atmosphere that we provide along with our legal ability and experience. We practice in the following areas:

  • Child custody and child support
  • Divorce, dissolution and legal separation
  • Domestic abuse and domestic violence
  • Enforcement and modification proceedings
  • Maintenance, spousal support and alimony
  • Marital property division and retirement benefits
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Paternity proceedings
  • Premarital and prenuptial agreements
  • Separation agreements
  • Visitation and placement

A very useful online resource for those that are new to the divorce process is the “Divorce Handbook” located at the website for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

To learn more about family law and divorce in Connecticut please contact us today.

Landlord/Tenant

We represent individual owners of individual rental units up to and including large apartment buildings and complexes. Our representation in eviction matters typically involves the filing of complaints for eviction on all grounds allowed under the Connecticut statutes. All evictions are expeditiously processed. We then appear in court and either negotiate a settlement with the tenant or proceed to trial.
We assist our clients in the following activities:

  • Preparation and negotiation of residential and commercial leases
  • Prepare and serve eviction Notices to Quit
  • Prepare and file Summons’ and Complaints for eviction
  • Prepare and file the appropriate pleadings
  • Representation at trial for all housing matters

If you would like Fishbein Law Firm, LLC to represent you in a landlord / tenant matter, please contact us today.

Personal Injury

Please review sections: Auto Accidents, Premises Liability, Product Liability

Premises Liability

The term “slip and fall” describes the type of injury that occurs on someone else’s property, usually as a result of a defective surface, a slippery substance, or other dangerous conditions. Slip & fall legal practice deals with the concept of premises liability. An owner of property (“premises”) owes a duty to his guests (“invitees”) to keep his property in a reasonably safe condition. So, if you slip and fall on a piece of lettuce while at the local grocery store, your grocer may have breached his duty to provide you, his customer, with a reasonably safe shopping experience. If such a breach caused your injury, you may be entitled to compensation from the grocer.

As illustrated by the example above, these types of injuries most commonly occur at restaurants, supermarkets, and shopping malls. Inside a building, dangerous conditions such as torn carpeting, abrupt changes in flooring, poor lighting, narrow or poorly maintained stairs, or a wet floor can cause victims to slip, fall, and seriously injure themselves. Outside of a building, victims may slip, trip, and fall because of rain, ice, snow, or a hidden hazard such as a pothole. The fact that you become injured from a slip, trip, or fall does not necessarily mean that someone else is legally responsible for your injury. The owner or operator of a business has a legal duty to maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition, or at least warn the public of a dangerous condition that they caused, were aware of, or should have been aware of. If these tests are not met, and you injure yourself on their property as a result of their failure to meet these conditions, you may have a valid claim against the business owner or operator. Premises liability claims encompass a variety of injuries including but not limited to:

  • Injuries that occur in elevators
  • Injuries that occur in stores or restaurants
  • Injuries that occur in building corridors
  • Injuries that occur (outside) on private or public land
  • Injuries that occur in resorts
  • Injuries that occur during recreational activities
  • Injuries that occur in swimming pools

While the most common premises liability case is a slip and fall accident or a trip and fall accident, these injuries are by no means the only kind of premises negligence case that our firm handles. Premises liability lawsuits may also stem from any kind of unsafe or dangerous conditions on the premises, or defect in the construction of, or inadequate maintenance of the premises where an injury or accident occurs. These types of cases include:

  • Defective lighting
  • Failure to warn of hazardous conditions on the property
  • Improperly maintained equipment
  • Dog bites and animal attacks
  • Other dangerous conditions of the premises

If you have questions or concerns about a premises liability claim, please contact us today. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingency fee basis.

Probate

Probate is simply a method of transferring your assets to your heirs upon your death. Probate involves filing papers in Court, and then submitting the management of the estate to the general supervision of the Court. Probate typically requires an attorney. There has been a great deal of misinformation demonizing the alleged evils of probate, portraying it as a thing to be avoided at all costs. In general, probate is not as bad as has been portrayed, as most probates are finalized within six months of filing, usually heirs can receive at least some of the assets well prior to that time, and the attorney fees for an uncomplicated probate are very reasonable. That being said, there are some effective methods of avoiding probate, and a good estate planning attorney will help you decide whether any of these methods would be feasible for you.

If appropriate, please review sections: Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts

Your family may experience grief and confusion when a loved one passes away. We have helped families in Connecticut, and all across the United States, minimizing their problems during this difficult time.

If you have been named as Executor in someone’s Will, or if you will seek appointment as an Administrator of a deceased person’s estate, we will handle every aspect of working through the Connecticut legal system on your behalf.

If you have questions or concerns about a probate matter, please contact us today.

Real estate

The purchase or sale of your home is an important event. Fishbein Law Firm, LLC is prepared to handle these matters in an efficient and timely matter. From the title search to the preparation of your mortgage documents and the closing of title we will keep you advised of the legal ramifications of your purchase or sale. We are an approved law firm for most lenders and brokers which operate in the state of Connecticut. We have experience in conventional loans, commercial loans, SBA loans, VA loans, DAP loans, CHFA loans.

Residential & Commercial Closings – Buyer, Seller & Developer Representation

  • Whether buying or selling, lending or borrowing, Fishbein Law Firm, LLC advises clients along the way. Fishbein Law Firm, LLC is available to draft, review and/or negotiate all documentation required to close transactions.

Leases & Conveyances

  • Whether representing a landlord or a tenant, Fishbein Law Firm, LLC advises its clients on the potential effect of terms, negotiates to attain the most favorable provisions possible, and drafts all related documents. When disputes arise over leases or conveyances, Fishbein Law Firm, LLC represents its clients in settlement discussions, mediations, arbitrations and trials.

Easements, Boundary & Title Disputes

  • Title issues are often complex blends of unusual facts and arcane property law. When disputes arise over title, easements, restrictions, liens, boundaries or other issues affecting the ownership or use of property, Fishbein Law Firm, LLC negotiates resolutions where possible and litigates where necessary.

Construction Disputes

  • Fishbein Law Firm, LLC analyzes construction issues, selects appropriate experts, and drafts pleadings using the most effective strategies available in this rapidly changing field. Discovery is conducted efficiently in order to seize upon the most significant issues and resolve the case to the client’s best advantage, whether through settlement or trial. Where insurance issues arise, Fishbein Law Firm, LLC can achieve results even when none seem likely.

Title Examinations

Drafting of Deeds

If you are interested in having Fishbein Law Firm, LLC represent you in any of the above matters, please contact us today.

Wills/Trusts

Wills and trusts can each be used to transfer your property when you die, but they are very different estate planning tools. A will becomes effective when you die, while a living trust becomes operative immediately upon its creation. A trust can be used to manage your to manage your estate while you are alive. Trusts are more flexible than wills and don’t generally require formality of execution at each point of action. If you own real estate in more than one state a living trust can help avoid probate in two different states. A will becomes public when it is filed in probate court, while a trust remains a confidential instrument. Living trusts avoid the formal probate process thereby allowing almost immediate access to your estate assets.

For these reasons the use of living trusts make sense for most people. These trusts can connect to your current estate plan by use of a “pour-over” will. Other trusts such as the irrevocable life insurance trusts can create additional tax-free benefits to your loved ones. Tools such as charitable trusts and gifts to minors are available as additional techniques.

If you are interested in having Attorney Fishbein draft your will and/or trust, please contact us today.

Zoning/Land Use

Zoning & Land Use includes issues related to use of land, including zoning, variances, special exceptions, signage, development of property, and eminent domain.

In old America, few regulations existed on the use of land due to the seemingly endless amounts of it. As society shifted from a rural to an urban society, public land regulation became important especially to city governments trying to control industry, commerce, and housing within its boundaries. The first zoning ordinance was passed in New York City in 1916 and by the 1930’s, most states had adopted zoning laws. By the 1970s, concerns about the environment and historic preservation led to further regulation.

Today, federal, state, and local governments regulate growth and development through statutory law. The majority of controls on land, however, stem from actions of private developers and individuals.

If you are interested in discussing a Connecticut land use matter, please contact us today.