I have never written a blog, so I struggled with how to open this one. “Hi” seemed a little informal, “Dear Readers” seemed a little like the introduction to an advice column, and “Welcome” just felt strange. So, I finally settled on jumping right in and seeing how that goes.

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Sarah, the newest member of the Kane, Hartley & Kane team. If you’re curious about me and my experience, you can read my biography on our website. As part of my mission to get to know our clientele, present and prospective, I am venturing into the blogosphere weekly (or hopefully weekly) to discuss common, and sometimes uncommon, legal issues. My aim will be to discuss these issues in such a way that those reading will not need to have a legal education to get the general idea of what something means and how it works in the “real world.”

Far too often the law is inaccessible to those who need to understand it the most – those affected, and whether you know it or not, we are all affected, every day, by the law. You do not have to have an active case; as a person living in this country you are subject to thousands of laws every day. Unfortunately for those who do not have law degrees, the law is often written and/or implemented in such a way as to make it confusing or even frustrating to decode. In fact, in law school one of the first things your professors tell you is that to learn the law you must first learn a foreign language – “legalese,” or the language of the law.

Well I call shenanigans. If one must abide by the law one has the right to understand the law. While I make no claims as to my ability to make clear every aspect of every law in this country, I am going to try to explain some areas that affect the most people most often. I will touch on topics of real estate, estate planning and administration, trusts, family, education, criminal, and juvenile law. Also, should there be an interesting and broadly impactful decision from either the Supreme Court of the United States, the Connecticut Supreme Court, or any other similar court, I may address that as well. Lastly, if you have a burning curiosity about some general topic in the law or a recent court decision (nothing personal please), let me know and I’ll try to unpack it here in this blog. You can find my contact information at the bottom of the page.

The point to this blog will not be to provide binding legal advice, but to give those seeking some answers or general education about a certain area of law a place to start. Should I write about something you feel is impacting your life in an individual and specific way, please reach out to us or another licensed attorney for guidance.

Sarah W. Lemay is an attorney in Glastonbury, CT.

To contact Attorney Lemay, you may email slemay@glastonburylaw.com or call our office at (860) 633-3651.

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