Rucci in the Community

Written by admin on August 7, 2017

Rucci Law Group continues to support various local organizations throughout the year. Here’s are some of the recent events they have sponsored.   Darien’s 13th Annual July 4 Push-n-Pull Parade Pictured here are Shea, daughter of Attorney Amy Zabetakis, and a friend, with Uncle Sam. The two volunteered as judges.    First Annual Weed Beach … Continue reading Rucci in the Community

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Doing Business in Connecticut: Key Takeaways from the New LLC Act

Written by Kathryn Diehm on August 7, 2017

If you have a small business, you may be aware that the State of Connecticut recently updated its rules governing how LLCs operate (the “New CT LLC Act,” effective July 1)—and you may be wondering how, specifically, these changes will impact you and your business. The first thing to know about these updates: Most only … Continue reading Doing Business in Connecticut: Key Takeaways from the New LLC Act

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Back to School. Four Essential Documents for Your College Bound Children

Written by Michele Gartland on August 7, 2017

If you’ll be dropping off your young adult (who, depending on the day, may still seem like a child) on a college campus this fall, you probably have a long checklist to help them complete first. Along with the laptop and the dorm supplies, it’s important that certain essential documents—giving you authority to act on … Continue reading Back to School. Four Essential Documents for Your College Bound Children

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Spotlight on Amy Zabetakis, Esq.

Written by admin on April 5, 2017

Amy Zabetakis is a founding partner at Rucci Law Group, LLC. After pursuing a joint J.D./M.B.A from Georgetown University, Amy took a job in New York City working with large corporate clients. While her work provided her with ample worthwhile experience, she soon realized that a more personal approach might suit her better. Q: What … Continue reading Spotlight on Amy Zabetakis, Esq.

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What to do BEFORE Placing Your House on the Market

Written by Amy Zabetakis on April 5, 2017

Thinking of moving? Before listing your house, make sure you’re putting your best foot forward by assembling a team of trusted advisors. A real estate agent and an attorney can look out for your best interests, guide you and help you navigate the process as seamlessly as possible. The first step in getting top dollar … Continue reading What to do BEFORE Placing Your House on the Market

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Special Needs Trusts Update

Written by Marianne C. Cirillo on April 5, 2017

Last year’s passage of the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act ushered in significant legislative changes to the establishment of Special Needs Trusts (SNTs). SNTs have the potential to greatly improve the lives of individuals living with disabilities, because the assets held in these types of trusts are non-countable, thus providing a person with disabilities access … Continue reading Special Needs Trusts Update

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Michele Gartland Tours El Salvador with Americares

Written by Amy Zabetakis on December 13, 2016

Americares hosted its annual Airlift Benefit on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Westchester Airport, which culminated in Michele Gartland, RLG attorney, leaving the Benefit to see first-hand the work done by Americares. The benefit raised $2.9 million and ended with a journey to El Salvador to deliver medicine and supplies and a chance to witness … Continue reading Michele Gartland Tours El Salvador with Americares

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Employee Spotlight: Kate Diehm

Written by Amy Zabetakis on December 13, 2016

Rucci Law Group is pleased to announce that Kate Diehm was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in November 2016. Super Lawyers selects attorneys from more than 70 practice areas throughout the US in a peer-nominated process that involves independent research and peer evaluations. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer … Continue reading Employee Spotlight: Kate Diehm

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Successful Push-Pull Parade Sponsored by RLG

Written by Amy Zabetakis on August 17, 2016

Downtown Darien was the scene of the annual Darien July 4th Push and Pull Parade. Participation rules are simple: any kind of non-motorized vehicle with wheels is eligible to join and everything from strollers, to wagons, to roller skates and bikes joined the procession. The festivities include an honor guard, music from a fife and … Continue reading Successful Push-Pull Parade Sponsored by RLG

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Employee Spotlight: Marianne C. Cirillo

Written by Amy Zabetakis on August 17, 2016

Marianne Cirillo is an experienced lawyer in the areas of trusts and estates and real estate law. She considers herself to be a good listener, helping clients to feel both heard and understood. That in turn provides confidence that RLG has the legal competence to pinpoint and then handle a particular issue professionally and discretely. … Continue reading Employee Spotlight: Marianne C. Cirillo

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Connecticut Enacts New Uniform Power of Attorney Legislation

Written by Amy Zabetakis on August 17, 2016

Connecticut lawmakers have reacted to the public’s outcry for nationwide uniformity regarding Power of Attorney (POA) laws. Connecticut has updated its regulations that had been unchanged prior to 1965 to join the other 18 states using a uniform statutory form by adopting the Uniform Power of Attorney Act that will be effective October 1, 2016. … Continue reading Connecticut Enacts New Uniform Power of Attorney Legislation

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Birgit Stueber Joins Rucci Law Group

Written by Amy Zabetakis on May 18, 2016

‘Birgit Stueber joined Rucci Law Group (RLG) in early 2016 to provide administrative support. Hers is the friendly voice you often hear answering the phone when you ring the office. She will be involved in all facets of administrative work with the firm, focusing on Real Estate, Land Use and Zoning, and Trusts and Estates. … Continue reading Birgit Stueber Joins Rucci Law Group

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RLG Announces Launch of Updated Website

Written by Amy Zabetakis on May 15, 2016

Rucci Law Group (RLG) is pleased to announce the launch of our updated website. The new site is now faster, easier to navigate and more user-friendly. It is available at www.ruccilawgroup.com. While the look of the website is brand new, RLG continues to be your professional counselors, providing personal and business solutions.   The updated … Continue reading RLG Announces Launch of Updated Website

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Florida Homestead Procedures Becoming More Relevant As Connecticut Residents Rethink Retirement

Written by Marianne C. Cirillo on May 12, 2016

More and more Connecticut residents are rethinking their retirement and whether to remain in the Nutmeg state, due mainly to the prohibitive estate taxes and increased probate fees. Residents are fleeing the state for less expensive places to retire, and Florida, with its favorable tax policies and Homestead Laws, is becoming more attractive than ever. … Continue reading Florida Homestead Procedures Becoming More Relevant As Connecticut Residents Rethink Retirement

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Changes to Probate Filing Fees in 2016

Written by Marianne C. Cirillo on January 26, 2016

Fees on decedents estates changed significantly with the new state budget for fiscal years 2015-16 and 2016-17. The new fee structure almost doubles the rate on estates larger than $2 million and eliminates the fee cap, which was previously a maximum fee of $12,500. Connecticut now has the highest probate filing fees of any state … Continue reading Changes to Probate Filing Fees in 2016

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Julie Jaramillo Graduates with Associates Degree

Written by Amy Zabetakis on January 25, 2016

Rucci Law Group is proud to announce that Julie Jaramillo completed her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice at Norwalk Community College in December 2015. Rather than take a break from school, she is off to John Jay College of Criminal Justice to pursue her undergraduate degree in pre-law studies beginning in January 2016. Julie plans … Continue reading Julie Jaramillo Graduates with Associates Degree

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Do I Really Need A Survey Before I Put Up a Fence?

Written by Amy Zabetakis on January 25, 2016

Get one – that is all you need to know. While good fences make good neighbors, fences in the wrong location can cause any number of problems. If you are installing a fence on your property you need the property line staked so you can be sure that the fence is located just inside your … Continue reading Do I Really Need A Survey Before I Put Up a Fence?

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Dianne Covello Joining Trusts & Estates as Paralegal

Written by Amy Zabetakis on December 16, 2015

Dianne Covello will join the Trusts and Estates practice in 2016 as a paralegal, reflecting the need for additional asssistance in this growing practice for Rucci Law Group. Attorney Michele Gartland remarked, “While Dianne has been helping the Trust & Estates department out for months, we are looking forward to her officially joining the team. … Continue reading Dianne Covello Joining Trusts & Estates as Paralegal

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Shortened Form for Applying for Nonprofit Status

Written by Kathryn Diehm on December 16, 2015

In mid-2014 the IRS premiered a short-form version of the application for new charities applying for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. The new application is a mere three pages long (as opposed to the full 31 page application) and will apply to nearly 70 percent of all new applicants. This is a common-sense approach that will help … Continue reading Shortened Form for Applying for Nonprofit Status

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How to Give Charitably for Maximum Benefit to All

Written by Michele Gartland on December 16, 2015

The majority of charitable organizations look forward to the months between October and December as the time of year when patrons are most likely to open their hearts and subsequently their wallets.[1] Non-profit organizations, public charities, and private foundations report that nearly 50 percent of their yearly contributions are received in the final quarter of … Continue reading How to Give Charitably for Maximum Benefit to All

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Essential Documents for Young Adults

Written by Michele Gartland on October 22, 2015

Not long ago essential documents for 18 year olds included a driver’s license and a passport for your semester abroad. Essential documents for young adults now include Health Care Proxies and Living Wills. Colleges often request that these be filed before moving into college housing. This shift reflects a change in legal requirements regarding privacy … Continue reading Essential Documents for Young Adults

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RLG Committed to Community Service

Written by Amy Zabetakis on October 15, 2015

Fall is a busy time of year as days get shorter, kids return to school, and we prepare for the coming winter snow. Even with full schedules Rucci Law Group remains committed to community service and contributes to a variety of fund-raising activities for Darien and beyond. A fall gala, that raised money for scholarships, … Continue reading RLG Committed to Community Service

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Farewell to Nancy Baker

Written by Amy Zabetakis on October 15, 2015

Rucci Law Group will soon bid farewell to Nancy Baker. After more than 30 years of service to the attorneys and firm Nancy will retire at the end of 2015. She is quick to point out that she won’t be farther away than a phone call and will remain actively involved in the Darien community. … Continue reading Farewell to Nancy Baker

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Changes in Integrated Disclosure Rules for Home Loans

Written by Amy Zabetakis on July 7, 2015

In the flurry to sign a purchase contract, obtain a loan, and pack your worldly goods into boxes, worrying about recent changes to federal lending disclosure rules may be far from your thoughts. Amy Zabetakis cuts through the fog surrounding the upcoming regulation changes and provides you with just enough information to move forward confidently. … Continue reading Changes in Integrated Disclosure Rules for Home Loans

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Meet Nico: Rucci Law Group’s Office Dog

Written by Amy Zabetakis on July 7, 2015

Nico the Office Dog was rescued from a Trumbull shelter by Joe Rucci and his son Ted. Nico, a mix of black lab, pit bull and shar-pei, loves greeting clients and guests. His areas of expertise include providing a soft shoulder to pet during a crisis, strong collaboration in snacks eaten during working hours and … Continue reading Meet Nico: Rucci Law Group’s Office Dog

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Serious Tax Tips and Some Not-so-Serious Advice

Written by Amy Zabetakis on July 7, 2015

With federal and state tax returns due on April 15, advice on reducing your tax bill pops up in many forms and forums. Advice runs from the serious to the sublime. Rucci Law Group recommends that you take a few moments to think through the legal implications of your tax position.   One little known … Continue reading Serious Tax Tips and Some Not-so-Serious Advice

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Digital Assets Require Trusts and Estates Planning

Written by Michele Gartland on March 24, 2015

You may be surprised to find that you can’t split your iTunes library or your Kindle books among your heirs just as you would have left record albums or books to kids years ago. Even though the library was acquired at substantial cost, due to licensing agreements it is considered non-transferable even as part of … Continue reading Digital Assets Require Trusts and Estates Planning

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Meet Michele Gartland: Rucci’s Newest Attorney

Written by Amy Zabetakis on March 24, 2015

Rucci Law Group welcomed Michele Gartland as an attorney in the Trusts and Estates practice in January, 2015. Michele Gartland brings experience in corporate and general practice, along with strong ties to the community, a hallmark of the Rucci Law Group.   Michele Gartland describes her approach to law as a combination of legal knowledge, … Continue reading Meet Michele Gartland: Rucci’s Newest Attorney

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Buying and Selling Problem Properties

Written by Amy Zabetakis on March 24, 2015

Amy Zabetakis, founding member of Rucci Law Group, provided a presentation on legal issues surrounding home purchases to realtors in the New Canaan and Darien offices of Berkshire Hathaway in early 2015. A summary of problems and how to avoid these deal killers was presented. With the median sales price for a residential property in … Continue reading Buying and Selling Problem Properties

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Rucci Rises to the Rappelling Challenge to Support Shatterproof

Written by Amy Zabetakis on February 10, 2015

Dianne Covello, Sarah Mead, and Amy Zabetakis joined more than 80 area residents in accepting the challenge to rappel down One Landmark Square in Stamford on October 18, 2014. The event was organized by Shatterproof, a national organization committed to protecting children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering … Continue reading Rucci Rises to the Rappelling Challenge to Support Shatterproof

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Guest Blog Post at 341 Studios

Written by Kathryn Diehm on September 6, 2013

Kate Diehm wrote a guest blog post for 341 Studios‘ blog. The post includes information on the different kinds of trademarks and things to consider when developing your brand. The entire post can be seen here.

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John Hethington Honored

Written by Kathryn Diehm on January 28, 2013

State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) honored John Hetherington in an op-ed in the Norwalk Hour, saying that he “elevated our system of government”. You can see the full text of the article here.  

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Darien Chamber of Commerce Annual Wine Tasting & Charity Auction

Written by Kathryn Diehm on October 12, 2012

Rucci Law Group, LLC is pleased to be the Red Wine Sponsor of the Darien Chamber of Commerce Annual Wine Tasting and Charity Auction.

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Major Changes in Estate and Gift Taxes Loom This Year

Written by Kathryn Diehm on September 10, 2012

John W. Hetherington and Brendan Froehlich co-authored a guest column in the New Canaan Advertiser regarding the uncertainty of estate and gift tax law. The complete article is available at The New Canaan Advertiser.

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John Hetherington to Participate in Forum on Homeowners’ Associations

Written by Kathryn Diehm on August 30, 2012

Representative John W. Hetherington (R-125) will participate in an open forum hosted by Plaza Realty & Management Corporation to discuss recent changes and issues impacting Homeowners’ Associations.  He will be joined by Representatives James Albis (D-99) and Gerald Fox III (D-146), the Assistant Majority Leader.  The forum will take place on Thursday, August 30, 2012 … Continue reading John Hetherington to Participate in Forum on Homeowners’ Associations

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John Hetherington Honored by New Canaan Republicans

Written by Kathryn Diehm on April 16, 2012

John Hetherington was honored by the New Canaan Republican Town Committee on Friday, April 13, 2012 at its sixth annual Lincoln Dinner.  Representative Hetherington has served as the representative for the 125th Assembly District since 2002. New Canaan Republican Town Committee to Honor Rep. Hetherington.

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Rucci Law Group Assists New Canaan

Written by Kathryn Diehm on March 27, 2012

Rucci Law Group is pleased to announce that we have been hired to advise the New Canaan Planning and Zoning Commission. For more details, please read the article at The Daily New Canaan.

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Marysue Rucci Named Vice President, Editor-in- Chief of Simon & Schuster

Written by Kathryn Diehm on March 23, 2012

We are pleased to share exciting news for a member of our Rucci Law Group Family: Marysue Rucci, Joe Rucci’s daughter, has been named Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of Simon & Schuster. From the Press Release: Marysue Rucci has been named Vice President, Editor-in-Chief of the Simon & Schuster adult trade imprint, it was announced … Continue reading Marysue Rucci Named Vice President, Editor-in- Chief of Simon & Schuster

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John Hetherington Won’t Seek Reelection

Written by Kathryn Diehm on March 8, 2012

Our colleague, John Hetherington, released the following statement on March 6, 2012: I have had the opportunity to serve in the Connecticut Legislature for 10 great years. The chance to help constituents and share the good fight in Hartford has given me an experience for which I will always be grateful. But I believe that … Continue reading John Hetherington Won’t Seek Reelection

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Rucci Law Group Opens Its Doors

Written by Kathryn Diehm on March 2, 2012

Rucci Law Group’s New Office The partners of Rucci Law Group, LLC are pleased to announce that we have opened our doors at 19 Old Kings Highway South, Darien, Connecticut. You can find us in our new offices on the first floor, Suite 110 (just to the left of the fountain). We are happy to announce … Continue reading Rucci Law Group Opens Its Doors

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Rucci Law Group, LLC Announced

Written by Kathryn Diehm on December 2, 2011

We are very excited to announce that we will be launching a new law firm, Rucci Law Group, LLC this December. Rucci Law Group will be a modern law firm utilizing technology to improve efficiency, control costs and provide better communication with you, our valued clients. Among our innovations is our plan to allow you … Continue reading Rucci Law Group, LLC Announced

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