My firm frequently serves as local counsel for out-of-state attorneys and businesses in transactional matters, including real estate and business transactions, and in connection with Connecticut environmental law compliance. I can assist with various issues, including title work, closings, Secretary of State filings, land use and other opinions, and the application of Connecticut law to the transaction. I can also provide guidance to "lead" counsel with respect to Connecticut-specific provisions required in the transaction documentation, such as real estate contracts and asset purchase agreements.
One particular area of Connecticut law which presents a significant issue in real estate and business transactions is the Connecticut Transfer Act. Many attorneys who do not regularly practice in Connecticut are not aware of the requirements of this law. The law applies to transfers of both real estate and businesses where hazardous waste is generated or stored. Many types of manufacturing businesses are subject to the requirements of the act, and a property owner will be required to comply on the sale of a property even if it was a tenant which was involved in the generation of hazardous waste. The consequences of not complying with the law are severe, and include fines and strict liability for any environmental contamination at the site. More information about the Transfer Act is available on this site and at the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection website, www.ct.gov/dep.
My firm also has a close relationship with and shares office space with Filardi Law Offices, LLC. Attorney Charles J. Filardi, Jr., the principal of the firm, has extensive experience in Connecticut’s State and Federal courts, including bankruptcy courts, and is often retained as local counsel on behalf of parties that need to bring suit or find themselves sued in Connecticut’s courts. In the event that a matter requires assistance from a litigator, Attorney Filardi can be retained to handle that aspect of the matter.