Yoga Classes with Leslie Gordon

How are you? How are you, really? I don’t think I have felt this out of sorts in my life to tell you the truth. These are the times that can really push us into some deep dark places. Are you taking the time to breathe mindfully every day?

Are you taking the time to relax in some way that soothes you? Maybe it is a warm bath with candles, beautiful music, dancing, hiking? Now is the time to nurture yourself.

Also, remember that ours is a Universe of Vibration, we can choose to raise our vibration…each and every one of us. How do we raise our vibration? We can choose Love, Compassion, Understanding instead of Hate, Fear, and Violence. We can. And we must. Now more than ever.

I love this quote by Wayne Dyer who wrote The Power of Intention, which remains one of my all-time favorite books. Wayne says, “Everything you are against, weakens you. Everything you are for, empowers you.”

I believe now is the time to look for and be for the good that exists all around us. It is there that we will find our strength even in the toughest times. Om. Shanti Shanti Shanti. Om Peace Peace Peace. May Peace, Joy, Love, Compassion, and Gratitude fill your heart, today and every day, to overflowing.

Namaste’

Love, gratitude, and virtual hugs,
Leslie


Upcoming Online Yoga Classes

These classes are all pretty Gentle and accessible to all levels of fitness and flexibility. Should you like a slightly more challenging class, choose Saturday. If you need to use a chair, Wednesday is your best option.


Injured by an uninsured motorist in CT?

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FerryLaw: Auto / Car Accident Attorneys in New Britain, Hartford, Waterbury CT

What is UM/UIM? 

Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage provides benefits to policy holders for bodily injury caused by another driver who left the scene of the accident, has no insurance or does not have enough insurance to adequately cover your losses.

UM/UIM motorist coverage provides benefits to policy holders & passengers for bodily injuries caused by another driver who either: (1) has no insurance; (2) does not have adequate insurance to cover your losses; or (3) left the scene (“hit & run”)

Connecticut law requires that all motor vehicles that operate on its highways have liability insurance of at least $25,000/$50,000 ($25K per person, $50K per accident). In addition, Connecticut General Statutes § 38a-336 requires that all liability insurers provide UM/UIM motorist coverage that is equal to the liability limits the insured purchased. 

Who can UM/UIM potentially cover?

UM/UIM generally covers:

  1. the policy holder who is the named insured; 
  2. passengers in the vehicle insured by the policy; and 
  3. relatives & spouses who lived with the named insured. 

What is Underinsured Motorist Conversion Insurance?

Conversion coverage also provides for reimbursement in case you are injured by an underinsured driver. If your damages exceed the at-fault driver’s insurance, or other payments, your underinsured motorist conversion coverage will be available for damages not paid. This optional coverage is not reduced by payments from any other source, including the at-fault driver’s liability insurance.

Public Act 09-72 also requires an insurer issuing a new automobile policy to inform the policy holder of the availability of underinsured motorist conversion coverage, which can be purchased as additional underinsured motorist coverage.  Unlike traditional UM/UIM coverage, this optional coverage will not be reduced by any other sources of payment like traditional underinsured motorist coverage.

What’s an example of UM/UIM and Conversion Coverage?

Example: You are involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver’s negligence and sustain $400,000 in personal injuries. 

The driver only has a $200,000 policy. You have a $300,000 UM/UIM policy. 

UM/UIM: You would be allowed to recover the $200,000 policy from the at-fault driver and $100,000 of your own UM/UIM policy, which would equal your $300,000 policy limit. 

Conversion:     If you had underinsured conversion coverage of $300,000, conversion coverage would allow you to recover the $200,000 from the at-fault driver AND $200,000 from your own insurance.

Why is UM/UIM Insurance Important? 

A strong UM/UIM policy is critical to protect yourself and your family from under/uninsured motorists or hit & run situations, especially if you drive in highly populated areas with greater traffic. UM/UIM coverage can prevent you from being left in financial ruin if you are injured by another driver who either had no insurance or minimal insurance that’s inadequate to fairly compensate you for harms and losses. 

If you’ve been injured in a car accident by an underinsured/uninsured motorist, contact Ferry Law as soon as possible. 

Maintaining Insurance Coverage in CT

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Maintaining insurance in CT on your automobile is required by law.

See Connecticut General Statutes Section 14-213B. The CT state minimum requirements have increased to 25per person/50per accident. This means in an accident, the total amount available to collect is $50,000.00, with a maximum of $25,000.00 per person. For example, in a car accident where 4 people are injured, the total pot available is $50K, with $25K as the maximum any one person can collect.   

Failure to maintain insurance can carry severe consequences, including, but not limited to criminal penalties, civil fines, as well as having your car impounded or repossessed.

The bottom line is it is the LAW! However, unfortunate as it is, not everyone follows the law. You cannot rely on other people to do what is right and follow the law. That is why it is important for you to maintain insurance on your vehicle. The impacts of not having insurance can be devastating if you or a loved one are involved in an accident and there is no insurance available to compensate you for your harms and losses.  

People often have concerns that their insurance rates will go up if they bring a claim against their own insurance company. However, the impact, if any, on your rates increasing are generally outweighed by the benefit of having coverage available if and when you are injured. Plus, this is what you pay premiums year after year for. If you did a cost-benefits analysis, I just about guarantee that the amount of premiums you have paid into your policy (particularly for policies held 5+ years) far exceed any increase in premium you might see. Plus, most companies have “accident forgiveness” or some other form of vanishing deductible or refund on premiums the longer you go without an accident. 

You could also be benefitting a member of your household by maintaining insurance. This is because of a term known as resident relative, where members of a household can take advantage of a policy in your name while residing in your home. We recently handled a case on behalf of a minor child who was able to collect on her parent’s auto insurance because she resided with them. The driver who struck her was not insured, so she would have been without any recovery had her parents not maintained their own auto insurance.  

You should speak with an auto agent right away to determine the coverage that is best for you. Insurance coverage can be a complex area that is not a “one-size-fits-all” matter. There are also a lot of intricacies involved – ie. Having medical coverage on your policy; electing conversion where your coverages are doubled; or purchasing an umbrella policy. 

Some things to keep in mind when purchasing insurance:  

  1. Maintain at least the state minimum limits (25/50) or higher if you own assets (home, boat, valuable assets), etc. and make sure you make your premium payments to avoid cancellation. 
  2. Make sure your license and registration are up to date! Failure to have a valid license or properly register your vehicle can lead to problems in obtaining insurance.
  3.   Make sure everyone listed in your household who may (or may not) drive is listed on your policy. 
  4. Always keep a copy of your insurance card in your vehicle. After your license and registration, it is the next document a police officer is going to want to see if he stops you and/or you are involved in an accident. 
  5. Always review your policy in full. It is a long lengthy document, but it is an important one that if not reviewed carefully, can lead to confusion and misconceptions down the road.

The CT Insurance Department located at https://portal.ct.gov/cid, can provide some useful information on coverage requirements and your obligations pursuant to law. 

Contact ferrylaw.com if you have questions 

Domestic Violence Arrests & Fernando A. Hearings

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Have you been arrested for domestic violence in the state of CT?

When you are arrested for a domestic violence crime, a criminal protective order will automatically be issued by the judge. There are a few different types of protective orders:

(1) Full “full no contact” order –prohibits a defendant from having any contact whatsoever with the alleged victim, and prohibits a defendant from entering the alleged victim’s home. A full no contact means the defendant cannot call, text, write, message on social media, or have ANY communication or contact with the protected person until the court says otherwise.

(2) Residential Stay Away order—prohibits the defendant from entering the victim’s home, but does permit contact. This means you may have contact via phone or in person, however the defendant cannot be near, present or enter the protected person’s home.

(3) Partial” protective order—this is usually the least restrictive protective order, and prohibits the defendant from “threatening, intimidating or harassing” an alleged victim.

What is a “Fernando A.” hearing?

A “Fernando A.” hearing stems from a 2009 Connecticut Supreme Court case. In that case, the defendant sought the opportunity to have a hearing to contest the entry of the criminal protective order the court imposed against him. The judge denied his request, so the defendant appealed. The Supreme Court ruled that the defendant was entitled to a subsequent hearing (now called the Fernando A. hearing) to contest the criminal protective order, but only if the defendant made the request for the hearing at the time the criminal protective order went into effect. In other words, if you fail to request a Fernando A. hearing when the protective order is initially imposed (at arraignment) you waive your right to the hearing and must abide by the protective order in effect until further notice from the court.

The court held that the “Fernando A” hearing must be held within a reasonable period of time (usually 2-3 weeks) wherein the state will be required to prove the continued necessity of that order by a fair preponderance of the evidence, which may include reliable hearsay and the defendant will have the opportunity to proffer relevant evidence to counter the state’s case in support of his own testimony or that of other witnesses.

How do I know if my case is considered a Domestic Violence crime?

Connecticut defines family or household member to include any of the following persons regardless of their age:

  • Spouse or former spouse
  • Parents or their children
  • Persons related by blood or marriage
  • Persons other than those related by blood or marriage but who presently reside together or have resided together (e.g.; roommates)
  • Persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have ever been married or lived together
  • Persons who are currently in or who have recently been in a dating relationship

What are common “Domestic Violence” charges?

  • Assault
  • Threatening
  • Stalking
  • Harassment
  • Strangulation
  • Unlawful Restraint
  • Sexual Assault
  • Violation of a Protective Order 

If you’ve been arrested for a domestic violence matter, contact Ferry Law as soon as possible to protect you. 

Construction Accidents

FerryLaw Attorneys represent clients that have been involved in Construction Accidents

Summertime is the time outside work typically gets done. This includes roofing, paving, landscaping and various home construction projects. There are certain requirements employers are required to follow to ensure the construction site is made safe. This includes, but is not limited to OSHA compliance and various state and federal regulations. Our firm is experienced in exposing some of the dangers employers and/or homeowners fail to adhere to in order to make the property safe. We have handled cases ranging from improperly placed manholes to holes in flooring to stairway collapses. 

If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of an employer or homeowner failing to keep the premises in a safe condition, do not delay! Time is of the essence and there is a short window to bring these claims. Investigations may need to be conducted and evidence preserved on your claim.

Contact FerryLaw now to ensure all of your accident rights and interests are protected.  

FerryLaw Wellness

Attorney Ferry provides free wellness sessions!

Every human being deserves the right to good health and happiness.  We are so frazzled and not present that we literally live the Dunkin Donut slogan, America runs on Dunkin.  The corporate and pharma model of being fed a cocktail of chemicals resulting in the gradual but inevitable destruction of your organs and more chemicals to mask the destruction caused by the original chemicals is insanity.  There is no easy way to break the walls of insanity. 

But there is a way.  It starts with learning to know your own body, quieting your mind and trusting that you know what is best for you.  Our mind is very powerful when released from its mooring.  You can create dramatic changes to your chemistry by changing your mindset and changing the way you fuel your mind and body.   

FerryLaw offers a wide array of educational, instructional and motivational resources to start you on a path to a strong, healthy version of you that has been decimated by societal conditioning.   

Every client is provided a one on one wellness session with an experienced and trained person. Law Firms interested in having our wellness team conduct a workshop in your office for your staff are encouraged to contact Attorney Ferry.   We also encourage law firms to seek us out to work with clients who have anxiety or fear of testifying and who are unable to allow the case to develop for the best possible outcome. Every day that you are not happy and healthy is a day wasted.  Let us show you the way to savor every day. 

We are one.   Namaste.  
Kevin. 

Pulled over by a cop… now what?

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Situation, you’re pulled over and questioned by the police

Many of you commented on our recent Ferry Law CT Facebook post asking what your response would be to a police officer questioning you after you get pulled over. One of the most common questions police officers automatically ask are “How many drinks did you have tonight?”

It’s a common misconception that you are required to answer many questions police officers ask you. Police officers often make you think or feel that if you “cooperate” and answer their questions, they’ll take it easy on you. In reality, police officers will use all of your statements and admissions (even if inadvertent) to build probable cause for your arrest. The question “how many drinks have you had tonight” is actually a potentially incriminating question that you are NOT forced to answer. The right against self-incrimination is spelled out in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which extends to state jurisdictions.

So what should you do when questioned by a police officer?

You always have the right to politely inform the police officer that you are not answering any potentially incriminating questions without your lawyer present. Once you request an attorney, the police must cease interrogating you.

Contact Ferry Law today for a free consultation from an attorney you can trust.

E.P.I.C. Inner-View with Leslie Gordon and Attorney Kevin Ferry

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What do yoga and an attorney have in common? More than you can possibly imagine. In this interview Leslie Gordon explains how everyone really can do yoga, and Kevin Ferry tells how he integrates mindfulness, yoga, and a wellness studio to help his clients and complete his law practice.

Intereview by Samantha Dennision of E.P.I.C: Empowering People Inspiring Communities through Holistic, Spiritual, and Healthy Living http://www.epictricountyct.com

FREE Mindfulness and Relaxation Sessions

FerryLaw is offering FREE Mindfulness and Relaxatoin Sessions for past and existing clients. 1st Monday of each month, 6 p.m. FerryLaw 77 Lexington Street, New Britain

FerryLaw is offering FREE Yoga, Mindfulness, and Relaxation Sessions for past and existing clients via Zoom, 6-7 p.m.

Taught by: Leslie Gordon
Held on first Mondays every month

We want our clients to be healthy, happy and strong—and we’d like to help with ways to deal with stress. 

Watch the video on Ferry Law’s Wellness Program

2020 Schedule:
September 7
October 5
November 2
December 7

You must download the ZOOM app to participate. Download ZOOM here.

Call 833-FerryLaw to request a link or email Leslie@FerryLaw.com to receive the ZOOM meeting link each month.

Ferry Law’s New Wellness Program

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Ferry Law is pleased to announce its new Wellness Program. Any client of Ferry Law, both present and previous, is entitled to a free Yoga session with Staff Yoga Teacher, Leslie Gordon. It is Leslie’s belief that Yoga is for EVERY BODY, and her goal is to help you find ways to feel better. We know that being injured in a car accident or other type of situation, or charged of a crime, is stressful. We want to enable you to find ways to relieve your stress that are healthy for your body, mind and spirit. At Ferry Law, we recognize you as an integrated human being, not just a physical body. For those of you who think you cannot do yoga for physical reasons or because your doctor has not given you permission to exercise, Leslie can introduce you to different relaxation techniques that will help you relax, refocus and return to your centered, grounded self. Operating your life from that place will make everything easier.

We are also excited to announce that we will be holding FREE group relaxation sessions for Ferry Law clients. These will be held on the first Monday evening of every month, starting on February 3, at 6 p.m. These one-hour long sessions will be held in the Ferry Law Wellness Studio at 77 Lexington Street, New Britain, in the basement of the Ferry Law Office Building. You must register for these sessions, as space is limited. To register for the relaxation sessions or to schedule your free yoga private, call Karoli at 833-FerryLaw.