Residential Real Estate

HKD acts as legal counsel to individuals and families for the purchase, sale and refinance of residential real estate in Connecticut. This includes family homes, beach houses, apartments, condominiums and country cottages.

For new construction and renovations, we assist in negotiation with designers, architects and other professionals, as well as permitting.

Additionally the firm acts as an agent to provide title insurance which is usually required in land transactions.

For unmarried couples purchasing real estate or living together, we often prepare cohabitation agreements to outline each person’s financial obligations.


Zoning and land use regulations govern all residential property owners. These regulations differ from town to town but in general they control the types of activities which are permitted within the zone in which the property is located. Violations of regulations are enforced by zoning or wetlands officials. We have extensive experience in all areas of regulation compliance, petitions to change regulations, violations citations and appeals to the superior and appellate courts of Connecticut when local decisions are adverse to clients.

Property Tax Appeals

HKD provides both advice on property tax issues and representation in property tax appeals. The appeals process beings at the local level at a board of assessment appeals, then can be appealed further to superior court. We help guide you along the way to ensure that we maximize any reduction.

Representative work

Represented hundreds of individuals in purchase, sale or refinance of residential properties.

Represented a landowner in a zoning dispute with a business operating on abutting property.

Represented a landowner in evaluating a property tax appeal, resulting in a 30% reduction in tax bill.