After Arson, Attorneys Deal With Singed Wills, Soggy Paperwork

, The Connecticut Law Tribune

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William M. Broneill with son William R. Broneill
William M. Broneill with son William R. Broneill

The younger Broneill, 37, whose practice includes real estate, consumer bankruptcy, wills and estate law and business formation, said he and his father have separate businesses, with their own malpractice insurance and business insurance coverage. That arrangement paid off. Although the insurance for the building did not cover all of the repair costs, the younger Broneill said, each of the general business liability policies covered some of the cleanup costs.

With those policies, father and son each recovered some money for interruptions to their business, although they never stopped working for long. "Through this process of rebuilding, I really learned how important it is to have general liability insurance," the younger Broneill said.

The father and son wanted to rebuild the office to be as much as possible as it was before. They did make some improvements, including adding central air conditioning. "We had quite a bit of discussion about that," the younger Broneill said. "Because we learned that the burglars had gained entry by removing a window air-conditioning unit, we didn't want to allow that to happen again."

They were also required, because of changes in the building code, to provide handicap-accessible doors and a bathroom. "The only difference, physically, is that we added a larger bathroom, wider doors and ramp," the elder Broneill said. In July, they were able to move back into the office, which is "a minute" away from the older Broneill's house.

The office, he said the office is a second home. "I'm happy to be back home," Broneill said. "It's where I've been since 1976."

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