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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Libel & Slander for Connecticut on
Q: So I work at Subway, and have been accused of stealing meat from the store. All around the store, they are cameras.
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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Feb 27, 2020

I am not sure what the question is. Are they charging you criminally? Did you lose your job? Does or will the camera footage show any theft? Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Connecticut on
Q: Can a landlord tell a renter that they have 30 days to leave the house they've been in for 12 years. What can we do?

The landlord is very sick and is in the process of gifting the house to a church and the person who said this to us hasn't signed the papers yet. We were broad sided with this.

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Feb 27, 2020

Yes. This is something that happens depending on whether you are month to month tenants or under a lease. You would be well advised to consult with a housing attorney and explore your options as soon as possible. You have rights that might be wasted if you wait too long. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Elder Law for Ohio on
Q: My sister Is filing bankruptcy on a a mortgage she took out against my mothers home. Can the rest of here debts come out

if the sale of the house? The deed was once in my sisters name but my mother put it back into her name after she got the mortgage.There are many more details and we would like to know if my mother needs to hire an attorney to protect what she has left

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Feb 27, 2020

Absolutely! Your mother needs her own attorney, particularly because of the funny business regarding the mortgage. Make sure she gets an experienced bankruptcy attorney to explain everything to her. Good luck.

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law for Connecticut on
Q: Do I owe half of a 2018 tax bill?

My ex-husband and I just got a tax bill from 2018, that says we owe money based on discrepancies with what we reported as our joint income. In 2018, I worked only part-time, making less than $10,000 a year. Our divorce was finalized in December 2019. Do I owe half of the owed taxes from 2018, since... Read more »

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Feb 25, 2020

If you handled your divorce with experienced counsel, this is likely referred to in your settlement agreement. I would refer back to it to determine your portion of the tax liability. Otherwise, other counsel has already properly answered here regarding your liability in the eyes of the IRS.... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Connecticut on
Q: Do I put the amount that shows in my 401K or the amount I am able to withdraw on Schedule A/B?
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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Feb 25, 2020

The other attorney answered accurately. I just want to add that to file a bankruptcy petition without experienced bankruptcy counsel is a terrible idea. Its like working on the transmission for your car without an mechanical know-how. In fact, both services are approximately the same price. So... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Appeals / Appellate Law and Collections for Connecticut on
Q: I won my personal injury case now what?

Hi! I won $178 000 in personal injury case. But there is no insurance. My lawyer closed the case and told me to contact collection lawyer or private investigator. So, I am kind of lost here. My lawyer didn’t take any money for his work since there is no money behind this judgment as he said.... Read more »

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Jan 24, 2020

A collection attorney will likely work on contingency. That means they will only get paid if they collect and they will get a percentage of what they collect. My office regularly handles matters like this and would be happy to review the case. Please feel free to contact us to discuss this matter... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Connecticut on
Q: If I have 110,000 in a 401k is that exempt and how do I put it on the form
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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Jan 24, 2020

If you are not working with a bankruptcy attorney, you are misguided. Bankruptcy has a steep learning curve and too many moving parts for even a non-bankruptcy attorney to handle properly. You should consult with an attorney with a primary focus on bankruptcy like the attorneys who have answered... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Connecticut on
Q: I attended a Bruce Springsteen concert years ago. He shouted, “Is there anyone alive out there?” Crowd cheered.

I have written a fictional manuscript and used that anecdote. A depressed character muses he wishes he felt alive. Since that show Springsteen has used the line “Is there anyone alive out there” in the song “Radio Nowhere.” Can I use the phrase or would that be a copyright infringement?

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Jan 21, 2020

I would imagine that the phrase is not copyrighted or trademarked and if there was a concern, you could likely say that it was under the “fair use” exception, seeing how it is short and not very original. I used to do standup comedy in NYC and often called out something similar. I would not worry.

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Florida on
Q: My husband and I filed a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2005. The bankruptcy was discharged in May 2010.

The second mortgage (30,000) at the time and our first mortgage was (93,000). We have recently received a notice in the mail from a third-party creditor demanding to pay the second mortgage or they will foreclose on our home. When we filed the bankruptcy the second was field as a secured claim. We... Read more »

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Jan 21, 2020

Did you agree to pay the second mortgage through the Chapter 13 plan? If yes, then you need an attorney to put the mortgage company on notice and possibly review other options available to you. There may be an FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act) case here against the debt collector too. If... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Connecticut on
Q: I'm filing a emergency bankruptcy paperwork and I was wondering if I can extend the two period
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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Dec 23, 2019

You need to file a motion for the extension and if you are doing this without an attorney, you are going to be very ill-equipped with the rest of the filing. I highly recommend hiring an experienced attorney with a focus on bankruptcy. This is not the kind of legal matter that a lay person can... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Connecticut on
Q: New hamspire based broadband company leaves work equipment on street in front of house and there is a impending storm.

Duty risk and professional negligence claim if unable to contact from state of Connecticut

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Dec 23, 2019

From what you have described, you should have no liability or duty to protect this equipment.

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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Connecticut on
Q: can I sue a doctor for misdiagnosis and wrong treatment?

Hi everyone. I just want to start off by saying this is a gynecological problem. So I had a gyno for almost a year and I was being treated for something I had on the outside of my woman parts. I was being treated by using ointments that would burn me so bad and wouldnt work. She even made me do it... Read more »

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Nov 4, 2019

You have no permanent injuries and any misdiagnosis does not seem to have disadvantaged you in your medical treatment in any meaningful way. Thank goodness you switched doctors and trusted your instincts. Now if your new doctor states that you are suffering and may continue to suffer due to prior... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Q: Arrested for shoplifting Oct 12 promise to appear Oct 16..no finger printing jail etc...the AMT is for $167 1st time

Suffering from PTSD bipolar social anxiety severe depression and inability to sleep... Have a hard time leaving house without someone with me...on disability and food stamps...also have service dog...was calm during the talk... I was so disconnected emotionally to the point of being present but... Read more »

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Nov 4, 2019

You can either hire an experienced attorney to speak on your behalf and take care of the matter or you can speak with the state’s attorney before the hearing and explain your situation (Succinctly) and offer to do community service and ask for a withdrawal or nolly of the matter. Don’t panic.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Connecticut on
Q: statute 22-280 says no one but vets can be in possession of distemper vaccines for dogs, yet it is sold over the counter

Tractor supply sells distemper vaccines right in the store. How is this allowed?

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Oct 30, 2019

They likely have written permission from the State Vet. See the statute, The statute is CGS 22-280(a). It reads as follows, “ Sec. 22-280a. Transporting and possession of vaccines and serums for dogs and cats. No antiserum, vaccine or other biological product for use in the control, prevention... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Connecticut on
Q: I can purchase a distemper vaccine over the counter for my dog but statute 22-280 says it is illegal?

You can buy these vaccines right at Tractor Supply. How can they be sold over the counter if there is a statute that says they can not be in possession of anyone but a vet?

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Oct 30, 2019

The statute is CGS 22-280(a). It reads as follows, “ Sec. 22-280a. Transporting and possession of vaccines and serums for dogs and cats. No antiserum, vaccine or other biological product for use in the control, prevention or treatment of canine distemper, canine infectious hepatitis,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Health Care Law for Connecticut on
Q: Can a job offer be revoked due to me being a medical marijuana patient in Connecticut (not gov't job)?

I was offered a job a few months ago (contingent upon a drug screen and background check). I am a medical marijuana patient in the state of CT (PTSD sleep issues) and this job was located instate. I received an email from HR revoking the job offer due to a "failed drug test". When I replied... Read more »

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Oct 30, 2019

Pursuant to a recent federal district court case (Noffsinger v. SSN Niantic Operating Co. LLC,) Connecticut employees who have received approval from the state agency to use medical marijuana outside of work cannot be fired just because they test positive for marijuana during a drug screening.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Business Law for Connecticut on
Q: a game store owner lets his dogs run around off leash, but I have a service dog and this interferes with her work? Help?

It’s a board game shop and they run Dungeons and dragons groups and other game groups. I want to go but I can’t because of the dogs. What do I do

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Oct 30, 2019

Its likely a private establishment and the owner can allow the dogs to be there. You can’t force the owner to keep his dogs home or tied up in his own shop but you can ask him or her.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Environmental and Federal Crimes for Connecticut on
Q: Is the reticulated python legal in ct, I'm curious because they messed up in the scientific name of the animal?

In the document stated by the DEEP, they state multiple animals that are a illegal to keep in ct. I'm very concerned about this legality because they did not write the correct scientific name for the animal. I wonder about this legality because the same thing had happened with the burmese python... Read more »

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Oct 30, 2019

They are definitely not legal in Connecticut to own as pets. The DEP has made sure to include this reptile in the language of their code. Under the new regs, animals are listed in four categories. Category one requires the owner to have a permit. Categories 2,3, and 4 are just not legal.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: Should we pursuit abandonment or Summary Process if utilities are turned off and Section 8 is not paying as of 09/30/19?

Original Section 8 tenant died and son moved in to take care of kids. He was supposed to sign up with Sect 8 did not complete process. He moved and took kids with him a couple months now. No notice to owner. No response to Sect 8 letters. Electric and gas are off. Sect 8 made last payment for... Read more »

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Oct 30, 2019

If the owner/ or last tenant has vacated and taken all of their things and given notice of their leaving, you should be ok to move forward with renting the unit. However, you would be well advised to contact a landlord/ tenant attorney for further elucidation and information. Please feel free to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Connecticut on
Q: Liquor laws in ct prohibits children under 18 to loiter at a bar alone, can they come in to grab a snack?

a club member is complaining because kids come at the bar to grab a snack during their golf round. Our Snack bar and Bar are in the same room because of space constraint, can they come in and grab a snack?

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Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Oct 30, 2019

There should be no problem with them coming in to grab a quick snack if that is where the snack bar is. The club member is being a cantankerous old creep as some people can be. Unless the minors are causing some kind of disturbance of venturing over to the alcohol end of things, I think you... Read more »

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