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0 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Real Estate Law and Elder Law for Connecticut on
Q: 79 year old dad with dementia. Currently getting medical and live in assistance through state of CT. He lives alone

but granddaughter owns 50% of the home. HIs only income is social security check. House needs extensive repairs. What steps need to be taken when considering putting him in a nursing home? Who is responsible for home improvement loan if he dies before loan is paid off? Will the state/nursing... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Connecticut on
Q: I handled my mother's probate matters, he did not have a will. Her car worth $5,500 was assigned to 5 of us. Now what?

I was the petitioner and was granted access to her account to settle her other matters. How do we register her car when the court basically gave it to 5 of us. One of my nephews is estranged and we haven't had contact in over 20 years.

0 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Connecticut on
Q: Our condo inspection missed something big. what should we do?

Our inspection team missed that the windows in the kitchen. One will not lock, and the other due to warping or faulty installation has a hole in the bottom big enough for a a finger. If we had known about this before buying we would have made the original home owners pay to have them installed,... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: I have lived with my daughters father for 20 years we have a 10 year old daughter we are not married can I get a R O

I want to get a protective order he is extremely mentally abusive to me and my child we are scared we are not married but I want him to leave he is an alcoholic he threatens us and screams at us puts us down daily I don’t know what to do

0 Answers | Asked in Uncategorized for Connecticut on
Q: My company has just been bought out can the new company fire me if I have a felony conviction on my record?

I work for a small company and has recently been bought out by a larger corporation is it legal for them to fire me if I have a felony conviction prior to them purchasing the company?

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Connecticut on
Q: A question about bankruptcy.

A friend filed for bankruptcy in 2015 because a debtor collector firm filed a lawsuit to foreclose on her home. In which her mortgage had been rescinded in 2005 by her attorney because she had incomplete contract with Ameriquest. So since 2005 by her attorney's advised she stopped making... Read more »

Cristina M. Lipan
Cristina M. Lipan
answered on May 12, 2022

Although the bankruptcy discharge extinguishes the personal liability of a debtor, it does not extinguish an action against the debtor in rem, i.e., the secured creditor’s right to enforce its mortgage lien. As long as the mortgage was valid, the secured claim the lender had against the property... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Estate Planning and Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: Ex husband died in Texas. Divorce was final in CT. Will I receive life insurance payout or will it be revoked?
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on May 1, 2022

There is too little information here to determine a answer. We would need to know whether the decedent cancelled his insurance policy or otherwise amended it to exclude the asker as a beneficiary. We also do not know what the divorce judgment says as to whether the decedent had to maintain an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Education Law for Connecticut on
Q: Do I have a case? 2017 & 2018 both contractual step increase years. I took leave 2017 & returned 2018 & no step awarded

I am aware that the 2017 year leave of absence cost me the right to have a step increase. This was a decision I made willingly when I chose not to return to work that year. However in 2018 I did return to work and I was still denied a step increase they were two steps in two years and I didn’t... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Apr 13, 2022

This depends on the specific language in your contract. You should contact a Connecticut contract attorney to review the contract regarding step increases and any potential exceptions to this rule.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Connecticut on
Q: Is it a violation to turn left into the nearest lane( a left turn only lane) while a car passes in the center lane

Car A at stop sign waiting to turn left from lot onto roadway with two oncoming lanes(south) and three right lanes(north) (Closest is left turn only lane). Car B is traveling north in center of three lanes. Car A turn into closest lane as Car B passes. Car B changes into left turn lane colliding... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 9, 2022

A Connecticut attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry about your accident. I hope no one was hurt. The orientation of the cars and an accurate road layout is not fully clear. But in general in most jurisdictions, a vehicle emerging from a lot or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Q: If I have proof that I was told she was 18 before we slept together does that not give me any defense atall???
Richard W. Noel
Richard W. Noel
answered on Mar 8, 2022

It's a classic situation where she might have even showed you a fake ID. Doesn't matter unfortunately. Might help with a plea deal though. Speak with your attorney. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Connecticut on
Q: My ex wife just moved bed into her boyfriends apartment. Can I stop paying my alimony without going to court?
Tara C. Dugo
Tara C. Dugo
answered on Mar 7, 2022

No. You would need to file a motion for modification with the court, claiming cohabitation. Assuming you are able to demonstrate that your ex is cohabitating, the court could then issue orders terminating, modifying or suspending alimony (depending on the language of divorce judgment). Stopping... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Connecticut on
Q: Can my attorney write my personal injury settlement check to my trust?

I have a 1st-party, irrevocable Special Needs Trust. Recently, my personal injury attorney settled on a case, but he says the American Bar Association prohibits him from making my part of the settlement -not the money owed to his firm or the medical professionals who treated me-- to the trust. I... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Mar 7, 2022

It sounds like YOU (not your trust) was the plaintiff/injured party in the case. Therefore, YOU are the one settling with the defendant's insurance company. Therefore, the settlement is payable to YOU, not your trust. After you deposit the check, you can then write another check to your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Connecticut on
Q: Question about what qualifies as "Work for Hire" with regard to copyright law

I'm a real estate photographer and the normal agreement I have with my clients is to grant them license to use the photos for purposes of marketing the property but I still own the copyright to all my photos. A client just contacted me to say that their company is now requiring photographers... Read more »

Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
Fritz-Howard Raymond Clapp
answered on Mar 1, 2022

A photo can be a "work for hire" if you agree in writing that it is, even if you are an independent contractor not an employee.

If you have any bargaining power, you could add a provision that you have permission to use the photos as examples in marketing your photographic...
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Q: 5:14-cv-03139-SAC-DJW. Help please.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Mar 4, 2022

A Connecticut attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. And you post under Personal Injury and Appeals/Appellate, suggesting that a need to appeal your matter might be at hand. With the question & answer format here, it's difficult for attorneys to reach out... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Q: I was wondering can someone legally keep my citizenship documents and refuse to give it to me?
Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Feb 18, 2022

It depends.

If there is a pending criminal case the judge may order a defendant to surrender one's passport. Secondly, a minor under 18 may not request one's passport for any reason from one's custodial parents or legal guardians.

If someone crosses the border and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Q: what should i do when i'm in court

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Richard W. Noel
Richard W. Noel
answered on Feb 6, 2022

Bring an attorney. If you can't afford one, ask the court to appoint one.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Elder Law and Probate for Connecticut on
Q: Can Power of Attorney who is also named on the principal's bank account withdraw funds while principal is in hospice?

I am my father's power of attorney, healthcare representative, and conservator of his estate. He has decided to withdraw life support measures and will go into hospice with a life expectancy of about a week. He had to spend down assets to qualify for Medicaid and could not provide much for... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Feb 3, 2022

In most states, the ability of an agent under a power of attorney to make gifts on behalf of the principal is a "hot power", meaning it is not covered by general language in a POA. It must be specifically stated. Look for specific authority in the POA to make gifts and see if there are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for Connecticut on
Q: Elderly, disabled mom taken advantage of financially by my brother.

This has been going on for at least 7 years, the biggest issue is him asking for “help” buying a house because he had/has terrible credit, no money and knew he couldn’t get a mortgage. So, the home is in her name only, she withdrew $50-60k from her IRA to cover the down pymt, closing,etc.and... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
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Nina Whitehurst
answered on Jan 30, 2022

If the house is in your mother's name, like you wrote, she does not need your brother's signature or permission to sell it.

You also report this abuse to the local Adult Protective Services office.

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