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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Connecticut on
Q: Age discrimination or "overqualification" prejudice? Can a lawyer compel private testimony with company and myself?
Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Jun 9, 2021

Hello, generally speaking, an attorney cannot compel the company to provide information unless a lawsuit is filed. More information is needed here to evaluate your situation. I would reach out to an employment law attorney in your state for a consultation.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: Can I hire a GAL for my grandchildren so that I know their best interests are being presented?

My concern is that pick up and drop offs are very toxic for my grandchildren. The exchanges need to be monitored and contact extremely limited between the parents. My other concern is that things are being said about my daughter to the children by their father and while this is being fought out... Read more »

Melissa Jill Needle
Melissa Jill Needle answered on Jun 2, 2021

GAL's are either appointed by the Court in a Divorce or Family Law Action or determined by mutual agreement of the Parties and "approved" by the Court.


A Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is a court appointed individual, by either the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Employment Law for Connecticut on
Q: Do I have a case? I suffered a miscarriage; my healthcare provider refused to provide me with accommodation.

I was in lots of pain leading up to my miscarriage. The healthcare provider didn't look into the cause of pain and when I asked for accommodation after stating I lift heavy at work (50+ pounds at times) I was refused. I worked 12 hour shifts at the warehouse Amazon and every worker is given... Read more »

Todd Kelly
Todd Kelly answered on Jun 2, 2021

It is unlikely that you have a medical malpractice case. However, you may have an employment discrimination case. I do not do that type of case, but would be happy to refer you to a colleague.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Q: Hello, Thank you for your time :)

my father lives in Greece, is Georgian citizen. I am applying I-130 for him, how should I answer the question Was the beneficiary EVER in immigration proceedings? as he has never been in states, but he has been an lawful residence in Greece . And never had any issues with immigration in Greece .... Read more »

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on Jun 1, 2021

It refers to proceedings in the USA. Good luck!

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Connecticut on
Q: I had music I made stolen from me and used on a record label with big artists and was never compensated. How do I sue?
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on May 26, 2021

You need to consult with an attorney.

Did you ever have any contract?

3 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Trademark for Connecticut on
Q: Hello , i had file with Uspto for mu business 8/10/2019 9/28/2020 they had abandoned my application
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on May 22, 2021

You need to consult with an attorney on the steps you need to take

Best luck

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Child Custody for Connecticut on
Q: Can my ex-husband sue me if our daughter gets hurt on a trampoline at my house?
Bill Beckert
Bill Beckert answered on May 3, 2021

The short answer is yes. But it depends on the condition of the trampoline. For example, if there was safety equipment that was not assembled or connected to it, whether there were problems with the trampoline that you knew of, but nevertheless let her use it.

Now it may be that he is only...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Connecticut on
Q: I have filled out a statutory short form power of attorney in Ct. Is this legal and binding?

I will. have this form notarized with two witnesses. Do I still need to go to a lawyer.? Thank you for your time

Steven Basche
Steven Basche answered on Apr 29, 2021

You should be all set. Just make sure you understand that the initial powers, usually on the first page, are all included unless you cross them out, but the optional estate planning powers are not included unless you initial next to them to add them in.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Car Accidents and Small Claims for Connecticut on
Q: Can I sue a previous lawyer for not paying my medical bills with my lawsuit?

The I.R.S has started garnishing my wages and also my tax return. I am on Disability & Medicare paid now wants money back

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 26, 2021

A Connecticut attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for two weeks. If it were New York City and I was presented with a situation like this, I would focus my efforts on finding out if it would be possible to do something with the lien, and finding out if the Human Resources... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Q: My husband got visa refused on October 25th,2020 because he is firs-cousin married. After all, I was residing in Texas.

Now I move to Connecticut because they allow this marriage and I sent all new domicile to them in CEAC, I contact the US embassy in Sudan. They told me just wait about my case because my husband has been case refused for 6 months now. his medical exam already expired on April 8th, 2021, the US... Read more »

Kyndra L Mulder
Kyndra L Mulder answered on Apr 25, 2021

The law that governs decisions regarding immigration is found in the Immigration and Nationality Act. This is federal and not state law.

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for Connecticut on
Q: If my case manager was in love with me and I dropped her and she is now creating me problems and I have proof What can D
David H. Relkin
David H. Relkin answered on Apr 24, 2021

I can answer your problem with an experience of my own. A Case Manager refused to promptly supply a replacement Arbitrator. He simply became unavailable. Two weeks passed without any responses to my demand that he supply three new names for the parties.

Every Tribunal has an administrative...
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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Connecticut on
Q: my 12 yo son was riding a bicycle, his breaks failed and he hit a passing car. Am I liable for the damage to the car?

He was riding down a hill and could not stop hitting a side of a passing car, he fell off the bicycle and fractured his leg. Yesterday a policewoman came and said that the owner of the vehicle will be contacting me to discuss the damage to the car.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 18, 2021

A Connecticut attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for three weeks. I'm sorry your son was injured; I hope he has a healthy recovery. As a general matter in most any jurisdiction, it's possible you could be liable, unless there are defenses that present themselves in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Connecticut on
Q: Is an estate still obligated to pay bills that were received after the hearing to settle it?

I am the administrator of my brother's estate who died in Feb. 2020. It went through the probate process last year and late in March the court held a hearing on the required financial report which was approved. This allows me to now distribute the estate to the heirs. A few days after the... Read more »

Steven Basche
Steven Basche answered on Apr 15, 2021

In Connecticut, if a claim is not presented to the fiduciary within 150 days from the date of the fiduciary's appointment, the fiduciary is not personally chargeable for any assets (i) paid in satisfaction of any lawful claims, expenses or taxes, or (ii) distributed to any beneficiaries,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Connecticut on
Q: Hi. I wanted to start a small business, I wanted to name it after a fictional character from a movie.

In the movie Young Guns, there is a character named Dirty Steve Steven's. I am looking into opening my own homemade soap business and calling it Dirty Steve's Homemade Soap. I want to use a chicken as the mascot but want it to be dressed like the character. Is this legal?


Joseph B. LaRocco
Joseph B. LaRocco answered on Apr 14, 2021


It really depends on whether or not the name is copyrighted. Even if it is not, the production company or studio that has the rights to the movie, and that is protected by copyright. They can decide to sue you claiming that since the movie is copyrighted, so is the name of the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Connecticut on
Q: Which type of bankruptcy would you recommend if I want to keep my home? Thank you!

I am now being sued by 2 companies. I would like to file for bankruptcy but not include my home.

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
W. J. Winterstein Jr. answered on Apr 13, 2021

When you file for bankruptcy relief, no matter which chapter, you must list ALL of your assets, under penalty of perjury. In other words, you must "include" your home, and all other assets, by identifying it on the sworn Schedules you must file.

Ch. 13 was designed, and is most...
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2 Answers | Asked in Elder Law, Estate Planning and Public Benefits for Connecticut on
Q: Can items like a laptop and cell phone count as Medicaid spend down for a parent being admitted to a nursing home in CT?

My father was unexpectedly admitted to a skilled nursing facility after falling ill last year. He will need to remain their for the long term and we are now going through the Medicaid application as Medicare has stopped coverage for this service. We will have to spend down some of his money to... Read more »

Ellen S Deutsch Taylor
Ellen S Deutsch Taylor answered on Apr 6, 2021

It depends on the state. Every state has different eligibility requirements. Usually the items that you mentioned would not be considered assets for Medicaid eligibility. The administrators of the skilled nursing home are the best people to talk to since they know all the ins and outs of Medicaid... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Connecticut on
Q: I have a very simple probate case. It's me and my sister 50/50 split. What should the lawyer fee be?
Steven Basche
Steven Basche answered on Apr 6, 2021

The fee is not necessarily determined by how simple or complicated the split is. It is impossible for anyone to give you an accurate estimate without knowing the number, nature and value of the assets. I've handled "simple" estates, that end up being very complicated. Most lawyers... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Q: If someone involves themselves in a situation where someone is hurting someone else, to protect them..are they liable

Someone is planning to kill someone else. If I involve myself with the killer to protect the individual am I liable?

Lindy R. Urso
Lindy R. Urso answered on Mar 31, 2021

You are playing a dangerous game.

Any “involvement” could be perceived as assistance, in which case you could expose yourself to accessorial or conspiratorial liability - even if the murder never takes place. If you are concerned about the intended target, the safest thing is to go...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate for Connecticut on
Q: Can children (and their spouses) serve as witnesses for their parent when signing a Power of Attorney in CT?

Due to a sudden illness, my father was admitted to a skilled nursing facility in late 2020. His Medicare eligibility is now lapsing and I need a Power of Attorney agreement to assist with his Medicaid enrollment, funeral planning, managing of finances, etc. Due to Covid restrictions, his facility... Read more »

Steven Basche
Steven Basche answered on Mar 26, 2021

Because of COVID, there is an executive order which suspends the witness requirement on all instruments which need to be notarized, except for wills. So, you are in luck. There no witnesses required. That said, it can't hurt to have your sister and her husband sign as witnesses. Or... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Connecticut on
Q: What goes on Form PC-205b in CT?

My dad predeceased my mom(dad 01/24/2015). House was in joint survivorship so passed on to my mom-mom didn't go to Probate-she didn't know she had to. There was 1a 15" strip of land adjacent to house that the city sold them. But in was NOT listed in joint survivorship. My mom passed 11/21/2018.

Joseph Maya
Joseph Maya answered on Mar 26, 2021

I am sorry to hear about your situation. You will probably need to hire an attorney licensed to practice in Connecticut to fully address your legal questions. I wish you the best of luck in the resolution of your situation.

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