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3 Answers | Asked in Copyright for Connecticut on
Q: Can I stream myself reading a book on YouTube or Twitch?

I just wanna read to the Internet in this time of coronavirus. The books are on my shelf, I own them.

Anthony Santangelo
Anthony Santangelo answered on Apr 7, 2020

To be on the safe side I would read from a book that’s out of copyright protection which is roughly 2 lifetimes. Other than that you’re probably technically infringing on the Writers Copyright. There are many exemptions for example research, education, parody etc. I think reading an entire... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Connecticut on
Q: My father just passed away and I'm trying to figure out how do I handle his stuff?

EDIT: If the answer doesn't include anything related to the process and just says HIRE A LAWYER, dont bother

Steven Basche
Steven Basche answered on Mar 29, 2020

You need to hire a lawyer where your father died and seek to be appointed the administrator. This will give you the power to act regarding your father's estate.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Connecticut on
Q: Contempt and Visitation?

I agreed to allow my ex to keep our daughter during this coronovirus outbreak. I agreed to it before I knew the facts and how low risk children are to it. I told her that the risk was low to children and the children that do get it usually have mild symptoms. I also told her no one was sick around... Read more »

Linda Ann Subbloie
Linda Ann Subbloie answered on Mar 25, 2020

Unfortunately, right now and for the near future, the courts are pretty much closed for most business. You can file your motion for contempt, however, it will not be heard any time soon. My suggestion is that you take her up on that offer and go there as often as possible. Maybe if you go too much,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: My father left land to my brother and I and we've had it listed at a price that was too high to sell for nearly 2 years.

We need to relist it. My brother says that financially he doesn't need to sell it and wants to list it for a price that is $60,000 higher than the price it was already listed at. A new, potential listing agent has indicated it would be unlikely to sell it at such an exorbitant price and higher... Read more »

Ellaretha Coleman
Ellaretha Coleman answered on Mar 24, 2020

You may be able to file a partition action to get the court to order the sale of the property and distribution of the proceeds.

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Connecticut on
Q: What are the exact benefits of having an attorney hold the money from a will during the probate process in CT?
Matthew A. Wiley
Matthew A. Wiley answered on Mar 16, 2020

Less risk of the client stealing or losing the money. Lawyers tend to have better record keeping. That being said if the client was say a trained accountant there would be very little benefit. The probate code generally assumes the Executor or Administrator holds the money. Lawyers are holding it... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Connecticut on
Q: Who controls the assets, investments, etc of a will in CT, the executor or the attorney? I want funds FDIC insured

Question is targeting the 5+ months that the money is being held (in escrow?) during probate.

Matthew A. Wiley
Matthew A. Wiley answered on Mar 16, 2020

The Executor should control the money. They are legally responsible for the funds. Sometimes lawyers do hold money in their client fund accounts but the actual obligation is on the Executor. Bonus of the lawyer holding the funds is you have other state protections and potentially the lawyers... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Connecticut on
Q: My dad passed without a will. He has a car that is paid for. We live in CT. What are my next steps?
Matthew A. Wiley
Matthew A. Wiley answered on Mar 16, 2020

It would make sense to schedule a meeting with a probate attorney to discuss all the next steps. You could attempt to navigate the probate process yourself without an attorney. If you attempt that route, you should reach out to the local probate court who can provide you necessary forms etc.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: Who pays on the estate during Probate? Mortgage and insurance? The heirs? I live in the probate estate

I live in my fathers house. He moved to NC. I've been here 5 years+. He was paying the mortgage and insurance until he passed. Now, because I live here is it fully my responsibility to pay these funds during probate? There are 4 heirs.

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Mar 9, 2020

The answer depends on who is going to inherit the house. It is they who need to pay the carrying costs. If they don’t pay those expenses out of pocket the estate can advance them if the estate has the liquidity to do so, but eventually they get charged to whoever inherits the house.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Tax Law for Connecticut on
Q: In Conn., are there taxes that have to be paid upon inheritance of Real Estate?

My husband is concerned about a tax he says he will have to pay upon his parents death in order to inherit the real estate they are leaving him in their will. I live in North Carolina but have not had any experience with the inheritance of Real Estate and so have no idea what he is referring to and... Read more »

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Mar 2, 2020

If the estate is worth more than 2.6 million dollars then he will need to pay estate taxes.

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.
Max Lavit Rosenberg
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.

Max Lavit Rosenberg
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Probate for Connecticut on
Q: I'm the only child&next to kin.My dad is a deceased veteran who had mental illness. Conservator took advantage of him

Conservator fabricated paperwork and made it seem like I didn't exist and had a invalid will made for her own financial gain. He had $189,000.00 at time of death, all Bill's were paid and the state is in possession of $92,000.00 left. I've wrote letters to the courts but can't seem to get anywhere.... Read more »

Nicole M. Camporeale
Nicole M. Camporeale answered on Feb 25, 2020

If you have no money to pay an attorney up front, you might want to see if you can find an attorney that believes the case will be successful and may take your case on a contingency basis. If an attorney does not think any money will be recovered, they may not take the case, or may require up front... Read more »

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 »

Linda Simmons Campbell
Linda Simmons Campbell answered on Feb 23, 2020

When you file jointly you are both jointly and individually liable. This means the IRS can come after one or both of you for the debt. You may have a good innocent spouse relief (ISR) case but without further details it is impossible to say for sure. Most of us offer a free consultation and can... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Connecticut on
Q: I paid someone to draw an animated character for me? If end up using that drawing in my tv show what do I have to do?

Would I need a commercial license? And would a commercial license give me full property? is there a way to get full property?

Tania Maria Williams
Tania Maria Williams answered on Feb 22, 2020

The work likely doesn't fit under the definition of work for hire if they were an independent contractor. Depending on the circumstances, you would need a transfer or assignment of the copyright from the artist to you. Feel free to email me at if you would like... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Connecticut on
Q: How do I file an Educational Support Order with the court?

Thank you for the reply regarding Educational Support Orders (my divorce agreement specifies that the court "retains jurisdiction"). My question is how do I go about getting in writing what my ex and I are agreeing to? If he agrees to split college and expenses 50/50, I want that to be in writing... Read more »

Linda Ann Subbloie
Linda Ann Subbloie answered on Feb 17, 2020

You need to file a motion with the court requesting an educational support order post-judgment. If you have an agreement then it must be put in writing and signed. Once you do that you can go to court and have it made a court order when the motion you filed comes up on a calendar. If you don't know... Read more »

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?
Alan S. Dambrov
Alan S. Dambrov answered on Feb 14, 2020

All assets have to be listed at full value regardless of your intention to deal with it. Most likely it can be exempted, that is not included in the bankruptcy process, but the answer can only be determined by a thorough review of all assets, liabilities and cash flow. If you have a substantial... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Connecticut on
Q: My mother died nearly 24 years ago she is now named in her brother will. I am the only child am I entitled to her share?

My mother had other siblings that are named along with her. Her brother was of sound mind and knew my mother died over 20 years ago. My mother had a husband at the time of her death. Is he entitled? Thanks

Linda Ann Subbloie
Linda Ann Subbloie answered on Feb 11, 2020

My guess is that her brother's siblings would inherit before you unless the will states otherwise. Sometimes, wills state that if a sibling is deceased, that person's heirs get their share.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: How do I go about documenting to the court my and my exes agreement on how to pay for college for our 3 kids?

My agreement says: "The parties request that this Court retain jurisdiction over the children’s post-secondary education in accordance with the Connecticut General Statute §46b-56c after all current children’s 529 accounts have been exhausted." I have twins in 11th grade and a child in 8th... Read more »

Joseph Maya
Joseph Maya answered on Feb 10, 2020

Connecticut General Statute §46b-56c dictates that Connecticut Courts have the authority to enter an order requiring a parent to provide support for a child (or children) to attend an institution of higher education for up to a total of four full academic years or a private occupational school for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Estate Planning for Connecticut on
Q: What happens when an executor doesn't send out other's portions of an estate decided by probate?

My daughters father passes, his mother became executor at probate court here in CT. I recieved the proof of what money he had, what amount his mother was to be reimbursed and then for the remainder to be sent to my daughter. She has not sent it and probate court says they can not do anything else.... Read more »

Linda Ann Subbloie
Linda Ann Subbloie answered on Feb 10, 2020

It appears that you may not understand the probate process and that is okay. If your daughter is the beneficiary/heir to a sum of money she must be given the money. The probate court is the ultimate court of relief and has the power to make sure this happens. That is what the probate court is for.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Q: Is it legal for a store to put a picture of me on the wall for shoplifting for the general public to see

Even if the courts dismissed it

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Feb 5, 2020

Are you saying that you were arrested for shoplifting in Connecticut could the store you were arrested in post a mug shot of you in the store after your case was dismissed? Generally, if your case is dismissed in Connecticut by operation of our erasure statute you are deemed to have never been... Read more »

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