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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Connecticut on
Q: Dog licensed in Ct , brought to NY by exboyfriend after an argument. He tells me the dog cannot travel to Ct

He tells me the dog cannot travel across state lines. Is this the law?

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Sep 1, 2020

No. As long as they are not being transported for commercial purposes, they do not need a permit for transport. They should have all their shots prior to transport if they are a family dog, but that's generally the only requirement.

1 Answer | Asked in Internet Law and Trademark for Connecticut on
Q: I am dealing with Design Dok in CA and they claim 100% money back guaranteed and they won’t give me my money back

I also filed a trademark with them and I don’t believe they ever filed for one and just took my money.

Bernard Samuel Klosowski
Bernard Samuel Klosowski answered on Aug 22, 2020

It sounds like you might have a contract breach, but their fine print probably says that you have to arbitrate the dispute in California and that damages are limited to the price paid to them. You may have to consult with a California attorney to review your specific details in this regard.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Q: Can you explain a citizen's arrest, and can you be charged with resisting a citizen's arrest?
Tsion Abate Chudnovsky
Tsion Abate Chudnovsky answered on Jul 28, 2020


Private individuals have the authority to make a "citizen's arrest" to detain someone they reasonably suspect of committing a felony crime. The crime does not need to occur in their presence as long as a felony was actually committed by the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Connecticut on
Q: In Connecticut, is it legal to strike/cross out language in a contract prior to endorsement by both parties?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 27, 2020

A Connecticut attorney should advise, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a general premise of contract law, one side cannot simply change agreed upon terms in a contract. If both sides agree to make changes, it's possible they could make notations and strikethroughs and then... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Connecticut on
Q: So CT probate charges a fee even though there are no assets to go through probate?

All assets were joint or designated via trust. Probate charged base fee plus .5% of taxable estate.

Steven Basche
Steven Basche answered on Jul 21, 2020

Yes, even though the court doesn't do much, when the tax return is filed to clear any possible lien on the property, the court will assess the probate fee.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Connecticut on
Q: My dad died in Oct. 2017. My brother filed probate papers in March 2018. My brother died in 2020.

I went and got a copy of my dads probate papers. They said both my brother and my name on papers. The estate said there was $30,990. My brother paid my dads furneral $13,000. He kept the balance for himself. He was suppose to split with me. Like I said he passed away a month ago. I didn't know... Read more »

Steven Basche
Steven Basche answered on Jul 21, 2020

Yes, you have a claim against your brother's estate. Probate court where you father died should have copies of the various filings in your father's estate. They should show the amount you were entitled to and then you'd have to prove he kept that money and didn't pay it out to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Probate and Wrongful Death for Connecticut on
Q: My husband's brother passed away 5 years ago in CT, without a will.

My husband was the executor of the estate, however he was unable to continue, as he became ill. Then, his sister became the executor of estate. Both parents and all siblings were named beneficiaries to the estate. There has been a wrongful death lawsuit going on and is now in the process of... Read more »

Steven Basche
Steven Basche answered on Jul 21, 2020

First, my heart goes out to you in this difficult time.

Now to answer the question. You and/or your daughter should be entitled to your husband's share of his brother's estate. Your husband was alive at the time of his brother's death, so he (or in this case his estate)...
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1 Answer | Asked in Environmental, Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: Can a town arbitrarily use a residential area street to access a hiking trail thru and around a wetlands for general

public use. The town proposes to use a residential culdesac for parking and public access to the trail site in the wetlands which is surrounded by residential homes.

The neighborhood has no outlet thru streets all traffic must leave the same way it came in by turning around either in a... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 15, 2020

This is something a Connecticut attorney is best qualified to advise on, but your post remains open for four weeks. As a GENERAL matter, the use of land for a given purpose could sometimes result in various types of studies (traffic, noise, air quality, etc.) to assess the environmental impact on a... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Trademark for Connecticut on
Q: Is there any chance of of trade marking "plant smarts" when a trade mark already exists for "plant-smart"

Looking for trademark help.

Evelyn Suero
Evelyn Suero answered on Jul 10, 2020

The ability to register a trademark depends on many factors including whether the mark is merely descriptive, whether there will be a likelihood of confusion between the mark and another registered mark, particularly when the marks are in identical or related class/categories of goods or services,... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Q: N-400.

Hello there,

My mother just went to her second naturalization interview because she failed the civic portion the first time.

The officer told me she passed the civic but still had to deny her because she doesn't speak English? I'm so lost and confused and don't know... Read more »

John Alexander Bates
John Alexander Bates answered on Jul 7, 2020

The ability to speak and read English is a requirement for becoming a US Citizen. It does seem unfortunate they did not tell you this the first time. You may be able to appeal this decision or file a lawsuit in Federal Court.

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Family Law and Child Custody for Connecticut on
Q: So I was recently hospitalized for not being on my medicine and they said I was unsafe around my kids without it..

So, what happens if I want another kid and I have to go off my meds?? the probate court said I have to be seeking treatment and I live in CT and I want another kid someday and that's like them telling me I can't have another baby. I am schizophrenic and have a mental illness but... Read more »

Joseph Maya
Joseph Maya answered on Jul 1, 2020

Generally, a patient’s physician would advise as to what medications a patient may need, in addition to the appropriate dosage etc. To the extent a patient has a health condition, including pregnancy, that may be negatively impacted by the use of a medication, a physician may make a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Connecticut on
Q: my father has CC debt. if he files bankruptcy, can they go after his Investment accounts? one is a IRA and CMA
Christopher H. McCormick
Christopher H. McCormick answered on Jun 29, 2020

The IRA as a retirement account would be treated as fully exempt in a bankruptcy filing and these funds would remain his. If the Cash Management Account is not part of a retirement account he still may be able to use his federal wild card exemption to exempt some or all depending on the amount of... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Copyright for Connecticut on
Q: Can I create digital art of president Trump?

I am a digital artist and want to create some portrait digital art from an Associated Press photo of president Trump.

I asked AP to see if it is ok to use their photo. Also, even if AP says it is ok to use it, will there still be legal issues to use a portrait of president Trump in my art?

John B. Hudak
John B. Hudak answered on Jun 26, 2020

If you are making another piece of artwork from an existing photograph, be aware of the idea of derivative works. The owner of a work has the exclusive right to make derivative works of their work. A derivative work is an adaptation of the first work, or also considered “based on” the first... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Elder Law for Connecticut on
Q: Brother placing mother in AL facility beyond her means and plans to draw down limited assets.

My brother just received POA for my 82 year old mother. We have searched for an assisted living facility and found one that will cater to her needs and income (approx $3,000 per month). He unilaterally decided to place her in a more expensive facility ($4,300 per month) and draw down on her assets... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Jun 22, 2020

He probably does have that authority under the POA but he would be well advised to consult an elder law attorney regarding options for paying for your mother's care. Medicare should be paying for her medical bills, most likely, and there are legal ways to accelerate eligibility for Medicaid to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Connecticut on
Q: I am getting social security disability monthly,do I have to let them know if I am collecting unemployment
Stanley Dale Radtke
Stanley Dale Radtke answered on Jun 18, 2020

If you are collecting both SSDI and unemployment insurance you could have a problem because you told Social Security, under penalty of perjury, that you were unable to work due to your disability. Then you told your state unemployment department, also under the penalty of perjury, that you were... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Connecticut on
Q: Does collecting unemployment affect the amount you currently receive from social security disability.

I am on SSDI,but have been trying to find something to do for more income,haven’t been successful.I applied for unemployment.should I have not done that?Is that going to mess up my monthly disability check?

Emmett B. Irwin
Emmett B. Irwin answered on Jun 18, 2020

Generally when you apply for unemployment, you are stating that you are ready, willing and able to work full-time. You are getting SSDI because you told SSA that you can't work full-time. So there could be a problem there. However, the CARES Act temporarily changed the requirements for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Connecticut on
Q: Do you need to let social securityDisability know if you Are collecting unemployment?

Haven’t worked since 3-2019.been looking but no luck due to my health,Is it safe to collect unemployment?

Scott F Bocchio
Scott F Bocchio answered on Jun 16, 2020

Hi, you do need to make SSA aware if you are collecting unemployment. They need to be made aware of any source of have income that you may have while your SSA claim is pending.

Sincerely, Scott Bocchio, Esq.


1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Connecticut on
Q: Can you collect unemployment when you are on disability and looking for a job you can do
Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Jun 15, 2020

Yes, you can receive both unemployment benefits and Social Security disability benefits (SSDI).

Unemployment and SSDI benefits both provide financial support to those who are not working, but the rules for these programs differ greatly. You should be aware that there is a contradiction in...
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2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Insurance Defense and Nursing Home Abuse for Connecticut on
Q: How to find out a Corporation's liability insurer information, if have intent to sue for negligence?
John B. Hudak
John B. Hudak answered on Jun 9, 2020

Consider consulting with a personal injury attorney—with a confidential consultation. Many times personal injury attorneys will take cases on contingency where the client will not have to pay anything until money is recovered, part of the recovery goes to the attorney and part of the recovery... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Connecticut on
Q: Charged with pos. of <1/2oz cannabis in CT and was given a nolo contendre. Do I have to report this on an application?

Application is for US Patent Bar. Question states: "Have you ever been arrested, charged, or held by Federal, State, or other law enforcement authorities for any violation of any Federal or State law, or any country or municipal law, regulation, or ordinance? If YES, provide a detailed... Read more »

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Jun 8, 2020

YES you have to report it. Lying on an application to a bar is an offense worse than possession of marijuana - be truthful and consult an attorney who works on bar applications

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