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Connecticut Questions & Answers

Q: In Connecticut currently, how long does it take to receive the permanent green card after filing form I-751?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Oct 16, 2017

Our experience is that it takes close to a year. You should have received a letter extending your status for the duration of the processing time.
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Q: A person convicted of Burglary 1 must wear a GPS monitoring device for the length of their parole term?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Oct 12, 2017

That depends on the deal that your attorney worked out for you with the prosecutor. Or you can consult with the Parole and Community Services office that serviced your case.
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Q: cop called through private number to meet him so i could sign paperwork post arrest, is this weird.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Oct 12, 2017

Thats a little strange. You should get criminal defense counsel ASAP. You should also call back the police station and speak directly with them about protocol. Make sure you are prepared with the officer's name
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Q: As a music teacher, I know that my piano is exempt in a chapter 7 case; but is there a limit on it's dollar value?

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Connecticut on
Answered on Oct 12, 2017

You need to discuss this with an experienced bankruptcy attorney and should never never never try and handle your own case. That being said, I would exempt your piano under your wildcard or tools of the trade but it would all depend on how that matches up with your other property and exemption statutes. Bankruptcy is a work of art that should not be underestimated. From your question, I gather that you know enough to be dangerous to yourself but not much else. Do yourself a favor....
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Q: What is the statute of limitations on a judgment lien on property in the stare of CT?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Oct 10, 2017

Judgment liens on real estate in Connecticut are good for twenty years. In your situation if the judgment lien was recorded three years after title was transferred than the lien is outside the chain of title and does not need to be released since it secures no interest in the real estate. Only exception is if an attachment was recorded prior to transfer of title which this judgment lien relates back to. If there was no attachment than judgment lien would not have shown up on title search since...
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Q: Is it ok to send only my filled jointly tax return for 2015 not for 2016 with form I-751?Or USCIS needs my husbands too?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Oct 6, 2017

USCIS wants to see that you entered into marriage in good faith and not to circumvent immigration laws. Taxes are one piece of evidence of this. We’d recommend sending evidence of good faith marriage that doesn’t include your taxes. If USCIS asks for them specifically at some point, you can address the fact that you filed taxes separately at that time. An explanation might be needed, and it might be awkward to say that the reason you filed separately is because your husband is working under...
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Q: My mothers house is in foreclosure. The docket now says return of sale with proceeds/motion for supplemental judgement?

1 Answer | Asked in Constitutional Law and Foreclosure for Connecticut on
Answered on Oct 6, 2017

This pleading means your mother's home has already gone to foreclosure auction and the sale has been approved and completed. She may be entitled to proceeds from this sale since funds were returned to the court. It will depend on all the liens on the property. If she is still in possession she will be approached soon to vacate and may be served with an execution of ejectment. Your mom should consult with an attorney to find out more about her case and to protect her interests.
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Q: I have a business partner in AL, I am in CT. We are going to have a business agreement.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Oct 5, 2017

You can have an agreement with someone from out of state. You can pick any law you would like to avail yourself too. It is not necessarily bad to use CT law. Many national business agreements tend to be in NY or DE. It is also possible to change the state at a later date. For most people it comes down to convenience should their be a dispute between partners. In some cases such as national stock companies DE is a significant advantage.

Disclaimer: The foregoing answer does not...
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Q: My son inherited his fathers (my ex husbands) life insurance there was no beneficiary

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Connecticut on
Answered on Oct 5, 2017

You should hire a lawyer to help you in working with the Probate Court. The restricted account is designed to protect your son from you spending money for inappropriate purposes. Each year you must account to the court down to the penny on where the money was spent. This is a serious responsibility. You are potentially able to utilize some of those funds to assist with care of the child but you need to ask the judge's permission first. It can be somewhat tricky without proper...
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Q: My dad passed away 010117 and he had an account for $200K where my sister and I were the beneficiaries.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Connecticut on
Answered on Oct 5, 2017

It really depends on the details of the case. You should speak with a lawyer and bring bank statements. It is possible you are entitled to it and it is also possible you are not. This is one of those situations where the registration and beneficiary of the account mean everything. You do have a limited amount of time to bring forward a claim and I recommend you speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

Disclaimer: The foregoing answer does not constitute legal advice, is provided for...
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Q: In CT, is it mandatory to notify non-beneficiaries? Sending me details of uncle excluding me seems cruel & unnecessary.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Probate for Connecticut on
Answered on Oct 5, 2017

In Connecticut certain family members are required notice parties. That means by law they are required to let you know about the documents filed in probate court. If you write a letter to the probate court and your families attorney explaining that you do not want to receive any further notices they should be able to take you off the list. Given that you have provided informed consent.

As always waiving your right to notice is a major decision and you should speak with a lawyer before...
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Q: What happens to a property in case of my fathers death? He is remarried but I'm the only child.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Probate for Connecticut on
Answered on Oct 5, 2017

It is important that you speak with an attorney regarding this matter. There are three main issues that you should consider.

1. Any assets that passed via a beneficiary or were jointly held will pass directly to you or whoever is listed regardless of what his will or intestate law that applies.

2. In the event that someone passes without a will the state of Connecticut has written an estate plan for that person. In a situation where a person remarries and has children from a...
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Q: If I don't want my child around a certain female her father is bringing her around can that be granted?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Connecticut on
Answered on Sep 30, 2017

Under child custody, you have much more liability with regard to safety, security and/or well being of your child. During her visitation you child is not supposed to expose to an unknown whom court did not permit except her father...
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Q: Is it possible to file a civil lawsuits involving two defendants related to one case and have it all settled within 6 mo

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Connecticut on
Answered on Sep 25, 2017

Your questions raises more questions. Yes, it's possible to settle a case within 6 months. Whether you should do so depends on the nature of your injuries, the liability of the involved drivers, and the willingness of the insurance company to resolve the matter. If you have to file suit in CT it is unlikely that the case will be tried within 6 months. You may contact me to discuss further if you wish.
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Q: Can someone get my song royalties immediately? Thank you and great job!!!

1 Answer | Asked in Intellectual Property for Connecticut on
Answered on Sep 21, 2017

No. Nothing is "immediate" in the law. If you have a case where your rights under a contract are being breached, I suggest you speak with a copyright attorney to determine what you can do to restore those rights and potentially secure unpaid royalties.

Griffin Klema

https://klemalaw.com
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Q: Sellers won't give me back my deposit. What can I do and what are the risks?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Intellectual Property for Connecticut on
Answered on Sep 8, 2017

Firstly you should consider whether you believe that you are legally entitled to the return of your deposit.
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Q: My ex-partner just got a 2nd DUI. His 1st was dismissed b/c he completed an AEP in June.Will that factor in the new one?

1 Answer | Asked in DUI / DWI for Connecticut on
Answered on Sep 5, 2017

Yes. The new one will be treated as a second DUI

CALL a local DUI specialist, in or near that city or county court.
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Q: If the sellers attorney forgot to include the reimursent request for the oil in the oil tank at the closing, do I pay?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Aug 29, 2017

If seller provided satisfactory proof including the basis for the $450 meaning the oil company bill relied upon for price per gallon and the tank gauge shows that the oil is there yes you should pay. The omission at closing does not remove the obligation to pay. If you do not pay the seller has the right to take you to small claims court and could get a judgment against you. In addition to being able to get a bank execution and place a lien on your property the damage to your credit is not...
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Q: Hi can I use my original birth certificate from Argentina to apply for US citizenship ? I am a permanent resident .

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Aug 18, 2017

Your original birth certificate should be fine as long as it has all the required information upon it. However, if it is in a foreign language, all foreign language documents must be translated into English. You should provide a plain photocopy of the original document and its translation into English, which can be translated by a professional or anyone who is fluent both in English and your native language. However, you cannot do it yourself if you are the petitioner or the beneficiary of this...
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Q: A 23 yr old was teaching his 17 year old brother to drive and hit 4 parked cars, totaling mine. No registration or

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Connecticut on
Answered on Aug 14, 2017

If you gave permission to them, that will be a tough sell to your insurance company. If taken without permission, you are in better shape.

Your best bet may be to contact the prosecutor, explain the issues, and request (politely) that any resolution of the criminal charges INCLUDE restitution. That means, that the value of your vehicle be paid to you.

Then, you can go to small claims court, if restitution is not part of the case settlement.
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