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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation and Consumer Law for Connecticut on
Q: I have 2 cars that was impounded by the cops and was moved 3 times by a towing company for the police do I have to pay?

The towing company said I had to to get the cars out. Shouldn't the police have to pay because they're the ones that moved them?

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answered on Jun 15, 2024

If your cars were impounded by the police and moved multiple times by a towing company, it's common for the vehicle owner to be responsible for the towing and storage fees, even if the police initiated the impoundment. This can be frustrating, but typically, the police department contracts... View More

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3 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Q: H1B to F1 Visa

After you have been terminated while on H1B visa and managed to get into a graduate program. Can you begin study while your petition of change of status is still pending? How long does it take for the petition to be approved?

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answered on Jun 13, 2024

If you have been terminated from your job while on an H1B visa and have subsequently been accepted into a graduate program, you may be able to change your status from H1B to F1 (student) visa. However, the process and timeline can vary depending on your specific circumstances.

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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Q: Received a letter from US customs called a notice of seizure and information to claimants non-cafra form. What do I do?

The letter states that the product was seized due to 19 USC 1595a(c)(2)A, 21 USC 331. The product is peptides that I’m not aware of being banned. Global entry was automatically revoked upon this package being seized. If I don’t respond to the letter, are my chances to get it restated gone?

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answered on May 24, 2024

Receiving a notice of seizure from US Customs can be concerning. The letter indicates that your product, peptides, was seized under specific US codes, and it's important to respond promptly. Ignoring the letter can negatively impact your chances of resolving the situation, including... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Connecticut on
Q: I'm listed as beneficiary on a car registration, do I go to the DMV and claim it or does it need to go through probate?

My mother and father were both signed to the car but both of them have passed recently. The vehicle is physically in my possession as is the title, they gifted me the car but couldn't go to the DMV in person for the paperwork so it was never officially put in my name. I live in Virginia and... View More

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answered on May 7, 2024

The car is not subject to probate and should not be listed on the probate inventory.

The title transfer is handled by Connecticut DMV.

The vehicle should however be listed on the CT estate tax return, which is typically filed as part of probate.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Connecticut on
Q: How do I understand the meaning of certain terms in a freelance agreement?

I'm a freelance graphic designer trying to get my client to agree to allow me to use portions of an upcoming project for my portfolio. They agreed to add some language to the agreement but it doesn't seem to say anything about that. I want to make sure I understand it. Here is the updated... View More

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answered on May 6, 2024

A "work-for-hire" arrangement does not adequately address your desire to utilize portions of the project for your professional portfolio. This is a standard concern for freelance designers, as portfolio work is essential for demonstrating skills and attracting new business.

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: Buying apartment I’m currently renting. I still have almost three months on my lease. Should wait for contract signing?

Our landlord has agreed to sell to me the apartment I’m currently renting. I still have almost three months on my lease.

I’m assuming we can wait until the lease expires for the purchase agreement to be signed, that way I’m hoping interest rates would be a bit lower by then.... View More

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answered on May 3, 2024

It's exciting that you're buying your apartment! Here are some considerations and legal points under Connecticut law to help you strategize:

Strategies to Secure the Deal:

- Letter of Intent (LOI): A non-binding Letter of Intent could outline your agreed-upon price,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Estate Planning and Probate for Connecticut on
Q: Hi, I have a question about joint bank account after a parent passes away.

My Father added my name on 2 of his bank accounts so I can write out the checks for him after my Mom passed away, he has now passed away and my Brother is the Executer of the will. Since I am the Joint owner on those 2 accounts, can he access that money? The Will states that he got certain items... View More

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answered on May 3, 2024

Here's some information based on Connecticut law, but please remember to consult an estate planning attorney for advice on your specific situation:

- Joint Ownership & Right of Survivorship: In Connecticut, joint bank accounts with the right of survivorship are generally presumed...
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1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Connecticut on
Q: Will having charge off on credit cards prevent me from getting disability

I have debt on a few credit cards I'm really confused it if counts as income or not I'm applying for disability. This is the only shot of rebuilding my life. I'm extremely worried. Im also trying to protect my lump back pay from creditors once I get it. Very confused.

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answered on Apr 20, 2024

Having charge-offs on your credit cards will not directly prevent you from qualifying for disability benefits. Disability programs like Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) determine eligibility based on medical conditions and work history, not directly... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Connecticut on
Q: What can I do if I am being harassed by mobile home park management, they made me pay an additional 250 in my rent
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answered on Apr 16, 2024

I'm sorry to hear that you are being harassed by your mobile home park management and that they are charging you additional rent. Here are some steps you can take to address the situation:

1. Review your lease agreement: Carefully read through your lease to see if there are any...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Connecticut on
Q: I am disabled and I am being harassed in my mobile home park by park management, they have harassed me for everything .
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answered on Apr 12, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear that you are being harassed by the management at your mobile home park, especially as a disabled person. That is completely unacceptable and you have the right to live free from discrimination and harassment. Here are some steps you can consider taking:

1. Document...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Connecticut on
Q: Does a letter of intent have to have the words letter of intent on it

Can you tell me what is required to be in a letter of intent when filing against police misconduct? And does one have to be filed in order to sue?

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answered on Apr 11, 2024

A letter of intent, in the context of filing a claim against police misconduct, is a formal notice that informs the government agency of your intention to file a lawsuit. While there is no strict requirement to include the words "letter of intent" in the document, it should clearly convey... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Medical Malpractice and Health Care Law for Connecticut on
Q: What can be done when procedures that weren’t ordered are done.

We ordered 2 tests done and blood drawn for those two tests. The facility drew blood enough for 6 tests and is currently processing those test that weren’t ordered through them. Do we have any sort of case.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Apr 8, 2024

A Connecticut attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. If you did not suffer physical harm, it does not appear to offer a basis for a med mal case. Different attorneys could see a given situation differently. You could reach out to local attorneys to arrange a free... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for Connecticut on
Q: What can be done when a landlord violates the rights of a victim of domestic violence?

I vacated a property before lease end due to domestic violence under CT general statute and notified the landlord per CT laws. The landlord violated my rights as a victim of domestic violence by harassing me for 3 months after I vacated by emailing me up to 5 times per month demanding rent. What... View More

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answered on Mar 30, 2024

If you find yourself in a situation where your landlord is violating your rights as a victim of domestic violence, it's important to understand the steps you can take to protect yourself and seek recourse. Under Connecticut law, victims of domestic violence have specific protections, including... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Connecticut on
Q: Which state to file probate case in?

My father was a resident of Connecticut and owned property there, but was recovering in a short term rehab near me in Massachusetts at the time of his death. I can't seem to get a straight answer on which state I need to file a probate case. He was only in Massachusetts 68 days and intended to... View More

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answered on Mar 28, 2024

Consult with a probate attorney in CT for advice on venue. Sometimes it is better to venue shop, especially in view of estate creditors and asset location. Or it may make no difference except to the fiduciary's convenience.

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3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Connecticut on
Q: Which state to file probate case in?

My father was a resident of Connecticut and owned property there, but was recovering in a short term rehab near me in Massachusetts at the time of his death. I can't seem to get a straight answer on which state I need to file a probate case. He was only in Massachusetts 68 days and intended to... View More

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answered on Mar 28, 2024

Based on the information you provided, you would be better off filing in Connecticut. It sounds to me that he was a resident of Connecticut, and was only temporarily in Massachusetts. Also, because he has assets in Connecticut, the Connecticut probate court, would certainly have jurisdiction.

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3 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Connecticut on
Q: Which state to file probate case in?

My father was a resident of Connecticut and owned property there, but was recovering in a short term rehab near me in Massachusetts at the time of his death. I can't seem to get a straight answer on which state I need to file a probate case. He was only in Massachusetts 68 days and intended to... View More

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answered on Mar 28, 2024

Your father's domicile controls, which is where he lived with an intent to return. If he has a CT condo, receives mail there and intended to return, then probate court for the town of his Connecticut residence would have jurisdiction.

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Connecticut on
Q: We cannot find a copy of my father’s will and are unsure what law firm he used to draft it. Is there a way to find out?
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answered on Mar 26, 2024

Unfortunately, there is no central registry for wills. often attorneys will post on the Connecticut Bar Association, listserv asking if anyone has the will for a particular individual. Keep in mind that if you are unable to locate, the will, the Connecticut intestacy statute may provide for the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law, Divorce and Family Law for Connecticut on
Q: Does a power of attorney allow someone to sign real estate documents for sale if joint owner of home is in jail in CT?

My husband and I are divorcing. We put our house on the market and it is scheduled to close on 5/1. He was arrested on 3/20 and is in jail because he has a $2million cash bond. Unless he changed the estate plan, I have POA. Can I sign for the closing/deed if he is in jail?

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answered on Mar 25, 2024

If you have the original POA, with the actual original signature, and it has not been revoked, you could use it to sign the deed for your closing. You should check with your husband to verify that it has not been revoked, and you should give the original POA to your closing attorney for review.... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law, Collections and Municipal Law for Connecticut on
Q: I just received a letter from a collection agency for a tax bill from 2009/2010, that I have never been notified of

I had an accountant that was in charge of things, who is now in federal prison and has cost me 22,000 over this time and now I’m looking at another 9,300. Can I do anything? I live in this town and am in there to pay ALL of my taxes a couple of times a year. Not once was I ever told about this

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Mar 21, 2024

OK, well, either you owe the tax bill because the accountant didn't pay it, or he paid it and the government is wrong. The one thing that is clear is that you cannot rely on "my accountant handled it" to avoid paying a valid tax bill. I think the best course of action is to retain an... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Tax Law, Collections and Municipal Law for Connecticut on
Q: I just received a letter from a collection agency for a tax bill from 2009/2010, that I have never been notified of

I had an accountant that was in charge of things, who is now in federal prison and has cost me 22,000 over this time and now I’m looking at another 9,300. Can I do anything? I live in this town and am in there to pay ALL of my taxes a couple of times a year. Not once was I ever told about this

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answered on Mar 21, 2024

Firstly, it's important to verify the legitimacy of the collection notice by contacting the tax authority directly, rather than relying on the collection agency's word alone. If the debt is legitimate, request a detailed statement and check it against your own records. You have rights... View More

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