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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Connecticut on

Q: my ex recently signed a contract in court & is trying to back out on it, can I summon her without my lawyer being there?

Just wondering , the contract is in black & white, & I really don’t want to have to pay $500 an hour for my lawyer to be present if they don’t have to be..

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 18, 2019

If you have a lawyer who has entered an appearance in the case, the court may not allow you to bypass them. An option is to fire the lawyer; however, if things go south again you may regret it.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for Connecticut on

Q: must the executor of an estate, which has been through probate, have an attorney

The Estate has been through probate. What is left is distribution of title due to a contingency which has occurred.

Matthew A. Wiley answered on Jun 17, 2019

An attorney is not required in Connecticut to go through the probate process. Though it is generally a huge help. Probate in CT is a complicated process in which you may not even realize a mistake was made for many years after the estate was "closed". To avoid these types of issues I personally... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on

Q: Is it a violation of an AR in Connecticut to be arrested in a civil proceeding?

My ex is on an A.R. in CT. for 2 misdemeanors and 2 felony charges relating to cruelty to animals. He just spent a night in jail for a Capius Mittimus for child support with his 1st ex-wife. I'm waiting for a martial to pick him up on a Capias issued for contempt of court on my finalized divorce... Read more »

Allan F. Friedman answered on Jun 15, 2019

A civil contempt is not a criminal arrest. It will have no effect on the A/R program and no need to notify. Civil arrests based upon non compliance with Court orders are totally separate matters from criminal arrests. Of course any criminal arrest for which probable cause is found could... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Connecticut on

Q: What if your trying to sue the state for negligence and or deliberate indifference and you were a minor at the time

The statute 52-577d always 30 years past age of majority but the Connecticut state law to sue the state says 1 year. But if you weren’t of majority at the time you were not able to sue. So that is unjust. Is there a way around that or would I have to take it to appeal court ? I filed a claim with... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 14, 2019

You should contact an attorney who handles such claims such as Michael Koskoff to see if there is a way around it. Chances are there are not,because the statute of limitations is set by each state and a court can't overrule that statute.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for Connecticut on

Q: How much would it cost me to bring a sexual harassment/voyeurism case forth?

I filed a sexual harassment complaint on a coworker and I potentially have a case for voyeurism and illegal dissemination of an inappropriate photo taken without my knowledge or consent, at work. What would it cost me to bring this case to court? How often are these cases won and is it even worth... Read more »

Allan F. Friedman answered on Jun 4, 2019

I would contact the local police and see if they are interested in prosecuting the matter on a criminal basis first. A lot would depend on the particular facts of your individual case. If that does not work see if you can find a civil attorney to accept the case on a contingency basis. A... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Connecticut on

Q: Reapply EAD asylum pending on court ?

I’m in removal proceedings I filed I-589 defensively in court with IJ and have an Individual hearing Schedule for 2021, I filed ead c08 when 150 days were elapsed on my asylum application my ead was denied letter saying U filed ead before reaching 150 days. I just reapply my ead and 231 days... Read more »

Deron Edward Smallcomb answered on May 31, 2019

If your official clock says 231 days, you shouldn't have the same issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Connecticut on

Q: I'm a holdover tenant in an apt in CT. My landlord proposed a lease addendum. If I sign it, will I still be a holdover?

The original one-year lease ended in 2012. I would like to keep my month-to-month tenancy. The proposed addendum does not include any language about timing/terms.

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 30, 2019

In most states a "holdover tenant" is called a "tenant at sufferance"--which means you can be evicted at anytime--even without notice. However, if you are still paying your rent on a month=to-month basis, the law would probably allow you stay for at least 30 days from the date of written notice to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Connecticut on

Q: State Of CT garnishing wages . How can I file for financial hardship

Linda Simmons Campbell answered on May 23, 2019

The State of Ct is very difficult to work with when trying to settle a tax debt. You can try working it out on your own by going to court or seeking a collection alternative but it may be very difficult. I recommend calling a tax attorney in Connecticut to discuss your problem in depth. Most of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment for Connecticut on

Q: Does this apply even if the victim is married to the offender?

A husband has been distributing nude pictures and videos of his wife without her knowledge for over two years. This has all come to light recently, amongst several physical infidelities. He made multiple accounts in her name to exchange photos and videos while pretending to BE his wife. It... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 17, 2019

Despite my 41+ years of experience in this difficult area of the law, I have to say that this is one of the most unusual questions I have ever heard. And something tells me to leave it alone and let some divorce lawyers answer it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on

Q: Larceny 2 Wrongfully charged.

Allan F. Friedman answered on May 16, 2019

I think that we could use some more details to give you a useful answer. Many people are in fact totally innocent and wrongfully charged. That is why it is always a good idea to seek a free consultation with a experienced criminal defense attorney before you make any moves. I would suggest you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on

Q: If I was convicted of dissemination of an intimate image of my ex-wife in violation of protective What would my penalty

Also pending cases in same state with same woman

Allan F. Friedman answered on May 16, 2019

I think we would need more details about the other pending cases to give you your maximum exposure. You should consult with a criminal defense attorney to see if you qualify for a diversionary program such as the accelerated rehabilitation program or the family violence education program.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on

Q: Good morning. Do you do or bono work for someone accused of a sex crime?

My husband has been accused of rape. We believe he’s innocent but we can’t afford a lawyer so he has a public defender that hasn’t been there to see him once. We really need your help if you can.

Ecleynne Mercy answered on May 14, 2019

Well, I have reached my pro bono limit for 2019 and 2020. However, I would suggest you just email your public defender so you can have some communication.

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Connecticut on

Q: I am filing a CT Gen Stat 12-119 against my town without an attorney. Beyond the form my complaint is 5 double spaced

Is that too long and are there requirements re margins, etc.

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 7, 2019

Go to the Internet and search around for a complaint filed by someone else in Connecticut, and use it as a guide.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Connecticut on

Q: In CT, how do you remove a lien that was filed more than 4 months after the court judgement?

The lien was filed more than 3 years after the judgement.

Nicole M. Camporeale answered on May 6, 2019

Pay off the judgment lien either directly or sell the property and pay the lien upon the sale. Then you will get a release of lien to record on the land records. That's how they get released.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Connecticut on

Q: Is a real estate lien (in Connecticut) valid if it was filed 3 years after the court judgement?

Nicole M. Camporeale answered on May 6, 2019

There is no limitation on the amount of time it takes to place a judgment lien on property. Judgment liens are valid for 20 years.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Connecticut on

Q: Is it absolutely necessary to have a lawyer for the seller for a house closing?

House is owned (No Mortgage) and selling to Son.

Nicole M. Camporeale answered on May 6, 2019

There are many reasons why having an attorney is an essential part of a real estate transaction. Mainly, the deed that transfers the house to your son is a legal document that needs to conform with statutory requirements and be notarized/signed by an attorney, to be legally valid. The attorney will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for Connecticut on

Q: My father is dying in South Carolina my sister is power of attorney, doe's she legally have to notify me about will?

Steven Basche answered on Apr 18, 2019

Most states require notice to all heirs (relatives who would inherit property if the decedent died without a will) if there is an application to admit a will to probate. That doesn't happen until after death. But nowadays, a lot of assets pass outside of probate, by joint account or beneficiary... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Connecticut on

Q: If one person signed a quick claim deed and the house is sold as a short sale, do both parties split 1099 tax amount

My ex quick claimed the house. I had to sell it per our decree and it sold as a short sale. Liens that we’re in both of our names were paid off at time of sale. My attorney said we should split the 80k 1099 my ex claims I’m responsible.

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 14, 2019

Look closely at your divorce decree and then call you divorce lawyer--again. If the decree says you get the house, then you get the house and everything that goes with it.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on

Q: Being charge either 53a-125 for the first time ever getting arrested what am I looking at getting with a pta from court

Lindy R. Urso answered on Apr 10, 2019

If this is your first ever arrest, you are eligible for a program called Accelerated Pretrial Rehabilitation which, if it's granted, will lead ultimately to a dismissal of the charges. The most important thing is to make sure that any restitution / money owed is paid back in full before you ask... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Connecticut on

Q: Hi, I have to give back money to Social Security. It is money that I don't have. I feel it's not my fault.

I have reported my income each month like I'm supposed to do.

Katelyn M. Burke answered on Apr 9, 2019

You have a few options here. If you do not think you were overpaid, you can request a reconsideration of the determination. If instead, which it sounds like here, you believe you may have been overpaid, but it is not your fault, you can ask for a waiver of the overpayment and complete SSA Form 632,... Read more »

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