Connecticut Questions & Answers

Q: Are auto insurance companies legally responsible to report the cancellation of insurance to the DMV?

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for Connecticut on
Answered on Apr 16, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
Not as you've phrased it; they may be supposed to send a notice to DMV but that doesn't help you. However the insurance company must notify you and your state insurance commissioner will tell you what that method is.

The problem is if you moved and didn't tell the company. Did you stop getting bills? Did you think you had free insurance? But see what method they say they used to notify you.

Your big problem now is that if you don't have insurance and don't make the other...
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Q: I am being evicted monday and want to stop this eviction. what forms do I need to fill out I live in CT. please help

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Connecticut on
Answered on Apr 8, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
Is this an eviction through court order or LL want to evict you, please elaborate? If matter was heard in court did you present your version? If not heard in court, then you immediate consult an Attorney of your local jurisdiction dealing with LL-Tenant cases to move application along with proof of rent payment for Restraining Order so that there is no forcible eviction without your being heard.
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Q: I'm pretty sure my uncle's updated will was signed when he was already diagnosed with dementia. Is this legal?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Connecticut on
Answered on Apr 3, 2018
Steven Basche's answer
This is a hard question. Even a person with dementia may have the mental capacity to sign a will or codicil if he knows what he is signing, knows the natural objects of his bounty (his children, relatives, etc.) and knows the extent of his estate.
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Q: How do I claim anything when dad left no will? I am closest living relative. No one else cared.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Connecticut on
Answered on Apr 3, 2018
Steven Basche's answer
You can file to become the administrator of the estate. Connecticut law states that if a person dies without a will, and has no spouse, the assets in the estate go to the children.
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Q: I believe close relatives are taking advantage of my fathers diminished mental capacity as it relates

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate for Connecticut on
Answered on Apr 3, 2018
Steven Basche's answer
You can petition the probate court to have a conservator appointed for your father. This will give you the power to take control and manage assets in his name.
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Q: How does one remove a 'life-use' clause from a real estate quit-claim deed?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate Law and Probate for Connecticut on
Answered on Apr 3, 2018
Christopher H. McCormick's answer
Unfortunately the only way to get rid of the life use is to probate your grandmother's estate. An estate tax return reflecting the full value of the property needs to be filed with the probate court and a certificate releasing the estate tax be issued and recorded. This terminates the life use interest in the property.
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Q: Is it legal for my credit card company to levy my bank account if I've already filed for bankruptcy? If not, is that

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Connecticut on
Answered on Mar 13, 2018
David Earl Phillips' answer
The actions by the credit card company may be a direct violation of the automatic stay in bankruptcy. You may be able to get your money back and even receive damages. Talk with your bankruptcy lawyer to determine your rights. If you do not have a lawyer, now would be a good time to get legal advice. Hope it works out. Good luck!
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Q: I work 1 month/yr as an independent contractor. Must I pay quarterly estimated taxes? Or just the quarter I work?

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Mar 11, 2018
Linda Simmons Campbell's answer
The rule for estimated payments is as follows:

If a taxpayer is required to pay estimated payments they will owe a an underwithholding penalty it they do not pay estimated taxes. They can avoid this penalty if they owe less than $1,000 in tax (after any withholdings or credits) or if they paid withholding and estimated tax of at least 90% of the tax for the current year or 100% (110% if your previous years taxes were more than $150,000) of the tax shown on the return for the prior...
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Q: If we have joint custody then who get to file for taxes we are not together and baby lives with me the whole year

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Family Law and Tax Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Mar 8, 2018
Linda Simmons Campbell's answer
You need to look at your agreement. It is usually spelled out in the agreement who gets to claim the child and if he loses the right to claim the child if he is behind on child support payments.
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Q: Liability exposure for yard work

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Connecticut on
Answered on Mar 5, 2018
Peter Munsing's answer
Generally you don't have liability other than for things you know about but don't tell him that aren't obvious--e.g., if you know there's a deep gopher hole near where they'll be working and one of them falls or their ladder tips, you may be liable.
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Q: How to prove someone does not live with when a protective order prevents you from going home?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Feb 25, 2018
Salvatore Bonanno's answer
He has a few options. If he is the lawful owner of the residence, he can hire an attorney to begin an eviction process to lawfully remove the woman from his residence. If he is not the owner, then he should inform his landlord that the landlord needs her evicted, as he cannot enter the premises with her living there. He should offer to pay the landlord the cost of for the attorney handling such eviction. If the landlord refuses to act to evict her, he should hire an attorney to put the...
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Q: What happens if someone gets charged with breach of peace for the first time and it's there first ever offence?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Feb 23, 2018
Lindy R. Urso's answer
If you get accepted, the Judge may impose conditions upon you that you must adhere to / comply with in order to ultimately have your matter dismissed. If by "flashing" you mean that you are alleged to have exposed yourself, the Court may impose some sort of "sex offender counseling" for you, which can often be extremely onerous. the Court an also impose any number of other conditions (like Community Service Hours) but he or she may not give you any.

Regardless, it sounds like you...
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Q: Who is allowed to file a wrongful death claim in Connecticut, or can anyone who knows the deceased person file?

2 Answers | Asked in Wrongful Death for Connecticut on
Answered on Feb 22, 2018
John A. Collins III's answer
A person who knows the deceased does not have the legal authority to file a wrongful death claim. An estate must be opened for the deceased and the administrator of the estate generally has the authority to then file such a claim.
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Q: Is every accident-related death a possible wrongful death case?

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Connecticut on
Answered on Feb 18, 2018
Robert D. Kreisman's answer
If a case were filed claiming negligence or willful and wanton conduct by the party or parties who caused the death, then yes that would amount to a wrongful death claim and a separate count for a survival action if the decedent survived the injuries that caused the death for any length of time. In short, the answer to your question is yes.
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Q: Are there any kind of special taxes involved when purchasing a foreclosed property?

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure for Connecticut on
Answered on Feb 9, 2018
Christopher H. McCormick's answer
If your buying property from bank that foreclosed or entity they assigned property to the seller is responsible for all real estate taxes due up to point of sale. The sales conveyance tax in this state is paid by the seller not the buyers.
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Q: Where can I find a Lawyer to help me Sue my present Lawyer for Attorney- Client sexual relations?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Legal Malpractice for Connecticut on
Answered on Feb 8, 2018
Lindy R. Urso's answer
The first thing I suggest is that you seek an attorney from a town far away from that in which the subject attorney practice law, as local lawyers are generally a fairly tight group and do not like going after one another. Beside that, you simply need to find firms that do civil litigation and start calling around.
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Q: My friend is being verbally and physically abused by her husband who is in a wheelchair can he be arrested for abuse?

2 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law and Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Feb 8, 2018
Lindy R. Urso's answer
Yes, if the man is abusing the person physically that is an Assault, and the verbal abuse most likely equates to Disorderly Conduct, Harassment or perhaps Threatening.
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Q: Can an employer deny me time to see a Dr. for an injury caused by my job, that was reported the day it happened? etc.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Feb 5, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
Ref your question. You are being restrained / deprived by your employer of paid time for medical treatment with regard to severe dental work related injuries coupled with doctor's delayed appointment. As many other issues such as abuse of authority, hostile work environment, denial of your due rights, etc. have emerged, you are advised to immediately seek consultation with an Attorney of your local jurisdiction for specific advice and follow up legal action.
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Q: I am drafting up my will. Do I have to name my wife to take care of our kids if I die?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for Connecticut on
Answered on Feb 5, 2018
Nicole M. Camporeale's answer
It is always recommended that you see the assistance of a licensed attorney to drafting your Will. DIY Wills can cause more harm then good if not executed properly.
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Q: Does my US green card last name (last name obtained through marriage in the US) have to match with my national passport?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Connecticut on
Answered on Jan 29, 2018
Hector E. Quiroga's answer
Your name will be listed as stated on the Form I-485, which could be different from your passport. If you changed your name after marriage, we recommend you update your passport to reflect that fact. Otherwise, be prepared to take you marriage certificate with you to show the name change.
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