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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
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 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
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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Connecticut on
Q: I wasnt allowed to submit a police report as evidence in a civil case. Judge said it wasnt "certified". What is?

I couldn't afford an attorney, I filed a civil case pro se. The police report was the "smoking gun" and had the facts. The judge would not allow it as evidence because it was not "certified". I contacted that police department, they are unaware of what a "certified... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 3, 2019

Welcome to the world of civil litigation, where having a skilled trial lawyer often makes the difference between losing and winning. Teaching point: Regardless of what the official document is, "the smoking gun" notwithstanding, most courts will not allow introduction of any document... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Connecticut on
Q: I did a lawsuit am recieving 35000 how much my lawyer keeps
Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black answered on Nov 30, 2018

That depends on a variety of factors. How much your counsel advanced in costs to prosecute your case; whether a lawsuit was filed in court which would most likely increase the attorneys fees clause provision in the contract; how much, if any the medical lien was...there may be more factors. Ask... Read more »

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Q: If I create IP not specified in my contract, do I own it?

I'm a pastor. I've created some stuff for use in church, and now have people who want to buy it, but my church says they own it. Nothing in my contract specifies who owns the copyright to my work, which I thought meant it belongs to me since IP creators are presumed owners. Who's right?

William P. Lalor
William P. Lalor answered on Jul 24, 2018

All depends on what your contract says, the nature of your creation, and other circumstances not clear from your question. So the short answer is, "it depends."

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Construction Law and Small Claims for Connecticut on
Q: What do i do if I gave a contractor a deposit and he does not do the work or return calls etc?

I signed a contract and I paid a deposit on May 1st. I was verbally told the work would be done by the end of May. I have not heard back from the contractor since (it is now mid June). I have called multiple times and get no response. I fear the contractor is not planning on doing the work and is... Read more »

Max Lavit Rosenberg
Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Jul 6, 2018

You need to hire an attorney with experience in civil litigation and contract law to "light a fire under the contractor" with a demand letter and some phone calls. At worst, you will need the attorney to file a claim against the contractor as well. This is something my office handles... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Contracts and Foreclosure for Connecticut on
Q: In CT, If my second mortgage was written off as a bad debt in 2013, can the mortgage company continue charging interest?

I recently tried refinancing with another mortgage company. This company was prepared to pay off my first and second mortgage but needed a letter from my current mortgage provider stating that the second mortgage was closed off as a bad debt... which it is. When the request was made, my mortgage... Read more »

Christopher H. McCormick
Christopher H. McCormick answered on May 10, 2018

Unfortunately for you yes. Charge off is a credit reporting action, but does not affect your underlying liability under the note and mortgage you signed with the creditor. A charge off combined with the release of your second mortgage would have provided you the ability to avoid the payoff of the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Connecticut on
Q: I have a business partner in AL, I am in CT. We are going to have a business agreement.

Should the agreement be based in a neutral state?

Matthew A. Wiley
Matthew A. Wiley 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... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Connecticut on
Q: Is it legal for a Bank to not allow you to review documents prior to closing?

I requested to review Personal Loan documents before the closing (not the day of the closing) as I have vision problems and would prefer to read the documents electronically (preferably in pdf format) to enable the ability to zoom in on small text. They responded that I would not be allowed to... Read more »

Nicole M. Camporeale
Nicole M. Camporeale answered on Jul 12, 2017

This question should be directed to your closing attorney. I'm sure by now you have.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Contracts for Connecticut on
Q: Misdiagnosis from a veternarian that would have been a simple $1700 ended up as a $6800 surgery, can I get compensated

I suspected a foreign body obstruction in my dog on a Saturday and was told by the ER VET it was probably not a foreign body, the hospital decided an MRI was not necessary but took x-rays on SATURDAY. These x-rays were reviewed by another Dr. on the same day and they confirmed an obstruction but I... Read more »

Sally A. Roberts
Sally A. Roberts answered on Aug 22, 2016

The problem will be getting someone to take the case, because of damages. You might want to address this directly with the Vet.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Connecticut on
Q: My car was sold by a storage yard. It was restored & resold for big money. What area of practice would best help me?

My old car was in storage for years with a Connecticut licensed dealer. I missed several months of storage payments, and the dealer sold the car as junk for cash, without paperwork, and without notifying me or otherwise complying with the pertinent DMV regulations.

The car was resold... Read more »

Sally A. Roberts
Sally A. Roberts answered on Aug 22, 2016

Contact a consumer law attorney. Sarah Poriss in Hartford.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Small Claims for Connecticut on
Q: A storage unit was transferred to me and I paid the past due rent. Do the contents now belong to me?

My nephew could not pay for his storage unit and the contents were to be auctioned. In order to save some family belongings he transferred the unit to me (I possess the signed transfer) and I paid all that was due. A few weeks later his father reimbursed me for the amount paid. He now says the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 27, 2016

If dad reimbursed you I think the contents going to you would be viewed as a windfall. If the father wants the sons contents then he would have a right to pick them up. Besides legalities, do you really want to cause a lifetime of bad feelings on this?

Right now you are the heroine for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Connecticut on
Q: Maximum time to receive ruling on motion for summary judgment
Charles Snyderman
Charles Snyderman answered on Apr 17, 2014

More information would have been helpful. Do you have an attorney? Generally speaking, once a motion for summary judgment has been filed, briefed and argued, there is no deadline for the judge to issue a ruling on the motion.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Connecticut on
Q: I was promised a car if I moved in with this man. I did. He bought the car nut nw will not give it to me unless I marry

Him. Is this contract legal and binding?

Zaher Fallahi
Zaher Fallahi answered on Nov 18, 2013

Under the terms of the agreement and the circumstances you described, your first contract may be unenforceable. Strangely enough, the second proposed offer by him may be fine, if you accept it. I would talk to local businessmen attorney. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Connecticut on
Q: Debt settlement company did not fulfill their contract and stole over $4000. How can I sue?
Douglas J. Shumway
Douglas J. Shumway answered on Jun 12, 2013

In many locations that amount would be appropriate for a small claims action, which would certainly be cheaper and easier than many other venues. Oftentimes local government sites will provide you with a detailed description of the small claims process and forms to utilize. You may want to see if... Read more »

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