Citing The Wrong Floor Results In A Defective Notice To Quit

Judge Weise in Hartford Housing Session held that a notice to quit was defective when it named the right street, right room number, but wrong floor. Lim v. Dasilva (Doc. No. HDSP-144141 (Weise J.). The defendant resided in room number six on the third floor and the notice to quit described the premises as room number … Read more

Turn On Your Headlights During A Snowstorm

Driving to work today, in a snowstorm, I noticed several cars operating without their headlights on. Not only is driving without your headlights on really stupid, potentially negligent, and dangerous – it’s illegal in Connecticut: Every vehicle upon a highway within this state shall display such lighted lamps and illuminating devices as may be required …  at any time … Read more

Connecticut Criminal Records Now Online

I just recently discovered that the Judicial Branch Website has been updated to include Conviction and Bond Forfeiture Dispositions for Criminal and Motor Vehicle offenses since 2000.  The site is now searchable by a criminal defendant’s last name. Click here for the link.  The site has the following disclaimers: Each Criminal And Motor Vehicle Charge … Read more

Connecticut Evictions: Obtaining Judgment By Default

The notice to quit has been properly drafted and served. The complaint is both proper and has been served both properly on the tenant. The tenant has failed to appear after the return date and you are ready to file a motion for judgment by default for failing to appear. Not so fast, how can you prove your tenant is … Read more

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Taking Wine Home From Connecticut Restaurants

   Have you ever ordered a bottle of wine in a restaurant, enjoyed it, but did not finish it with your meal? In Connecticut, you can ask your server to put more than just your meal in your “doggie bag.”  By statute a restaurant patron is allowed to remove one unsealed bottle of wine for … Read more

Adoptions in Connecticut: Adopting Adults

Ever wish you were adopted by a wealthy person? Generally, when I think of adoption, I think of an adult adopting a minor child. However, an adult in Connecticut can agree to be adopted by another adult. Here’s the statute: Any person eighteen years of age or older may, by written agreement with another person at least … Read more

Connecticut Lottery Agreements: Mo Money Mo Problems

 The Connecticut Appeals Court has ruled a 1995 pact struck by two widowed sisters to split each other’s future gambling winnings is still binding despite the fact they no longer speak to one another.  Boston Herald, 02/04/2008 The case of Sokaitis v. Bakaysa has it all: money, a bitter family feud, lots of luck,  and an interesting legal controversy. … Read more

Protecting Pets in Connecticut

  Generally, the law treats animals, including household pets, as personal property. There is little legal distinction between your family pet and your computer.  Recognizing the increased value that our society places on pets and that some pets are subject to abuse, the legistlature enacted the following law:  …The court, in its discretion, may make such orders as it deems appropriate for the protection … Read more

Why Are Connecticut School Buses Yellow?

Have you ever wondered about this? I haven’t. This is not some kind of joke or trick question; it’s the law. Read for yourself: Each school bus shall be painted a uniform yellow color known as “National School Bus Glossy Yellow”, except for the fenders and trim which may be painted black and the roof which … Read more