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Stephen L. Mangan

Stephen Mangan’s Answers

13 total


  • What happened if I co-sing a bail and then the person is incarcerated ?

    Stephen’s Answer

    It appears that you signed a contract with a bail bondsman and probably obligated yourself in the event that the person who was free on bond did not pay the total agreed-upon fees. A closer look at the paperwork would be required, but in a general sense you are probably responsible. The reality is that the bond company has to bring a lawsuit in either Small Claims or Superior Court in order to get a judgment. Your financial circumstances would probably result in a court ordering very reasonable monthly or weekly payments.

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  • Can I legally change a executor on my will myself in CT?

    Stephen’s Answer

    You can execute something known as a codicil, and it would change an original term in your Last Will.
    An alternative is to start all over and create a whole new Last Will. Either way, it's best to consult with an attorney so that it's done correctly. Such a procedure should not be expensive.

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  • I broke up with my boyfriend who I co-signed a lease with. We both want the place, what are my options?

    Stephen’s Answer

    I agree in part with the previous answer but would add that you should write to your ex-boyfriend or have your lawyer send a letter outlining your position. Your ex is still a tenant since his name appears on the lease. I am not sure your landlord will take sides: landlords just want their rent and no problems. A landlord will be unwise to change locks simply based on your request without input from your ex-boyfriend.

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  • What consequence might a college student face if a parent lies about income on a financial aid form?

    Stephen’s Answer

    The question recites that you suspect your husband is employed, yet you know almost nothing regarding his income and other details. Rather than complete the application and insert untrue statements, simply respond that with regard to your ex, you don't know. Assert that he is not cooperative and offers no meaningful support to your child, nor has he paid alimony. Your tax return would verify the absence of alimony from him.

    The Support Enforcement bureau may be able to track his employment. You should pursue that.
    I don't think your son would be in jeopardy if you answer the applications to the best of your ability.

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  • I was charged with 3th degree larceny i got into the accelerated rehabilitation program did i admit guilt to the crime?

    Stephen’s Answer

    The program known as AR does not require an admission from the defendant. When you applied you had to show you had no criminal record and that you would likely not offend in the future. Although the facts of the case were read into the record so a judge could decide your eligibility. You never admit the facts, and you certainly did not plead guilty nor pay a fine. Good luck to you.

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  • Should this Civil demand letter be paid?

    Stephen’s Answer

    I hear about these civil demands all the time. The problem is that the conditions of probation may have included an order of restitution. If so, Kohl's claim might be considered something that should be paid. I've never seen a civil demand enforced, but that law firm might contact probation and seek help. I think it's highly doubtful.

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  • How do I avoid probate court for a small estate

    Stephen’s Answer

    The question states you are executor of your grandmother's affairs. It's likely that you mean her Last Will and Testament has named you as the executor. However, there are several important points to consider before making any changes to her current estate plan. While it's possible to add a name to the ownership of the home, thereby availing oneself of the survivorship aspect of owning real estate, thought should be given to other things. "Avoiding probate" is a phrase that is popular but is often misguided. A state of Connecticut estate tax return will have to be filed with the probate court upon her death, regardless of whether accounts were joint or solely held. Consult an estate planning or real estate lawyer who also understands elder law. Good luck.

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  • What will happen if i got 80 hours completed out of 100 for community service done at probation appointment

    Stephen’s Answer

    You should go to court with whatever documentation you have and speak to the State's Attorney. If you provide a good excuse they may agree to ask the judge to give you additional time to complete the full 100 hours.

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  • Will I be charged with DUI?

    Stephen’s Answer

    Nowhere in your question did I see any reference to the hospital personnel drawing your blood. If not, you most likely have nothing to worry about. If they did, the rules are quite technical and there's no question you should consult with a DUI attorney. And, see that attorney before you travel to the police department! Good luck.

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  • Is the beneficiary to a home liable to pay property insurance on that home while it is still in probate (in Connecticut)?

    Stephen’s Answer

    I agree with the answers provided by my fellow lawyers from Connecticut. If the mortgage included escrows for taxes and insurance, and the loan is clearly in default, the bank would protect its mortgage and secure insurance at their cost. This would be added to the debt. The prospect of a bank pursuing beneficiaries is highly unlikely. If and when a short sale is worked out by the fiduciary, a release should clearly define who is being released from liability. As is always the case, consult an experienced real estate, banking, or probate attorney in your area.

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