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Tanya Marie Bachand

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  • How to choose a personal injury attorney?

    In May it will be 2 years from the date of my car accident. I have not hired an attorney yet. I'm overwhelmed by all the attorneys out there and do not know how to go about finding the right one for my case. I've had surgery and still being treate...

    Tanya’s Answer

    All of my colleagues here have given great advice, I would just add one thing. When interviewing a lawyer, ask them who your primary contact will be and how often you can expect to hear from them. Some people need/want more contact than others, and each attorney has their own style of communicating with clients. For example, I have lots of clients who don't like phone calls but prefer text messaging, and even Facebook messaging. Make sure that you and your attorney are on the same page regarding frequency of communication so that neither of you ends up frustrated with the other.

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  • No fault state

    I live in a no fault state. The accident wasn't that bad and nobody got injured. Since its a no fault state, can it still go to court?

    Tanya’s Answer

    No-fault refers to PIP (personal injury protection) or medical payment coverage on your car insurance. If there were no injuries, however, PIP wouldn't apply.

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  • I live in a gated apartment complex and the gate malfunctioned causing damage to my car. They tell me they have a disclaimer.

    This is the second time this has happened but the first to cause damage. I was told to put in a claim to my insurance company. I feel since it malfunctioned that it is their responsibility.

    Tanya’s Answer

    It may ultimately be their responsibility, but I'd let your insurance company fight that fight for you.

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  • What can i do if someone sends me a message on facebook stating .. ( i did not send them any message)

    sent from the person , HEY THIS IS ----- I WAS TOLD THAT YOU THREATENED MY WIFE TELLING HER THAT YOU WERE GOING TO GET MY KIDS TAKEN AWAY AND WELL STRAIGHT FORWARD IM THE WORST PERSON TO F--K WITH WHEN YOU THREATEN MY KIDS NOW IF YOU WANT TO ...

    Tanya’s Answer

    Take a screen shot, report it to Facebook, and then block the person. If you know this person in real life and you are in fear of imminent bodily harm, take the screen shot to the police and file a report.

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  • I injured my knee in Georgia and have now elected to seek restitution. I live in Kentucky should I hire a Ga lwyr or Ky lwyr?

    Slipped on ice at retail store resulting in severe tear of quadracep muscle and tendon. The sidewalk was icy and had not been cleaned. Took ambulance to local hosp and had to drive back to KY since I could not comfortably sit on airline. Will b...

    Tanya’s Answer

    Georgia. Although you might find an attorney near where you live who is licensed in both states, that way you can have closer contact with the attorney and he/she can pursue the claim in the other state.

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  • Pre trial hearing in 2 wks, lawyer will barely speak to me, dodges my ?s. I'm terrified and just need some answers please.

    non incarceration orders were issued for the other 2 people arrested w/me, but not for me (we all have same charges & different lawyers, same firm). None of us can get any answers. I've never even told anyone my side of the story. Its so hard to r...

    Tanya’s Answer

    sadly, it is normal, but that doesn't make it right. In Connecticut we have a specific ethical rule about communication with clients. In addition, your lawyer should be go over the elements of crime you are charged with, what the state needs to prove the case against you, the maximum and minimum penalties for each charge, etc. My clients have my cell number and have access to me 24/7. I'm not saying your lawyer should do that, but he/she should absolutely be returning your calls within a reasonable time (a couple of days at the most) AND communicating with you about what is happening with your case. Do not accept "it will be fine" as an answer. Otherwise, get another lawyer.

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  • What steps can beneficiaries take when corrupt and greedy lawyers are stealing and abusing their powers as executors?

    It has been three years the executors have not done anything and keep stalling through the legal system.

    Tanya’s Answer

    Ask the probate court for an accounting. You can also hire your own lawyer, at your expense, to file an appearance in the probate court and get an accounting.

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  • If someone is living at your house not paying rent or utilities with the unwritten agreement that they will find a place to stay

    if after three months can we legally have this individual off the premises or will this individual have some rights to stay longer? Should I have this individual sign a legal document stateing she certain date when she has to leave.

    Tanya’s Answer

    You will have to comply with Connecticut's landlord tenant laws, including serving a notice to quit and filing an action in housing court if they refuse to leave. Even assuming the person signs a document stating they will be out by X date, if (and probably when) they refuse to leave, you are going to have to go through the eviction process.

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  • Pilot program/ pro bono, for a divorce case.

    Does anyone know an attorney as being part of the pilot program or "pro bono" ( if wrote it correctly) to be retained for my divorce case in Waterbury, CT? Financially, I am unable to afford one. The defendant retained an attorney ( which i dont ...

    Tanya’s Answer

    The Waterbury Bar Association may be able to help you with that. Also, check the court services center at the courthouse on Grand Street, I believe there is a number to call for help with legal services. I've also changed the practice area for you to family.

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  • When does AR (Accelerated Rehab) strike the charges from your record?

    I used AR this past year on my 2 counts of Larceny 6. I went to court, got approved for the program, paid my money and now I have to return to court a year after (Sept. of this year 2014). Im applying for my pistol permit and I want to answer tr...

    Tanya’s Answer

    As of this moment, under the facts you've given, you have been arrested but not convicted. AR does not, by itself, erase an arrest from your record. All it does is dispose of a case without the need for a conviction of some sort.

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