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Ward J. Mazzucco

Ward Mazzucco’s Answers

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  • Injunction against us putting up a fence - how long for a neighbor to obtain in Connecticut?

    We plan on putting up a fence along one side of our property. Our neighbors has written us a letter threatening getting an injunction from a court prohibiting us to put a fence. How long would it take for him to file in court - we live in Greenwic...

    Ward’s Answer

    The injunction could take a few months, but, in case there is merit to the adverse possession claim, it makes sense to refrain, for now, in installing the fence. If you lose, you could be forced to remove it. The central question is whether the neighbor and his predecessors have been trespassing on the land that the surveyor identified as yours. if so, then you'll need some help in evaluating the viability of an adverse possession claim.

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  • How do I add a second line of business to LLC?

    I have an LLC. The company offers services, not products. I would like to add a second line of business under my LLC for selling products. It would be operated by the LLC but do business under another name and under a different web domain. Can an ...

    Ward’s Answer

    Your LLC can carry on more than one business, but you shouldfile additional trade name certificates in the municipality in which the company is located. Since an LLC is easy to create and maintain, you may wish to consider one LLC for each business. That would facilitate the sale or financing of the businesses independently.

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  • How do I compel my Town to enforce zoning regulations for violations occuring at a neighbor's property?

    For years my neighbor has been running a landscape and firewood business in a residential zone.The storage of equipment, connex boxes, a storage building and the noisy and disruptive activities are in violation of numerous zoning regulations. I ha...

    Ward’s Answer

    Getting the town ZEO to act is often challenging. Trying to obtain a court order for the ZEO to act is also an expensive and usually fruitless effort. A more effective expenditure of your funds would be a direct lawsuit against the neighbor, because you also have standing to enforce zoning regulations. You may also be able to add a count for nuisance, which the town is much less likely to assert. Check the restrictions, if any, in the subdivision in which you live. You may also find yet another violation that you can pursue.

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  • Changing the Owner name for a Corporation

    My father incorporated in CT back in ~1974, ran the business until he passed away, I joined as a Partner in 2002, how do I make sure the ownership of the company is assigned to me?

    Ward’s Answer

    You should check his will to see whether he left the shares to you. One would expect that his estate has been probated by now. Also, if you and he were parties to a shareholders' agreement, his estate may have been obligated to transfer the shares to you upon death. Such a document could enable you to force a transfer of shares to you now.

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  • Is homeowner obligated to leave "PROPERTY LINE STAKES" in front yard?

    I came home to find 2 property stakes in my front yard with a red ribbon on top and writing on it "PROPERTY LINE". I discovered 2 more in back yard. I removed them and laid them down on grass. I called neighbor who said he had survey done and it'...

    Ward’s Answer

    You can be held financially responsible for tampering with stakes installed by a surveyor. You should get a surveyor (perhaps the one who prepared your plot plan or the original subdivision map) and ask him or her to determine who's right. If the surveyor confirms the line as you see it, then you should contact a lawyer. Your title company will probably not get involved unless the neighbor were to sue you. You and the neighbor may have claims against one another resulting from the use of the other's property for more than 15 years. It is important to get legal advice here.

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