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Attorney John Matulis answers your legal questions on WTIC's Law Talk

Attorney John Matulis answers your legal questions on WTIC's Law Talk
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Attorney John Matulis answers your legal questions on WTIC's Law Talk




Law Talk 5/19/20

A listener email about needing a Trust (or not); Damage from falling trees due to storms – who’s liable and how to get the damage paid. A listener email about Disqualifying the opponent’s lawyer from representing him. How a tenant’s pot-bellied pig (a pet or a wild animal?) can get the owner’s landlord into a lot of trouble.


Law Talk 3/31/18

LawTalk touched upon the following: a follow-up to the previous Driving Under the Influence discussion; a warning about criminal liability for parents who allow their minor children access to alcoholic beverages; and a new legal trend protecting parents of “free range kids” from criminal liability for allowing the kids to engage in age-appropriate and kid-appropriate behavior without adult supervision. Listener calls included inquiries about “generic” Powers of Attorney, statutes of...


Law Talk 3/17/18

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day and all the celebrating going on, we did a program which focused primarily upon the laws about Driving Under the Influence. My guest was Atty. Peter Soulsby, who has offices in Marlborough and Berlin. A former prosecutor, Peter has been defending such cases for nearly 18 years. Listener calls included questions about getting to work when your license is suspended (answer: work permits issued by DMV), the ignition interlock devices, and related questions. The...


Law Talk 3/10/18

Saturday’s LawTalk featured a discussion about “storm law (e.g., who has to pay when Storm Elsa knocks down trees into neighbors’ yards),” a new segment called “mistakes lawyers make,” and some comments about the risks of buying foreclosed real estate from banks.


Law Talk 3/3/18

LawTalk this past Saturday featured discussion of various topics selected by listeners. Questions brought up by listeners and discussed on the air covered a variety of topics, including: wills without executors;spousal bankruptcies and the impact upon the “other spouse;”expunging felonies from one’s record;powers of attorney (new and old); crumbling foundations;deeds in lieu of foreclosure; deficiency judgments and how to avoid one when the bank forecloses. Lots of calls – just like the...


Law Talk 2/24/18

This past Saturday we were joined by the Hon. David M. Sheridan, Administrative Judge for the Hartford Judicial District. The Judge led us through the intricacies of becoming a Superior Court Judge in Connecticut, getting re-appointed by the State Legislature, and demonstrated why Nutmeggers are fortunate to have such a high-quality Judiciary—especially compared to states where Judges are elected and must run for re-election. He also provided excellent general advice for parties in court –...


Law Talk 2/17/18

LawTalk for Saturday, February 17 featured Atty. Paul Czepiga, one of the pioneers of modern elder law practice in Connecticut. We talked about the most common and serious mistakes people make when planning their estate, the various “tools” used in estate planning (Powers of Attorney, Wills, Health Agent forms, Trusts of all flavors), and took several questions from listeners, including the use of a trust for a vacation home. We also touched upon some significant changes in Medicaid...


Law Talk 2/10/18

This basketball-shortened show featured listener calls and also selected topics, including: Why there may be a boom in divorce filings in 2018 due to the treatment of alimony under the new Tax Law; A U.S Supreme Court case which may have a profound impact upon Connecticut labor unions, etc. Callers’ problems included unjustified denials of coverage by Health Insurors; Why, in a Connecticut divorce, the judge is not bound by who the record owner of the family home happens to be when...


Law Talk 2-3-18

Mark Dubois, one of Connecticut’s leading experts on legal ethics and lawyer malpractice joied John thisweekend an they talk about legal fees, establishing, maintaining, and salvaging a successful client – attorney relationship (from both the client’s and the lawyer’s perspective), how to resolve disputes, and how the lawyer discipline process works.


Law Talk 1/27/18

This past Saturday’s LawTalk was our annual Family Law Special. Guests were Family Law expert practitioners Margret Bozek and Jon Kokushka. We provided a lot of information to people who find themselves, sometimes unexpectedly, in the Family Court for divorce, child custody/support, visitation, property division – and contempt. We also explained what sources of information and help are available to parties in Family Court – including ways to hire an attorney for only a portion of the case....


Law Talk 1/20/18

The “expanded LawTalk” for January 20 featured numerous listener calls for advice or information. Topics covered included: negotiating tips when offering to buy real estate with an underground fuel tank; corporate law issues involving holding companies and a subsidiary corporation, the legal pitfalls of doing business as a limited liability company when you really aren’t one, etc. We also talked about selling real estate and when you do and don’t have to pay a commission to a real estate...


Law Talk 1/6/18

LawTalk for Saturday, Jan. 6 involved the topic of Animal Rights Law – an emerging and controversial area. Guest, Atty. Thom Page, is a leader in this new area of the law. We discussed Desmond’s Law (the appointment of advocates in criminal prosecutions for animal abuse to ensure that “the ends of justice” are satisfied (i.e., code words for “a lawyer for the animal”)). Also touched upon dog fighting, due process concerns in the discharge of their duties by Animal Control Officers, and...


Law Talk 12/16/17

We delved into some major issues in Criminal Justice with my guests, prosecutor Michael Gailor from the Connecticut Chief State’s Attorney’s Office and Hartford criminal defense lawyer Patrick Tomasiewicz. Topics included the role of the Judge; whether the “presumption of innocence” really means much; whether plea bargaining is a helpful tool or a cop-out; the rights of the victim, and several others. Caller inquiries included questions about “Citizen Arrests” and open-carry laws.


Law Talk 10/7/17

Topics discussed on LawTalk with the listeners and guest Atty. Tom Gugliotti: myths and mysteries of Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcies (Hartford, are you listening?); debt relief for individuals under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Act; foreclosure defense via mediation; and how “modest means individuals” can get high-quality legal services at discount rates through the Legal Incubator project located at UConn Law School.


Law Talk 9/9/17

this past Saturday’s LawTalk featured:


Law Talk 8/19/17

The show covered Home Improvement Contracts and Home Improvement Contractors extensively – how homeowners can protect themselves, the legal and financial remedies available to them, and how Home Improvement contractors can keep from getting into trouble. We also taught listeners how to collect on a rubber check (using the criminal courts if necessary), and educated the owners of small businesses that even if the bum check they wrote is a corporate check, they may still have personal...


Law Talk 8/5/17

*appealing real estate assessments *the life span of liens encumbering the title to real property; *stopping or modifying a garnishment upon one’s wages; and *service of process at one’s “usual place of abode” and precisely what one’s “usual place of abode” is for such purposes anyway.


Law Talk 7/29/17

"Open phone Saturday, " Listener calls received and answered covered numerous topics, Including: *dealing with excessive real estate assessments; *how long a lien on title to real estate remains valid; *criteria and ways to modify or suspend a wage garnishment; *legality (or not) of service of process at one's "usual place of abode".


Law Talk 7/22/17

LawTalk for July 22 featured Attorney Michael Daly, an expert whose topics included the Driving Under The Influence laws, the special problems for holders of CDL licenses, breathalyzer and other alternate tests, Ignition Interlock devices, and special legal problems for licensed handgun owners who get arrested for DUI while carrying a legal firearm.


Law Talk 6/24/17

On the June 24 LawTalk, topics covered included Mediation and Arbitration as alternatives to trials in the court system; how to collect promptly and legally when someone (or some company) pays you with a rubber check, and whether or not Aetna’s stated search for employees that are, in the words of CEO Mark Bertolini, “younger people…” is evidence of age discrimination in violation of Connecticut and Federal law.


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