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Does a will cover all my property?


By: Undisputed Legal/Court Service Department

Probably not. It is easy to think that a will covers all of your property. But because property can be passed to others by gift, contract, joint tenancy, life insurance, or other methods, a will might best be viewed as just one of many ways of determining how and to whom your estate will be distributed at your death. 

Rules For Using A Background Check For Employment

By: Undisputed Legal/Skip Trace Department

Some employers try to find out about your background by hiring someone to do a “background report” on you. Among the most common are criminal background reports and credit reports. But special rules apply when an employer gets a background report about you from a company in the business of compiling background information. 

1. Before getting the report, the employer must tell you that they might use the information to make a decision related to your employment, and must ask for your written permission. You don’t have to give your permission, but if you’re applying for a job and you don’t give your permission, the employer may reject your application. If an employer gets a background report on you without your permission, contact the FTC at ftc.gov or at 1-877-FTC-HELP. 

What is Government-Financed Housing

By: Undisputed Legal/Eviction Service Department

The Mitchell-Lama housing program provides rental and cooperative housing for middle-income tenants. For both state and city-sponsored Mitchell-Lama developments, tenants must meet eligibility requirements including income, family size and apartment size. Additionally, each development sets its own restrictions. 

Public Housing is a federally funded program in which state chartered authorities develop and manage public housing developments, subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Tenants in public housing are entitled to an administrative grievance process administered by the local housing authority before they may be evicted. 

Find Something Wrong on Your Credit Report?

By: Undisputed Legal/Court Service Department

Under the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act, you have the right to dispute wrong

 information on your credit report.  Follow this checklist:

  • Write to the credit reporting agency.  Include your name, address, date or birth, and 

Social Security Number So the agency can identify you.

  • Identify the specific debt you are disputing, explain in detail why the information 

Is wrong, and request that the debt be changed or removed.  Include copies of any 

Documentation  that supports your position

Process Service on New Jersey Secretary of State

By: Undisputed Legal/Process Service Department

Service of process upon the Secretary of State shall be made by leaving the original and a copy of the summons and 2 copies of the complaint, with a fee of $20.00 in the hands of the Secretary of State, or someone designated by him in his office, and such service shall be sufficient service upon the nonresident operator, pilot or owner, if

(a) Notice of such service and a copy of the summons, with a copy of the complaint, are forthwith sent by registered mail to the defendant by the Secretary of State, or someone designated by him in his office; and

Who gets my property if I die without a will?

By: Undisputed Legal/Court Service Department

By not leaving a valid will or trust, or by not transferring your property in some other way before death, you’ve left it to the law of your state to write your “will” for you. In the absence of a will, the law of your state has made certain judgments about who should receive a decedent’s property. Those judgments may or may not bear any relationship to the judgments you would have made if you had prepared a will or executed a trust. 

History of the Miranda Rule 

By: Undisputed Legal/Court Service Department

  1. Police questioned arrested person at police station for four hours until he confessed. The court was concerned about psychological coercion. Escobedo v. Illinois, 378 U.S. 478 (1964).
  2. Officers agreed to drop some charges if suspect would confess to kidnaping. Suspect agreed and confessed. He was convicted of kidnapping and rape. Conviction overturned by court. Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966).

PROCESS SERVER LAWS & REQUIREMENTS IN CONNECTICUT 

By: Undisputed Legal/Process Service Department

In Connecticut, state statutes as a general rule prescribe civil service of process to state marshals, constables, Process Servers or “other proper officer[s] authorized by statute.” Conn. Gen. Stat. § 52-50(a). 

A State Marshal Commission is established by state statute. Conn. Gen. Stat. § 6-38b. State law mandates that the State Marshal Commission “establish professional standards, including training requirements and minimum fees for execution and service of process.” § 6-38b(f). State regulations detail the qualifications of state marshals, Conn. Agencies Regs. § 6-38b-1, the application process, § 6-38b-2, the examination they must take, § 6-38b-3, and, training that they must attend. § 6-38b-4. The regulations also contain “standards of conduct” for state marshals. § 6-38b-6. 

Rules For Serving A Subpoena

By: Undisputed Legal/Subpoena Service Department

There are three kinds of Subpoena’s,

I. Subpoena To Testify. (Ad Testificandum)

Requires a person to come to the Court to testify as a witness.

II. Subpoena For Records. (Duces Tecum)

Requires documents, papers, writing, etc. to be brought to the Court.

III. Information Subpoena.

Requires the information be provided to the person requesting it.

Methods of Service

A Subpoena to Testify or a Subpoena for Records is generally served on an individual by a process server personal (in hand) delivery. For service on an individual, under certain circumstances it may be appropriate to use an alternate method of service such as “Substituted Service” or “Conspicuous Service.”

Background Checks – What You Need To Know

By: Undisputed Legal/Skip Trace Department

An employer may ask you for all sorts of information about your background, especially during the hiring process. For example, some employers may ask about your employment history, your education, your criminal record, your financial history, your medical history, or your use of online social media.

It’s legal for employers to ask questions about your background or to require a background check — with certain exceptions. They’re not permitted to ask your for medical information until they offer you a job, and they’re not allowed to ask for your genetic information, including your family medical history, except in limited circumstances.