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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Maryland on
Q: I have hired someone to replace an old deck with a flagstone. he said he'd hire 4-5 worker and finish it in 2-4 weeks.

He did not hire anyone and tried to do it by himself and one assistant. Unfortunately, no contract was signed, and the original agreement was $11000. I have already paid him $8000 plus a $500 Home Depot gift card for extra materials that he needs (in case I am not available). He did not put on a... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Nov 26, 2022

Let's start with the legal issues first:

(1) Did the contractor pull a building permit for this job, if one was needed? How high was this wall supposed to be (walls over a certain height require a permit)? It is the non-delegable duty of the contractor to obtain all permits and pass...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: I am having difficulty receiving a refund that is owed from a previous auto ins policy.. is there anyone who can assist?

I am having difficulty receiving a refund that is owed from a previous auto ins policy.. is there anyone who can assist? The policy was cancel because I moved to a new state. I am owed a refund and I am yet to receive it, almost 3 months. I have been given a run around. I am wondering if there is... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 25, 2022

A Georgia attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. Yes, there are attorneys who can help you - an experienced civil litigation attorney could handle something like this. But based on the size of the refund, you might be able to save money by handling the matter... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Collections for Nevada on
Q: What do I do if I the website and phone lines for the finance company that owns my car are down and I can't make a pymnt

I owe on my car and the website has been "under maintenance" and their call center is always closed during open hours, not allowing me to make a payment

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Nov 23, 2022

There is always FedEx and the USMail.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: When can a buyer not sue a seller for not following thru on contract?

I accidentally signed a eContract for selling my house in puerto rico and then notified both buyer and broker 30 minutes afterwards before either of them noticed contract was docusigned and notified them that the signing was a mistake.

And then later same day texted both of them that... Read more »

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on Nov 23, 2022

Normal sales option contracts require that a buyer provide an option to take the proposed real estate off the market during the sales term. You may not have received money, but the realtor may have received an option deposit to be kept in an escrow account until the sales deed is signed by the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Education Law and Contracts for Texas on
Q: Does the school owe me more? Or no? Their website said the school could be finished 100% online, but now it can't.

2 months, with school that is with the Texas tdlr, has to drop out this month. I emailed questions before starting to make sure the program was fully online as the school's website stated, I have the school email stating it is fully online, in their handbook it states can finish 100% online.... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 23, 2022

It could be a misrepresentation depending upon what they knew and intended at the time they set up their website, sent the email, published their handbook, and promised you could finish online. Or it could simply be a breach of contract. Or it could be something completely outside of their... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Texas on
Q: If I sell my business on contract & the buyer does not pay - can I foreclose on the buyer's house or other collateral?

Wondering if a business sale contract gives similar protection benefits to something like a mechanic's lien - where the debt can be secured with property or other collateral.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 23, 2022

The sale of a business can be collateralized just like other transactions. As long as real estate securing the transaction is not a homestead, real estate can secure the transaction. This is commonly done with a deed of trust.

Perfecting a security interest has different requirements...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Elder Law for Tennessee on
Q: When filling out POA for Health Care, there is a section that ask about the "undersigned." Who's the undersigned?

"... by the undersigned, _____________, who is personally known to me or satisfactorily proven to me to be the person whose name is subscribed to the within instrument."

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Nov 22, 2022

If you are giving someone a Power of Attorney over you, then you are the undersigned.

1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Contracts for Florida on
Q: Could we sue Lowes for leaving live copper wire exposed above the stove in our kitchen after removing the kitchen hood?
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Nov 22, 2022

You mean leaving it exposed, but with no one being injured by electric shock? If so, this isn't a personal injury question, but rather a breach of contract question. If someone WAS injured, clarify and re-post your inquiry. If this is simply a breach of contract due to incorrect... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Texas on
Q: Is storage facility responsible for mold damage in a climate controlled storage facility due to malfunctioning AC?
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 22, 2022

Typically no. But your self storage rental insurance policy may provide coverage for damage to your property. Read your policy carefully though; some contain mold and mildew exclusions.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for New York on
Q: How to review a NJ property contract?

Hi--

My wife and I are reviewing a contract to buy property in NJ and we would like to retain the services of an attorney as soon as possible in order to handle the attorney review. We'd like to sign the contract today so we'd at least to retain somebody since we would have 3 days... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Nov 22, 2022

This is bread and butter work. You are posting on the NY board. I am admitted in NJ and NY. However, if you just call a local lawyer near the property (which you can find on this site or Google), it would be fine. Do not sweat it. Once you hire the lawyer, attorney review can be extended by... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Arkansas on
Q: Hello, I was laid off about 5 months ago and my employment contract included 12 months of severance in exchange for a

release and agreeing to non-compete and non-solicitation terms, which are all straightforward. The company is struggling and is telling me they can't afford to honor the contracted severance payments any longer, which are supposed to continue for 7 more months. I'm not aware of them... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Nov 22, 2022

You should contact an Arkansas employment attorney to have your separation agreement reviewed. If your employer promised to pay you a certain amount of money in your separation agreement that they are now refusing to or unable to pay, you may have a claim against your employer for breach of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for New York on
Q: I want to cancel a lease on an apartment I havent moved into yet, they are saying have to pay 2 months rent?

I signed a lease and gave a deposit. Not scheduled to move in until 1/19/2023. Today is 11/21/2022. Requested to cancel, haven't even looked at the place, requested cancellation less than 2 weeks after I secured it. They are saying even though I haven't moved in and wont for 60 more days,... Read more »

Giselle Ayala Mateus
Giselle Ayala Mateus
answered on Nov 21, 2022

It depends of the agreement, the execution and the reason for cancelling.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for New York on
Q: Can I get some of my money back from an immigration lawyer for uncompleted work?

I paid about 9.5k for a couple of applications. The attorney only completed 1 of them. I changed my representative. Now when I contact them, they tell me that since I changed representatives, they won’t refund me. Isn’t that unethical? They haven’t worked on the rest of my case, so why take... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Nov 21, 2022

You can sue for a refund. Since it is in NYC and under $10,000 it is small claims. You can do it yourself. Go to the Civil Court at 141 Livingston Street and go to the Small Claims clerk.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Small Claims for Puerto Rico on
Q: How do I sue someone who never completed a job that was paid for in full?

I paid an individual to install gates and to pressure wash, apply cement topping and sealant, and to correct all drainage issues. I originally paid half upfront so that he could begin working. Later, he asked for half of the remaining balance because he was going through some issues (sick wife,... Read more »

Rafael  Pagan-Colon
Rafael Pagan-Colon
answered on Nov 21, 2022

Unfortunately, this seems the case of a "no good deed goes unpunished". The Law of Contractor Registry, Law no. 145 of August 10, 1995, as amended, requires that any contractor working on residential properties must file a request to be included in the Puerto Rico Consumer Affairs... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Business Formation and Contracts for Utah on
Q: I live in Utah and signed a contract with an LLC located in Nevada. Where do I file for arbitration?

They have not fulfilled their end of the contract and now owe me $12,000. They are no longer answering my messages and I would like to get this money back as soon as possible.

Wesley Winsor
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Wesley Winsor
answered on Nov 21, 2022

You will first need to look to the contract provisions to see what they say about arbitration. If the other party is nonresponsive, then you could likely set up the arbitrator, give them notice of the time and place of arbitration and if they don't show up then the arbitrator can give you a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Rights for Texas on
Q: My fathers car got repossessed and I have no idea where hes at what Can I do to get my belongings.

They keep telling me I can’t get anything until he calls and tells them I can but I don’t know where he’s at haven’t seen or talked to him for years .

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 21, 2022

If your personal property somehow managed to get inside his repossessed car, it’s past time that you and he have a phone conversation.

It will be far less costly, less unpleasant, and less time-consuming than your legal options.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: In a unlawful detainer suit what can a tenant counter sue for
Philip Shakhnis
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Philip Shakhnis
answered on Nov 18, 2022

In California, tenants who are defendants in an unlawful detainer cannot file a cross-complaint. However, the tenant can file a separate lawsuit against the landlord for any breach of the rental agreement, negligence, fraud, harassment and other claims.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: I sold a mobile home to a guy, He paid me cash for it. We agreed it had to be moved off the property it is sitting on

The buyer got a permit and hired a company to move it.

The company came and took the wrong trailer. They brought it back.

Then they called the buyer and told him that the trailer he bought was unsafe to move.

The trailer I sold to buyer is in better shape than the trailer... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 18, 2022

He would have to sue you for breach of contract or on some other basis such as fraud, and the judge would determine if you have to return the money. If there is no written contract or anything else in writing to confirm what was agreed between you both, that would make the court case more... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Personal Injury for California on
Q: Verbal Job Offer

Hiring process completed. Verbal job offer. Start date confirmed. Salary confirmed. HR drafting offer letter for signature. Company found out I was in a car accident. Pulled offer.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Nov 17, 2022

You have not asked a question. I will assume you want to know whether the employer did anything wrong. The answer is no.

Even if the written contract had been signed, the employer has the right to change the terms and conditions of employment, including whether you can be or stay...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Contracts for New York on
Q: Made an investment of $10k (with a total of $40k-$50k with other investors). business dissolved and told I get nothing?

The business was never operational. Expenses we’re very minimal & no debt was accrued. I know some goes to taxes, but I get absolutely nothing back?

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Nov 17, 2022

Depends on what your deal was, and what an accounting would show. Very hard for $10,000 to make something happen here. You can sue, but it would cost a high percentage of the recovery unless others joined. For $10,000 you can do a small claims case in NYC, and see if anything shakes out.

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