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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for New York on
Q: I booked an event space, host called stating she double booked, she ghosted me, do I have a case?

This was a craft fair open to the public. I haven't paid yet as she stated as long as I paid within two weeks of the event which hasn't passed yet. I've already collected vendor fees, did paid advertisement and put in the work to organize everything. If I cancel, I will have to... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Sep 27, 2022

I do not know what "booked" means to you. If you have a written contract, you can enforce it. If you have a promise on the phone, then you have nothing.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: in ny is there a letter for tenant transfer apartment for security deposit difference to use as first month rent

hi, my tenant is switching from the front apartment to the back apartment she paid the security deposit now we both agreed since it will be less rent in the back she will transfer the security deposit from front to back and the difference of $125 will go to first-month rent is there a legal... Read more »

Sandra M. Colatosti
Sandra M. Colatosti
answered on Sep 27, 2022

You might want to provide her with a statement similar to the one you would if she was moving completely within 14 days she moves out of the one apartment. You might want to wait to see the condition of the apartment she is moving out of before putting anything in writing.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for New York on
Q: Should I sign a “receipt, release and waiver” prior to receiving the funds? (NYS)

I got a letter asking me to sign and have notarized a “Receipt, Release and Waiver” saying I received distribution from my mom’s estate. If I’m reading the legalese correctly, it also releases the executor from any liability. The letter instructs me to send this to the lawyer’s office to... Read more »

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Sep 26, 2022

It is standard. When you return it, say it is in escrow pending transmittal of the funds.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: If a couple that is separated writes a parental agreement contract, can the cops get involved if one disobeys it?

Without going to court my ex and I would like something, such as a parental agreement stating who has the kids and when. If we make a contract ourselves and sign it, if one threatens to keep the kids can the police get involved? Will it hold up in court?

Sandra M. Colatosti
Sandra M. Colatosti
answered on Sep 24, 2022

No, the cops won’t get involved unless there is a court order. What you have in mind has no legal effect. Better to go to court and get a custody order.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for New York on
Q: I didn't owe that person money, but I wrote a contract that I would repay him. if I break the contract, will I be sued?

A friend asks me to use his account to invest in the stock market. as a result, there is some loss in the investment account. my friend asked me to write a contract to repay him. What if i break that contract, will I be sued?

Denis Kitchen
Denis Kitchen
answered on Sep 22, 2022

This strange set of circumstances raises more questions, but putting those aside, if you made a contract with someone to pay them a sum of money, your breach of that contract could induce him to sue you. You may have a defense, again depending on the circumstance. But WILL he sue you? No... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Contracts for New York on
Q: If you sign a real estate contract but tell your lawyer not to send it and they do, is that contract enforceable?

My elderly father signed a contract that had no closing date. His lawyer did not tell him either. He signed the contract then instructed the lawyer to NOT send it to the buyer yet. He did so both verbally and through text. Is there any legal recourse? Is the contract valid if the lawyer went... Read more »

Elaine Shay
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Elaine Shay
answered on Sep 22, 2022

When an attorney acts on a client's behalf, they generally do so as an agent with apparent authority to bind the party for whom they are acting as an agent. However, if the agent (lawyer) acted against your father's directions, your father may have a claim against the lawyer.

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2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Contracts for New York on
Q: If you sign a real estate contract but tell your lawyer not to send it and they do, is that contract enforceable?

My elderly father signed a contract that had no closing date. His lawyer did not tell him either. He signed the contract then instructed the lawyer to NOT send it to the buyer yet. He did so both verbally and through text. Is there any legal recourse? Is the contract valid if the lawyer went... Read more »

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

Based on your post, the remedy appears to be against the lawyer for sure, however, the contract may be void entirely, depending on the content of the messages and how it was sent.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New York on
Q: What are the minimum hours an employer must provide in NYS
Christopher Marlborough
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answered on Sep 22, 2022

There are no minimum hour requirements.

Some employees can be paid premium pay when they are subject to scheduling changes on short notice.

New York State recognizes a right to "call-in pay," but only if the worker is required to report to work. Usually, restaurant or...
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Q: I live across the street from a developer who used to play nice. You knew what was going to be built 6 months in

advance, I checked the plans that often. Then BOOM, they are bulldozing across the street and I get told one day “that is not an office building across the street they are building—it’s gonna be a hotel!”

WAS ALL OF THAT LEGAL?????

It’s been a few years.

Do Towns... Read more »

Elaine Shay
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Elaine Shay
answered on Sep 22, 2022

Your concern about neighboring development is understandable. However, there is no way to provide a meaningful response to your inquiry based upon the information you have provided.

2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Employment Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Education Law for New York on
Q: Question about working and visa status

I’m remaining in F1 status (student visa-nonimmigration), I have far- relative lives in New York, he is owning a restaurant. I live with him and his family. I volunteer to help him with his restaurant during my free time just about 2-3 hours per week. No income received, no salary, no tips, no... Read more »

Moses Apsan
Moses Apsan
answered on Sep 21, 2022

If you are merely helping out without pay the I would not consider it employment.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New York on
Q: If I speak out loud to myself and no direct a comment to someone at work is that harrassment
Brian Greben
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Brian Greben
answered on Sep 21, 2022

It probably depends on what you were saying.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Estate Planning and Probate for New York on
Q: How do i get my name added to a deed. In Orange County NY

I am the administrator of my father's estate. My stepmother who predeceased him took out a mortgage in her name only. I cannot get any information on the loan until i get my name added to the deed. What is the quickest way for me to get this done. This information is needed urgently.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Sep 21, 2022

You may be better off reposting under the "Real Estate" category. I'm sorry your question remains open for two weeks, given the urgency of the matter. It was probably overlooked under the "Government Contracts" heading. Some questions do go unanswered on this forum, but you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for New York on
Q: My aunt passed away and set her will to pass with per stirpes rules.

One of her brothers predeceased her and since he was listed, his portion went to his son, my cousin.

My mother died after my aunt but before the estate was distributed.

The lawyer reached out to me 9 months ago to say that my sister and I would split mom's share. But calls... Read more »

Jack Mevorach
Jack Mevorach
answered on Sep 20, 2022

Have a free telephone consultation with counsel.

Jack

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Mergers & Acquisitions for New York on
Q: Can I be held liable (by a new entity) for an NDA I signed with a company that is 100% sold to a new buyer or entity?

If I signed an NDA as a member of a now defunct LLC with a company for an “indefinite term.” Very general NDA to protect trade secrets, recipes, etc. If the owner of the company who I signed the NDA with passes away, and his heir takes over his rights (both business and estate), and sells the... Read more »

Jack Mevorach
Jack Mevorach
answered on Sep 20, 2022

Depending on the language of the NDA, yes. Have a free telephone consultation with counsel.

Jack

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for New York on
Q: My mother passed away 8 years ago. No contact with then spouse. How do I get probate admin status for executorship

We have no clue as to where the former spouse is. I'm whom she attempted to leave as executor.

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
answered on Sep 20, 2022

There are ways to find anyone. You are going to have to find them, or a last known address.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for New York on
Q: Ex- quit his job trying to stop spousal support. Can he do that?

I filed a order to “Show just cause” in Richmond county Staten Island Supreme Court. Court date is October 17th, to stop my ex husband to cut off my spousal support because he quit his job with the NYPD at age 54. He had 8 months to make 20 years.

He & his wife feels after his... Read more »

Derrick  Storms
Derrick Storms PRO label
answered on Sep 20, 2022

If your spouse quit his job or is intentionally working below his earnings capacity in an effort to avoid/reduce his child support obligations you should inform the court. Show the court your spouse's prior income through his tax returns, w2, payroll statements, etc. If your spouse is not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for New York on
Q: Hello I put my childrens father on child support and our final hearing is tomorrow .I live in nyc he moved to PR

I would like to know what will happen next as I believe he did it purposely to escape his childsupport obligations

Howard E. Knispel
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Howard E. Knispel
answered on Sep 20, 2022

Moving to PR will not allow him to escape his obligations for child support.

2 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law for New York on
Q: What to do when a developer failed to shore up and underpin my property during excavation causing damages.

The construction manager assaulted me on the day of the inspection by the corp of engineers who issued a stop work order. This required surgery on my shoulder wrist. They have not replaced the walls since the 2017 occurrence . The kitchen is a freezer in winter and the crack meters have not been... Read more »

Elaine Shay
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Elaine Shay
answered on Sep 20, 2022

The situation you described cannot be adequately addressed by a few words pointing you in the right direction on a resource like Justia. Instead, it would be best to consult and retain an attorney as quickly as possible since recovery for the damages you suffered may be barred by applicable... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: How to properly evict a tenant who has lived on my property 10 years

I would like to evict my tenant because I don't not want to renew her lease and my daughter is having a baby and I want her to stay in the apartment I have downstairs. I own a 2 family home.

Elaine Shay
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Elaine Shay
answered on Sep 20, 2022

In an ideal world you would speak with your tenant and things would move forward cooperatively. However, that frequently does not work out. Therefore, landlords are required to serve a 90 Day Notice of Termination on a long term tenant before commencing a holdover proceeding in Housing Court to... Read more »

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