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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Employment Law 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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0 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Banking and Federal Crimes for Maryland on
Q: I have an ongoing fraud claim with bank of america and i need help on next steps to getting my funds returned.

This claim has been open since October 2021. Brief back story my California EDD was stolen. I’ve never received it and have filed a claim properly as advised by EDD and Bank of America. I’ve filed a police report and have sent over all this to the Bank of America Prepaid Claims Department. My... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Maryland on
Q: Can a vendor unilaterally add a 3% cc fee if it was not contained in the original contract. Emailed change eff 1 Jan.

I signed a contract in state of MD):

If Organization wishes to pay any portion of its obligation by credit card, they may do so and request additional payments using the iVvy link provided to them when they received this contract up until 30 days prior to the event date. Once it is within... Read more »

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Nov 10, 2022

An attorney would need to review the entire contract to render an opinion. However, a business can change the terms of its contract periodically. For example, Comcast changes the terms of its contract with its customers regularly. The rates and service charges increase and the fine print changes.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: I was suppose to close on a house yesterday on 10/24/2022 but my loan company has now asked me to verify some bank wires

This caused me to miss my closing date and now in order to approve the extension the seller wants us to release the escrow money to them which we are nervous to do.

1) We are reviewing our offer and need help to see if our offer was contingent upon financing?

2) If we sign to... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 26, 2022

It is almost impossible to imagine a buyer not knowing whether their contract offer was contingent on financing. The financing contingency is the single most important and most common contingency in real estate transactions. If, however, you used the GCAAR forms, then some sellers use a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Small Claims and Contracts for Maryland on
Q: Sold someone a graphics card on ebay. He contacted me a day later said its broken he now wants a refund.

He came to my house he tested it he said everything was fine he paid with cash. A day later he contacted me saying that after prolonged usage he can see artefacts on the screen something that has never happened to me. He asked for a refund but instead i just told him that I can send it for reper... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 23, 2022

You need to carefully read over the ebay terms of service and obligations between buyers and sellers, as that is a contractual matter as to what terms you bound yourself to in the sale of items over that platform. Under normal circumstances, unless you knowingly misled the buyer with a false... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: My lease ended at Aug 2022, I pre-informed the leasing office 14 days before i'm not renewing but I'm charged of $2500

I contacted the leasing office that I'm financially not stable to continue my rent, therefore I will vacate the apartment at the end of my lease agreement in August, which I did, because I don't want to break the contract, I was told by the leasing manager, I have to give 60 days notice;... Read more »

Richard Sternberg
Richard Sternberg
answered on Oct 6, 2022

Check your local area for a legal clinic offering free landlord-tenant services in your area. I believe University of Maryland has one, but you might also check local bar associations for guidance. Someone needs to review your lease and the facts.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Maryland on
Q: is there a MD law that says consultants can not use the hiring companies resources (such as laptop and/or office space?

I provide sales/Business development services

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Oct 3, 2022

No. That would be a private contract matter between the consultant and the hiring company.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Collections for Maryland on
Q: I would like to challenge the jurisdiction of a MD District court. I do/did not live in MD at the time of service.

Does payment to a credit card made from an address in the MD district in 2010 qualify as minimum contact? I currently live in FL and I lived in PA when the suit was filed in 2013. The only thing tying me to MD at all is this one payment.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 24, 2022

No, unless the suit involves the transaction itself in Maryland, such as you entered into a contract to purchase a product or service in Maryland and paid the initial payment toward the contract there before leaving. Mailing a check to a credit card company from Maryland or paying toward the credit... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I insinuate or "threaten" to break a solar contract that's already been installed?

I recently had solar panels installed in MD. It was verbally stated and explained how it would be installed: inverter inside in the basement, shutdown switch outside in the front, and conduit running on the side of my home hugging the downspout. The installers didn't do this and performed the... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 20, 2022

You have a breach of contract action that is unlikely to be material enough to allow you to rescind the contract, give back all the solar panel equipment, and get a full refund. You will be stuck with your contract. Your damages will be measured by the cost to correct and repair any faulty... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Collections for Maryland on
Q: If a case has been dismissed voluntarily without judgement, how long does the plaintiff have to retry the case in MD?

The case is for credit card debt. Are there any typical reasons they would voluntarily dismiss the case without judgement?

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 20, 2022

If the dismissal is "without prejudice" then they can re-file suit so long as they do so within the original statute of limitations, which is 3 years in Maryland for typical credit card debt. The 3 years begins to run from the date the last payment under the credit card agreement became... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: What does this mean?

IfanyprovisionofthisLeaseorapplicationthereoftoanypersonorcircumstanceisheldinvalid,thatinvalidityshallnot affect other provisions or applications of this Lease which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application; and to this end, the provisions of this Lease are declared to be... Read more »

Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander
answered on Sep 19, 2022

It's a bit jumbled together, but it's what known as a "severability clause". Essentially, if any aspect of the contract is found to contravene MD law (for instance, interest set at 10% in a rent case, etc.), the rest of the contract will continue to function regardless.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Maryland on
Q: I own thousand dollars worth of baskets & want to have a bingo , to raise money for my daughters college fund.

now I'm being told I need a permit. I've already sold tickets for this event. I already signed a contract with the fire department. I need help

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Sep 8, 2022

Refund the money for the tickets sold, cancel the event, negotiate a return of the rental money. Private for-profit bingo games in Baltimore County are illegal, as they are in most counties. They may only be held for charitable purposes by charitable or non-profit organizations to raise money for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Maryland on
Q: After an exit letter is sent, can a storage a storage company legally continue to invoice for payments.

In April 2020, I entered into a storage agreement contract with another person. I was the only one who made all of the payments for this account. During winter 2021, I sent an exit letter. The payments were stopped at that point. A few months ago, the company began to invoice me, has charged all of... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Aug 30, 2022

You need to look at the lease agreement with the storage facility. I am guessing (since you do not state as much) that you and one other person both co-signed the lease and are therefore jointly liable for paying the rent. In such a case, the landlord can choose to sue just one or both of you for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Maryland on
Q: I am in Maryland. How do I write in a service contract that I will not perform duties that conflict with my religion?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Aug 25, 2022

This forum is not appropriate for asking for a specific drafted provision to put into a legal instrument. You will need to talk to a lawyer and review your contract and go over exactly what it is you are concerned with in order to properly address the issue and make sure that any provision you put... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: We were given a buyer-broker agreement the day after we signed a contract to buy a house. Do we have to sign?

A realtor that helped us find a home to buy gave us buyer-broker agreement the day after we signed a contract to buy a house. We now close on home in a week and she is making us sign the buyer-broker agreement. She never told us we would have to sign any agreement with her brokerage prior to making... Read more »

Thomas C. Valkenet
Thomas C. Valkenet
answered on Jul 23, 2022

You misunderstand the document, and who pays the buyer's agent. Our lawyers are also licensed brokers, so we understand your question. It is the SELLER that pays the entire 6% commission, which is then SPLIT in some way with YOUR buyer's agent. The 2.5% you refer to DOES NOT come out of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Maryland on
Q: If a person is on a apartment rental lease and is listed as just an occupant, do they have any financial responsibility
Leonard A Englander
Leonard A Englander
answered on Jul 14, 2022

Absent unusual circumstances (ie. an agreement stipulating to responsibility or a guarantor or the occupant doing damage to the premises), the answer is no. The named tenant(s) are the responsible parties. Authorized occupants merely have the right to reside. As a result, they don't have... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Maryland on
Q: Can I hold our lender liable due to their negligence which caused us to lose earnest money deposit and other fees?

We were under contract to purchase our first home. The lender asked for a second extension on the closing date. The Seller was not happy but agreed under the terms that we would forfeit our earnest money deposit if closing did not happen. Our lender assured all parties involved that he only... Read more »

Thomas C. Valkenet
Thomas C. Valkenet
answered on Jul 11, 2022

Not likely. In Maryland there is a reported case called "Jacques," (my spelling may be off) which describes the standard of care owed by a lender to its prospective borrower. Whomever you consult should pull this line of cases for discussion.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for Maryland on
Q: Hi! I was given an offer by a music company, and I wanted to know if this contract seems good before signing!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5cohamsbl2j9z6y/BR%20Artist%20Development%20Platform%E2%84%A2%20Deal%20Kadence%20Brooks.pdf?dl=0

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
answered on Jun 29, 2022

You are going to need to consult with an attorney that practices Entertainment law to review the contract and suggest changes or warn you about any issues. You should expect an attorney to charge for his or her time. There are many good attorneys out there and you can look for one on Justia or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Estate Planning for Maryland on
Q: Can I, sole beneficiary, take control of my Maryland GST from my still living dad due to breach of fiduciary duties?

I was not informed a GST with me as the only beneficiary, existed until my cousin recently lost her mother (my aunt), and she sent me the paperwork from the GST now that her and her brother are dissolving theirs(other half of the original trust).

I have severe health issues including a... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jun 23, 2022

A beneficiary of a trust has the right to obtain a copy of the trust and receive an accounting of the assets, to include investment performance of the assets and transactions in and out of the trust. Your starting point should be a written demand on the trustee for both of these things. Upon... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Am I responsible for paying a loan that’s not in my name but being used to pay my daughters college balance?

Daughters mother took a loan out to pay daughter college. Never asked or consulted me. There’s nothing in our paperwork saying I’m responsible to pay her college. Now her mother wants me to pay the loan.

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Jun 8, 2022

(1) Are you married to your daughter's mother?

(2) Are you divorced from your daughter's mother?

(3) Is there a marital separation agreement or any other type of signed agreement bewteen the two of you that provides for payment of college tuition, and if so, what exactly...
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