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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Is there any law stating an employee be allowed to see his/her contract?

I have a contract with my employer, but every time I ask for a copy of it I just get an excuse why he can’t do it. Are employees allowed by law to see his/her contract whenever they choose?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 13, 2019

You posted this in Business Law, a logical choice, but that might be why it hadn't been picked up by an employment law attorney, who is really the person you want input from. You could repost and add Employment Law as a category. As a general legal premise for all areas of law, the practice of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Consumer Law and Lemon Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Is it fraud if an owner of a company advertises merchandise at a certain percentage off, but then tells the sales team n

Is it fraud if an owner of a company advertises merchandise at a certain percentage off, but then tells the sales team not to let customers know of these sales?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 28, 2019

It's possible. It depends on the state of mind with which it's done.

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: Can I file a complaint if a company does not disclose the “cooling off period” and inform me of my right to terminate?

Signed an advertising deal with Wisconsin based company which I am now in the process of terminating by way of paying an early termination fee. My question is since they failed to inform me of my right to terminate and no where on the contract does it state it, do I have grounds for a complaint?... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 4, 2019

Unfortunately, not every written contract is required to have a free "I've got second thoughts and want an early out" clause. In fact, you should be glad the contract even has an "early termination fee" clause, because that is not required everywhere either.

IMO, you are to be commended...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: If contract has no stated early termination fee can the other party just make one up?

I signed contract in Ga with representative from a Wisconsin company. I am 22 and representative took me to fancy place and offered food/drinks I got caught up and signed a pretty bad deal. I will pay their early termination fee if have to but seems a little unfair. The salesperson told me that if... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 3, 2019

Unless you signed the contract less than a week or ten days ago the "cooling off" clause has probably expired. Claiming to have been taken advantage of because the sales guy plied you with fancy food and expensive booze while he was convincing you to sign the "bad deal" will not work. Believing... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Divorce and Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: After 35 years of marriage my parents are going through a divorce that's very complicated due to owning many businesses.

These businesses are supported financially by the others during the off season. They have a substantial amount of debt that is personal and the businesses. My father wants to file bankruptcy right away before trying to sell assets and my mother does not agree with him. He wants to keep one business... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 20, 2018

This is such a complex question with so many variables that it is impossible to properly answer here. It depends on whose name and how assets and liabilities are held as to what the proper action. Each can file separately if necessary, but generally speaking both parties are best served by filing... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy and Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: How does a business proceed on getting there vehicle back as a lienholder , if the client has a chapter 7 discharge?

Can we legally contact after discharge of ch 7 if they still have our property and are not paying?

Cristina M. Lipan
Cristina M. Lipan answered on Aug 21, 2018

Yes, the lien against the vehicle is not discharged. You should probably hire an attorney to handle this for you, though.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Collections and Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I have a note against the company I work for. I loaned the company money. How can I collect the money?
Sarah Lynn Ruffi
Sarah Lynn Ruffi answered on Apr 23, 2018

It depends on the actual language of the note.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: What consitutes a valid verbal contract between a business and a potential customer?

In Sept, we got a rough estimate from a local tree trimmer to remove 3 branches from a tree overhanging our home. He was too busy for such work at the time. We agreed to wait until he was free, then we would revisit the estimate and specify the specific work we were looking at. 5 months later,... Read more »

Sarah Lynn Ruffi
Sarah Lynn Ruffi answered on Apr 23, 2018

Based on your facts, it does not seem that you had a contract. A contract requires a meeting of the minds (i.e. exactly what work would be done, when and the cost). As I understand your situation, you wanted 3 limbs removed, which did not include one containing a woodpecker nest. You asked to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Business Law and Civil Rights for Wisconsin on
Q: Merchandise bought and shipped from USA, force to return to China for refund?

I bought A drone from a company that has 2 US warehouses, but the main headquarters are in China. I bought the drone from the California Warehouse with US Currency and had it shipped to me in the US. The drone was defective and I was asked to ship my drone to Guangdong China for a refund. They said... Read more »

Jingzhan Wang
Jingzhan Wang answered on Jan 14, 2018

you can ask for compensation for shipping back to China

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Collections for Wisconsin on
Q: I am ready to send a business owner the creditor demand letter. Do I need to mail it?

This business owner owes me over $10,000. I texted him and emailed him asking him to pay me back but he just ignore me. I can mail a demand letter to him but my guess is he won't read it. I just want to start this process. How should I start? Thanks!

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Sep 6, 2017

You should consider filing a lawsuit. If the contract is between two businesses, you will need to hire a lawyer because only a lawyer can represent a business in court.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can you still sue a client that signed a contract but did not pay deposit?

I had a client hire me to photograph her engagement and wedding. She stated she'd pay deposit at the engagement shoot. After shoot Qatarshe stated she would pay from the invoice that day. She did not. I got edits done sent them her way without the ability to download yet. She asked about download... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Jul 27, 2017

You may sue her for breach of contract. Among the relief you request in the lawsuit should be an injunction prohibiting her from publishing your work.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Consumer Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Store is closed for internet service is down. provider says they don't have enough techs. No service for days. lawsuit?

Internet provider says they may not be out until next week. I have business class internet. They keep saying they will try to get someone out right away but they never do. I keep calling every 2 hrs. I was given a ticket number for an expedited service but it hasn't happened yet. The internet is... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Jul 13, 2017

The short answer is yes. The provider has breached its contract with your business and, as a result, your business is losing money. That is actionable in court.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Business Formation for Wisconsin on
Q: when an LLC is formed and a member invest personal money, is that members personal assets at risk?

In the event of a liability lawsuit or bankruptcy

Glenn B. Manishin
Glenn B. Manishin answered on Feb 26, 2017

No, that is the legal function of the LLC form, shielding personsal assets of the members absent fraud or commingling.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Tax Law for Wisconsin on
Q: If I lease a vehicle for business use, how do I calculate percent business use vs percent personal use for tax purposes.

I want to know if in leasing a vehicle for Uber I can deduct roughly, say 80 percent (percentage of business use), of monthly payments minus the inclusion on my year end taxes.

Matthew M Montoya
Matthew M Montoya answered on Oct 4, 2016

The rules are a bit different depending on whether your business is a Sole Proprietorship (Schedule C), a C-corporation, or S-Corporation. If you're like most taxpayers, you're probably using a Schedule C to report this to the IRS. In claiming business use of a vehicle, strict rules must be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Who can I contact about discrimination and licensing issues?

I work for a small convenience store owner who is being discriminated against by the city. We were told we did not have a valid license to sell alcohol or tobacco products, but we go through licensed vendors, who wouldn't be able to deliver if we did not hold valid licensing. We accept EBT and WIC... Read more »

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Aug 28, 2015

A local administrative or business lawyer.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is general information that is given for legal education only. It is not legal advice, and it may not work for your specific situation. It is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can you please explain the uniform partnership act 178.21(3)(b)?
Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Aug 25, 2015

Best to talk to a local business lawyer, who can advise about your particular situation as opposed to theoretically.

Please Take Notice: I am not your lawyer unless we enter into an engagement agreement in writing. This is general information that is given for legal education only. It is...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: we want to incorporate our association and change it from one persons business, what structure should we choose?

we do not want individuals to be be responsible for taxes, but instead the corporation/association/organization itself. we want it to exist and grow with changing leadership.

Adam Studnicki
Adam Studnicki answered on Aug 7, 2015

Talk to a local business lawyer, and you'll probably benefit from talking to a CPA also. Usually, the decision is between an LLC and an S-Corp, and there are multiple ways an LLC can be taxed. The best solution for you depends on your specific circumstances and goals.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I am interested in 2 different types of businesses, do I apply for 1 LLC or 2. Do u do LLC's and real estate law.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq. answered on Feb 28, 2013

If it's two businesses, it would be two LLCs. I have filed Articles of Incorporation, and I also practice real estate law.

Please email me at max@maxlivingstonlaw.com, and we can setup a time to meet.

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