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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, Products Liability and Intellectual Property on

Q: Survivorship and patients? Royalties?

Interested in legal status of grandfathers inventions!

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 18, 2019

The word you are looking for is "patents" not patients. If you want to find out about your grandfather's patents you will have to hire a patent lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Connecticut on

Q: my ex recently signed a contract in court & is trying to back out on it, can I summon her without my lawyer being there?

Just wondering , the contract is in black & white, & I really don’t want to have to pay $500 an hour for my lawyer to be present if they don’t have to be..

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 18, 2019

If you have a lawyer who has entered an appearance in the case, the court may not allow you to bypass them. An option is to fire the lawyer; however, if things go south again you may regret it.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Texas on

Q: I cosigned for a car for my brother. Our verbal agreement was if he could no longer pay on it, i was going to take it.

I did, found someone else to pay for it. Now he is on drugs and called the police about the car. Is there anyway i can keep him from having any legal right to the car since he forfeited by not paying? He is a parolee, showing signs of mental illness or the drug abuse.

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 18, 2019

If the police ever contact you about this silly situation just tell the police that you are a co-owner of the car and did not "steal" it from your brother. They already know he is a parolee, which will not help his case.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Contracts, Family Law and Probate for Arizona on

Q: I was told by bank on phone inquiry I made about a checking account balance then they tell me I had a savings also mine.

I didn't have time for asking for the finding out more about some sort of account that I was beneficiary or some kind of account from a will. I didn't get the information about account number or any info about this account, just told on phone call to the banks 1800number, then I went to the bank... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 17, 2019

The bizarre story has all the markings of a scam in the making. Why? Because reputable banks do not just call people on the phone to discuss their bank accounts--especially if the person called has no idea they had the "accounts."

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Family Law and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on

Q: I'm 18 in NC. My parents kicked me out without notice. Aren't they supposed to have a written notice in advance?

Long story. I pay some Bill's and am working almost full time.

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 17, 2019

Sorry, but no. The law does not require parents to give any notice to their adult children before they kick them out of the nest. You might understand why someday--when you have adult children.

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Copyright and Civil Litigation for Illinois on

Q: Do I have any right to photos taken for free?

My sister took my wedding photos for free as a “gift”, but since then has decided she’s not going to give them to me. She won’t talk to anyone or listen to anyone who asks her for the photos. Many family members have offered to pay to see the photos but she refuses. We were married in a... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 17, 2019

Unfortunately, no. The law does not provide for any way to enforce unkept promises unless there was an agreement and unless both sides received consideration. I suggest you try to compromise and at least pay the photographer something--because the photos are hers.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for North Carolina on

Q: Started a renovation with no contract just invoice and H/O is suing me for taking too Long DOC NOT SPECIFIED IN INVOICE

I am a corporation and got half the money up front for special order materials. I got the material started the job, delays/issues happened worh other jobs, weather, help not showing etc long story short verbally had agreed with H/O that job would be complete by xyz date and it wasn't so they fired... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 17, 2019

Go to the small claims court and present your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for New York on

Q: If two people are on a vet account but only one signs any papers and payment agreement are both responsible for the bill

A few months ago my ex sister in laws pet needed to be seen by a vet. I called the vet and set up the appointment for her. The vet put both of our names on the file even tho it was for her animal. I went with her to the appointment for moral support and I watched her animal for a few days till she... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 17, 2019

It sounds like you have some choices: (1) Pay the old vet bill so the vet will take your pet in; (2) don't pay the vet bill and wait to see if the vet tries to collect; (3) Ignore the two previous choices and find a new vet for you pet (4) do nothing.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on

Q: If i was not disclosed about a salvaged tittle?


Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 17, 2019

If you have coverage on the car your insurance company should pay for the repairs. Period.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Colorado on

Q: Can a director who is paid a salary also work as independent contractor for the same company and be paid as such

A programs director for an agency that takes care of people with Developmental Disabilities is paid as a programs director but also serves clients from his agency and is paid as independent contractor for serving the clients in his house

D. Mathew Blackburn answered on Jun 17, 2019

Yes, but the differentiation in roles and the basis for contractor treatment should be documented and retained for audit and an independent contractor agreement should be signed.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Contracts and Probate for Colorado on

Q: how Much time does an executor have to settle the estate?

My grandparents died 5 years ago and had a house out of state that hasn’t sold. It is listed online as “off market” and we still have not received the inheritance from the executor. Do they have a time limit on when this needs to be paid out? It’s been 5 years and it still is not settled.

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 17, 2019

There is no set time for an estate to be wound up and paid out; it depends on the size of the estate and other factors. The executor (or personal representative) of a last will has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the assets entrusted to them and to insure that everything is done legally so as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Utah on

Q: I live in Utah. Is there a way to legally cancel a membership to a trampoline park I purchased yesterday?

Wesley Winsor answered on Jun 17, 2019

This depends on your contract. You need to first look at the contract. What are the terms for early cancellation?

I am not aware of any state law that allows someone to back out of a contract within a certain period of time. The best advice I would give would be to look at the contract...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning and Probate on

Q: Court gave a declaratory judgement on title rights on property sold to her son 5 years earlier ,paid with bank wire.

Issued Quit Claim Deed not filed. Did not list the conversion back to estate. Filing a Rule 60 to vacate declaratory judgement. I mistakenly thought hearing on expedited basis without counsel just to set discovery, pleadings etc. Instead car overheated ,telephonically held and in 9 minutes rush... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 17, 2019

The VERY FIRST THING you should do is hire a qualified lawyer and stop trying to represent yourself. There are ways to fix SNAFU's like this; however, you should expect to pay attorney fees to rescue you.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Louisiana on

Q: My ex boyfriend who is also on the lease refuses to move out and to pay rent. He now just got a dog which is not allowed

He is aggressive and violent as well but no domestic violence has been filed on my part. What rights legally do I have to get him out?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 17, 2019

You have equal rights to the leased property without a court order based on domestic violence. Either move and notify to our landlord in writing that he has a dog and is violent, or file a protective order.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on

Q: I have decided to break my apartment lease due to constant inconveniences. Can I do so without paying the penalty fee?

Charles M. Baron answered on Jun 17, 2019

No, you must follow the statutory procedure for notifying the landlord, giving the landlord the opportunity to remedy the problems within 7 days of receipt of your letter. If the landlord fails to comply, the law allows you to terminate the tenancy or withhold rent until the problems are fixed.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Car Accidents for Arizona on

Q: Who should pay, me or the mechanic?

I have a car that overheated and went to a mechanic to fix it. He told me that I have to replace the fan with a new one so I was ok with it. He ordered an aftermarket fan and replaced it. After 3 months the car overheated. I called him and said the car overheated and he said to bring it back to the... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 16, 2019

Your mechanic who fixed the car agreed to fix it again; find a way to take it back to him. No excuses.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Constitutional Law on

Q: Is this negligent misrepresentation, innocent misrepresentation or something else?

C Ltd noticed that S. Ltd.’s bid was very low (£20, 000) (the bids from the other

subcontractors were £29,500 and £31,000) but, without checking with S. Ltd, he

used S. Ltd’s bid in making up its own tender price. S. Ltd.'s bid was a mistake

Timur Akpinar answered on Jun 16, 2019

Based on the limited details, it's difficult to say. It could be attributed to any number of things. Knowing state of mind could help characterize the conduct. Since it involves foreign currency, it appears to be somewhere outside U.S. With additional details, and knowledge of that country's laws,... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Stockbroker Fraud for California on

Q: Is it legal to create contracts regarding loans to someone for the purpose to use that money to trade stocks?

If not, and a contract was made for that purpose. Let's say the loaner, loaned $5k and was promised back $10k.

Would the borrower still be obliged to give $10k

even though the contract is not legal?

Samuel B. Edwards answered on Jun 15, 2019

There is nothing inherently illegal or unenforceable for a contract concerning trading stocks. However, there are a lot more questions that would need to be answered in order to know for sure, including what state you are in. There may be a requirement for the person doing the investing to be a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on

Q: If you purchased a mobile home on a sales agreement and that agreement has been paid infull and no title

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 14, 2019

If the entire debt has been paid--including any late fees--The seller is required to give you a title.

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