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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello, I am trying to get out of my lease.

I live in a studio apt that is noisy at late hours and constantly has an overabundance of pungent weed smells going around. I am having health issues and this is not helping. I get dizzy and lightheaded from the smells and it states in the lease that there is no smoking allowed. I have complained... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 10, 2020

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You could try reposting in the Landlord-Tenant Law section. There's no guarantee that all questions are picked up, but under Landlord-Tenant questions, your post would have better chances. Good luck... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Insurance Defense and Medical Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Q: Do I have grounds for a lawsuit?

I went to a rehabilitation center to seek help for my alcoholism. I was there for 30 days. Their policy required patients to turn in all of their personal belongings (phone, wallets, etc) except for clothing. During my stay, one of their staff members stole my credit card and ID and committed... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 2, 2020

A Pennsylvania attorney could answer best, but your post remains open for two weeks. As a general matter, it does not appear to be a case that attorneys might consider taking on a contingency basis. If you are paying by the hour, the burden is upon you to provide evidence of the theft. In a busy... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Sold my home to oldest son for what I owed on it. Verbal agreement I could live there until I died.

As soon as the sale was finalized I was forced out by verbal abuse escalating to physical abuse. Do I have any legal recourse for the rest of the price of the house?

Vincent Gallo
Vincent Gallo answered on Jul 23, 2020

Responding from a New York perspective, verbal agreements usually bear very little weight.

3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Copyright and Intellectual Property for Pennsylvania on
Q: NDA for consultation?

I am paying a physics professor a consulting fee for help with a private entrepreneurial project. I haven't set anything up on my part as a business entity yet. But I want to protect the ideas I share while speaking with the professor during our consulting sessions. Can an NDA do the job, or... Read more »

Nancy L Lanard
Nancy L Lanard answered on Jun 24, 2020

The NDA (which includes a non-compete provision) can be entered between two individuals - it does not need to be between business entities. Make sure the NDA is strong and thoroughly defines confidential information to include all forms that the information could be - in other words, the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How are days prior to Settlement Date calculated?

I need to have repairs completed "no later than 3 days prior to Settlement Date". My Settlement Date is July 14th. Do I have to have the repairs done by July 10th or 11th? The state is Pennsylvania. I am having delays due to COVID.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Jun 24, 2020

Talk to the buyer and ask for an extension. Make sure its in writing.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: Contractor agreement was for a certain price but then I was charged an additional 3% for him choosing to use Square app.

We signed an agreement for a certain price and then I was charged an additional 3% because he chooses to use the Square application as form of payment. What are my options? Why should I have to pay more for the contractor's choice of method of payment, especially since it was not specifically... Read more »

Nancy L Lanard
Nancy L Lanard answered on Jun 23, 2020

PA has a home improvement consumer protection law. If the contractor did not notify you in advance that this charge would be incurred for using Square for payment you may have a claim. I would suggest contacting the PA Attorney General's office to see. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: Conducting business in Partnership and sole proprietorship at same time in same type of business with few modifications.

I have registered an LLC called XYZ INVESTMENTS. With this newly registered entity, I have invested in a produce store called FRESH PRODUCTS, and bought 25% share under XYZ INVESTMENTS in FRESH PRODUCTS business. Now FRESH PRODUCTS has 4 business partners (which also includes my LLC - XYZ... Read more »

Nancy L Lanard
Nancy L Lanard answered on Jun 16, 2020

Please see the answer I provided to this question when you previously asked it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have formed an llc and bought 25% share in a produce store. Now I want to open Another produce store on my own, can I?

I have registered an LLC called XYZ INVESTMENTS. With this newly registered entity, I have invested in a produce store called FRESH PRODUCTS, and bought 25% share under XYZ INVESTMENTS in FRESH PRODUCTS business. Now FRESH PRODUCTS has 4 business partners (which also includes my LLC - XYZ... Read more »

Nancy L Lanard
Nancy L Lanard answered on Jun 16, 2020

There are two issues here. The first is whether the new business should be run under the same LLC. I would think the new business should be a new and separate LLC to run the new produce business unless the original LLC is only used to hold the 25% interest in the other business. This should be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: Client cancelling their event due to Covid-19. Deposit paid for my services. I have a no refund policy after 30 days.

My contract states no refund of deposit after 30 days. It also says any cancellations due to War, global calamity, or death in the family can be scheduled up to a year from the original date. Client wants a refund. I offered to reschedule. Am I okay legally if they speaks to lawyer.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

looks like a global calamity, so offer them to reschedule in writing and show you are big hearted by extending it to a year starting June 5th or whenever it would be permissable in your county to have a gathering or event such as was contracted for.

They can speak with an attorney. You...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a noncittizen buy a car in a legal way?

Someone i know wants to buy a car.

He is not a cittizen of US .

What is the procedure to buy a car for a not cittizen person ?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

They can buy it. The problem is that to be registered you need insurance. To get insurance you need a license. If they have a license, get insurance, they can not only buy the car but get it insured and registered.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts, Business Law and Civil Litigation for Pennsylvania on
Q: My uncle's company was sued and won by default they have an AQ incorporation and have no assets.

They were sued on a conctract deposit. The performer arrived but didnt perform due to client not having an inside venue and we had a storm that day. The company was sued for the performer's deposit and he won by default. They set a judgement on bank to garnish but the company is closing what... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 24, 2020

Empty the bank accounts immediately and have your uncle consult a debtors attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Collections and Sexual Harassment for Pennsylvania on
Q: I receive two letters from two different lawyers and I need a lawyer

I was hired to write and direct a stage play. The guy promised to pay me and the actors even if the play was canceled. The man ha yet to pay me or the actors. and I received two letters from lawyers on his behalf. both of his claims are false. however, I have been giving a week to respond to one. I... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 23, 2020

The "one week to respond" is baloney---but hard to tell if they are saying you have one week to do something you are obligated to do under the contract....different.

It's hard to tell without knowing the facts. You can call for a free consultation and I can better direct you.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have to Give my apt 60 day notice if l’m not renewing my lease. They are charging me full month rent for late notice?

I live in Tennessee

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 17, 2020

The 60 day period came from somewhere. If it says in the lease 60 days notice that implies if you don't they may charge you.

As to the paper work did you make a copy? Do you at least have it on your computer? If you can testify you handed them the notice or hand delivered it that...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: I stay in an apartment in Pittsburgh, PA. The property owners are not providing certain services. Can I withhold rent?

These services are clearly mentioned in the lease. I want to withhold 200$ from my rent.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Apr 6, 2020

If it is in the lease, send your landlord and reference the language in the lease. Advise them that if they do not provide the service you will hire someone to perform the service and deduct the cost from the rent you pay.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: Government has force no gatherings due to Covid19. I paid for a caterer at my wedding that is now canceled this month.

Can I get a refund of the non refundable deposit since this is force of nature. The contract states I have to pay 60% if it is canceled within 30 days. The wedding was planned for in two weeks but has been cancelled by the governments shutdown. The contract says nothing about a force majeure.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Mar 30, 2020

argue for the refund. You can always take them to small claims. Or if the whole thing was cancelled see if they will give you the deal then.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Consumer Law, Contracts and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have a small automotive repair shop in Pennsylvania. Sometimes, customers refuse to pay. What can I do?

Occasionally, there are customers who agree to have the work performed and the price, even with the understanding that payment is due upon pickup of the vehicle, who then do not pay. I am not aware of any law in Pennsylvania that allows a mechanic lien to hold the vehicle until payment is... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Feb 24, 2020

You absolutely can keep the car until you receive full payment for the repair services performed -- so long as the owner actually requested that the services be performed. Pennsylvania common law grants you an "artisan's lien" on property that you've made more valuable as a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Consumer Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How should I go about retrieving money from a contractor who is ignoring calls and not finishing a job?

I went with a contractor who started work but moved slow. Kept giving us days and times that he would he back to finish but wouldn't show up. Missed the times. This went on for about a week. Now hes not returning any calls or messages and the job still is less than half finished.

Nancy L Lanard
Nancy L Lanard answered on Feb 23, 2020

PA has a Consumer Home Improvement Contractor's Act that helps to protect you. You can file a complaint with the Attorney General's office regarding this particular contractor. I would suggest starting with a letter to the contractor indicating that you were prepared to file a complaint... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: If a company purchases an existing contract with a consumer, obligated to honor the contract?

Mom was living in Lancaster county, Pa when she purchased a Cremation Services package for 1300.00 in 1993. Mom now lives with me in Blair County, PA. I called the number on her card and apparently the old company sold the contract and the new company states that there was only $241.00 in the... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 12, 2020

I think it would be read as being limited to the county though you can make the argument they should take care of it. Otherwise people who moved could say "pick up my decedent in Florida."

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am a renter. I have had no heat for 6 DAYS. Do I have the right to a rent reduction?

I pay the electric. I provided the space heaters. the heater is more than 20 years old.

Elizabeth Tarasi
Elizabeth Tarasi answered on Dec 20, 2019

Read you lease. Let your landlord know that you have no heat. Ask you landlord to provide accommodations with heat at his cost.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is Statue of Limitations extended if contractor promises to address issues and concerns and never does? Worknotcod

No comments.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 8, 2019

No, not automatically as a general matter. But parties can extend the statute of limitations through a written agreement if they are both willing to do so. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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