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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Products Liability and Tax Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If a post office was to forward you letters about your stimulus payment but return the payments to the sender would it

Be considered mail tampering. I have received the letter 1444c three times to my forwarded address but they returned the payment for the notice three times they know what they are doing and I want to know if I could perhaps file a complaint against that post office or whoever is in charge ect.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 14, 2021

No. They are not supposed to forward certain things. You need to be sure that the IRS and the government have your proper address. Discuss this with your Congressperson--they have information on how you can get your payments.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: In Pennsylvania, is there a law that states a venue must refund the entire cost of a ticket if the event is canceled
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 17, 2021

Not sure if there is a statute, but if they canceled ask for the ticket back. If they don't give you the money back, contact the police or the DA's office, and also the Attorney General's consumer protection division.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: We bought a house and sign Wednesday. There was previous tenants with no lease but junk everywhere? What can we do?

We are purchasing a property on Wednesday. The previous tenants were friends of the owner but had a falling out. There was no written agreement and they have moved everything in the house out but still have old junk cars and tires everywhere. When we sign on Wednesday do we consume ownership of... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 17, 2021

You can decide not to go through with the sale if your agreement of sale says the seller has to get rid of stuff. Or you can ask for an adjustment in price because you have to get someone to haul off the cars. You need to have the seller state that he has notified them and accepts any claim the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: My 90 year old mother listed her house for sale with Realtor A for $89,900. I told her the asking price was too low.

I called Realtor B and was told her house should be worth "in the $120,000s". My mother promptly called and cancelled the original listing. (they agreed) Realtor A hadn't yet taken any pictures or even put the listing in the MLS. My mother listed with Realtor B for $124,900. The... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 3, 2021

you need to read the agreement. Unless it was formally terminated, she cant just switch without consequences. The second broker should have asked her/you whether you had a previous listing, and made arrangements. So start with #2 broker.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Foreclosure, Immigration Law and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: If the recorded information on a deed is completely false do a agreement based on it stand?

If the information on a property deed is false can a agreement be made based from it

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 25, 2021

The agreement refers to the deed. If the deed does not accurately describe things then you may have a claim with the title insurnace company or others. I suggest you review this with an attorney who handles real estate matters.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: I've been getting emails from a debt settlement. I want to know how do I know if it's real or fake.
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on May 25, 2021

Likely a potential scam if you don't recognize the company.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: If someone changes things in a commercial lease, with white out, post signing it, is that a breach of contract?

We put down 4,000 to open a business. We signed the lease but because of Covid, weren't able to get the paperwork in the normal, timely fashion. When we went to get the lease, it was altered.

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on May 6, 2021

I don't think there are enough facts in your question to be able to give any response It doesn't say whether you took a copy of the signed, unaltered lease with you at the time you and the landlord signed it; or whether you told the landlord that the lease had been changed when you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: how to legally make contracts and what to put in them.

I want starting a business with someone else using my idea/system that i made, I want to share the business 50/50, how can I make this legal, as well as make sure they don't steal the information and use it somewhere else?

Michael Cherewka
Michael Cherewka answered on Apr 8, 2021

You have a number of questions here that you really need to sit down with a business attorney and sort through your best options. First of all I never recommend a 50/50 split of ownership because it can lead to deadlocks at a number of levels in the business. As far as your idea/system, that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Small Claims for Pennsylvania on
Q: customer owes me $. Can I sell their product to make up money that is owed?

My company did work for a client. They refuse to pay their invoice. By accident one of their vendors sent me their merchandise. Can I sell that to recoup my losses?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 28, 2021

No, that would be conversion, or theft. You can return the product or tell the customer and ask if he would like you to sell it and charge the proceeds against his account to you. And/or you can take him to small claims.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: Which statute of limitations applies to my debt?

I live in Pennsylvania. I believe PA follows whichever statute of limitations is shortest, is this true?

The personal loan was obtained from Best Egg, which is based in Delaware. But, the Original Creditor is listed as Cross River Bank (Marlette Funding, LLC). Cross River Bank is based in... Read more »

W. J. Winterstein Jr.
W. J. Winterstein Jr. answered on Feb 28, 2021

it is often said by the courts that "the debt follows the debtor". in other words, to sue on the debt, a creditor must sue in the jurisdiction where the debtor can be found and served with process.

The PA statute of limitations is located in PA Statutes, ch. 55, Sec. 5525. I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant, Contracts and Personal Injury for Pennsylvania on
Q: I just rented an apartment 5 days ago. I was locked onside because door would not open. 6 hours later they got it open

I’m scared to death to stay there thinking had there been a fire, my 5 year old son and I might be dead or seriously burned! They drilled through the door...my son was screaming...

I don’t want to stay here. How can I get out of my lease and move to a safer space? What recourses to I... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 23, 2021

Look at your lease, but the fact there was one incident is usually not sufficient to say the premises are uninhabitable. If you spoke to the locksmith and they said that there was no way they could fix it that's a little different, but locks are not the type of thing that a Court will break a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Am I able to get of of my current lease due to a medical condition?

Hi. My daughter seems to be stuck in an iron clad lease! They put that it’s $10,000 over 10 months instead of monthly. She is having SEVERE medical issues (anxiety and migraines) due to an incident the 1st week she moved in girls stealing and fighting with her (roommates) police report filed and... Read more »

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Dec 12, 2020

I know if no law in Pennsylvania that would relieve a tenant from lease obligations because the tenant is very ill and has been advised by their medical doctor to move out. In fact, there us a law in Pennsylvania which says that if a tenant dies while the lease is still in effect, the lease is not... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Criminal Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: How many Tattoo Artist and my old apprentice who quit unexpectedly He took some items that weren’t his

He quit without notice and when I asked for my items back he was reluctant to do them even give me grief about when I needed them

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Oct 10, 2020

I am not sure I see a question? Yiu could aue him for the items or report it to the police as a theft. The police usually dont like to get involved in business disputes but they might investigate further.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Collections for Pennsylvania on
Q: What type of lawyer would i need to pursue a suit against a finance company?

My car loan company wrote my loan off as a skip and placed it in collections then a year later (This april) reopened the account without my knowledge and consent and added thousands onto the balance as missed payments. When contacted about it they say they have no knowledge of this but my credit... Read more »

Nellie T Schulz
Nellie T Schulz answered on Sep 17, 2020

You should contact a Litigation Attorney who is experienced in consumer loans and practices in the county where any lawsuit would be brought. Your county bar association should be able to refer you to an appropriate attorney, if you don’t know of one.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a hotel in Pennsylvania refuse service to a local customer who went to check in who made a reservation in advance
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 14, 2020

A Pennsylvania attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for four weeks. It should not happen under ordinary circumstances, but COVID has introduced some new issues to the hotel and hospitality industry. If it is for other reasons, an attorney could advise more meaningfully with... Read more »

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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