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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Securities Law for Texas on
Q: I have recently purchased a vehicle and finance company sends loan information to my employer

Purchased a vehicle yesterday, submitted proof of income (check stubs) as well as contact information to my corporate office to verify employment. Finance company contacts me to say no one was answering the phone at corporate, so I gave her an email address to send the verification. With the... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Oct 15, 2021

While I agree that they sent more information than was probably necessary, you don't have any apparent damages as a result of this action, and no claim arises from the facts you describe.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: I have signed the contract and inspection was completed, now I want to back out of selling my house in San Antonio.

Per my realtor the answer was no. Is there anyway I can back out? Of course after paying the buyers back for anything they have spent on inspection and ETC

John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr. answered on Oct 14, 2021

There may be a way out of the deal. The contract for sale of the property will have language on this issue. If there is "specific performance" or other language that allows the buyer to have a court force you to complete the sale, then you have a problem, and can not stop the sale.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Insurance Bad Faith for Texas on
Q: Can Knights of Columbus refuse to cancel my life insurance policy? They won't let me change beneficiaries or cancel.

I have been divorced for a long time. I've recently remarried and I'm updating my insurance beneficiary with Knights of Columbus. They asked for a copy of my divorce decree and replied with this: It appears the divorce decree did not have any information concerning your KOFC policy. We... Read more »

Leroy Scott
Leroy Scott answered on Oct 13, 2021

1. Because Texas is a community property state, when an insured is/was married, it can cause problems for a beneficiary later on because the surviving spouse can claim that s/he is entitled to some of the policy payout.

2. If you don't pay the premiums, the policy will simply lapse.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Rights, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Texas on
Q: Am I doing something illegal?

i just want to see if this something illegal I’m getting roped into? I have received check via email from a woman I was talking to online. On the checks, they have a Life Insurance company at the top of the checks. they are asking that I deposit them into my bank via mobile deposit, keep partial... Read more »

Leroy Scott
Leroy Scott answered on Oct 13, 2021

This is almost certainly a scam and very likely a crime. Life insurance companies don't send checks and ask you to return some of the funds.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: What does it take to change names on a deed?

My son is buying a condo. After he closes, I want to give him half the down payment in exchange for half ownership. What will be required?

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Oct 1, 2021

He will have to execute a Deed to you for a one/half interest as a tenant in common.

But apparently it will be subject to a security interest, and the lender might exercise a due on sale clause for foreclosure. Hire a competent attorney prior to the condo purchase. You might be better...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: This patent was invented by my father. He is deceased. What happens to the patent?

His old job “Circuit Image Systems” is shown on the patent but they seem to be closed. John Leon is co inventor and I cannot find him.

Kathryn Perales
Kathryn Perales answered on Sep 29, 2021

If you are referring to patent 6445969, inventors Jim Kenney and John Leon, this patent has expired and is now in the public domain. If you look it up on Google patents, you can see the details.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Contracts and Tax Law for Texas on
Q: Can employer go back on commitment in writing on issuing W-2c ?

An individual worked respite hours taking care of elderly in 2020 but insurance company did not pay for hours worked. in 2021, insurance company agreed to pay for hours worked in 2020. By this time, individual was enrolled in school full time and had a financial aid package and grants in place.... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 22, 2021

You should contact a local employment law or tax law attorney to help you. This BB is not for providing specific legal information for you to deal with a particular claim. Search for a local attorney on this issue here on Justia.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: Will we need legal help?

The owner of the house we just signed a lease/paid deposit for was working with a property management company but has fired them for his own reasons. They still have the property listed for rent, the lockbox hasn't been removed, and we want to make sure we're covered. We have a lease... Read more »

John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr. answered on Sep 20, 2021

If you have a lease signed by the home owner, you are in good shape. On the first day of the lease, you need to be there and occupy the house. That will solidify your tenancy. I would talk to the owner to confirm your move-in date. The fact that you paid the deposit puts you in good shape legally.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: Lease summary and details have different information and I am facing fees for it. What are my rights? -apartment lease

My lease says I require 30 days notice for year contracts and 60 days notice for month to month. but on the summary of the lease it just says 60 days for all tenants. I gave 30 days notice after seeing the contract and they will not let me move out without a fee. What are the things I could say to... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Aug 30, 2021

The lease is the contract, not the summary. Where the two conflict, the lease controls.

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: Collateral on a loan was never returned when the loan was never provided. Indirect threats were made following this

Is this a criminal and/or civil matter? The collateral in question was the key to my storage unit which contained $30k-$40k worth of personal property. When no loan was ever produced I asked for key to be returned the day that the offer of a loan was proposed. They refused. I found out 2 weeks... Read more »

John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr. answered on Aug 17, 2021

Dear Denton:

Sounds terrible.

I will assume all you tell me in the question is true. If the person who is now in possession of your property, got it through false information or "trickery" that would be a crime in Texas. I hope you have proof of your inventory. If not it...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: I am renting to own a house the owner wants me to pay the taxes every year is that right

I’m renting to own a house for 10 years but the landlord wants me to pay the taxes and I’m having to totally remodel the house because it was gutted just wondering is that how it’s supposed to be or is he responsible for the taxes until I own it

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Aug 11, 2021

The answer entirely depends on the terms of your contract. Take it to a lawyer for review.

That being said, there are very few "rent to own" deals where someone isn't getting ripped off. Sometimes it's the "seller," sometimes it's the "buyer."...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: Can my 58yr old single unemployed female get out of a sale to investor she was severely pressured into friday

She was facing a tax foreclosure, (she had reason to believe her ex paid it before being arrested last year). Her sister has been on the title with her but didn't pay a dime but pressured her hard and was in cahoots with the investors who also got pushy and she has another way to stay and... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Jun 28, 2021

Sorry, being 58, single, unemployed, and/or pressured to sign a contract will not get you out of the contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Texas on
Q: What is the law in Texas about receiving copies of things you signed?
Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Jun 21, 2021

While you should get copies of everything you sign, not receiving a copy won't get you out of the obligations.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Does the law protect renters on verbal contract?

I rent a room under a verbal contract. I've been told to vacate. This is sudden and leaves me in a terrible position. I'll be on the street because of this. Is there any law to protect me from this?

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Jun 21, 2021

If you rent the room on a month to month basis, they have to give you 30 days notice of non-renewal. If the oral agreement is week to week, they would only need to give you a week's notice of non-renewal. If you've breached the agreement in some way, the notice period can be 3 days.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Estate Planning and Probate for Texas on
Q: Can I sue for my grandmas ashes? Her new husbands family took them when he passed.

My grandma passed (in Texas 2015) first and then her new husband had changed around everything in the will (when my grandma was sick he got her to sign stuff). He cut multiple family members from my grandmas side out and made his son the executor. When her husband passed (in Texas 2017), the son... Read more »

Isaac Shutt
Isaac Shutt answered on Jun 14, 2021

It's definitely worth having free (or inexpensive) consultation with a probate attorney. I'd recommend trying to schedule a meeting with an attorney that focuses on probate and estate planning law.

You would be an heir to your grandmother's estate, so it's important...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Texas on
Q: I finance a used Nissan Nv Cargo without the buyers guide and if I have been sold a Modified vehicle.

The finance paperwork was deceptive and a lot of information and the signature page of the service contract is omitted that clarified the details that would validate or invalidate the services I purchased, but I didn’t know this until I researched the terms and conditions pages they gave me and... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jun 8, 2021

This sounds like a frustrating experience but I'm not sure of your exact question. It sounds like a civil law issue rather than a criminal law issue.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Texas on
Q: I had a contract with a owner of a property. We were doing a lease to own purchase. We had 9 months left to pay and it

Would be paid off. The owner sold it to another party. Is this legal. Even if we went in default ,but we're never told we were in default. Never missed a payment.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Jun 1, 2021

Since you indicate the property has been sold, if this is important to you, then you need to immediately contact a real estate and/or contract lawyer, bring the contract you have for the lawyer to review and then obtain your options. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for Texas on
Q: In 2001 a well known music artist signed all his right away under duress. His life was threatened if he didn't sign.

Can he file suit since it was under duress? There is alot of money in royalties on the line

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on May 10, 2021

You definitely have to run very fast to talk to an attorney.

There may be some criminal issues as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Can my rate as a contractor be reduced in the middle of the contract?

I signed an employment contract with this company last July that runs through July 2021. Yesterday out of the blue i got a docusign from the company with a retroactive lower rate that what i signed for last July, so i asked for explanation and below is the response i got. Any advise on what i can... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on May 5, 2021

Whether you have a claim depends on the language in your employment contract. Did the contract guarantee you a certain rate of pay through July 2021, or did the contract allow the employer to change your compensation in its discretion? You should contact an employment attorney in your area to seek... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: I'm the Landlord,my rental contract between both parties has expired in 2017.Although the contract has not been re-signe

We still maintain the rental relationship.Recently,due to the damage of the house.Tenant is unwilling to take responsibility for repairs.But in our old contract,these damages should be repaired by the tenant.Can I ask him to take responsibility for repairs,even if our contract has... Read more »

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Apr 29, 2021

When the original term of a lease expires and the tenant stays in the property, the tenant does so under the same terms as the original lease, but becomes a month to month tenant. Your lease appears to have an increased rent amount, but if you've been accepting rent under the old rate for 2-3... Read more »

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