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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Elder Law for Illinois on
Q: I am a senior have bought used cars from private never a problem. Less than 3 months ago $1800 for a car in East Peoria
Evan S. Sloan
Evan S. Sloan answered on Feb 5, 2020

It's difficult to understand what exactly happened from your post. Please post again with additional facts.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Divorce and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: Illinois, I contract for deed my home 82214 NotMarried boyfriend moved in 1 year later we married I was ONLY one worked

His name is on nothing he work for cash only I have W-2s he left me got incarcerated for a year and he still is not living in the home he has many vehicles on property and I don't see him and vehicles are open titles can I get rid of them? &

my home is paid off and we're talking divorce can... Read more »

Marilyn  Johnson
Marilyn Johnson answered on Jan 12, 2020

The only grounds that you can use for a divorce in Illinois are irreconcilable differences. You should not dispose of any property. Wait until you have a court order regarding the property. If the house is titled in only your name and you acquired it prior to your marriage, it should be considered... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: Am I allowed to get out of my lease early if my boyfriend & I lost our jobs? We still 8 months on our lease
Cynthia Pietrucha
Cynthia Pietrucha answered on Dec 31, 2019

It depends on what the contract says and if your landlord is being flexible to the terms. Most leases clearly state and lease term (such as 12 months) as well as renewel terms (such as automatic renewal unless one party cancels in writing so many days before the renewal starts). If you are stuck... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Consumer Law for Illinois on
Q: Is it illegal for my interest rate on my car to be close to 30% if my monthly income $2000 monthly?
Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Nov 22, 2019

It's not usually based on your income.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Contracts for Illinois on
Q: In a chapter13 there's a 3 yr and 5 yr commitment period. What's the pros and cons of requesting a 3 yr modified to 5

Is there a nonstandard provision for this motion to modify from a 3 yr to 5 yr

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 28, 2019

There can be any number of months plan period up to 60 months. Three years (36 months) gets it paid two years sooner than 60 months but the paymentS are higher. And vice versatility.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: I live in States. I need to make Power of attorney for someone in Iraq ASAP. What's the steps?How long the process take
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 3, 2019

Search for a probate lawyer and get them to help you; will not take long at all; if you get of the Internet and go.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: Given false information before sign a contract what are my options?

I went to a company that told me a price of $1326 for the goods and services they are giving me before I signed a contract now that I have signed the contract and paid the amount $1326 I was told they are now saying that what I was told is not correct and are trying to charge me separately for... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Aug 2, 2019

If you signed a written contract you are bound by the terms of that contract. It does not matter what "they" told you; and it does not matter whether they gave you a copy of the contract you signed; why did you not ask for a copy?

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Consumer Law and Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: can I sue a prebuilt shed company?

I bought a brand new 10x12 prebuilt shed delivered to my property that leaked from day one. After a few half hearted attempts to fix it among several non returned calls and no shows the owner of the company said he would take it back and refund my money. That was 2 months ago every time I call him... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 17, 2019

First check the terms of the agreement. It could possibly contain provisions that include arbitration as a forum for handling disputes.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Small Claims and Contracts for Illinois on
Q: Bought a used car from a dealer that ended up having problems. Is there any action I can take to receive reimbursement?

-Dealer insisted that car was in very good condition, despite not being "certified pre-owned"

-Car battery failed 2 weeks after buying. Dealer insisted battery was good for another couple years.

-Engine started having immediate issues. Cost $200+ so far in repairs.

-Leak in... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 16, 2019

Sounds like you just ran up against the oldest advice ever given concerning buying used cars (and many other things in America): "Caveat emptor" which means "let the buyer beware."

Based upon your set of facts I am unaware of any form of relief available--and that would succeed--in you...
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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
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 Real Estate Law and Contracts for Illinois on
Q: Receiving another offer after accepting a contingent offer?

If a buyer makes an offer on a home that is contingent on selling their existing home and the seller accepts the offer, but then receives a second offer can they accept the second offer? If so, what happens with the buyer who had the first accepted contingent offer?

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Jun 13, 2019

It depends on the specific language of the contract, and the duration of the contingency periods you describe. That being the case, I recommend you ask the attorney that is representing you in this matter, as he or she is most familiar with the transaction and is in the best position to provide... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation and Contracts for Illinois on
Q: I received a call from an IT company . Demanding payment. Can they do this?

I did pay for their service several years ago but did no business with them afterwards. They indicated the service has been continued as the contract indicated auto renewal. They wanted $999.99 a year since 2016. They offered to settle for several lesser amounts and wound up settling for $199.99... Read more »

Peter M. LaSorsa
Peter M. LaSorsa answered on Jun 12, 2019

It would depend on the terms of the agreement you signed. And it would also depend on how they were taking payment from you and if they can prove you were given services or the services were available to you during that time. You should seek an attorney to review your agreement--pay the hourly... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: What recourse do I have when my girlfriend walked out on a lease with both names on lease in Chicago?

Resigned a lease together starting 5/1/19, on 4/21 she had all her things moved out and sent me an email. We are both on lease. There is a 5 month buy out or can try to sublet. I don't want to move due to time constraints and work. She wants out of lease. Rent too steep alone. Do I have any options.

Peter M. LaSorsa
Peter M. LaSorsa answered on Jun 12, 2019

You could file an action to force her to perform under the lease or for damages under the lease. You may end up paying more in attorney fees than you collect. You could point out to her that you can move out and she can take the lease over and try to solve it amicably.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Family Law and Civil Litigation for Illinois on
Q: In the state of Illinois. Do I have to return a Promise Ring to an exboyfrien?

He now wants the ring, claiming he is paying on it.

But also, he is back with his ex girlfriend.

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Jun 10, 2019

No. He gave you a gift. It's yours.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for Illinois on
Q: Does this artist management clause allow a manager to collect post-term from platforms like Tunecore or Distrokid?

I was curious if these digital platforms would fall underneath this clause if the manager uploaded the music, because while they are considered DIY platforms, technically they are creating a contract with the distributor whether it's Tunecore, Distrokid, CD Baby etc. Here's the exact wording...... Read more »

Edward X. Clinton, Jr
Edward X. Clinton, Jr answered on Jun 7, 2019

Yes, the agreement requires the artist to pay commissions on contracts entered into during the term of the agreement. So if an artist enters into an agreement with medis company X during the term of the agreement, the manager would seek to collect a percentage of that income.

This clause...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: We have a verbal projected completion date that will not be met. Is this breach of contract?

Hello, My parents hired a contractor to remodel both of their 3-story unit buildings. Under the initial contract, the contractor was paid the full amount he asked for, however, without their knowledge, he used money from the full amount to address "unforeseen costs". Because he didn't ensure my... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 30, 2019

Generally, the written terms of the construction contract will control the outcome her. However. this complex contractual situation will require a face-to-face meeting with an experienced real estate lawyer to solve. Use the Find A lawyer tab.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts, Intellectual Property and International Law for Illinois on
Q: I unknowingly traded a minor vehicles. He forged his dads name (same name). They said they are reporting it stolen.

He traded me vehicles across state lines and they said I'm going to be arrested. The vehicle is already in my name and licensed, they said it's my fault and their soon can't have criminal charges brought against him for taking "his" car, which turns out to be his fathers because he's a minor, yet... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 24, 2019

Keep this plausible story in a safe place so you will be able to re-tell it to the police--if they arrest you.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: Can I cancel the job offer of type "At will" after accepting the offer for another better offer?

I am an international student on F1 visa. I have accepted a job offer from a company(in Illinois) for which I have signed documents such as employment contract and NDA contract. All these documents has clearly mentioned the nature of employment as "At Will" with no mention of notice period... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 20, 2019

Since you did not mention a non-complete clause in the employment contract, I will assume that issue is no concern. Accordingly, unless you have received some valuable benefit(s) from the first company (such as a signing bonus, special training, valuable company equipment, laptop, etc.), there... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: I have a contract w/ noncompete and a commission addendum. 4 months ago they stopped paying commission after 30 months.

Does that void the contract in whole or what time limit is there for non pay? It is severely effecting my family finances and I can get a job at a competitor.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 10, 2019

I am not licensed to practice in Illinois, but under Florida case law egregious non-payment of wages or salary such as you describe would negate the entire contract; and very few judges would allow the company that breached your written contract to prevent you from taking a job at a competitor,... Read more »

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