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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for Illinois on
Q: Unlicensed roof subcontractor, hidden from homeowner, did incomplete and unsatisfactory work, is homeowner breaching

contractual agreement if holding out on payment until compensated

for incompetent, incomplete work?

Frederick A. Lurie
Frederick A. Lurie answered on Apr 14, 2021

I am not sure what your question is but under Illinois law, it is unlawful to do any roofing work without a license under the Roofing Industry Licensing Act.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Q: Can my job fire me for not telling them I have a mental illness?

They made us sign a paper saying that I must disclose all medical conditions including mental illness and if I withhold any information and they find out I could get fired. So if I were to show up to work and told someone I had depression they said that they could fire me for that. But is this even... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Mar 31, 2021

More information is needed to explore your situation, but this certainly sounds like it could be an unlawful practice. You should consult an employment law attorney in your area to discuss.

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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Q: Can my job fire me for not telling them I have a mental illness?

They made us sign a paper saying that I must disclose all medical conditions including mental illness and if I withhold any information and they find out I could get fired. So if I were to show up to work and told someone I had depression they said that they could fire me for that. But is this even... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Apr 13, 2021

Your question isn't about employment law. Rather, it is about contract law. So long as the subject in terms of the contract do not involve contraband or other illegal activity, it has long been established that a person's right to contract is unlimited. Nobody "makes" you do... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: Is there a downside to not answering Affirmative Defenses and Counterclaim directly ?

Plaintiff sued in contract case (Law Division, Cook County IL). I filed Answers, Aff. Defenses and Counterclaim. Plaintiff did not file a formal answer; rather, they filed Motion for Summary Judgment. Did they forfeit any legal points or put themselves to disadvantage by doing so?

Bryan R. Bagdady
Bryan R. Bagdady answered on Mar 30, 2021

Yes they did. Motions for summary judgment are controlled by 735 ILCS 5/2-1005. If you are responding to a motion for summary judgment you need to become familiar with this statute. As a general principle, the court will grant summary judgment if the pleadings, depositions, admissions, and... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Copyright and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Illinois on
Q: Is there a type of disclosure document that I can use to protect an IP idea that i am working on, before it's designed?

I have an idea that I'm working on that will have to be patented, but i am reluctant about asking people with the knowledge to build the idea for assistance as they may steal it and create it themselves. Is there a type of disclosure document that I can use to protect my idea?

Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Mar 23, 2021

Non Disclosure Agreement

That language should also be included in any contract with people that would do work for you

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1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Contracts for Illinois on
Q: Can I terminate a contract with a General Contractor who appears to be inflating costs and being unethical?

General Contractor is inflating work costs to unreasonable and excessive levels and in many instances, not even showing me costs until that work is done. They are also taking an unreasonably long time to complete the project and very slow to communicate while not being transparent during the... Read more »

Robert Shipley
Robert Shipley answered on Feb 6, 2021

The contract must be reviewed to determine provisions regarding scope of work, time to complete, payment schedule and termination provisions. If work is not being performed correctly or perhaps to code, you will need to have another contractor(s) in the appropriate discipline, inspect your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Sexual Harassment for Illinois on
Q: RE: Surveillance Abuse, police negligence, police harassment, espionage, radiation poison and Sexual Assault via device

I'm a whistle blower who worked in the radiology department at Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur, Missouri. I have been a victim of surveillance abuse since 2017. What do I do when being denied an attorney and police are neglecting me?

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Jan 24, 2021

You need to re-post this under Missouri Law because the events took place in that venue.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Q: I don't feel satisfied with my report. I dont feel like I'm receiving help at all. Help?

After making countless reports of harassment due to my ethnicity, witnessing them harass other coworkers. Submitting and complaining with no answers, follow ups, and/or replies. I don't feel like my issues are being followed up. I witness in the past of the middle-man, of my contract, not... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jan 13, 2021

To whom did you make the initial complaints? If you have not done so already, you should put your complaints of harassments due to your ethnicity in writing to the Human Resources department. If you have already done so, you should request, in writing, a follow-up on the investigation into your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Estate Planning for Illinois on
Q: Who is responsible for defending the integrity of a legaly issued will written by a lawyer and witnessed by 2 attorneys
Charles E. Hutchinson
Charles E. Hutchinson answered on Jan 13, 2021

The responsibility falls on the estate, through the executor. Part of the executor's duties is to manage the estate the for the benefit of the beneficiaries as well as adhere to the wishes and direction of the grantor.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: How much would it cost for someone to review a lease agreement for me and help me understand my rights and conditions?

This is a lease agreement with a Landlord for a Small Business. It would be great if someone can do this for free. I am having a hard time understanding a few items in the contract.

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Nov 20, 2020

This is a good question, but the answer depends on a number of factors. For example, is this a residential or commercial lease? What is the length of the lease? How long is the lease period and what is the rent? A commercial lease is much more complex than a residential lease.

I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Tax Law for Illinois on
Q: How should I process. Pertaining to this case. About suing H&R Block.
T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Nov 16, 2020

It would depend on the cause and amount of the suit. If you plan to sue them for under $10,000 you should consider suing them yourself in small claims court. There is a good possibility that once you file the suit in small claims and serve them with notice of the suit, they may work with you to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Banking, Contracts, Small Claims and Probate for Illinois on
Q: How to get letter of administration for wife whose husband died for the mortgage bank, for specific info, letter needed

The lake county clerk’s office said they are not giving those out letters out which is impossible

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Nov 16, 2020

A petition, affidavit, consent of the remaining heirs and other papers need to be filed with the Probate Division of the Circuit Court. Once the Probate Judge reviews all of the papers and they are in good order, he/she will make the appointment of independent administer.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: A contractor fixed my roof without my permission. Do I owe for the work that was done having not authorized him to do it

There was NO signed contract by me for him to do the work. He entered my property while I was at work and did the work without me asking. Is this not trespassing, and do I owe for the work that was done having NOT signed a contract?

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Nov 16, 2020

Based on what your reported, you are under no obligation to pay this contractor. There was no written nor

verbal agreement. Yes, he was trespassing on your property. This reminds me of the people on street corners who rush to wash your car windows when you are waiting for the stop light...
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2 Answers | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law and Contracts for Illinois on
Q: I am starting a in home music lesson business and I wonder if I can hire all the teachers as independent contractors

It will be teachers from major cities in different state. I wonder if they can be independent contractors instead of employees

I set up a website with paid ads that matches teachers who are looking for students with families looking for teachers to teach their kids at home. The teachers are... Read more »

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Nov 16, 2020

The question of whether someone is an employee or independent contractor comes down to "control."

Additionally, the Internal Revenue Service uses a right-to-control test to assess a business' tax liability.

For example, if these musicians had specific hours of work,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Divorce and Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Property taken without consent

The night my wife called cops on me - Cops made her leave as she was trying to hurt herself and blame me ... she took my brother's car saying that she will be back next day to pickup her stuff - now lawyers are involved and I have permission to see my 6-month old baby - Lawyer is saying since... Read more »

Juan Ooink
Juan Ooink answered on Oct 1, 2020

You have an attorney, you need to discuss this with your attorney. This is why you hired an attorney. No one here has the information that your attorney has.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: What type of lawyer would be needed to create a simple buyout agreement for a small business between 2 owners?
Robert Shipley
Robert Shipley answered on Sep 30, 2020

You should consult with an attorney whose practice is concentrated in business law and has experience in drafting, reviewing and negotiating the type of agreement you have described.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: Lender stopped cashing my payments & no contact from them for 6 years. Is the contract still valid? Do I still owe?
Robert Shipley
Robert Shipley answered on Sep 23, 2020

I am presuming that the loan was documented by a written agreement. The terms of that agreement control. I do not know how long you have been sending payments which have not been cashed, but I would recommend that you review the agreement and if you do not have a copy, then contact the lender.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts, Real Estate Law and Civil Litigation for Illinois on
Q: Will a memorandum of judgement against me for a credit card debt affect my wife's house?

The mortgage is in my wife's name, but I am listed as a "tenant by entirety."

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 10, 2020

Absolutely... The Judgment Lien encumbers any and all interests you have in real property in the County in which the Judgment is recorded in. And you own the same estate your Wife does. Contact a competent Illinois attorney to get the specifics about how long the Lien attaches, and whether... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: on business contract what is definition you have up to ( 3 days to cancel?) time

does this mean 3 days or 3 work days and til midnight or jus a 8 hour work day

George W. Svoboda
George W. Svoboda answered on Aug 25, 2020

It is three full business days on certain consumer sales in Illinois. It does not apply to commercial contracts between two businesses. It does not apply to every transaction. Generally it applies to door-to-door sales, buyers clubs and a few other things. You may also have a three day cancellation... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: Possible Impaired Attorney Late on Filing Motion

There is a Motion due tomorrow for which the attorney has already had one extension. I don't think he can get another. The work product was supposed to be sent to me last week but I have only received a lot of excuses. He promised today and now has missed that promise. If he, in fact, does... Read more »

Robert Shipley
Robert Shipley answered on Aug 11, 2020

As the client, you have the absolute right to discharge your current attorney and retain new counsel. Based on the concerns you describe, it would be best for you to immediately start searching for a new attorney while advising your current attorney you no longer want them to represent your... Read more »

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