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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.

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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 »

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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 »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Illinois on
Q: Where are the pro bono lawyers.

I need a lawyer's help. The person lives in Oceanside CA.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 9, 2019

If you are wondering why lawyers here on Justia frequently advise people to consult with a lawyer who handles your particular issues it is because Justia is a free online legal forum established to allow members of the public to ask general legal questions. Most of the lawyers are very experienced... Read more »

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Q: Can I sue Mr Malone for breach of promise to send for me to relocate once he received his vet back pay benefits.

Mr Malone sent me a set of rings in May of 2018. I understood we were going to get married.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 3, 2019

Sure; in America anyone can sue anybody for anything at any time (even without a lawyer in small claims court). Winning the lawsuit is another matter. Suing an American citizen from another nation is still another bigger matter.

If you decide to sue you should be prepared to pay the...
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Q: I agreed to let a friend use my car for 2 days. After 2 days, my friend informed me he was not returning my car.

He has refused repeated instructions to return my car. Can I file a police report?

Thomas Howard
Thomas Howard answered on Mar 27, 2019

Yes, that's conversion of your property to his own. You gave him the authority to use the car, not gifted it to him. Tell the cops - if they don't get your car back, you can replevin it - but that's silly the police should go get it. Tell him to return it by such and such date, or you'll have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation, Contracts and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: I had a verbal breach of contract when I signed an offer letter as an independent contractor, can I sue for this matter?

I signed an offer letter with a staffing agency to work as their account manager and the owner of the agency had multiple verbal agreements that he retracted after I signed the letter. I have evidences of witnesses, emails, calls and text proving this matter. Can I sue him for damages for... Read more »

Steve McCann
Steve McCann answered on Feb 18, 2019

You may be entitled to a remedy based on the facts provided, but the viability of recovering on such an action is dependent on specific facts that are not provided here, such as the details around the statements made, as well as the terms of the offer letter you reference. That being the case, I... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: When does the 33 percent fee change to 40 percent in a contingency agreement?

I am looking to get clarification regarding the following paragraph:

---"Contingency Agreement. This is a contingency agreement. The attorney's fee shall be: a. 33 and 1/3 percent before Trial; b. 40 percent if the case proceed to a Trial."---

Based on this, when would the 40%... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jan 26, 2019

Your attorney would be in the best position to clarify this issue based upon the exact terms of your retainer agreement. The specific time or trigger you ask about is a valid concern and you should pose it to your attorney, so that both of you are clear as to the threshold at which the attorney fee... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Illinois on
Q: Good morning. My job was closed December 31st 2018 at Rush University Medical Center where I was employed for 10 years.

The contract I signed stated that I would receive severance and a retention bonus that was to be paid out this pay period. I have not received as promised and have my signed documents. What are my legal rights and options as not only was I laid off but my bills and well being are all affected by... Read more »

James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Jan 18, 2019

It's hard to give you a solid answer without reviewing the documents you have. I encourage you to have your documents reviewed by a lawyer practicing in the field of employment law (not labor law, which deals with union-management issues, unless you were a union member) to assist you. Employment... Read more »

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