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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Massachusetts on
Q: Can a job that already offered me a position (signed offer letter) take back their offer due to my medical condition?

As part of the job I was required to get a medical evaluation before starting, it involved me disclosing any medical conditions I have and some blood work. My blood work came back great, but I have a herniated lumbar disc. Can a job take back their offer, even though I had already signed everything... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 22, 2019

In addition to certain federal agencies that may be able to help you, every state has its own set of employment laws, some of which may cover your particular situation. Contact an employment lawyer near you.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Massachusetts on
Q: How long are waivers of liability good for?
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 16, 2019

Waivers of liability for what?

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Massachusetts on
Q: Medical Practice Owner in Breach of Contract

Practice owner has been approached by an investment party that want to buy 51% o the share. Owner is now giving notices and terminating all previous 'profit sharing' or branch partnership contract without any reason.

1. Is this legal?

2. As the investment company started the... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 1, 2019

Your important questions cannot be answer here on Justia The concerns expressed are dependent upon the terms of all the written contracts involved; so you should contact a local business lawyer to advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Massachusetts on
Q: Medical Practices - Breach of Contract by owner doctor

Medical doctor invited me to help stabilize and develop business for a percentage of his all businesses including his offshore billing company. I turned his one branch office into 6 branches, increased clinical staff from 3 to over 30 and increase revenue 5 fold in less than 3 years. I also got him... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jun 25, 2019

The only thing you can do is sue him for breach of contact.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Massachusetts on
Q: advice on how to offer an idea to a company and not lose the idea to them - how do I protect myself please?

I have an idea for a product, a company has the technology for this product and it compliments what they are doing. How do I present this and not lose my idea?

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 6, 2019

It sounds like it would be helpful for you to speak with a patent attorney. You could additionally post your question in the Patents (Intellectual Property) section. It would have a better chance of being seen there by attorneys who practice in that area.

Tim Akpinar

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Small Claims for Massachusetts on
Q: Can I have clarification on abandoned vehicle law and who has rights in my situation?

I live in MA and was going to sell a vehicle to a person who lives in RI. The title has yet to be sent to me by the previous owner who lives out of state. The vehicle has been sitting in the garage of the RI resident for 8 months. Since the title is not in my name and no agreement was signed, am I... Read more »

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

This question cannot be answered completely without first seeing the title to the car--the title that you do not have yet. In the meantime, you certainly must know that you cannot lawfully sell the car to anyone without owning it; right?

Then your next task is either get the title from...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Massachusetts on
Q: Is This a case of fraud and Grand Larceny?

The tow and storage fees services at Lynch (Manoli's) Towing are unfair after my vehicle was towed there after a car accident when my steering-wheel locked on April 26, 2017 ! I contacted an employee at Lynch Towing about the prices for tow storage and I was told inaccurate prices on two occasions... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 6, 2019

Neither. This is a contractual issue. Based on your facts as stated, you have known that your car was towed and secured behind locked gates since April 26, 2017--the date of the accident. Right?

You have also known since May 5, 2017 that the towing company charged a $455 towing fee, and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Massachusetts on
Q: If my company had me sign a contract saying that everything I invent is theirs, is it binding without consideration?

I am an hourly employee. The contract was an "Updated" contract, mid employment. I am a Technician not paid to engineer or invent. Now they want to patent my idea.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 1, 2019

If you sign the new contract your employer will probably have the legal right to seek a patent on your idea; and the consideration will be your continued employment, which they may try to make "at will."

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Business Law for Massachusetts on
Q: My job was threatened an I was forced to sign paperwork saying I'd look for no comp for my part in this invention. ..
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 19, 2019

No one here on Justia can help you unless you tell us all the relevant facts about your situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Bankruptcy for Massachusetts on
Q: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico GO Bonds

Yesterday I posted a question about the above bonds and the "Omnibus Objection to claims filed or asserted by holders" of certain of these GO Bonds. I received an a nasty response from a supposed lawyer, Bruce Alexander Minnick. FYI Mr. Minnick I have spoken with two different bond brokers... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 4, 2019

Please accept my apologies if my professional advice was insufficient or came across as "nasty." I wish you all the best in your effort to collect on the general obligation bonds issues by Puerto Rico.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Massachusetts on
Q: What does this mean?

The Recipient may terminate this Agreement for their convenience at any time upon providing ten (10) days written notice to the Company prior to the designated appointment date. In such case, the Recipient shall not be entitled to any compensation from the Company

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 24, 2019

Context is key. Have a lawyer review the entire contract. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media... Read more »

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Q: Signed contract is dated a year out 11/19 for an agreement today 1/19. Is it valid? Or may we cancel with no violations?

Wedding planner contract where she is not satisfying conditions and we have located venues and negotiation amounts. The contract was signed on the day of 11/2018 but contract has a date of 11/2019. May we drop the planner with no cancel fees, since contract is not binding do to that date error? Or... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 22, 2019

If she is not performing the duties under the contract, that might qualify as breach of contract. It's key to have a lawyer review the contract. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Employment Law for Massachusetts on
Q: Signed a contract with wedding planner for an amount, she didn't do good job, can we insist to pay on first agreed pay?

Fiancé only signed one contract with planner for 28k where her commission would be 20% of that agreed amount per contract. Though through out the weeks planner only pushed ideas she saw fit and not what we specified when we initially met her. Fiancé ended up locating a venue which is the majority... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 22, 2019

You might have a basis for contesting her fees, e.g., breach of contract by failure to perform her agreed duties. It's key to review the contract and all the related facts. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Contracts, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Massachusetts on
Q: My tuition remission was revoked when my dad was suddenly laid off. Without it, I will drop out of school. What can I do

I am a third year university student in the Nursing program, with one year left of school (not including the current semester). My tuition is roughly $50,000/year, and my family does not have the ability to take out large loans. My father was working for 26 years when he was suddenly laid off from... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jan 22, 2019

Perhaps your father might have a basis for an employment law complaint, but that really depends on the facts leading to his termination. Also it would be useful to know when your remission was cut off - mid year or after the full year, as well as the contractual terms of the remission benefits.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Massachusetts on
Q: Which is State for rescinding a license to occupy a suite

What determines the State for the purpose of rescinding a license to occupy a suite (timeshare)

licensor State or The licensee State of residence

Michael Hales
Michael Hales answered on Oct 13, 2018

It will depend on the contract you signed, but even if says something contrary, the state where the property is located will almost always also apply. However, there can be some confusion about this, and I wrote an article about this very issue with my local bar that you can read here:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Massachusetts on
Q: Help with Massachusetts child suport law/ tenant landlord law (see more information)

Hello, im an 18 year old High school senior who will be graduating in 2019. I was wondering the law(s) regarding my step father kicking me out of the house as I am still a student. My mother lives in this home as well, however, she is against this decision, but to make things less stressful I have... Read more »

John Espinosa
John Espinosa answered on May 22, 2018

Here is a helpful resource about illegal evictions: https://www.masslegalhelp.org/when-is-eviction-illegal

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Consumer Law for Massachusetts on
Q: i was denied access to a gym as someone guest because i owe a account there even though i have been there plenty times

it does not say in the contract that a platinum members guest can not have access to the gyn if a previous account is owed. i also was just there 2 days ago and had no issue, but i feel like because im colored and have tattoos they singled me out. they denied me access to the gym even though i had... Read more »

John Espinosa
John Espinosa answered on Mar 17, 2018

If you think it is discrimination you could file a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination: https://www.mass.gov/file-a-complaint-of-discrimination

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Massachusetts on
Q: I am a handyman and I canceled a job to do for a customer, the dates got pushed up a few times. He called me and yelleed

At me. I told him I no longer wish to do the job. He emailed me with a demand to do job , saying that if I did not do the job, I would be responsible for any damages do to me not doing the job.

Jonathan R. Roth
Jonathan R. Roth answered on Mar 2, 2018

The issue is was there a binding contract, if there was and you breached it - theoretically he could sue for damages. Assuming there was a contract and you breached it, then what were the direct consequential damages as a result. He has to have a direct damage. Theoretically if you quoted him $200... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Copyright and Intellectual Property for Massachusetts on
Q: What is the usual fee or percentage given to the person who's intellectual property I'll be teaching?

I've trained as certified coach and I'm planning on teaching and certifying people in the same coaching in a different language. The person who certified me and I are creating a royalty, license agreement and I'd like to know what is the usual profit % or fee that is standard or usual.

I... Read more »

Will Blackton
Will Blackton answered on Mar 1, 2018

It depends!

What are you coaching?

From what language are you translating and to which language? That's an atypical piece of the puzzle.

What type of IP are you using?

How will you be reselling the IP?

The answers to those questions and more will...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law and Contracts for Massachusetts on
Q: so, I am organizing a magazine and a contributor wishes to remain Annonymous

is there a way that they can transfer the rights to me without signing their name?

John Espinosa
John Espinosa answered on Feb 26, 2018

The publisher and contributor would enter into a contract that clearly describes anonymity of the contributor as a condition of the contract. The contributor's name would go no further than that contract. The contributor cannot remain anonymous from the publisher. Hire an attorney to draft the... Read more »

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