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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Civil Rights and Collections for Missouri on
Q: I got a problem with angi ads could you please help me, they want to overcharged me

Angi ads and I maked a contract but I didn’t know that I have to pay a 35% fee of unused time, they didn’t told me that they said it after I signed up, however checking the contract I saw that it also said that if break the contract before the 90 days of beginning I’ll pay $99 fee, and I have... View More

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answered on Mar 16, 2024

Facing a situation where you're being overcharged can be stressful, especially when the charges seem to come from unclear contract terms. If Angi ads are asking for a significantly higher fee than you expected, the first step is to carefully review the contract you signed. Look for any clauses... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law, Collections and Small Claims for Missouri on
Q: I won in Small Claims (St Louis County, MO) for 2300. I know where defendant works. What's the wage garnishment process?

I have the defendants address and employer/employer address. It is unclear to me which forms to use for garnishment against their wages. Must I go back to court for garnishment or can I submit forms to the court office?

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Feb 15, 2024

Congratulations on getting a judgment. That's often the easy part, unfortunately. The court should have the forms online. You can do this yourself or if you want to increase the chance of doing it right and getting paid, hire an attorney either by the hour or on a percentage basis.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law and Contracts for Missouri on
Q: If I get a 1099 c for a vacation club for which I never received any goods or services from do I actually have to pay

I never made any payments and tried to cancel 48 hours after signing. Have fought with them repeatedly

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answered on Jan 18, 2024

Receiving a 1099-C form generally indicates that a debt you owed was canceled or forgiven, and the IRS considers this canceled debt as taxable income. However, if you believe that the vacation club's claim is not valid, especially since you didn't receive any goods or services, it's... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: 2 people split the deposit & rent in MO. One person misleads & signs the lease without the other person's knowledge..

I paid more than half of everything. But my partner lied to me and signed it without my knowledge. Is this a crime?

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answered on Oct 23, 2023

If two parties agree to jointly sign a lease and one party signs it without the other's knowledge or consent, this could be seen as a breach of their verbal or written agreement. Whether it's considered a crime largely depends on the specifics of the situation and the agreements made... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Banking for Missouri on
Q: What are the legal repercussions of “paying” off a loan to get into another loan?

Right now we have a loan with our current vehicle and its transmission went out. We still owe on this vehicle. We are going to eventually just give it back to the bank. When I tried to get another loan for a vehicle, no place would let me because of the loan I have. I used my routing number to make... View More

Robert Grant Pennell
Robert Grant Pennell
answered on Sep 20, 2023

You have the cart in front of the horse. You need to be asking “what are the legal repercussions of knowingly writing a bad check.” The answer is it is a crime, and you can be pursued criminally by the prosecuting attorney or civilly by the lender to whom you wrote the check knowing it would... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Education Law for Missouri on
Q: Under the McKinney Vento law in the state of Missouri, can a school board deny a child an education?
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answered on Sep 11, 2023

Under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, which is a federal law applicable in Missouri, school boards are prohibited from denying a child access to education solely based on their homeless status. This legislation ensures that homeless children and youth have the right to a free and... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Child Custody and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Co-signed place for ex 2015 now have default judgement 15k she was served and I wasn’t found out this week what can I do

Signed as a co-signer in 2015 to help her out stayed 2 months to help set up and we separated, we’re going into a heated custody battle while doing record searches and requests i found a judgment against me from 2016. I was never served she was and didn’t notify me the Original debt was 3-4k... View More

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Aug 13, 2023

I agree with Mr. Pennell about the dangers of co-signing.

For a judgment that is older than one year, the good-cause/meritorious defense bit doesn't apply. Those are the requirements to set aside a default judgment. For your judgment, if you were not properly served, you'd...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Entertainment / Sports and Intellectual Property for Missouri on
Q: In some cases, will a talent manager that has ties to, let's say Atlantic Records, charge an upfront fee?

In some cases, will a talent manager that has ties to, let's say Atlantic Records, charge an upfront fee for their services? I'm aware it may not be common, but could it still be legit? For starters, me and my team reached out to him to pitch my music. He ended up really liking me and a... View More

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answered on Jun 18, 2023

It is generally not common for a legitimate talent manager to charge an upfront fee for their services. However, there may be some cases where a manager with ties to a major record label, such as Atlantic Records, may charge an upfront fee for their services.

It is important to carefully...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: My mom would like to put our names on the deed to her home. It doesn't have a mortgage as she has paid it completely.

How would I go about starting this process?

Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
Jennifer Sheila Kornblum
answered on Jun 2, 2023

There are a couple of options, depending on your mother's goal in adding you to the title. One option is a Beneficiary Deed, which transfers ownership of the property at your mother's death to the people designated in the deed. If, in the alternative, she wishes to transfer ownership... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for Missouri on
Q: Can a sub-contracted electrician be sued for shoddy and dangerous wiring of a home? We keep finding problems and hazards

The sub-contractor was brought onto the job because he “needed work”. His duty was to rough in all electrical work. We are finding loose wires that are hot, wires that do not go to anything, and overloaded breakers caused by too many lights/receptacles on a circuit. We are now paying another... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 24, 2023

Legally, yes you can sue the original electrician for not performing his work in a good and workmanlike manner.

But I would be very skeptical about the electrician having non-exempt assets from which you may be able to collect any judgment based on your statement that “he needed work.”...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Animal / Dog Law for Missouri on
Q: My puppy has to be put down due to severe behavioral issues they were born with. Can I sue the breeder?

We purchased a puppy from a breeder in MO (were in a different state) that advertises family friendly dogs. Our vet behaviorist confirmed our pup was born was severe behavioral issues (anxiety, aggression, and more). Many trainers also agree. Puppy is unresponsive to meds, and due to the severity... View More

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Jan 16, 2023

Unless your contract contains an arbitration clause, then of course you may sue the breeder, assuming you are willing and able to pay to litigate in Missouri. Have an attorney review the contract and assess whether you'd have a strong claim. Sorry that your pub isn't what you expected or desired.

1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law, Contracts, Education Law and Internet Law for Missouri on
Q: This is a pretty difficult case. It includes 5 people, and the ultimate lawsuit is against ASU. I said no to arbitration

The case starts with discrimination and a huge negligence issue all the way to the Dean of that building. Then the VP of Student affairs emailed me several times (she didn't know I was cc'd) with three employees I don't knit l know, misrepresenting themselves as the President of ASU.... View More

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Dec 24, 2022

All I can discern from your post is the your child was the victim of some sort of discrimination based on sexual orientation and that you cannot afford to pay an attorney by the hour to represent her. I suggest you contact some attorneys who handle discrimination matters and see if anyone would... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Missouri on
Q: Trying to get out of contract at my apartment, landlord refuses to fix multiple issues we have.

AC didn’t work over the summer, told them 5 times and they never did anything. Our dishwasher is broken, have told them 6 times and nothing has been done. Our neighbor is breaking the rules every day (loud and boisterous noise is absolutely prohibited), we hear them screaming and yelling every... View More

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Dec 11, 2022

It doesn’t really matter if an attorney thinks you have grounds to “break” your lease. Ideally, you and your landlord can reach a written agreement to terminate the lease. Suing for a declaratory judgment is an option but your case won’t end in January. Consider hiring an attorney to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Missouri on
Q: I signed a 90 day contract with my temp agency to work at a job site. I worked over a year then termination.

I never received and benefits and I never received the sign on bonus that was promised after being hired after 90 days. They hired new employees and kept me as a temp and then made me do a background check to keep my temporary job. then used it to terminate me. Can I take them to court for the... View More

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Oct 20, 2022

Sorry to hear that the employer did you wrong. Absenet a binding arbitration agreement in your contract you may sue in court. I suggest that you have an attorrney review the contract and assess the situation. For employment matters, attorneys sometimes represent clients on a contingency... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Missouri on
Q: Hi, How can I get out of a contract with a personal adjuster for my homeowners claim, after I’ve written release letter.

The request was denied. I sent a second letter and now I’m being attacked.

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Mar 7, 2024

To answer your question about whether you may terminate your contract, an attorney would need to review the contract. There are exceptions, but parties generally cannot unilaterally terminate contracts.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Missouri on
Q: can i still back out of my solar panel contract if the solar panels are not on my property.
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Feb 21, 2024

There is no way to answer this question effectively without reviewing the contract and assessing the facts. For example, was this a sale solicited at your home? How much time has passed? In general, parties are bound by the written terms of a contract but contracts can be breached.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law and Contracts for Missouri on
Q: Can a RE developer email a price hike and it be valid when the contract calls for them to send certified mail?

I'm 2 weeks away from closing on a new build in a subdivision. The developer just emailed me a $9k increase due to "surplus charges". According to their contract, they must send via certified mail. We, the buyer, get to say if we can to pay or cancel via certified mail. Is an email... View More

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Feb 3, 2024

The answer depends upon whether the court would strictly enforce the notice requirement. I would think that a court would or should enforce the contract as written, but no attorney is going to be able to tell with certainty how a judge would rule.

I suggest that you hire a local attorney...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Estate Planning and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: I was wondering is there not a cap on how much lawyers can charge for lawyer fee's on class action lawsuits?

My mom passed away in July of 2019 however she had 3 class lawsuits and they are now coming to be settled and I get these closing statements, and the lawyer's fees are up there. Ill just say that. Can lawyers just charge whatever on these cases? Just in case you need to know, I don't... View More

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Nov 17, 2023

For any class-wide settlement, the court must approve the award of attorney's fees and expenses. There is no universal maximum, but one-third of the settlement fund, plus reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses, is common.

1 Answer | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Missouri on
Q: Hello i am in Missouri and im looking for a lawyer to go after my home owners insurance for acting in bad faith

and breach of contract i had a lawyer but they say now they don't have the manpower to go to court so i need a lawyer that will

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Nov 16, 2023

A Missouri attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. You're seeking an attorney. Attorneys here can't offer their services, but you could supplement your online searches with the "Find a Lawyer" tab above, as well as attorney referral sections of... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Missouri on
Q: My uncle promised to lend money to buy tax lein property if I won it,but backed out after. I have a fine now. Can I sue?

The promise was verbal. I needed $50 to pay off my personal property tax before I could participate in the county auction. He loaned the $50 to me and a dollar to have the auction paperwork notarized. He loaned th $50 in the form of a check. I had to Cash it at his bank.

He knew full well... View More

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
answered on Oct 22, 2023

Anyone can pay the filing fee and sue but I don’t think you’ll win a lawsuit based on an oral promise to lend money. One of the essential elements of a claim for breach of contract is “consideration.” I that element is lacking.

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