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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: Do I have to continue to pay my home alarm bill?

My system is a 2G. It is out of date, and the alarm company cannot monitor it. They will not upgrade it unless I sign a new 5 year contract. I have 1 year left on the current contract. I plan to cancel it then. They won't let me cancel now without paying the amount still left for the remaining... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jan 2, 2022

You did agree to pay for the entire term, but if they cannot provide the service you contracted for, they breache your contract. I am assuming you signed up for an automatic bank draft or automatic credit card payment. Depending upon how much you are paying, you may decide to just let it roll... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Immigration Law for North Carolina on
Q: We bought a house through a verbal agreement with the owner and are wondering if there is a contract to take to them ?

We have already payed the full amount for the house but we have no contract saying it is our property. The seller claims that their lawyer will take until march for any documents to be signed because the buyer has no social security number but does have an ITN number.

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury answered on Dec 25, 2021

Real estate is required to be purchased through a written document (no oral contract). If a lawyer is involved in this transaction they should know that. Also, if you paid the full amount for the house then all that should be needed for you to have proof that you own the property is the quit claim... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: In 2017 owner financing documents were drawn up for of property. Both Grantors passed away. Now what happens?

In 2010 my husband moved here with his girlfriend and they signed a hand written owner financing agreement with her parents. They married in 2013. She passed in 2015 and he adopted her girls which wasn't finalized until 2016. In 2017 they drew up legal documents on the purchase and owner... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Nov 29, 2021

Without seeing the recorded documents, I couldn't give any opinion as to what could happen. But I suspect that they cannot void the contract, and your husband can refinance. My advice is to have a local real estate attorney look at the documents and give you a formal opinion.

1 Answer | Asked in Construction Law, Contracts, Consumer Law and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: In NC is it a Breach of Contract if your home Builder building on your lot, stops building, and extorts you for money?

Builder has provably breached contract multiple ways & attempting to now extort us by stopping work & attempting to bilk us out of money for materials purchased to FIX their negligece. They are doing so under the false pretense that this is lumber covered in the contract as "lumber... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Nov 1, 2021

Without seeing all of your paperwork, no lawyer is going to be able to give you an informed opinion. Take everything to a local lawyer and have them look it over.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: What do I do if I am unable to get answers to questions about my registration from Vroom? It is impossible get info.

Purchased my vehicle through Vroom and took delivery on June 11, 2021. I was told my registration could take up to 12 weeks. I am still waiting and have found out they do not even have my title in hand. They have provided me with 4 temporary tags and as of November 8th my car will be unregistered.... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Oct 26, 2021

You need to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles License and Theft section. A nationwide car dealer was ordered to shut down in NC recently when they did this kind of tactic. Copy and paste this link https://www.ncdot.gov/dmv/offices-services/locate-dmv-office/Pages/dmv-offices.aspx... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: So I hired a contractor to build a pergola on my patio. I paid the down payment of $3775.00 and no work what can I do?

After 2 different reschedules, no show no call on the third reschedule. I had to track down information and I find out the owner was closing business financial problems this was on August 30. I have yet not received any paperwork from a lawyer stating he has filed bankruptcy. I went and file... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Oct 7, 2021

There is no time limit on filing bankruptcy. He could wait years to do it, if he ever even files. There is, however, a time limit on you filing a civil suit against him for breach of contract and fraud. If you were to sue him in the county where the work was performed you would have to file the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: I need to reply to a summons, 6 1/2 hours away in anther sate. Debt is time bared. How do I deal with this?

I had a loan from a bank in Tifton, GA. I paid as promised until I lost my job. Even then I paid them $ 3,000 in Aug of 2013. At that time I asked for the debt to be forgiven. I NEVER heard from the bank again. No letter, no payment book as promised, if, it would not be forgiven. No registered... Read more »

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Aug 27, 2021

You need to hire a lawyer in Georgia ASAP to handle this for you. If you do not answer, a default judgment will be entered against you, and you lose your right to plead your statute of limitation defense. Some loan contracts are signed "under seal", which gives a 10 year statute of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: I am selling my house in NC and the agent and the boss and owner

I am selling my house in NC and the agent and the boss and owner planned to keep the sale and the purchase of the my house on the second day of the house being for sale an interested person went to the house tried to make an appointment they informed him that the house is no longer for sale and he... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Aug 17, 2021

Without reading your contract with the realtor no lawyer is going to be able to advise you on how to cancel the contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Elder Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can an owner with life rights remove a remaindermen who also has life rights

My father is a homeless veteran due to a consent judgment outside the original will.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 21, 2021

A remainderman cannot also have a life estate. The interests merge and he would have the fee, although it occasionally may not be absolute and subject to other encumbrances or conditions. It is possible for others to have simultaneous life estates which encumber the other's fee. I suggest... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts, Copyright and Estate Planning for North Carolina on
Q: How do I obtain info about my sole proprietorship
Theodore David Vicknair Sr.
Theodore David Vicknair Sr. answered on Jul 19, 2021

This is a hard question to understand. Do you currently have a sole proprietorship? Or will it be a new one? Nothing is required to establish a sole proprietorship. Your income is reported on Form 1040, Schedule C or C-EZ. You should be running all income through a separate bank account to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: If my contractor is not finished by the end date, can I terminate his employment?

Contract date is 6-8 weeks, start date 13 April, so end date is 8 June

Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on Jun 3, 2021

This is impossible to answer without a review of the entire contract. 6-8 weeks is pretty vague. There are no doubt other terms of the contract. Any attorney who would say "yes" is letting you, a non attorney, interpret what part of the contract is important and what part is not... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can you get fired for wanting to be sent home after requesting payment that was never received?

I am a traveling worker & I was sent to work at a site. They have trouble paying people. So I told the site manager & regional manager that I haven't been paid. The site manager eventually quit so all I had was the regional one to deal with. He told me that he already paid me on a card... Read more »

Kirton M. Madison
Kirton M. Madison answered on Jun 2, 2021

You have a right to complain about unpaid wages but you may not be allowed to choose your worksite unless you have an employment contract that says otherwise. You can complain through your company's formal channels about the unpaid wages and the worksite's timekeeping issues. If that is... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: Family member flaccified documents that I allowed him to stay at house I own for free, used copy paper and my signature

This family member is on tourist visa and trying to stay in US... I did not sign anything and don't want them in my house. What should I do in this case? what statue applies? I am a US citizen and own house for 4 years.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 1, 2021

Hire an attorney to prosecute an eviction action. It is doubtful that the occupant will want to present forged documents in Court. Even if he does, he has not paid rent, and the documents are probably irrelevant to possession.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Can I file a satisfaction of judgement. Paid amount in full about a month ago and have written notice without response?
Lynn Ellen Coleman
Lynn Ellen Coleman answered on May 17, 2021

Only the creditor can file a Notice of Satisfaction of Judgment. If you sent your demand for them to notify the Court about the payment of judgment in writing, and you have proof of receipt of your written demand, and they have not filed it, contact an experienced consumer law attorney. You need to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: Good Morning, I am seeking legal advice on how to get the earnest money that is owed to my wife and I.

THe first Buyers that we were under contract with backed out of the contract 14 days after the contracted settlement date and weeks after Due Dilligence had expired. The closing attorney that represented the, last I heard because the attorney no longer responds to my emails or calls, has the money... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Apr 1, 2021

I would have to review the contract to see what you are entitled to. There is a big difference between earnest money and a due diligence fee.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: My son and his roommates are renewing a lease on a college campus. Part of the verbiage in the new lease is that

if the police are called to the residence they can be evicted. Is this legal

Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Apr 1, 2021

Generally yes, I would have to review the lease to see it in context but I frequently write that into leases I draft.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: How would you write a fixed income contract to clients as a LLC
Rishona Peace
Rishona Peace answered on Dec 11, 2020

The best option is to hire an attorney to draft a fixed income contract for your business. Please feel free to reach out to our law firm, Peace & Squires Law, at contactus@peacesquireslaw.com or 919.617.4008. Please also see our firm's website whereupon you may schedule online an initial... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Intellectual Property for North Carolina on
Q: I was promised in writing equity for part of my comp. I was fired for no reason due to owner and outside persons action

Essentially I was promised the same type of equity the owner had as part of my total compensation. This is in writing through emails and recorded conversations. The owner was looking at an outside person for advice on many situations, whereby this outsider told me to take action contrary to the... Read more »

Kirk Angel
Kirk Angel answered on Dec 6, 2020

It depends. The primary issue will be what does the written document say about the "equity" and the effect your termination has on it. You should consult with an employment attorney as soon as possible.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: Does a contract for the purchase of a business in North Carolina have to be Notarized for it to be legally binding?

The contract was signed by both parties and had a specific payment plan, the business was being financed by the owner for two years. The balloon payment was to be made at the end of 2 years. The buyer made payments for 17 months but has paid nothing in the last 28 months.

Mr. Albert Loch Saslow
Mr. Albert Loch Saslow answered on Nov 30, 2020

No.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: Does the seller of a home have to reduce the selling price if the appraisal is less than the offered price?
Ben Corcoran
Ben Corcoran answered on Nov 23, 2020

No, but frequently the offer to purchase has a clause that allows the buyer to back out if the house appraises less than the offer.

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