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1 Answer | Asked in Business Formation, Business Law, Consumer Law and Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: How can I protect myself from the customer suing me?

Hi I have a marketing business where I put up Facebook ads and connect contractors with potential customers

My question is if the contractor breaks something, doesn’t fulfill the job, or the work is faulty and damages the home how can I protect myself from the customer suing me?

Phil Cardis
Phil Cardis answered on Jul 9, 2020

It would help to have a clear disclaimer in some form as to the limited role your marketing company plays in connecting contractors with prospects. Not sure what information you are using to market but best to disclaim those representations as well in some manner.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Employment Law for North Carolina on
Q: Do I owe my employer money she paid me during the pandemic ? Am I still even in a no competition contract ?

I signed a 5 year no competition contract with the promotion of a assistant manager Jan 1st 2018 . I moved to California for almost a year, then moved back to North Carolina . She hired me back I never signed anything when I moved back . Also now that she has let me go she is say I owe her the... Read more »

Kirk Angel
Kirk Angel answered on Jul 1, 2020

If you were an employee, and the money she gave you was for work you performed, it is not likely that you owe the money to her. If you were an employee, and it was not for work you performed, she might have a claim. If you were an independent contractor, the answer to the question would depend.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: Wedding was cancelled due to covidWedding venue does not want to refund money from Covid-19 is there anything we can do?
David Allan King
David Allan King answered on Jun 23, 2020

The contract you signed may have a "force majeure" clause that explains what extraordinary circumstances void the contract. If the contract has no such clause, you may still argue:

- Frustration of purpose: when the purpose of the contract (for you) is destroyed by unforeseeable...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: My wife and I gave a $1000.00 deposit and signed a contract with Custom Homes of Carolina to build a house on May 14th.

Now we do not want to build with them. What are our options? It states that it is noncancelable!

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Jun 5, 2020

The terms of the contract will determine your termination ability and rights, including how the deposit is handled. Review the contract for how to cancel the contract and follow those provisions.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: Cancelled contractor's contract and he is threatening me with breach of contract.

I fired a contractor and cancelled the contract because his work was shoddy, did not meet code and he was not performing. We paid a deposit of $850. The total contract is for $1,650. He only performed a very small part (removing existing stairs). He said I'm in breach and owe the balance... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on May 29, 2020

If the contract was terminated, the contractor is entitled to the reasonable value of his services. It is unlikely that the remaining balance due on the contract would be due to the contractor. Yes, you can file an action in small claims to recover the difference between what you paid and what the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: May tenants refuse entry to landlord's vendors (for non-essential maintenance) to avoid contact with COVID-19...?

May tenants refuse landlords' requests (i.e., entry of vendors) for non-essential maintenance (i.e., issues that do NOT pose harm or a threat to habitability, and that will NOT cause further degradation to property if left until a later date) (e.g., painting walls) to avoid contact with... Read more »

David Allan King
David Allan King answered on May 18, 2020

Questions of contract law almost always come down to "well, I need to see the contract."

However, lease agreements will typically have a provision that requires allowing the owner onto the property for maintenance.

They also usually have a Force Majeure clause that...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Business Law, Collections and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: What can a business do when a corporate customer chooses not to pay? Approaching 200 days past due. Written Contract.

We were contracted by a new customer to provide a skilled service and materials for a project. The new customer is a multi million dollar company in NC. We are a 4 person small business in NC. We fulfilled our end of the agreement, but the customer now says they can't pay us (they can't... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on May 14, 2020

You can certainly pursue a claim against the company for balance due. Based on the amount, I would suggest filing a small claims action. It will have to be filed in the county where the company is based and you will have to present for the hearing. Otherwise, it would have to be filed in District... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: I need to file mechanic lien on a property i worked on and never got paid in haywood county nc. How do i get a form

Can i get a form for free or is buying one off deed.com for 19.99 the bedt way to get form

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Apr 27, 2020

The North Carolina General Statutes contain the information that needs to be on your lien form. Its set out almost in a form in the statute. See 44A-12. However, I would recommend an attorney as the lien process can be complicated.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: After esigning a lease renewal, and not hearing back from mgmt company, how long would we be entitled to cancel?

About a week after submitting a lease renewal, and not hearing anything back, we wrote asking the management company not to finalize. A few days later they responded saying they had already signed the document but just hadn't delivered it to us, and were not willing to release us from the... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 14, 2020

I am not licensed in North Carolina so I cannot answer for them about what their statutes may say; but I can tell you that there is NO such federal law forcing the states or anyone else to provide a 3 day cancellation period for anything.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can my property manager amend our contract to require a commission on the sale of our home?

I own a home in Raleigh NC. In March I hired a property manager to begin renting the home out. This week they told us they found a qualified tenant but before they allow the tenant to sign the lease they want to amend our contract with them which would entitle them to a 2 % commission on the sale... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Apr 6, 2020

No, you do not have to sign an amendment unless you are willing to change the terms of your original contract. They should proceed with the lease with the tenant.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: Can a company repossess during a state of emergency
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 1, 2020

The short legal answer to this question is yes. The short practical answer is yes, but they will probably will wait until everything settles down. But do not rely on them waiting.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Child Custody for North Carolina on
Q: Is a paper signed an notarized about custody a legal document ? Without going to court

My son's mother is ignoring me about our son an i have a paper signed by her that is notarized saying nither one of us would keep him from each other what can i do?

Angela L. Haas
Angela L. Haas answered on Feb 27, 2020

You'll have to go to court, to either enforce the contract under a breach of contract action, or file for custody in court to get a Custody Order. The other issue is, if only she signed it and you did not, there is no contract unless you can prove that she signed it in exchange for something... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: Does it matter if an item to be completed in a building contract appears in top itemized section or under payments?

My GC is claiming items (specifically exterior doors) are not covered in the contract because their installation is referred to under the payment section (ie payment #4 of X dollars required when doors in existing house are installed), rather than in the top section of contract listing type of... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Feb 19, 2020

Based on the information provided, installation of doors is included in the contract. If he doesn't install the doors, then he wouldn't be entitled to the payment that is contingent upon that work being performed.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Construction Law and Small Claims for North Carolina on
Q: Can I sue my GC for damages?

I hired a GC in August (with a written contract) that had an estimated timeline of 6 weeks to completion. It went well in the beginning, but he began to demand advances, which we naively provided via credit card. He continued to demand advances, threatening to walk if we didn't pay, while... Read more »

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Feb 19, 2020

Yes, your damages are any monies paid to the contractor for work not performed. Also, the difference between the costs you were paying this contractor and the costs to fix and/or replace.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning, Insurance Bad Faith and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: Wanting to know if I have a case?

My homeowners insurance refused to pay off my house after my husband passed away because they said it was in a grace period. It didn't get paid for that month but when he passed it was still in a grace period. Called around 7 or 8 times and they kept refusing to honor it.

Adam Bull
Adam Bull answered on Jan 22, 2020

This doesn't sound like a homeowners insurance but maybe life insurance. Ultimately it's a contract issue. If the default was not cured there may not be relief. However if he passed during the grace period, generally the policy should be honored.

Consult an experienced civil...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for North Carolina on
Q: We were hired at closing to repair a shower pan put up insulation and a moisture barrier homeowner will not pay a penny

For work completed she claims it’s not right however we have tried to make things right and make her happy she won’t let us on property she says we needed a license and permits which is false what grounds do we have to get paid for work completed

Paige Kurtz
Paige Kurtz answered on Jan 3, 2020

Depending on how much you are owed, you could pursue the matter in small claims court. The maximum allowed is $10,000. Also, contractors that have provided materials and labor to property may have lien rights against the real property.

1 Answer | Asked in Collections, Consumer Law and Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: How do I draft a letter disputing billing for a medical event or do I wait for collections before getting legal advice?

When I was admitted for treatment at the ER, I indicated that I had no insurance and wanted the minimum of care necessary to resolve the immediate issue. Instead it appears that they ordered a battery of very expensive tests that have no medical necessity. At the conclusion of my last conversation... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 22, 2019

No, you probably don't want to wait for collections because you could be one step closer to a default judgment if anything slips up. Additionally, based on how aggressive any collection efforts would be, attorney fees could be thrown into the mix. A North Carolina attorney could advise you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for North Carolina on
Q: Have a question about a dealership undervaluing and underpaying for my trade in

The dealership posted my truck for 8500 more the very next day that I traded it. Would not give me what the vehicle is worth.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 11, 2019

Many people who sell or trade vehicles (or other objects) experience this. As a general rule, the law does not impose a requirement that money paid for something be fair market value or a good deal when it comes to the sale of goods or property. It could be whatever the parties bargain for, with... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Contracts, Products Liability and Landlord - Tenant for North Carolina on
Q: What can I do if the apartment complex I stay at entered my apartment and left my doors unlocked and items where stolen

They acknowledged they dropped the ball with not locking my door, but only offered me $1000 when my losses were over $13000

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 10, 2019

Ask for the 13,000. I assume you filed a police report and can document the value? Note that the value you'd get in court would be the value as they were. Tell them you expect the 13. Chances are they are trying to avoid an insurance claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for North Carolina on
Q: Is a non-compete agreement in North Carolina signed by an existing employee enforceable if no consideration is given?

Employee of 7 years told to sign agreement in 2014 or find a new job. Trying to leave job and they are threatening to enforce it.

Kirk Angel
Kirk Angel answered on Dec 7, 2019

Every contract has to have consideration to support it. Therefore, if there is no consideration, there is no contract. A couple of things to note. First, consideration is anything of legal value and not just money. Second, even if the contract is legally unenforceable, the employer may file a... Read more »

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