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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Can a buyer back out once an offer is given and accepted on deadline date w no recourse?

The Buyer offered us full price and after inspection requested four things to be addressed (taken care of) we in return offered them to fix two of the four requests plus 2,000.00 off original price. They accepted the offer on the deadline date of July 2. Then on July 6th, we were told they were... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 9, 2019

The answer to your question should be set forth in the written documents; where is your real estate agent?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Civil Rights for Rhode Island on

Q: 20 year Labor union member wrongfully terminated, rights were disregarded in Collective Bargaining agreement,

Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 1, 2019

Hire a good employment lawyer with expertise in labor union issues.

3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Products Liability and Small Claims for Rhode Island on

Q: hello i have lost an $2200 camera that i rented whats going to happen to me ?

Thomas Briody answered on Feb 13, 2019

If you truly lost the item, then you have most likely not committed a crime. However, you are responsible for the loss, and you will have to reimburse the person who loaned you the camera. That means you are most likely going to have to pay the value of the camera back.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on

Q: Where can I find statutes or cases that support that OK has subject matter jurisdiction over my case?

I am on active military orders in RI, owned a home in NC that was rented by tenants, who abandoned the property, breached contract and now live in OK. NC statute chptr 7A, Art 19, section 213 states I cannot file in the state because none of the defendants live there any longer. I filed in OK in... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Sep 24, 2018

Your best avenue would be to engage an attorney practicing where the case is properly filed. There are myriad resources online for legal information, statutes, and case law along with many law schools that could provide you with the information you seek. However, a practicing attorney should be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Contracts and Child Support for Rhode Island on

Q: We are currently unable to pay the full amount of rent. However, the house is poorly maintained. What can be done?

We only have one source of income (being approximately $600 a month) currently and are behind by two months rent. However, we have lived at this house for close to 8 years and have had many problems. From the kitchen, the paint on the ceiling is peeling off, the oven does not work, and the faucet... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Jun 11, 2018

It may be time to look for: 1) a new, different, and better maintained residence/apartment and/ or 2) a second source of income and/or 3) an attorney to help you defend against a likely eviction case should your landlord decide to take you to court. Contact your local CAP agency for help with #1... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Rhode Island on

Q: Is the decriminalization of minor marijuana possession in Rhode Island retroactive if the conviction happened before the

law was in effect?

Neville Bedford answered on May 27, 2018

no, see:

There is no retroactive date enabled/listed for this law. Meet with a practicing attorney to explore other ways to approach this including possible expungement.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Contracts and Employment Law for Rhode Island on

Q: How can a member of a Laborers union fight against being wrongfully terminated due to nepotism by the union steward??

Its a long story but I've been with this company many years, (almost 20 years) I am beyond devastated,

Bernard P. Healy answered on Mar 3, 2018

I do not have sufficient information to answer this question fully or accurately. Let me give you my initial impressions. I assume you are a member of a Laborers Union which has assigned you for many years to a specific business. You have apparently performed your job well and you are being forced... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on

Q: I have moved from one my apartment bldg into a smaller one that's was cheaper, same landlord. Since we asked for the 200

Dollar difference in security he started acting weird he has not given us a lease for the new place were in and has not come to collect rent or returned any of our calls at this point I don't trust thus situation and di.t want to live here. What ate my options

Kas DeCarvalho answered on Aug 3, 2017

Well...if you don't have a written agreement, then what you technically have is a month-to-month lease...and what the rent is supposed to be is admittedly a bit of a mystery, but at worst, it's the rent from your old/other apartment. Typically that would be decided by the history of what you had... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on

Q: My lease ended in Rhode Island however the landlord is selling the house and now I'm month to month until they decide.

Can I use the last month's rent from the lease to pay for the first month's rent of the month to month?

Kas DeCarvalho answered on Aug 3, 2017

The shortest, best answer is..."it depends on the terms of the Lease Agreement." But based on your question, I suggest that the answer is, "probably not." Let me clarify a few points, though: First, as you know, many State statutes permit landlords to charge both a "Security Deposit" and request... Read more »

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Q: Sold a pair of shoes about a month ago, no bill of sales was made up now buyer contacting me what should i do?

Told him all sales were final a while back, no bills of sales was made up just talked by text message, i also paid to get the photos looked at so somebody could legitimize them... is there anything i should be worryed about or do in this case? I know the shoes are real but feel like he trying to... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 30, 2017

Not sure what they are contacting you about. I assume this is an ebay or similar tansaction. You would only be open for misrepresentation if he can prove the shoes aren't what they say they are and you willfully mislead him. If you talked by text now is a good time to download that. Also get a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Communications Law, Contracts and Election Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Is network news liable to a viewer/investor/voter if they entered into any contracts based on inaccurate media coverage?

Basically if CNN reported false information or shielded information from the public throughout the course of the election while voters selected candidates and investors selected stocks; would CNN be liable? Could they still be liable for misleading the public in the first place or even election... Read more »

Glenn B. Manishin answered on Dec 20, 2016

No. Fraud requires an intention to defraud, knowingly false statements and a duty of care to the other party. Largely the same for securities law purposes. News media are supposed to be accurate but do not have a legal obligation to investors, voters or even viewers.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Elder Law and Estate Planning for Rhode Island on

Q: What do I have to do to get a legal document stating my son is my caregiver we do not want yo get paid for it

I am legally blind I have been over ,20 years my son transports me everywhere reads my mail writes my bills he is 22 had always lived with me helping me he works

Neville Bedford answered on Oct 6, 2016

Meet with an attorney to create documents necessary for your son to act on your behalf.

1 Answer | Asked in Communications Law, Contracts and Internet Law for Rhode Island on

Q: Hi, my husband hired someone a couple of years ago to help with developing a website and purchasing a domain name.

No contract was signed. He now wants the rights given to someone else to handle. This person renewed the website, has host responsibilities, removed three people as administrators to the website and is now deleting the new webmaster's work. This is hindering my husband's business. Can you please... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Jun 13, 2016

Your husband may need to enlist the services of one of our fine attorneys to resolve the situation. Have him dig up the agreements, email, and other relevant information and contact any attorney he chooses.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Rhode Island on

Q: How do I break a construction contract without massive compensation fees

The contract says if we break the contract we are responsible for 70% of the cost. Due to unplanned pregnancy we can no longer afford the windows or the 7500 compensation

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 1, 2016

If it is within three days from signing the contract, you may be within your rights to renege on the deal. If you are more than that in time, consider retaining an attorney to assist you in negotiating a compromise that will save the contractor the trouble of filing the case in court.

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Q: Is a contractors invoice the same as a contract?

We signed a contractors invoice that the contractor submitted to the insurance company. On the invoice, he listed many things that he never did (presumably, to get more money from the insurance company). Are we potentially on the hook for the entire amount? The invoice was 46000. We have paid... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Dec 10, 2015

Take the documents to an attorney for a precise review.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Rhode Island on

Q: I was going to trade my car with this guy from providence we each made iut bill of sale then he stole my registration

What can i do to get my car back

Neville Bedford answered on May 22, 2015

The police should be notified.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Rhode Island on

Q: How do you know if small claims court is the appropriate forum for handling a dispute with a roofing contractor?

We hired a contractor to replace the roof of our barn at our residence. We paid him $2,500.00 as a deposit. The work and the skill level of the men on the job was horrible. Some of the workers had never done a roof before and told us that. They did not do the work or to the standard as outlined... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on Dec 19, 2012

$2500 is the jurisdictional limit of the Small Claims Court - So, as long as your damages are not in excess of that amount,Small claims may be a good place for you. However, if the remedial work exceeded that amount, you may wish to enter the District - or even Superior Court. The contractor's... Read more »

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