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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: i have a company i hired to paint my home and garage. There is a lot to it, but the gist is they did not complete

im not sure what kind of lawyer i need to find

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Jul 18, 2018

You need a lawyer that will file a lawsuit in small claims or regular civil court.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Wisconsin on
Q: I signed a lease but the copy my landlord gave me does not have my signature on it. Is this lease still valid?

I’m wondering if it is legally binding being that my copy doesn’t have my signature on it.

Sarah Lynn Ruffi
Sarah Lynn Ruffi answered on Apr 23, 2018

If you signed a Lease and the landlord gave you a copy of the same document, you most likely have a valid lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Probate for Wisconsin on
Q: My stepfather died I hv power of attorney. Want to sell his van but has lean on it frm quick title loan. Do we hv to pay

This is in state of wisconsin. Need to sell van. But can not get clean title to van do we need to pay this off first. Or was this his debt?

Sarah Lynn Ruffi
Sarah Lynn Ruffi answered on Apr 23, 2018

The loan was your stepfather's debt, which must be paid using your stepfather's assets (i.e. the van). Since your stepfather passed away, your power of attorney is no longer valid. You probably need to file a probate and obtain Domiciliary Letters to deal with the Quick Title loan.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Business Law for Wisconsin on
Q: What consitutes a valid verbal contract between a business and a potential customer?

In Sept, we got a rough estimate from a local tree trimmer to remove 3 branches from a tree overhanging our home. He was too busy for such work at the time. We agreed to wait until he was free, then we would revisit the estimate and specify the specific work we were looking at. 5 months later,... Read more »

Sarah Lynn Ruffi
Sarah Lynn Ruffi answered on Apr 23, 2018

Based on your facts, it does not seem that you had a contract. A contract requires a meeting of the minds (i.e. exactly what work would be done, when and the cost). As I understand your situation, you wanted 3 limbs removed, which did not include one containing a woodpecker nest. You asked to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets and Civil Litigation for Wisconsin on
Q: seeking counsel prior to fighting tickets and also pressing charges on a civilian for damages

there are so many different areas involved i dont know what to do. someone used me not too long ago and i got myself into a situation with traffic tickets and child restraint.... its gone into harasment, threats (veiled and transphopic). this person used my mental health shortcomings against me and... Read more »

Emmanuel Muwonge
Emmanuel Muwonge answered on Mar 16, 2018

I am sorry that you are going through what appears to be a very challenging period in your life. That said, I am also sorry that I cannot figure out what it is you really are trying to communicate and what the best approach would be in providing you with the counsel you need. That notwithstanding,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Consumer Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can a company or business make you sign any paperwork with out fully reading it first.

They said they will tell us the main points and sign the paperwork right away and you can read the rest later after already signing the paperwork. They also said if anyone makes an ordeal over it they will take stuff away like the use of headphones and that.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards answered on Aug 22, 2017

You might possible have a case as this company seems to have forced you to sign under duress, but this may not be an especially strong case. It is important to understand that under normal conditions when you record your signature on the contract, you will be bound to the terms of the contract. It... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Quit Claim Legalities

This is regarding my elderly mothers properties she quit claimed to a manipulative boyfriend before her passing after a short cancer battle.Can the validity of quit claims be challenged if they reflect fraudulent consideration amounts that were never transacted

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Jun 19, 2017

The short answer is yes. Your mother may not have had the capacity to quit claim the properties, given the cancer treatment. The value of the conveyances (what lawyers call consideration) is a significant factor. Undue influence is another theory that you may pursue.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Wisconsin on
Q: Where do I find jurisdictional rules for civil court less than $5000 case.

Party is trying to dismiss case because they say the contract states that jurisdiction will be in their county (Outagamie County)

Everything occurred in Brown County. Business is located in Outagamie County. All work is in Brown County - What statues cover jurisdictional issues for Civil Court?

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 24, 2017

Section 799 of the Wisconsin Statutes governs small claims actions. This is a link to that section: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/799.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: do we need a lawyer to read wisconsin contract before signing? what is the charge to do so?
Charles Snyderman
Charles Snyderman answered on Aug 2, 2014

The easiest way to get an answer would be to call a local attorney's office and ask what they charge.

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Q: An agreement of a non refundable deposit takes place and when the service is half done. Clients just wants deposit back.

What should I do?

Charles Snyderman
Charles Snyderman answered on Feb 8, 2013

Was there a written contract? Why does the client feel he or she is entitled to a refund of a nonrefundable deposit? We need more facts.

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Wisconsin on
Q: I got engaged to a girl and bought her a $1000 ring she pawned it so how do I get my money or ring

I got engaged and the ring ended up pawned so how do I get the money or ring back is this a coingntract that I can persue getting my money back?

Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq. answered on May 7, 2012

You can hold your former fiancee liable for the ring if you still retained legal possession to it. In other words, the answer is based on whether you had the intent to gift the ring to her before the completion of the wedding ceremony. If not, she had no right to transfer it to a pawn shop and you... Read more »

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Q: Can a spouse sign a finance contract for the other
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq. answered on May 7, 2012

To begin, Wisconsin is a Marital Property state under chapter 766 of the Wisconsin Code. Hence, spouses are given equal right to property acquired during marriage (that is neither acquired by gift nor inheritance).

Further, a bona fide purchaser/creditor is protected under 766.57. Here, a...
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Q: Can I request that pictures of my daughter be removed from a website?

Recently JBP did a free session of photos for my 8 mo. old daughter. During the session, the photographer had headbands/hats for her to wear. I thought the pictures from this session would be put on the photographer's website or in her portfolio, but I now see that the pics are posted on her... Read more »

Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq.
Maxwell Charles Livingston Esq. answered on May 7, 2012

It is clear that JBP has a copyright to the work, so there is no claim for copyright infringement. However, you have a different legal claim here.

JBP gave the pictures to its friend, and you did not release the friend from liability. Hence, there is a possible "using, without written...
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