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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Contract law

On July 20, 2020 I signed a contract for windows for my home (around $7,000). On 9/10 I got an e-mail telling me the windows would be ready 10/29. It is now 2/26/21 and they tell me they will install on 3/29. On 2/11/21 I sent them an e-mail stating that as a commission salesperson the bottom... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Feb 26, 2021

A lawyer would have to review the actual contract terms to determine if you have a right to cancel, whether their delay was a breach of contract or if the virus lockdown excuses the delay, or whether they failed to comply with all the required consumer protection notices and right of cancellation... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: A corrupt third-party ticket company refuses to give me a refund for a canceled concert

My concert was initially postponed, then canceled several months later. During a dispute with my credit card company (goods/services not received), the third-party ticket company sent me documents/evidence that assured me that I would get a full refund if the concert got canceled. (By the way, this... Read more »

Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Jan 5, 2021

You may file a complaint against the company if it was doing business in your state. Each state has different jurisdictional limits as to which court you file a complaint. Call your county court and speak to he administator's office to determine in which to file the complaint and the fees... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts and Foreclosure for Tennessee on
Q: I live in Tennessee, can my landlord show the house to buyers during the covid pandemic and while I’m currentlypregnant

My landlord told us before we signed the lease that we wouldn’t have to deal with strangers coming into our home for any reason but because she’s dealing with facing foreclosure on a different house that she hasn’t been able to get anyone to buy,she’s been trying to get someone to buy the... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jan 4, 2021

Unless it is in your Lease there is no such prohibition. You may wish to find a leasehold elsewhere. A Buyer will take subject to your Lease, I would expect to not stay there much longer. A potential personal injury suit is not going to happen because it would be impossible to prove. causation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: House rental lease ends jan 31 realtor wants to show house now with covid spikes can they legally show the house
Allison Higgins
Allison Higgins answered on Dec 22, 2020

This is a question coming across a lot of lawyer's desks, but there doesn't seem to be a strict answer yet. Maybe you and your landlord can agree to only do virtual showings. Check your contract to see if it says how and when they can show the house.

You may want to hire an...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for Ohio on
Q: My husband is our only source of income and has lost his job due to covid. We have made arrangements to live with family

But the buyout fee is several thousand dollars and they won’t accept multiple payments... if we could afford that, we wouldn’t be moving… Is there no such thing as a hardship action for Ohio?? Is there any kind of legal help because of the current pandemic with so many people losing their jobs?

Bruce Martin Broyles
Bruce Martin Broyles answered on Dec 3, 2020

I am assuming that you are currently in a lease or rental agreement. If an eviction action is filed for non-payment (as you are probably leaving regardless), then you can request a stay based upon COVID and the CARES Act. The CDC now requires you to file an affidavit that you have attempted to... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Construction Law for Indiana on
Q: Can the city decided to cancel the contract and do the demolition themselves.?

I have a contract with the city parks and recreation to tare down 2 horse barns, for the lumber. No cost to the city. I still have to pay my employees. No finish/completion date was set in the contract. Can the park superintendent decide to have city employees take the barns down an cancel the... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Nov 28, 2020

An Indiana attorney could answer best, but you await an answer for four weeks. It could depend on the terms of the contract, particularly if it contained any provisions for cancellation. One option might be to review the contract with an Indiana attorney. COVID-related defenses have been used in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Texas on
Q: If I have a contract to buy a house in Texas and the owner dies before deed is prepared by title company, what happens?

Because of COVID 19 it is taking a long time for paperwork to be prepared. My contract is good though end of this month. What happens if he doesn’t sign extension before he dies?

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Nov 23, 2020

If the Seller dies before the extension is signed or the sale closes, then you won't be able to close until someone is appointed by the Probate Court to act for the Seller - either an executor of the will, or administrator of the estate.

If the closing date has already passed, and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Illinois on
Q: How much would it cost for someone to review a lease agreement for me and help me understand my rights and conditions?

This is a lease agreement with a Landlord for a Small Business. It would be great if someone can do this for free. I am having a hard time understanding a few items in the contract.

T. J. Jesky
T. J. Jesky answered on Nov 20, 2020

This is a good question, but the answer depends on a number of factors. For example, is this a residential or commercial lease? What is the length of the lease? How long is the lease period and what is the rent? A commercial lease is much more complex than a residential lease.

I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Civil Litigation and Contracts for Alabama on
Q: Hi We cancelled our wedding due to covid. The wedding planner contract says she can keep all money paid to her.

My mother has paid 1500 of a 2000 contract. 500 of that was after we already expressed worries about the date. The wedding planner was contracted for day of services, photography, videography, flowers, photo booth, dj, invites, and some decorations. I never got anything that she was supposedly... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Nov 18, 2020

If the contract is governed under Alabama law, you should look at the contract itself. ALabama is a very conservative state in terms of contract law. The terms of the contract will govern, and courts are very reluctant to decide that this is just unfair to you. You should hire a lawyer in the state... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Florida on
Q: Can I get a refund on a cancelled vacation rental property?

We live in Illinois. We booked a vacation rental property on Captiva Island for Mar 28-Apr 4, 2020. The rental was facilitated VRBO; actual booking was with Dream Vacation Rentals (DVR). We cancelled due to Covid. The Illinois governor issued a "no leisure travel" order on March 20.... Read more »

Richard Paul Zaretsky
Richard Paul Zaretsky answered on Nov 16, 2020

This is a great question.

And actually the answer is simple.

Did the seller of the service perform? No.

Did you prevent the seller from performing? No.

Did you pay for a service and not receive it? Yes.

You are entitled to a full refund.

It gets...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning and Probate for California on
Q: My dad died before he signed amended trust, even though confirmed with estate planner, during covid?

My Dad received amended copy of his living trust 3 days before he died and had not signed them. He did contact estate attorney and confirmed draft. I don't believe signing them was exclusive, but I do know that my dad would want his last wishes honored. I know there must be mitigating... Read more »

James Edward Berge
James Edward Berge answered on Nov 13, 2020

If he didn’t sign the amendment, it’s ineffective. It doesn’t need to be notarized, but it does need to be signed by the trustmaker. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but to tell you otherwise is just wishful thinking.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Collections for New York on
Q: I am owed $1782.00 from a gym. I have been told in writing multiple times I would receive the money. It’s been 3 weeks

I have all emails communicating with business owner.

Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel answered on Nov 12, 2020

You can bring a small claims case. Cases are being accepted for filing, but no cases are being tried. COVID makes this much harder.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Tennessee on
Q: after signing a contract for a caterer for a set amount, can they add additional charges for state regulations?

We were told due to covid we would have to pay additional fees based on state regulations. Even though we booked during covid and the original contract does not mention these cost. Is this our responsibility?

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright answered on Nov 10, 2020

The contract will control. If there is a fixed price - and the contract does not provide for any changes then the caterer may be stuck. The contract may have a clause that indicates that if an act of God is involved then there may be a different outcome. This may be called a force majuere... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: If a month to month lease is over can I tell a tenant to leave during covid in NJ ?
Morris Leo Greb
Morris Leo Greb answered on Oct 27, 2020

You should send the tenant a notice the lease period ends at the end of the next month at least thirty days prior the end of the lease term. For the notice to be effective for November 30th, the tenant should receive notice on or before October 1st. If you wish, you may advise the tenant that the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Consumer Law, Contracts and Entertainment / Sports for Massachusetts on
Q: Fitness training company charging me for services that were not provided. What are my options?

I signed up for personal fitness training with a company for 6 months from Dec-2019 to May-2020 ($600 for each month & 10 sessions each month). No services were provided between Mar 2020 to May 2020 due to COVID. The company was not reachable on phone during that time for cancellation enquiry.... Read more »

Christopher Tolley
Christopher Tolley answered on Oct 9, 2020

Most lawyers' rates would make legal representation impractical. Look carefully at your contract and see what your options are. Contact your credit card company and have them stop the automatic payments. I suggest you consider filing a small claims suit yourself. If nothing else, it will get... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts for New York on
Q: Due to unforeseen circumstances with Covid we are unable to meet the minimum sales requirements of a business contract.

The contract has no force majeure section. Have we any recourse in this matter?

Giselle Ayala Mateus
Giselle Ayala Mateus answered on Oct 9, 2020

It is necessary to review the contract to provide an effective legal answer. However, no one is oblogato the impossible, if it is really impossible. Impossibility does not mean that it is more costly, it means that there is no way to achieve that purpose. Now, to interpret what Impossible means... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for California on
Q: Do I need a lawyer to review an employment separation agreement?

Laid off 10/2. Reason was reduction in company expenses due to lack of sales from Covid-19. Male, 61 with disabilities. Employment duration 8 years 11 months. All performance reviews have been very good to excellent. Younger less experienced and lower paid employees not affected. Received a... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Oct 2, 2020

A separation agreement is really nothing more than a settlement agreement. The employer is offering to settle any claims you may have against it in exchange for a payment of money. Whether or not you sign the agreement as presented or not will depend whether you have any valuable claims. You may... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for California on
Q: Hello How much does a power of attorney cost for doing office work and renting an apartment in Los Angeles? Thanks

I am an Iranian-American citizen and I celebrate Nowruz in Iran every year and this year after a trip to Iran, the coronavirus spread I can not return to the United States at the moment, and 2 months ago my apartment lease contract it's over.

I am currently in Iran and I want a lawyer... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Oct 1, 2020

International law can be tricky. IMO you need to go to the American Embassy with a POA in English and have it notarized by a consulate official there in order to have the best effect. The POA will be in the name of whomever you choose to act on your behalf. Have you contacted your LL to see if he... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Florida on
Q: Do I have a case if I had to cancel my wedding contract location due to Covid-19 mandates and the owner will not refund

wedding location in safety harbor, florida was booked before covid-19. Contract states no refunds, but due to the pandemic and rules over 10 guest are not allowed in a vacation rental in pinellas county...... I was told I could use the credit within a year of scheduled event that would have taken... Read more »

Giselle Ayala Mateus
Giselle Ayala Mateus answered on Sep 25, 2020

The answer to this questions depends on what you want to do. On the one hand, if the contract clearly states that there would be no refunds in any circumstance, probably you cannot ask for a refund. However, if there is a force majeure clause or a similar clause making exception you could be able... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Ohio on
Q: Iij am asking for an elderly friend. His land lord is terminating his lease.. but the tenant does not want this..

He has lived here over 20 years. I know the land lord is terminating this lease because he cant raise the rent to what he gets from new tenants.. he also has wants to make renovations on this apartment. Wich I understand. But does my friend have to be homeless because of the landlords needs

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Sep 24, 2020

If the tenant's lease is not expiring, landlord cannot make him leave until the end of the lease term. But if the tenant's lease is expiring, then unless the lease gives tenant an automatic renewal or a right to renew, landlord is not under any obligation to renew or extend the lease... Read more »

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