Our general contractor made an error that substantially increased the cost of construction. They are now asking us to cover it. How do we respond to this while maintaining a good working relationship for the rest of the project? Input from folks in the construction business would be especially appreciated! [more inside]
I don't have a cell phone but I'm six months pregnant and probably need one. Difficulty, moving to Japan in the spring. Can you help? [more inside]
A few months ago, I wrote a novel. I sold a few hundred copies. Now my buyers want to know where their books are and... I don't know. [more inside]
I sent my novel manuscript to a reputable small press and, to my delight, got an offer! But then I received the proposed contract, and it has a number of provisions that are making me unwilling to sign it as is. What should I do? How do I do it? [more inside]
I took out a 12 month contract with Sky in early June. It's not getting installed until 26th July. I've changed my mind, can I cancel it? Does the contract start from when it's installed seeing as I'm not paying and don't have the service yet?
My temporary employment contract expired a couple of weeks ago. HR told me that I am clear to continue working and they would issue me a new contract by the end of last week. I'm still waiting and HR is not responsive to my requests for follow-up. How best do I proceed? I'm in the UK, working full-time, and hopefully being paid for it! Details below the fold. [more inside]
I left my job about a month ago, and have recently been offered (kind of) an opportunity to act as front-of-house manager at a restaurant that hasn't opened yet. My primary discussions so far haven't been with the owner, so I need to figure out how to address getting paid/ starting work. [more inside]
I am working on a book about the public radio pledge drive, and I FOIAed federal agencies I thought might have given money to individual public radio stations or to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. CPB redistributes federal money to stations via a Congressionally mandated 75/25 split. [more inside]
You are an artist, you have or have had a profile/galleries on Deviant Art. Was/is it a good thing? [more inside]
Hi, my friend is up for her performance review and has some specific issues and is wondering about the best approach: Her contract is up in September and she has no plans on renewing it because she will be moving out of the state. If she gets a job before September she plans on leaving sooner as well. Her performance review is tomorrow and she is wondering if she should mention any of this at all. Thanks!
In searching for a particular vendor for our wedding, I came across one company with a non-disparagement clause in their contract. I wasn't planning on complaining about anyone online or giving out 1-star reviews willy nilly, but is this a reason not to work with this company? [more inside]
Is it even possible to find a contractor that will do home repairs without having a mandatory binding arbitration clause in the contract?
I've been working a union job for the last decade. Now I'm thinking about taking the plunge into full-time graphic design contract work, at least for the next six months. Besides figuring out healthcare and tax stuff, what else should I be aware of? [more inside]
Can I pay someone to make 30 of a specific cake? Is that a thing? [more inside]
Can an alarm company push you into a longer contract because the alarm won't work without an expensive upgrade? [more inside]
I am a freelancer who usually works on 6-12 month contracts. Today I received an offer for a lengthy project that was priced at about 10% of the going rate. I absolutely cannot take a project at that rate and would typically just decline nicely. But I sincerely believe there has been a mistake somewhere along the line. I don't want to turn down a great job because someone somewhere misplaced a comma or misread a contract form. What is the most diplomatic way for me to try and get to the bottom of this? [more inside]
I bought an extended warranty with my new Honda back in 2007, and the contract expired in 2013. Is there any remaining value to cash out, and how much might I be owed? [more inside]
Wondering about the best way to navigate this situation: I rented a house unfurnished with the exception of a washer/dryer, refrigerator, and microwave which were included "as-is". The clothes dryer has never been all that great, but it seems to be dying. I'll put in a load, expect it to have been completed, but then come back to find them damp ( and with that awful damp smell in the clothes ) and have to send it through the wash again. ( and then through the dryer twice ). Its costs me time and electricity. [more inside]
So, I've been job hunting, and working through headhunters and the like. It seems like a lot of the jobs through the headhunters are contract gigs. I'm really anxious to switch jobs, so I'm willing to accept a contract gig, but what am I actually getting into? I've only ever worked as a permanent employee!
I manage a small team of software support people based in the West Coast United States. Now I'd like to hire one or more people based in Europe (I'm thinking maybe Berlin, Germany or Stockholm, Sweden) who would do the same thing (and whose hours would line up better with our European clientele). I've begun to do some research into the logistics of employing a German in Germany (just for starters) but I feel like I'm not getting far. Have you done this? What works best? [more inside]
How do I co-author a book? How do I make a contract with the other author? [more inside]
Two friends want to buy an investment property together. What should we consider? [more inside]
Help me navigate what for me is a complex situation in a very small company and to get some perspective. I feel like I was treated unfairly, and would like to get some perspective. Snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
As a small software startup, we are getting real interest from very interesting clients, but they are concerned about our long-term survival. How to neutralize these concerns? [more inside]
I got a quote to remodel part of my house a few days ago. I signed a handwritten contract in my home. I just got a MUCH lower bid on it. Can I back out of the first contract? [more inside]
I'm starting a consulting company that offers IT advice to small businesses/startups. I need a contract that my customers will sign agreeing to payment, terms, etc, with liability protection. [more inside]
I found a job I liked, but it's too far away for me to commute every day. How can I pitch myself as a contractor / consultant for the parts of the job that can be performed remotely or on a part time basis? Many snowflakes inside. [more inside]
I signed a contract with an employer and once I started I found out they were not honest with me regarding the type and volume of work to be done. They said I have a lot of two types of exams when I have few of those, and I have many exams of a type I have little experience in and do not care for. They also told me it would be a busy environment but in reality it is very slow, some days I do none, or maybe one or two exams all day. There is not enough work to justify having a person in my profession on as full time. [more inside]
Currently waiting for a contract for an internship that would start later this year. But I've been waiting so long for it to be official, that I've only now realised that maybe it isn't the right thing to do. Help? [more inside]
How do I mitigate risk to myself in the future as a result of damage/losses/etc incurred by purchasers of the product in the event that something like this should occur? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
My husband recently irreparably damaged his cheap Verizon phone and wants to get a new dumbphone to use on a Verizon contract. We don't have any upgrades available. Verizon is asking for ~$200(!!!), even though prepaid phones of the same type only cost $25. Is there any way we can avoid paying this extortionate amount? [more inside]
Friendship dissolved, unclear how to proceed with friends we had in common. [more inside]
My client bought a gift certificate for Valentine's day. She made an appointment/reservation with me over 3 weeks ago, to redeem the certificate tomorrow. She didn't respond to any reminders until 2pm today. Do I charge her a cancellation fee, as outlined in my company policy? [more inside]
This is a purely theoretical legal question: What legally happens when a porn production contract is made but one of the participants changes their mind? [more inside]
What would my salary be, based on the language below? I am wondering if I grossly misinterpreted my contract and am earning much less than I thought I'd be. If so, is it possible to renegotiate, a month or so into the job? [more inside]
in 2014, I went from one job to another, and part of that transition was negotiating a contract with my new employer. As part of the negotiation, I hired a lawyer to help me with the contract terms, which ended up costing me a decent chunk of money. My question: Can I deduct this money from my taxes? is it a job expense? I am thinking the answer is no, but I would love to be able to deduct that money.
I have been recruited for a senior level management position at a startup. Things are moving fast and I'm about to hire an attorney — but I'm unsure of the fees and how much I might end up paying. Can any MeFi attorneys weigh in and tell me what a normal cost range would be for this kind of work? [more inside]
Without having to ask HR directly, I am wondering if a job offer is binding or nonbinding. [more inside]
I have been offered a possible role to manage a section of a start up company. I have expertise in the area I would be managing, but I have never negotiated a contract or anything like it in business and I have no idea how it goes. I don't want to work for free, but I don't want to be inappropriately stingy with my contribution, prior to having a formal contract. [more inside]
Should I do this job interview, even though it could actually hurt my chances of getting the job I want? [more inside]
My ex-wife has not paid her monthly fees on the land I sold her in 9 months now. Confounding details within... [more inside]
Hi - outer glass shattered on our oven door. Google suggests this does sometimes happen without provocation (oven is approx 7yrs old). Housing contract (London, UK) stipulates tenant responsible for 'broken glass' but I presume this refers to windows. Letting agents got quote of £220 for new door panel. New oven costs £295 and they prefer to do this. Ask I contribute 40% (£120). Is this a fair deal - should I negotiate lower? Thanks!
I have six months left on my Verizon contract. My phone is dying and is not gonna last that long. I'm not eligible for an upgrade. I'm reluctant to enter another contract. Am I trapped? [more inside]
The "health club" in my apt. building (some free weights, a few weight machines, treadmills, ellipticals) requires tenants to sign an agreement, the first two clauses of which involve litigation: The first says, paraphrasing, I hereby release, waive, discharge and covenant not to sue the management co., owners, employees, etc. from all liability to me and anyone with me for any loss or damage on account of my injury or death caused by the exercise equipment, negligence of the company, etc. [more inside]
Ok hivemind, you've helped me once before, I hope you can do it again. I volunteer for an NPO that hired a less than competent development shop to create a very specialized membership database using Drupal. That includes migrating from a Filemaker database and a whole bunch of thoroughly detailed specifications for enrollment, payment systems, membership management, member profiles, various back office reports, event calendaring, conference scheduling, etc. etc. These specs describe the functions we want and I think they are clear. What's next for us? How do I find someone good to finish the job? How does bidding for a job like this work? [more inside]
My lease, like most, says that subleasing is not allowed without manager's consent. I came in on a sublease and later let the manager know I was planning on subleasing. She just declared she will not accept any subleasing any more. Does anyone know if this is legal for her to do this? It's breaking faith, but not breaking the literal contract. FYI, I live in Missouri.
I live in a smallish (Canadian) city an hour outside of a large city. I moved for work four years ago, and for a variety of reasons am feeling an increasing urgency to move back to the Big City. I am trying to figure out ways to do this, weighing my options, and am curious if anyone has any suggestions, or can point out repercussions of each option I hadn't considered? [more inside]
I went to get my 16GB iPhone 5 repaired or replaced under the iPhone 5 Sleep/Wake Button Replacement Program today, and after some testing and such I was issued a loaner phone (also a 16GB iPhone 5) and told that mine will be repaired in about 6-8 days. I think I'd like to just keep the loaner, and it seems like that may not be encouraged but may be possible... [more inside]
We're moving in a month or so and beginning to look at rental houses in Seattle. I'm a bit rusty, but what is the general procedure for establishing the person you're speaking with is the actual home owner and everything is on the up-and-up? [more inside]
I've asked pest guys to remove some animals from my house. I want to cancel the sealing of the house and ask for a refund of the 'sealing fee', which they have not started on doing. How should I go about doing this? [more inside]