How much is Katy Perry worth? Is there any realistic way to calculate how much she got paid for what she produced? (Not the exact amount, but presumably we ought to be able to get the order of magnitude right.) [more inside]
Should health benefits and who will pay those health benefits be included in an employment contract? [more inside]
How to make a royalty agreement? [more inside]
Several years ago I remember reading a very well-regarded article about the financial realities of the life of a band when it gets signed by a music label. I think it was from Rolling Stone, but I couldn't swear by that fact. I recall that it laid out in detail about how the advances work, how exciting it is for the band at first, and then how the entire industry is built to completely financially destroy them. Does this ring a bell with anyone? My nephew is going to become a world-famous millionaire rock star, and I want to give him something to think about while he is working for that big break....
I got a part-time job contracting for a non-profit. Turns out they have me as a 1099 contractor instead of a W2 as I'm accustomed to. What do I need to do or know? [more inside]
How can I get Sprint to dump me, instead of the other way around? [more inside]
Real estate: can our seller back out of the contract since we were late in satisfying a Notice to Perform?
We're in escrow on a house in southern CA, and were recently the unhappy recipients of a Notice to Buyer to Perform (or more accurately our realtor was, by email.) We got the contingencies lifted but did not quite do so within the 48 hour period dictated by the form, and now the seller wants out. Can they now back out legally? [more inside]
What issues am I not considering about this potential job working in the US for a friend's overseas business? [more inside]
Is it cheaper (including contract costs) to buy the IPhone upfront and go without a contract? [more inside]
I have just bought a home and want to remodel both bathrooms and paint interior before I move in. I got two bids and both were about the same. The companies both have good reviews on Angie's list and are the same size, so this makes me feel ok about the price estimated. That said, the price quoted is still a bit more than what I expected so I am wondering what suggestions people have for managing and bringing down costs. [more inside]
I self-published a minicomic that someone now wants to adapt into a short film. Awesome! What issues should I be aware of? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend an attorney for a small IT consulting company in the Chicago/North Shore area? My husband hopes to embark on a new contract with a Big Firm, and it's time to revisit some legal aspects involved in this type of adventure. Many thanks in advance.
I either need to drop it or get a lawyer. Tell me which one. [more inside]
My brother is negotiating a private sector job here in NYC (on a Green Card) and had a question about employment contracts. [more inside]
Can my wife, who signed the divorce decree, rescind on an uncontested divorce less than 24 hours before it would be finalized?
My wife decided to contest the divorce less than 24 hours before it would have been finalized. She had already signed all of the decrees. [more inside]
Freelancers: I recently "finished" a contract but feel hazzy about how it is ending. Please advise. [more inside]
A real estate agent waited until the night before showing us some properties to send us two contracts to sign. One states that he's not a buyer's agent, he's a "non-agent facilitator". The other would, if we sign, grant him the "exclusive right to locate or procure real property" for us until the end of the year. Question A: is he trying to screw us? Or is this sort of thing normal, or at least reasonable? Question B: assuming this is reasonable, what's the practical difference between a facilitator and a buyer's agent? [more inside]
I am looking for a generic client contract that I can use as an IT consultant. Lawyer recommendations in NYC who specialize in contracts for freelancers / independent workers would also be great. [more inside]
How do I set up a contract? This is my first freelance software-development project and I have no idea what I'm doing. [more inside]
Help me decide if a contract staffing agency is legit. Google has turned up nothing. [more inside]
Legal experts of AskMe, I ask for your advice (which is not to be interpreted as legal advice)! Company X provided two online bonus offers. At the time I registered for the offers, neither offer stated that they could not be combined with the other. However, Company X only wants to apply one of the offers. [more inside]
Girlfriend gave 1st month rent, but hasn't signed lease. They won't give it back. [more inside]
My (soon to be) former employer wants me to maintain their website (that I built during my time there) as an outside contractor. How much should I charge them? [more inside]
Maryland Residential Rental question: Is the lease renewal letter and rental increase claim issued by my property management company valid? [more inside]
What hourly rate for a 10+ year UNIX (Linux) admin in Bay Area? This is for maybe 2-3 visits a month, each 3-4 hours in duration. [more inside]
Help me fight back against a swindler by appealing to his religious convictions. [more inside]
My company doesn't do yearly reviews so when should I ask for a raise? [more inside]
I'm licencing out some artwork to be sold on shirts and need a decent free example contract to work from. [more inside]
I've offered to help fund the pressing of a local musician's new album. Help me not to be an arse about it. [more inside]
I currently have the iPhone 4 with the $20/month unlimited texting and the old-school "unlimited" data plan. I no longer want the unlimited texting, yet I don't want to lose the old "grandfathered" data plan? Can this be done? [more inside]
Cellphone-Contract-Filter. 3 1/2 overpriced years w/T-Mobile is about to end (yay!). I have a gypsy-ish career and am clueless about where to get. Please advise! (special snowflake details inside) [more inside]
Help me sign this Texas employment agreement with eyes wide open. [more inside]
I'm a John Q. American with a video clip that I have complete copyright authority to (including the music on it) and several UK companies have approached me about licensing the footage for television programs. Is there an agent for this kind of thing, and how would I know if they're credible? I know only minimal bits about contract negotiation..
I'm looking for a template for a royalty-free license agreement for photography. [more inside]
My girlfriend and I are looking at apartments in Savannah, GA this Friday, but we are at a loss as to what questions we should be asking and what we should be looking for when we physically see the apartments. [more inside]
I know YANML but help me say this in lawyer speak. [more inside]
I'm speaking to some students about negotiating contracts. I'm hoping to break them out into pairs for a mock negotiation, and am looking for a 5-10 minute mock negotiation to use. Any good resources out there? [more inside]
How do I improve my chances of staying at a temp job? [more inside]
As a brand new faculty member, should I be careful about too much involvement in the faculty association during difficult negotiations over our contract? I don't feel particularly worried about this, but I recognize that the tenure process ultimately is given the okay by the president and the board. I'm hanging signs on my office door and attending meetings...the typical stuff so far. What do you think?
I'm looking for a Latin legal maxim which says something like 'if a contract is silent on a point, it should be assumed that it is silent on purpose, and you should not read terms into the contract'. It is not "sub silentio", and in fact is almost the opposite of it. Can you refresh my memory?
Walk me through this complicated transfer of two separate Verizon phone numbers onto an AT&T family plan. [more inside]
I am lending a musical instrument to a local touring band. I should have the tour manager sign some sort of contract/agreement. Right? What should such an 'agreement' say? [more inside]
A colleague has asked me to share an office space with her. We are not in the same place financially in our careers. I'm trying to figure out what would be a fair deal for both of us, but I can't seem to get my head around the business logic. Can you guys help? [more inside]
Please help me pick a mobile phone/carrier in the US. [more inside]
My future supervisor just walked out on me during an employee meeting. Can I break my contract and leave? [more inside]
After 3 Palm Pres, how can I get out of my contract with Bell for this terrible phone? I'm still within the 1 year manufacturer's warranty, but only for another month. [more inside]
Mexican Architecture Contracts As American Architect looking to do work in Mexico, I would like to be more familiar with standard contracts used. (Maybe the equilalent to AIA?) Can anyone share experience w/ either 1. A translated standard contract 2. A split/associated contract between a US Architect and a Mexican Architect? I realize that there is no one-fits-all form, but anything related will be helpful. Obviously personal information should be deleted. And anyone w/ personal experience who might have a story to share is welcome to add in.
I would like to pay someone to build me an electronic toy. See this Jobs post. Is there another site that I could request bids on?
I'm considering leaving my full-time job to become an independent contractor. What are my health insurance options? [more inside]
is it necessary and/or advisable to have a written contract between a subletter and a tenant in nyc?
should I worry about subletting a room in an apartment with no written agreement between me and the tenant on the lease? [more inside]