About a year ago I agreed (verbally) to do some programming work for a startup in exchange for a small amount of equity. In the meantime I've lost faith that this equity will be worth anything.
Can I decline to do this work, or have I made a binding verbal contract that I must now fulfill? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 25, 2007 -
We signed a lease (2 copies) on a new apartment in NYC, at our broker's office. The 2 copies were sent to the management company. As promised, the management company sent one of the copies back to us about a week later. It's got our original signatures, but the landlord didn't sign it! The line for the landlord's signature is empty. Doesn't this mean that we're bound to the terms of the contract, but the landlord is not? It seems very wrong. Is it normal? Should we demand a copy of the lease with the signatures of both parties on it?
posted by edlundart
on May 28, 2007 -
Seeking Sample Freelance Contract Suitable for Filling-in-the-Blanking. A few weeks ago I posted this
and got all kinds of good advice and cheerleading (thanks to all!). It worked- I had a great time chatting up Mr. Big and they agreed to pay me what I- with bated breath- asked for. Now I need to find a contract to make it legal and am hoping one of you has a sample or suggestions on where to find one. [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on May 23, 2007 -
Ontario Tenants Filter: i'm in a weird situation with a rental
apartment- my landlord is trying to sell the building and is making
strange requests. i can't make sense of the ontario tenants' act.
your 2 cents would be very much appreciated.
posted by ezola
on Apr 28, 2007 -
I have a client who commissioned some web work from me and then dropped the bombshell when I had completed the project that they didn’t have the funds in place to pay me fully until they’ve sold more advertising on it. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by toocan
on Apr 15, 2007 -
I have been freelancing as TV producer for one company for over 6 months now working on various projects. The boss thinks he needs me to stand down for a few weeks to keep my independent contractor status. All of the IRS info I have found is vague on the point of continuous employment. How long will I have to stand down (aka take the vacation I want to take) before I can return to this company? And legally how long is too long to be a contactor for one company (when does the IRS question contractor vs. employee)?
posted by mcbietila
on Mar 13, 2007 -
When and who can contact credit agencies regarding reneged payments to reflect on a payees credit report? Is this limited to businesses and banks or less official transactions as well? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 16, 2007 -
A friend of mine (really) recently found an opportunity to move to a different team within our company—certainly a promotion for him. Word got down to his existing management, and they said they would "block" him from moving, because they need him for an event later this year. Is that legal, and what can he do? [more inside]
posted by symphonik
on Feb 8, 2007 -
ClaimsCourtFilter: A web design client of ours had a verbal contract with us, approved both the design and the logo, and then reneged due to a "misunderstanding," after most of the work had been completed. [more inside]
posted by disillusioned
on Jan 31, 2007 -
ContractFilter: My friend had a contract for a superbowl party at a bar in Chicago. Nowhere on the contract does it say that the bar can cancel this contract at will. [more inside]
posted by twiggy
on Jan 22, 2007 -
Is there a competent, reliable hardware service company in the L.A. area that can maintain my computers and office equipment? [more inside]
posted by SMELLSLIKEFUN
on Nov 22, 2006 -
Verizon Wireless extended my contract without my knowledge or consent when I changed my service plan a few months ago. I explicity ask Verizon each time I make a change to my account whether or not the change would extend my contract, and the customer rep must have said no, or else I would not have agreed. What are my options?
posted by speedoavenger
on Nov 5, 2006 -
Large projects that run over budget and the contractors get paid instead of eating the extra costs. Why? [more inside]
posted by kamelhoecker
on Oct 29, 2006 -
Where can I find a good contractor to design/build/bling/update my promotional MySpace pages? [more inside]
posted by scrawlyman
on Aug 31, 2006 -
What kind of a contract does a band need to sign in case their music is used in a low budget (indie) film? [more inside]
posted by cheero
on Aug 28, 2006 -
Through a mutual friend, I've been approached to develop the back end of a website. My compensation for my work will be a percentage of the profits this website brings in. I have no idea what percentage to ask for, or what's fair. [more inside]
posted by cgg
on Jul 22, 2006 -
I'm trying to recover a debt owed to me (currently $1300+) by a client for whom I worked as an independent tech contractor in 2002-03. He's very slowly paid off a lot of the original debt ($5000), but he stopped making the payments almost two months ago with no explanation, and has been completely non-responsive to all my contact attempts ever since. It's a matter of very high personal importance that I recover the full debt in this case (because this is a very slimy guy, and because his company could not have started up or earned money without my work). I also need the money, so this is not something I can walk away from in that sense either.
posted by allterrainbrain
on Jul 5, 2006 -
I have been, for some time now, looking for a space for my retail store. I had to sign a contract with a broker, since in the area I was looking you can only have one broker working for you. I have seen a few spaces and have been in contract talks with one of them, but that fell through (not because of the broker).
I also asked the broker about a SPECIFIC space, but they said everything was taken and nothing was available there. Later I called myself and found out more information, and soon contacted a landlord willing to lease me a space.
I like my broker and think they tried their best, but I need to break the contract so I can go on and deal with this space myself. It is no problem to cancel the contract I just need to send a letter.
I guess my question is, how can I let my broker go, without harboring or sending any bad feelings?
posted by savagecorp
on Jun 21, 2006 -
My father is an independent consultant, and works for $900/day in the formulated food business. What rate should he charge for travel time (per day) when he travels coast-to-coast for an assignment? [more inside]
posted by naelyn
on May 23, 2006 -
Assuming denomination of currency was not specified in the contract, could someone hold the terms of a contract unfulfilled because the denomination of currency was inconvenient and/or costly to process? [more inside]
posted by ontic
on May 18, 2006 -
My band have been offered a contract from by a record company and want to get it checked out before we sign it.
Basically I'm looking for personal recommendations of entertainment lawyers in the UK. I don't just want to pick one out of the yellow pages if I can avoid it.
posted by chrispy108
on May 8, 2006 -
TherapyContractModificationFilter: The contract my shrink wants me to sign has a paragraph saying that if he is asked to testify in a court case involving me (even if it's for the other side), I have to pay him. I'm not inclined to sign such a contract. Is such a clause anywhere near normal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 14, 2006 -
I earned 12,100 total income this year. All 1099. Have not made any estimated payments. How bad is my tax situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 9, 2006 -
I have a great idea for a meme with assorted merchandise involving a deceased musician and his likeness. How do I pitch this to the appropiate person so that I might profit legitimately and what are the typical terms of such an arrangement?
posted by keswick
on Mar 30, 2006 -
My employers say that my promised raise was accidentally included in my initial salary (and therefore I won't be getting one). [more inside]
posted by skryche
on Jan 6, 2006 -
My wife (a middle school math teacher) found a better job at a better school. Can she break her contract? [more inside]
posted by JPowers
on Jan 2, 2006 -
I am on a volunteer board that is renewing the executive director's contract. When renewing a contract (non profit organization) is it traditional to give a big bump in base pay, expand fringe benefits, etc. We are looking for advice. Is the raise close to what the annual raise is normally ie: 4-5% or different.
posted by lag
on Dec 6, 2005 -
An agreement signed some time ago is now proving difficult to dissolve, due to loss of contact with the other person. If a 'Memorandum of Understanding' was signed and then the parties are no longer in contact, can one party dissolve the agreement/partnership without the consent of the other and re-start the business alone? Much more inside... [more inside]
posted by DannyUKNYC
on Nov 10, 2005 -
What would be the best way for me to maintain health insurance coverage while I'm working as a contractor? [more inside]
posted by autojack
on Sep 12, 2005 -
I signed a contract to work for six months with a local company. That job starts in mid September. Now, another company wants to interview me that pays more and is closer to home. [more inside]
posted by PHINC
on Aug 30, 2005 -
Does anyone have any experience or first-hand knowledge about working for the AcademicWord
company? Is it a legitimate operation or is it too good to be true? I'm confident I have the skills, do they pay their bills? (MI) [more inside]
posted by loquacious
on May 23, 2005 -
1) any way for me to get out of my two year contract with at&t?
2) sidekick II a good idea?
more in the extended... [more inside]
posted by whatitis
on May 10, 2005 -
If a contractor terminates a job with a client before 100% of the work is completed, and has been paid a portion of their fee up front, is the contractor obligated to return the portion already paid, or a portion thereof? [more inside]
posted by Jesus Fucking Christ
on Apr 19, 2005 -