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When does a signature become irrevocable?

In the context of an employment contract in Illinois, does the employee have any ability to rescind their signature if the employer has not yet signed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2014 - 6 answers

How do I know if the car dealer "really" cancelled my buyer's agreement?

Made a few mistakes in signing under pressure on a car purchase. Never had possession of the vehicle and was due to finalize payment the following day. In the meantime, I realized that the dealer did not give me my copy of the purchasing agreement and began to worry that the verbal assurances they gave me about the car's certification and warranty were not on the contract. The next morning (today), I return to the dealer, request my copy and confirm my fears. I demanded that they cancel the contract, which they did, but now I am wondering if it is "really" cancelled. [more inside]
posted by Gray Skies on May 19, 2014 - 8 answers

YANML, but are you Don's?

Help me understand some stuff in tonight's episode of Mad Men. Major spoilers inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by sfkiddo on May 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Recommendations for Puget Sound civil law firm

A verbal promise for partial ownership in the company I work for needs to become a paper contract, and given the power differential and the several years since this promise has been discussed in detail, I need recommendations for the best possible attorneys to have on my side. This is in the Puget Sound area.
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2014 - 2 answers

My new smartphone was stolen. I want a new one, without the price tag.

This past week, when i was away on vacation, my Samsung Galaxy phone was stolen. (I had the service suspended right away). It was a new phone, on a new three year contract with Bell Canada, signed in April. From what i can tell, there aren't any good options that don't cost me hundreds of dollars. [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Jul 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Where can I find an attorney who's familiar with my field of work?

I am a web developer in NYC who will soon be working as a contractor. How do I find an attorney who's familiar with contract matters related to this field to draft a contract and related matters? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Jun 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Freelance business names in contracts?

How official does a business name have to be to be used in contracts? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Jun 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Crash course in freelancing please

Some freelance programming/design work (javascript data visualization) is about to drop into my lap through a friend who has heard me talking about how much I enjoy this stuff. I'm a student and have never done this professionally, but would love to in the future. Help me not look like a rookie and make this go smoothly and professionally. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jan 31, 2013 - 10 answers

Figuring out a partnership of sorts

What kind of contract would I write for this? [more inside]
posted by lilacp on Nov 25, 2012 - 5 answers

This isn't "lobbying," is it?

One off my clients wants the government as (his or her) customer. Does my client need a lobbyist? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Nov 13, 2012 - 8 answers

What time-card should my small start-up use for DCAA compliance

Got a Government research contract - now everybody needs to start tracking their time with some kind of DCAA compliant time card system. We're a small 10 person start-up and there's a bewildering range of people and companies offering time tracking solutions. So I'm seeking the hive mind's experience. Should I just use a paper time-cards? If so, where can I find a good template or sample? Should I go with a software or web-based solution? We only have one contract and it encompasses almost everything we do so there's not a lot of complexity tracking multiple proposals. Our business is not to be a government contractor - this project is more in the line of a small business incubator grant.
posted by Long Way To Go on Sep 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Schoooool

A school administrator just read me a letter listing what they say are my misdeeds and asked me to sign it. I do not agree with the contents of the letter, and I am scared that they are asking me to sign something that is factually incorrect and tht I do not understand. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by ladypants on Sep 14, 2012 - 24 answers

Is there a happy ending to breaking a contract and quitting your job?

I want to quit my job.. but I can't. I'm unhappy. I'm lonely. And I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2012 - 21 answers

Looking for standard metadata definitions for commercial contracts

Looking for standard metadata definitions for commercial contracts [more inside]
posted by bottlebrushtree on Jul 13, 2012 - 2 answers

What should I do if I need to quit before the end of my notice period?

UK employment law/HR filter: quitting a job before the end of a notice period [more inside]
posted by wigsnatcher on May 7, 2012 - 5 answers

We are musicians, and therefore broke - obviously we should sign any deal we get! Right? NO!!!

Recording an album, and trying to strike a deal with the sound engineer / producer so we don't go broke. Are we signing in to a good deal or a bad deal? [more inside]
posted by klausman on Apr 14, 2012 - 10 answers

How do I become an artist's agent?

A friend of mine is a serious artist/painter who's asked me to be his agent so I was wondering how to structure the money side of the equation? Is there a standard agent's commission based upon a percentage of the price of each painting sold through the gallery or galleries? [more inside]
posted by tangyraspberry on Apr 3, 2012 - 2 answers

general contracting experience

I really need to sit down with a General Contractor, or Architect, to get a better understanding of estimating, bids, and contracts. I'd pay for the time, since it really is consulting, and I respect their busy time. Have contacted SCORE here in NY, but no result from it yet. I know a few GCs working on a small, residential level; but it would be inappropriate for me to approach them cause we may be working together. Have tried to ask some questions here on Meta, but they are too specific. A book, or reference won't do it. I need real, current info. Any ideas?
posted by ebesan on Jan 17, 2012 - 5 answers

construction bid formats

We are about to send out bid documents (drawings, prelim-specs, geo-tech report) for a 3300 sqft residence, to invited Contractors; and need some examples of tight, organized bid formats. By Division, starting w/ General Requirements, w/ Exclusions? Any advice, from the Architect/Owner side, would be helpful. Contractors- what formats did not drive you batty?
posted by ebesan on Dec 26, 2011 - 1 answer

Business and Friendship Situation

What should a new freelancer do with a "client" that they don't really want to work with, without putting their best friend in an awkward situation? [more inside]
posted by it's a long way to south america on Oct 5, 2011 - 9 answers

How can I protect my interest while selling my website?

How can I protect my interest while selling my website? [more inside]
posted by jorlando on Sep 20, 2011 - 6 answers

Design work used but not paid.

How to deal with unpaid and non-contracted design work showing up on the net? The work was created based on the promise of a contract coming in any day. [more inside]
posted by stthspl on Aug 14, 2011 - 10 answers

NYC labor lawyer sought

I'm looking for a labor lawyer in New York City, preferably north Brooklyn area ( but anywhere is fine). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2011 - 5 answers

It's not stealing if...

An etiquette/ethical question about consulting contracts and dealing with recruiters. The question is: would this be considered stealing a contract? [more inside]
posted by Tehhund on Jun 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Office Politics...

What would you do if your landlord was also your friend and client, and had violated all three relationships, all at one time? [more inside]
posted by She Talks To Angels on Mar 13, 2011 - 31 answers

Animal actors for fair pay

I have a trained animal about to appear in national commercial. What should I be looking for in my contract? Residuals /one off / both? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Timekeeping for Virtual Assistants, and Complicated Cell Phone Questions.

How can I best keep track of my time when working remotely for another party? I'll be responding to inquiries by cell phone, and double-checking to make sure insurance information is kosher. But I have a problem: I have no idea how to keep track of my time. [more inside]
posted by thelastcamel on Feb 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Help with contracts and such for freelancing?

I've got a side coding project coming up, and I need help to figure out the logistics of getting paid for it. Are there standard contracts for this sort of thing, or places where I can get a contract written up? Should I do it as a 1099, or should I attempt to incorporate myself - and if so, how do I go about that? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Dec 31, 2010 - 5 answers

I Need Help Dealing with Difficult Clients -- Graphic Designer Edition

What advice would you offer a freelance graphic designer who needs help establishing contracts and boundaries, and managing difficult clientele? [more inside]
posted by patronuscharms on Oct 9, 2010 - 12 answers

Our business needs an agent.

Is there such thing as a business contract "headhunter" or someone who would find us contracts for our business and take a cut of the contract, then go on their merry way -- sort of like an agent the way actors have agents? [more inside]
posted by thorny on Aug 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Renewing AT&T wireless contract early for new iPhone

How can someone negotiate with AT&T to purchase the newest iPhone at the reduced price ($199) even though the contract isn't up until next March? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Jul 8, 2010 - 9 answers

How do lawyers handle mundane contracts in their personal lives?

If you're an attorney, I'm curious how you handle all the mundane contracts (such as Web site terms of service or software licenses) with which people are expected to comply these days? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Mar 31, 2010 - 31 answers

Full time job to...no time job?

Third job interview - now I have to write a proposal...now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2010 - 7 answers

How do you write a construction contract in a situation with many unknowns?

How do you write a construction contract for a fixer-upper with many unknowns? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Jan 17, 2010 - 18 answers

Their lovin' don't pay my bills

I'm a freelance writer who's considering suing a client for nonpayment. Before I go there, please give me the benefit of your experience. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2009 - 12 answers

Tips on comparing contracts

How do you compare contracts? (or perhaps "How do lawyers compare contracts?") [more inside]
posted by devnull on Oct 28, 2009 - 8 answers

Looking for SaaS contract management site

Looking for a SaaS Contract Management website [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2009 - 2 answers

Who pays whom to put on a carnival?

How do the economics of traveling carnivals work? (I.e. does the host pay a fee to the carnival company or vice versa? Is it a straight fee or a share in the receipts? If its a share, does the host have any right to influence ticket prices?) [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Jun 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Fees and Contracts for Consultants

Enough people suggested it that I have started to do strategic management consulting on my weekends. My clients now are pro-bono until I see a horizon for costs. What are some resources on fees and what should I have them sign so that I can better manage the consultancy?
posted by parmanparman on May 28, 2009 - 2 answers

How can I get photos from one of my wedding photographers?

How can I get the wedding photos from one of my wedding photographers? My wedding was in Oct 2007. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Apr 27, 2009 - 21 answers

What are contracts like for staff photographers at magazines?

What are the contracts like for staff photographers at magazines (for example, those at the New Yorker or Vogue)? Specifically regarding exclusivity, and with respect to productivity, rights to images, profits made from selling images, term limits. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Apr 5, 2009 - 4 answers

Where to find freelance web work online?

I'm a web developer and have been working the same job for 9 years. Recently, due to challenging economic circumstances, I've decided to start looking for freelance work to supplement my income, if not replace it. Are you a freelance web developer or designer? If so, where do you go to find work online? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Mar 14, 2009 - 13 answers

Game theory for people who like words and pictures?

Best books, websites, lecture series on game theory and its applications for smart people who understand mathematics but can't stand trawling through pages of unnecessary complex formulae?
posted by vizsla on Jan 26, 2009 - 8 answers

I never get into business with a friend - which is why I need help!

How do I deal with a friend involved in a collaborative project that I fear will not take it as seriously as I will? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2009 - 8 answers

Ah, social justice, where are you now?

I am a graphic designer in Quebec and I have a long term client (8 years!) who abruptly fired me last week. They are a government-grant and foundation-funded non profit working in the (*snort*) social justice sector. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2009 - 21 answers

How can I purchase a home and not participate in the HOA?

I'm considering purchasing a house, but I don't want to be a member of a Home Owners Association (HOA). Is there any way to purchase a home that is currently in a Home Owners Association, but not become part of it? [more inside]
posted by HC Foo on Jan 13, 2009 - 37 answers

Iphone 30 day contract question

I bought an Iphone through ATT dec 9th. Found out today i will be in Japan this year starting this spring for one year ATT Contract states:"simply return it either to a store or by mail within 30 days from the date the equipment." I assumed that that meant 30 full days of use (hence return today would be OK, but they insist that it meant 30 calendar days irregardless of what time the phone was picked up or activated, and so they denied my return. Any thoughts on my options? Should the contract not be more clear on precise what 30 days means?
posted by dougiedd on Jan 8, 2009 - 21 answers

Increase my Corporate Legal-fu!

CorporateLawFilter: Please recommend your best tips, tricks and reference materials for becoming the best paralegal-in-training possible. [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger on Dec 17, 2008 - 10 answers

Would this be considered consideration?

Legal Filter: Was having a conversation with a friend about the old music clubs where one taped a penny to the application and got 10 cds in return with the obligation to buy more Cds later. If it wasn't explicitly expressed that one is paying one cent for the cds, could it be argued that the penny represents due consideration of the contract? And, if so, what would the obligation to buy more Cds be? Further consideration?
posted by FunGus on Nov 14, 2008 - 8 answers

How does a non-pro stipulate photo use for a buyer?

I have a blog on which I occasionally publish my photos. Someone from a small nonprofit publisher just emailed me and asked to use one of my photos on the cover of a book. They are offering $250. I've never done anything like this, so I am hoping that any MeFites with experience selling/licensing their art can help me. [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Oct 19, 2008 - 25 answers

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