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If a company agrees to pay travel cost for a job interview, is the promise binding and enforceable?

There is a question on workplace.SE about a company which offered to pay travel costs for a job interview, but canceled the return ticket after ending the interview - Potential Employer Cancels Return ...
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Can I sign legal documents with a smiley face?

The signature on my driver's license is a unique and identifiable smiley face :-) I use this signature to sign all legally binding documents. A lot of the time, people reject it, and request an "...
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Is it breach of contract if dismissed before starting work?

I've been dismissed by a company I was due to start a job with, just a few days before the job was meant to start. They have no intention of providing me with any compensation despite the fact I ...
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Does ripping up the only signed contract form invalidate it?

Suppose I sign a contract in front of witnesses, but then immediately tear it up. Is the contract still binding?
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What's the difference between a share and a stock?

In my company constitution I found the following: At any time, the directors may allot and issue unissued shares subject to clause 8, or grant options over unissued shares, on any condition and ...
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How to prove I live in a specific address?

https://www.flhsmv.gov/ddl/address.html I need to provide proof of address for the DMV, but the process can be difficult because: I live with someone else; I do not pay rent/utilities; and they will ...
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Can a significant change in incentives void an employment contract?

Recently over at The Workplace there was a question regarding an employee withholding valuable information that they developed in their spare time. According to their employment contract all ...
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What are some possible law suits or civil actions the Las Vegas shooting victims could take?

I assume that many, if not all of the businesses, corporations and individuals who were operating and supplying services at the time of the Las Vegas Strip shootings (Wikipedia) - such as hotels, ...
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If a contract sometimes uses the wrong name, is it still valid?

I was given a contract, which at the top states my name and says "herein referred to as contractor" but in several sections of the body, it appears that there is a mistake where they use the word "...
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Do Legal Documents Require Signing In Standard Pen Colors?

I have a question as to whether or not legal documents signed in non standard pen colors (Anything other than blue or black) are valid. I carry a purple pen around that use for everyday writing tasks,...
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How to mitigate the risk of getting sued by clients (web dev contracting)

I'm a web dev and I'm thinking about becoming a contractor. I feel a little uneasy about the possibility of someone potentially trying to sue me. If, for example, a client wants an e-commerce website ...
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UK - Working without a contract. I resign and guy wants to sue me

I am a foreigner from overseas I just arrived in UK 3 months ago. I have been working for a small startup in UK as CTO, my employer didn't want to give me an employment contract of any type, or ...
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What might be illegal about a company using deceptive phone calls to establish a contract and seeking payments under it?

I have recently been encountering an organisation whose mode of operation is to dupe members of venue staff into "agreeing" to have their venue advertised "online". Subsequently a bill arrives for ...
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May a person accept and keep bribes so long as they act lawfully?

This isn't a situation I'm in, but rather something I'm curious about. If a private person (outside of any position of authority) is bribed to keep an illegal act they witnessed secret, but chooses ...
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What are my options legally if NYC company is not paying salary?

UPDATE: I was just let go today, May 8. After being let go, 2-3 hours later I was asked to sign a general release. Obviously I declined. I told them I cannot sign a general release as I have a claim ...
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When can an NDA be legally broken?

This question is purely theoretical, I promise. Let's say a person signed a Non-Disclosure agreement under certain terms, and then, somehow, they witnessed an illegal act but were forbidden to report ...
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Can a business put a specific cancel-by date into a contract?

I attended a gym in Michigan and canceled my membership on 8/28/19. I paid month to month and was under no long term contract. Even though I moved and haven't visited the gym since 8/17/19, I'm being ...
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Can you be bound to an unsigned contract even though services are rendered informally?

So you are working on a project to build a SaaS (Software as a Service). You prepare a technical contract and have it reviewed by intellectual property lawyers and it passes their approval. You ...
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By selling a flagged solution to a student to catch them cheating, would the seller be liable for the breach of contract?

This is a follow up question to this HNQ question from academia. Suppose a student S posts an assignment for school/university/... on a freelancer website. A faculty member F sees this and agrees to ...
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The legal length of one month

Referring specifically to employment contracts in England, I've seen contracts that specify "one month of notice" to be given before termination of the contract. This does not specify whether this ...
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Are unclear “take-it or leave-it” contracts interpreted in my favor?

In the accepted answer to this question, it's written that: Since this is (presumably) a take-it or leave it contract which they wrote up and you didn't actually negotiate, any unclarities are ...
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Do scans of signed documents have the same legal power as the original document?

It is quite common for various parties online to exchange signed documents in signed form (such as contracts for remote work). Would these documents have any power in a court of law? Is it necessary ...
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How to prove the genuinity/nongenuinity of a signature?

I'm not a law student, but I'm very interested in the topic and learning in general. I got curious about contracts and signatures recently, so I wondered if there have been cases where contracts ...
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How to interpret or parse this confusing 'NOT' and 'AND' legal clause

In the following legal clause: They shall not confer the right to attend any meeting of members and to exercise one vote for every share held. Does the NOT negates both ANDs as in: They shall ...
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What does this final section regarding the “termination of the binding provisions” in this contract mean?

A company recently offered me a great position as the head of their IT Security division. The job being offered is contingent upon my signature signing a lengthy employment, NDA, Noncompete, ...
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Membership cancellation and poking the bear

I would like to start wearing a shirt to ABCGym stating something to the effect of: ABCGym refuses to refund payment it accepted for membership to a gym ABCGym closed. ABCGym has substituted an ...
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What is a contract and what is required for them to be valid?

What is a contract? What elements are required for validity?
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Will my employers contract hold up in court?

When I started a new job back in July of 2017, I signed a contract that had the following bindings or restrictions if I was ever to leave the company: Cannot work for a competitor within 25 miles of ...
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US laws of firing an employee

This is a follow-up from my previous question. Following my discussion with HR about the ethical violation of my manager and some colleagues, I was suddenly fired without any prior notice from my ...
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Do user agreements with a company carry on after corporate mergers or splits?

I wanted to ask in regards to the eBay/PayPal split about a month ago. Namely: Do the user agreements continue once the companies split? In my mind, because PayPal is splitting off into its own ...
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Am I obligated to sign contracts and fill out paperwork post termination?

I was asked to resign from a startup then sometime down the line the company asked me sign the following documents Terms of Resignation Employee Invention Assignment and Confidentiality Agreement ...
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What prevents uber to draw up end user contracts?

What prevents companies like Uber to draw up contracts, which both the riders and drivers have to sign / agree to if they want to use Uber? This is in light of recent events related to Uber drivers ...
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Is it necessary to state in a contract that if one part is found unenforceable, the rest still is?

I've seen in some contracts clauses stating something like If a term or condition is found to be unenforceable, the rest of the contract still remains in affect. Is this necessary? Unless ...
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Can my manager make me do unpaid training like this?

Context: I work at a restaurant in the UK. I am new and haven't yet completed the online training Program's I have been asked to complete. It's pretty much a zero hour contract (I think it's 12 hours) ...
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Is my bond (employee contract) legal in India?

I live in India and I have signed a contract of one year with my employer. But now I want to leave my company. However when I sent my resignation email they told me to take legal actions on me. ...
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Can I pay someone to end a relationship?

Here is a common trope in movies and series: Romeo and Juliette love each other, to the great displeasure of Mr. Capulet, Juliet's father. The man decides to privately meet Romeo and to offer him big ...
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Is a job offer letter sent and accepted by email, legally binding?

TL;DR: You could also jump to the last paragraph. I was interviewed and selected by a software startup in India. Saturday was not a working day for them, but yet their tech VP, product manager and ...
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Is “expiring” business software considered sabotage?

I developed a software system for my employer. Because this was outside my job description the owner agreed to pay me monthly to maintain the system. Because I knew the owner had a tendency not to ...
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“This provision survives the termination of this Agreement.”

In a business contract, does the following statement : "This provision survives the termination of this Agreement." Means that the provision survives for a unlimited amount of time? Is there a ...
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What happens when a contract was signed but a party can't fullfill their oblications due to circumstances outside their control

I know this is a bit of a vague question but I'll give some specific examples. When a contract is signed, and a certain part is not met for extenuating circumstances, when can legal action be taken (...