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Landlord is trying to charge a $250 "tenant at will fee"

New Hampshire does not impose many obligations on the landlord apart from the usual "clean and safe" requirements. There are no statutes limiting rent or fees, though there are some ...
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Landlord is trying to charge a $250 "tenant at will fee"

I am a landlord (and former renter) in Illinois so the laws may be different. This 100% legal where I am at. The landlord is giving you 3 options: Sign the 12-month lease for X rate, Sign the at-will ...
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My attorney dropped me without reason

What do I do? Promptly hire a new lawyer. Dispute claims for fees to the extent that they were not earned or that no value was conferred.
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Must car rentals accept at least one payment method without a surcharge?

It is not a requirement for businesses to accept cash They can specify that contracts with the business must be settled in a specific way, and if that is done, then other methods of payment, including ...
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Can a US state pass/enforce a law stating that a group of people owe money to the state government?

There are a number of issues here. The question mentions: Taxes, which I presume must be authorized and regulated by the US Constitution, but I don't know the details Not exactly. The states ...
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Is laches an applicable defense for a debt that was never contractually agreed upon in writing?

The equitable defense of laches is not applied the same way in every jurisdiction. Some jurisdictions apply it only to equitable claims. Others also apply it to claims arising in law or by statute. A ...
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Partial payment of registration fee required?

To add to Nij's answer: You write I have not signed any paper document. You seem to assume that a binding contract can only be entered into in writing. This is wrong. In most countries (...
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Can a landlord/property change my unit after approval?

If you want to get out, and are willing to lose $270, you can not sign the lease and demand a return of your security deposit. You could ask for a return of the other fees as well, but you are less ...
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Why do laws that give penal fines or fees not specify that the amount be adjusted for inflation?

Australian jurisdictions have overcome this by setting fines in ”penalty units” - they then periodically revise how much a penalty unit is.
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Are government fees considered taxes?

with the new movement by some states to require voters to have identification to vote, and the fact that no state I know of provides free government issued ID (unless you are an employee) it seems ...
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What if someone violated a business contract and you don't have the money to take them to court?

Contracts mitigate risk - they do not eliminate it First of all, the "point" of contracts is that they set out legal rights and obligations for all commercial transactions. Buy a cup of ...
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Am i responsible for fees from FedEx i was not made aware of and did not agree to pay?

Online stores shipping stuff internationally usually include a clause in their Terms along the lines "buyer is responsible for all clearance/import fees and taxes". What those fees and taxes ...
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Is laches an applicable defense for a debt that was never contractually agreed upon in writing?

Laches Laches is an equitable defense. It therefore depends on there having been an unreasonable delay, which harmed the party asserting the defense. What is reasonable is determined by the court in ...
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In fine print: Refund Policy

Am I entitled to a refund? Basically, is this about days or the actual timestamp? This would be a question of contract interpretation based upon all of the relevant facts and circumstances. I could ...
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ARD ZDF Deutschlandradio - deregistration

probably, now it can be done online via : https://www.rundfunkbeitrag.de/buergerinnen_und_buerger/formulare/abmelden/index_ger.html
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Are government fees considered taxes?

Taxes are not defined in the US Constitution nor as a general term by any federal statute, but a tax is considered to be a government assessment on property and transactions (e.g. import, sale, ...
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Why do laws that give penal fines or fees not specify that the amount be adjusted for inflation?

The main reason is that there are very many computations of inflation rate. A legislature would have to decide on a specific method of computing inflation (for each fine), and would have to re-pass ...
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What is pro bono?

My understanding is that "for free" is simply "for free", but pro bono publico refers to a subset of free work aimed at certain recipients, specifically those unable to pay, or charitable, civic etc. ...
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Lawyer billing the other party for writing a letter to them

As a matter of contract law it would not be possible to enforce a requirement to pay legal fees without agreement. You could easily see how this would be problematic: one could just draft letters to ...
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Can a US state pass/enforce a law stating that a group of people owe money to the state government?

Yes. If you do not pay your water bill to a city water service, your business is isn't going to be serving beverages any time soon. It does cost money to provide these services and a lot of ...
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Do pro bono lawyers have to file that they represent a client to claim attorney client privilege?

There is no public place to “file” that. When privilege is claimed and the other side challenges it then the person claiming privilege needs to establish somehow that the attorney client relationship ...
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Does any other country, besides the US, employ something substantially different from the ‘loser pays’ system?

Fee Shifting In Various Jurisdictions Spain (at least as of 1984) has rules on fee shifting (or the lack thereof) very similar to the American rule. The other countries of the E.U. (as of 1984) had ...
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Can our HOA require us to help purchase unused properties in our subdivision?

Am I required to help purchase this property for the HOA? Your HOA (homeowner's association) can do what it governing documents permit it to do. It is highly unlikely that there is a statutory ...
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Is it legal for a law firm or some company to bill a client for a report on substantiated expenses if the client were to ask for that information?

The analysis is different for law firms and lawyers, who have an ethical obligation to charge "reasonable fees" (in the U.S. pursuant to various versions of Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5) ...
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What restrictions/limitations can take place to apartment parking mid-lease?

Did your original rental agreement say that you could park in the backlot? If it did not (which seems to be the case) then your initial ability to do so was a non-contractural perk for which you have ...
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Can my landlord impose a fee that I did not agree to?

I am a landlord and not a lawyer. For this reason, I have not done any legal research, however, given my experience, I will answer with a short: No. Your landlord likely cannot do this. Here is my ...
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