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Christopher R. Minelli

Chicago Business Attorney.

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  1. What can one do when one hires an attorney who doesn't do what they ask him, yet he bills huge fees for interoffice conferences

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Christopher R. Minelli
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    Your concern deals with a lawyer's professional responsibilities which are governed by rules promulgated by the Illinois Supreme Court. Rule 1.5(a) requires a lawyer's fee to be reasonable, based on a number of factors. Additionally, Rule 1.4 requires a lawyer to "keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information." Finally, Rule 1.3 requires a lawyer to act with reaonable dilligence and promptness in representing a...

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  2. Do I get a refund?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Christopher R. Minelli
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    Your question involves the professional responsibilities of the lawyer in question. Generally speaking, an Illinois attorney's conduct is governed by rules made by the Illinois Supreme Court. Rule 1.5(a) requires a lawyer's fee to be reasonable, and Rule 1.5(b) requires the lawyer to communicate the basis of the fee to the client within a reasonable time after commencing representation. Note that there is no requirement in Illinois to have a written arrangement with an attorney unless the...

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  3. Our rental-lady has still not paid our deposit back ($497.00) after 5 months. Is it worth it going to court over?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Christopher R. Minelli
    2. Salim John Sheikh
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    The answer is unfortunately "it depends." Illinois landlord-tenant law is controlled by state law and local ordinances, such as the Chicago Landlord-Tenant Ordinance ("RLTO"). Additionally a major source of legal rights and duties of both landlord and tenant comes from the written lease, which is interpreted by contract law principles. Here, Illinois state law and the RLTO provides a duty to certain landlords (depending on the size and structure of the building the apartment was located in)...

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  4. What are a tenant's rights against landlord who has failed to return security deposit

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Christopher R. Minelli
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    You will likely need to ask a local attorney, as most states regulate a landlord's relationship to a tenant's security deposit by statute. Each state thus has different nuances regarding security deposits. However, your intuition is correct that the law protects security deposits as the tenant's property (even if under the control of the landlord) and a tenant may bring some type of a claim, based on local law, to recover their property. If you don't wish to consult an attorney, a local...

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  5. My landlord in Illinois will not do anything for our mold problem.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Christopher R. Minelli
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    Every state (Including Illinois) has some theory of "warranty of habitability," meaning the landlord must provide the tenant with safe, livable premises. What this means is subject to interpretation state by state, but in general if the conditions violate local housing ordinances you may have a case. The situation (from an Illinois attorney) does seem to raise eyebrows. Your rights as tenant would be (1) to leave and defend any future lawsuit for rent from the landlord based on the...

  6. UCC question regarding sales of recycled clothing

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Christopher R. Minelli
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    There is nothing particularly objectionable about modifying items you already own for re-sale. By adding your own materials, intellectual property (the design), and not claiming it was made by the original manufacturer you should be within the limits of the law. Good luck! Christopher R. Minelli Minelli Law Offices, LLC Chicago, Illinois (312) 214-7262 NOTE: This answer is not intended to be legal advice and should not be construed in that way. This answer does not create an...

  7. I paid a well known shipping comp. to send a pkg. to Mex. in 2 days. It's been 3 wks. and nothing. Can I sue?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Christopher R. Minelli
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    You might be surprised to know that shipping companies are insulated against losses, etc. in transporting goods from both contractual limitations and statutes. Generally, most carriers will disclaim as much liability as legally possible in the contract you sign with them (in the fine print, of course) or will assume you "consent" to such limitation by simply using their service. These limitations are regularly upheld in court. Further, since you are shipping out of the country there are...

  8. Are there any precedents for student loans,I was not a benefactor but I signed for the loan?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Christopher R. Minelli
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    What do you mean by "benefactor?" You were a co-signor but not the student receiving the benefit of the loan? More information, please! Christopher R. Minelli Minelli Law Offices, LLC Chicago, Illinois (312) 214-7262 NOTE: This answer is not intended to be legal advice and should not be construed in that way. This answer does not create an attorney-client relationship and no such relationship may be created absent a signed retainer agreement. The author is licensed in Illinois only,...

  9. Corporation Checking account

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Christopher R. Minelli
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    What were the reasons for the bank's refusal to close the account? It does not strike me as unusual provided they had some other reason (such as a requirement that something more than a corporate resolution be provided, or that a bank policy required a specific procedure which was not followed). I say it is not unusual because a corporate director, as a matter of common law, is "cloaked with authority" to conduct daily business on behalf of the corporation. Therefore, if the bank did not...

  10. Corporation checking account

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Christopher R. Minelli
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    What were the reasons for the bank's refusal to close the account? It does not strike me as unusual provided they had some other reason (such as a requirement that something more than a corporate resolution be provided, or that a bank policy required a specific procedure which was not followed). I say it is not unusual because a corporate director, as a matter of common law, is "cloaked with authority" to conduct daily business on behalf of the corporation. Therefore, if the bank did not...