George J. Spathis’s Answers

George J. Spathis

Chicago Business Attorney.

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  1. Can a motion contain two separate causes such as Motion for Extension of Time or To Stay of Proceedings?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. George J. Spathis
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Anthony Robert Scifo
    4. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    4 lawyer answers

    In most cases and courts, you can seek alternative remedies in a single motion.

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  2. Can I sue a defendant that was dismissed with prejudice on a case that I won and they later committed a wrongful act on me.

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. George J. Spathis
    2. Stephen Laurence Hoffman
    3. Anthony Robert Scifo
    4. Jeffrey Scott Keller
    4 lawyer answers

    The dismissal with prejudice of your first suit only precludes you from bring those claims, and any others that you could have brought at the time. Because the conduct occurred after the dismissal, you would not be barred from bringing the claim.

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  3. Can company put lien on my parents house? I hired them to do the job and did not pay them since they did the job not as promised

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. George J. Spathis
    2. Thomas O. Moens
    3. J. Richard Kulerski
    3 lawyer answers

    For now, it will remain a cloud on title. The law regarding mechanics liens are very detailed, and require strict compliance in order to be valid. If it is valid, you can still defend based upon the complaints that you articulated. Your options are to sue them to quiet title (and for the poor workmanship) or wait for them to sue to enforce their lien, and defend (and counterclaim) on the same grounds. The contractor must file suite within 2 years from the completion of the work, or the lien...

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  4. How can I dispute an autorenewal charge for a computer content service? The company is in CA and I am in NY.

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. George J. Spathis
    2. Andrew Ryan Kravis
    3. Sarah M Hays
    3 lawyer answers

    The enforceability of an auto-charge provision comes down to proof that you agreed to the provision, and whether you properly provided notice of your intention to terminate. You can argue that your emails were sufficient to terminate. $6k is an atypically large amount to commit on a auto-renew basis. Depending on how clear the auto-charge provision was set forth, you may also gain leverage by asserting or threatening a claim under the deceptive trade practice statutes in CA and NY. You...

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  5. When must I file for LLC or business license for my photography "hobby?"

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Bruce E. Burdick
    2. J. Richard Kulerski
    3. Joseph Andrew Brabender IV
    4. George J. Spathis
    5. Romy B Jurado
    5 lawyer answers

    If and when you do decide to form an entity through which to conduct your business, consider a corporation with an IRS subchapter s election. For a simple structure like the one that you have described, an s-corporation is less expensive to organize and maintain than an LLC, and offers the same flow-through taxation of a partnerships or LLC.

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  6. Should I sign a contact that i will not write a review about the business in order to get a refund I'm owed?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Judy A. Goldstein
    2. Joseph Andrew Brabender IV
    3. George J. Spathis
    4. Joshua Matthew Marks
    5. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    5 lawyer answers

    In the absence of a good faith dispute as to whether he, in fact, owes you the money, your trainer's trainers attempt to condition the return of your $385 on new conditions likely NOT enforceable even if you do sign so as to get your money back.

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  7. Im in a dispute with my business partner i might have to sue him? would a lawyer work on my case on a contingency?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. George J. Spathis
    2. John Warwick Caldwell
    3. Steven Zalewski
    4. Brian Edward Walters
    5. Michael Austin Hackard
    5 lawyer answers

    If he is competing with the business, you can also bring an action derivatively on behalf of the company to get damages (which would go to the company, not you personally) and/or to have company dissolved. Courts often will order the corporation to reimburse litigant for fees incurred on its behalf.

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  8. Citation to discover assets . this is a corp. what can they take. can i file bankruptcy

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Lynda Wesley
    2. John Paul Dickson
    3. George J. Spathis
    4. Shelley Ann Elder
    5. Wade M. Pittman
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    A judgment creditor who serves a citation is entitled to discover non-exempt assets of the corporation, and demand a turnover of those non-exempt assets to satisfy the judgment. The citation is a lien against the assets of the company. A filing of a bankruptcy petition by the corporation will not only stay the citation proceedings, but if the citation was served with 90 days prior to the bankruptcy, the lien can possibly be avoided as a "preference."

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  9. I am a landlord and have applicants who want to rent, but are in bankruptcy protection. Am I asking for problems?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Joseph Andrew Brabender IV
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3. Luke Parrish Hajzl
    4. George J. Spathis
    4 lawyer answers

    You can manage the credit risk associated with any tenant by: 1) requiring advance payment of final month(s) of lease term; 2) requiring large security deposit; and/or 3) requiring a guarantor of all financial obligations, including liability for holdover tenancy.

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  10. Do we have grounds to sue?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Daniel G. Galivan
    2. George J. Spathis
    3. Stephen Samuel Messutta
    3 lawyer answers

    If this was a business, there's likely an insurance policy with a small no-fault policy limit ($1000-2000).

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