First, see an attorney before, not after, you sign a contract.
Regarding the prior employer, any lawyer would need to see the contract(s) involved as well as the correspondence. Without any background, it is very difficult to advise you about the prior employment situation.
Yes, you should contact a lawyer before signing a contract with the new company.
Any response does not create an attorney - client relationship without both parties fully signing a representation agreement.
If you have any questions about signing a new contract or about the provisions in a contract, you should consult with a lawyer before you sign it. I agree with the post above regarding your prior employer - a lawyer will need to review the contract with the prior company to determine if you have a claim against them for breaching that contract. Feel free to contact me to discuss your concerns.
You should ask an attorney to review the contracts, but as I indicated to you in a previous answer to your question, the first contract stated termination for cause or no cause, and the commission was not yet due because the check was postdated and you were terminated before the date the check became due. Call your local bar association and ask for a referral. Many associations have lists of referral lawyers offering free consultations.
This communication is not intended to create an attorney/client relationship. It is always recommended you consult an attorney in person to discuss your case. Leonore M. Greller, Esq. is a Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit and Family Mediator and a Qualified Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediator and Arbitrator.
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