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customer questions price increase / video recording conversation for the media November 8, 2017

KEN KIRSCHENBAUM, ESQ
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customer questions price increase / video recording conversation for the media
November 8, 2017
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customer questions price increase
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Dear Mr. Kirschenbaum,
    I found your website and read your text about the State of Iowa vs. Time Inc, and it seems that Texas also joined that ruling.  I have a concern with my current alarm service company, they just increased the pricing and also argue it would just have renewed for another year – is this something that is illegal in the state of Texas or can I reasonably decline payment?  
Respectfully,
Michael 
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Response
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    I rarely respond to the public looking for free advice.  That privilege is reserved to those in the alarm industry.  So I didn't respond to this inquiry - or the one below.  But thought the question was worthy of discussing here.
    I discussed increasing your charges in yesterday's article.  It's really a matter of contract, and, it's your contract.  That means you can fashion the increase provision any way you want, within reason of course.  Price increases can be fixed, optional, precise or based on a formula.  The price increase can trigger an option for the subscriber to cancel or the alarm company to cancel.  The increase can allow the subscriber to simply decline the increase, making it optional, or make it mandatory.  
    So with all these options you can see how you could be busy all weekend figuring out the best terminology for you.  Or, you can click here and get the Standard Form Contracts which already address increases in a manner I believe you will like.  
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another inquiry from the public looking for free advice
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Hello,  I'm a political activist planning on going to the front door of a local politician to secretely video record a conversation and turn it over to the media. Do you know if this is legal in Ohio with the one party consent law etc?
Thank you,
Jeremiah
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Response
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    If Ohio is a one party state then one party to the conversation can record it.  Video is another matter.  You would have to review the video laws in Ohio or in your jurisdiction, which you can do here: https://www.kirschenbaumesq.com/page/alarm-law-issues
Video is another matter.  You can't capture another's picture and use it for commercial purposes.  News media is different though.  You can turn it over to the news.  I wonder if the news organization would accept a video from anyone without testing to ensure that the video was genuine.  
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Ken Kirschenbaum,Esq
Kirschenbaum & Kirschenbaum PC
Attorneys at Law
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