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Bruce Robins
Who pays the costs depends on what the parties' arbitration agreement provides.  If silent, each side would generally bear its own costs and would share the arbitration fees equally.  I can't predict what the arbitrator will decide, but he/she will render an award deciding the issues, as... Read More
Who pays the costs depends on what the parties' arbitration agreement provides.  If silent, each side would generally bear its own costs and... Read More
Michael D. Siegel
Very little.  The manner of publication.
Very little.  The manner of publication.
Michael D. Siegel
Publishing is a little narrow.  Try entertainment.  Also, one town is a little narrow.  You have more options in a bigger market.
Publishing is a little narrow.  Try entertainment.  Also, one town is a little narrow.  You have more options in a bigger market.
Patrick Johnson
Talk with partner about a voluntary dissolution of the partnership. If that doesn't work, only option is to sue for a dissolution of the partnership.
Talk with partner about a voluntary dissolution of the partnership. If that doesn't work, only option is to sue for a dissolution of the partnership.
Patrick Johnson
Ask the trustee to give you a copy.
Ask the trustee to give you a copy.

what do i have to do to become a lawyer

Answered 12 days ago by attorney Bruce Robins | 1 Answer

Legal Topics: Business Law

Bruce Robins
Graduate law school, pass the bar exam, and satisfy the admissions people (not sure what agency has the responsiblity for admission to the bar in NJ) that your character is suffiently ethical to become a lawyer.
Graduate law school, pass the bar exam, and satisfy the admissions people (not sure what agency has the responsiblity for admission to the bar in NJ)... Read More

Way out of the co-signing a business loan

Answered 14 days ago by attorney Renea Overstreet | 1 Answer

Legal Topics: Business Law

Renea Overstreet
It sounds like there was fraud in getting the family member to sign the contract. That may be a way out of the deal and your family member may be able to get the signature rescinded through a demand letter written by an attorney and sent to the other party to the contract.
It sounds like there was fraud in getting the family member to sign the contract. That may be a way out of the deal and your family member may be... Read More
Michael D. Siegel
There are lawyers that specialize in this.  It should be about $10,000.  Liquor licenses are given to individual people.  Therefore, you need to determine who will be the license holder at each location. 
There are lawyers that specialize in this.  It should be about $10,000.  Liquor licenses are given to individual people.  Therefore,... Read More
Bruce Robins
With some exceptions, the owner of an llc is not personally liable for the llc's obligations, as long as the llc is operated properly as a separate legal entity.  This means following all the proper formal governance procedures, documenting them all, and, perhsps most important, keeping the... Read More
With some exceptions, the owner of an llc is not personally liable for the llc's obligations, as long as the llc is operated properly as a separate... Read More
Jonathan Howell
This would just be a contract/business dispute. Do you have a written agreement for the purchase? How long ago did you purchase the machine?
This would just be a contract/business dispute. Do you have a written agreement for the purchase? How long ago did you purchase the machine?

Forming an LLC for online business

Answered 27 days ago by attorney Michael D. Siegel | 1 Answer

Legal Topics: Business Law

Michael D. Siegel
An LLC can be formed for $300 in filing fees, plus a small legal fee, plus the cost of publication.
An LLC can be formed for $300 in filing fees, plus a small legal fee, plus the cost of publication.
Bruce Robins
It's not entirely clear from your email, but I assume that the loan was madee to the business, which is a separate legal entity (e.g. a corporation, llc, llp, etc.) and you each personally guaranteed that obligation.  Assuming that you guaranteed the full amount, and not just half, and that... Read More
It's not entirely clear from your email, but I assume that the loan was madee to the business, which is a separate legal entity (e.g. a corporation,... Read More
Bruce Robins
You say the previous owner signed the gift certificate , presumably at the time when the previous owner owned the business.  If the business issuing the gift certificate is the same entity and just has a new owner (i.e. if the business is xyz corporation and you bought all the stock of xyz... Read More
You say the previous owner signed the gift certificate , presumably at the time when the previous owner owned the business.  If the business... Read More
Attorney Lawrence H. Adler
You will need a lawyer versed in business and corperate law.  you may want him to have a litigation back ground also in case that is where your matter is heading.
You will need a lawyer versed in business and corperate law.  you may want him to have a litigation back ground also in case that is where your... Read More

I own a business next to a dance studio.

Answered a month ago by attorney Jonathan Howell | 1 Answer

Legal Topics: Business Law

Jonathan Howell
You may very well have an argument to be let out of the lease if the landlord does not take steps to sound proof the space.  Unfortunately though, there really is not a way to give you a clear answer on where you stand and what your rights are without reviewing your lease agreement.
You may very well have an argument to be let out of the lease if the landlord does not take steps to sound proof the space.  Unfortunately... Read More
Renea Overstreet
You probably have a number of claims, including breach of contract. Maybe you could get a mediator to help you work out a buy out agreement with your partner. Otherwise, you may have to file a lawsuit. Even if you file, the Court will likely order mediation so you may still end up resolving the... Read More
You probably have a number of claims, including breach of contract. Maybe you could get a mediator to help you work out a buy out agreement with your... Read More
Michael D. Siegel
Sales tax certificate of authority from New York, and perhaps other states where you will sell.  That is likely all.
Sales tax certificate of authority from New York, and perhaps other states where you will sell.  That is likely all.
Renea Overstreet
You did the work so you don't have to give the money back voluntarily. She may file a suit for breach of contract, but it sounds like you would have a good defense because of the problem with the old code and the choices she made. 
You did the work so you don't have to give the money back voluntarily. She may file a suit for breach of contract, but it sounds like you would have... Read More
Patrick Johnson
I would suggest that you speak with an accountant.
I would suggest that you speak with an accountant.
Patrick Johnson
If the other owners of the LLC/business agree, then yes.
If the other owners of the LLC/business agree, then yes.
Bruce Robins
Whom are you looking to protect and from what?  If you add your spouse as a member of the llc, it may protect him, or more precisely make it easier for him to protect himself, in the event of your death or a divorce.  However, in the event of a divorce, or of your spouse's death, you may... Read More
Whom are you looking to protect and from what?  If you add your spouse as a member of the llc, it may protect him, or more precisely make it... Read More

Do I need a DBA for my business?

Answered 2 months ago by attorney Richard W. Rappold | 1 Answer

Legal Topics: Business Law

Richard W. Rappold
It sounds as if you want to use the name of the company you are purchasing. As part of your purchase you should buy the name of the selling business and require the seller to change its name at closing. After closing, you may change the name of your company to the name of the purchased company.
It sounds as if you want to use the name of the company you are purchasing. As part of your purchase you should buy the name of the selling business... Read More

Breach of Stockholder's agreement and trust

Answered 2 months ago by attorney Michael D. Siegel | 1 Answer

Legal Topics: Business Law

Michael D. Siegel
Obviously, this matter involves reference to documents and authority issues, as well as other evidence.  However, you can sue if you are right.
Obviously, this matter involves reference to documents and authority issues, as well as other evidence.  However, you can sue if you are right.

Advice on PLLCs and hiring limitations?

Answered 2 months ago by attorney Michael D. Siegel | 1 Answer

Legal Topics: Business Law

Michael D. Siegel
In a PLLC you can hire whomever you want.  The owners must be professionals.  I have a PC.  I am an owner, but have support staff.  Employees can be anyone.
In a PLLC you can hire whomever you want.  The owners must be professionals.  I have a PC.  I am an owner, but have support... Read More
Michael D. Siegel
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We are not allowed to refer specific lawyers via a Q&A.  You can search for corporate lawyers on the Find a Lawyer tab, or call one for a... Read More
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Beginning on the day a new business is launched, it will encounter a host of legal issues. From selecting the optimal business structure to negotiating contracts, from ensuring that the company's name doesn't infringe on another business's intellectual property to hiring new employers--almost everything that small business owners do touches on some aspect of business law. As a company owner or manager, your focus should be on successfully running and building a business. A law firm that focuses on business law will have attorneys who have a broad cross-section of experience on the myriad legal issues that affect all businesses, large and small.
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