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Legal Basics For Startups

Are there limitations when signing an NDA from a company that is interested in buying me out?

I have only been in business with a product that I have invented, developed and taken to market for three months. Currently it's patent is pending. But at a recent trade show another company expressed...
Legal Basics For Startups

If my name isn't on the filing, can I get screwed?

I'm starting a business with a web programmer and I have 51 percent of the shares. I'm just a signee of the partnership agreement, my name isn't being filed under the business. The company will never...
Legal Basics For Startups

What permits or licenses do I need to open a branch in another state?

We are licensed mortgage brokers in Hawaii and we would like to open a branch in California. Aside from the finance lenders license we need to obtain, what other permits are needed?
Legal Basics For Startups

Should I obtain insurance for a small home based baking business?

I would like to start selling homemade baked goods such as cookies, bars and candy. I will start selling them at craft shows for now to see how well they sell. But I'm worried about allergies people...
Legal Basics For Startups

Do teens starting a small after-school business have to have a license or register their business?

We are developing a program for teens in a community center to learn how to set up their own businesses (such as landscaping, pet sitting, jewelry making, etc.). What regulations govern these business...
Legal Basics For Startups

How do I legally resign from a corporation?

I was involved in a business for 10 years and now I just want out. My business partner wants to keep the business running. The business was incorporated in the state of New York as a Chapter C-Corp....
Legal Basics For Startups

How do I terminate a commercial lease?

My lease states I can only operate on these premises as a gift and apparel store. My store is within a strip mall which is owned by the same person. The tanning bed company next door to me has now a...
Legal Basics For Startups

Do I need permission to post celebrity pictures online for my salon's new website?

My website will have questions and answers, hair tips, etc., for men and women. This is all new to me--I'm really not computer savvy at all. I noticed a lot of salon websites have celebrity pictures...
Legal Basics For Startups

Why is it wrong to accept gifts from vendors?

What are the legal and moral implications of accepting gifts from vendors? Are there any human resource policies that affect this kind of activity?
Legal Basics For Startups

Can the board of directors vote to create a DBA or should this be brought to the memebership?

We are a local organization of artists who are finding that our name is restrictive and limiting (we're a small non-profit 501 c-3 corporation) In this instance, can the board of directors vote to cre...
Legal Basics For Startups

How can I make sure underage children aren't buying my products?

I am selling a service on my website where I help people in a lesson form over the internet after they have paid me through Paypal. Everything has been going smooth and great, but I recently had a per...
Legal Basics For Startups

What are the requirements for getting a business and import license?

I am planning to start a handicrafts import business in Wisconsin. I need to know the requirements for getting a business license and import license. Should I have an attorney from the beginning to g...
Legal Basics For Startups

How can I end a partnership with my ex?

I own 75 percent and she has 25 percent (it's all in writing). She does not do her part in trying to build the business or basically anything pertaining to the business. I am frustrated about the si...
Legal Basics For Startups

How do I set up a cost or royalty fee for running a replica of my website in another country?

I have a US brand product. A client wants to sell the same product in the UK and create a website that matches my US website. Is this franchising and licensing? If so, can I charge money or royalty fe...


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